A Door of Hope: Spiritual Conflict in Pastoral Ministry by Robert T. Henderson

By Robert T. Henderson

Contemporary pastors are in obstacle, with breakdowns, abuse, confusion, and divorces achieving epidemic proportions. Robert T. Henderson keeps that there's a realm of religious forces which attracts congregations towards loss of life. His resolution is to energise pastors with a biblical figuring out of the church's redemptive participation in Jesus' victory over the cosmic powers. They turn into "a door of hope.".

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There remains a battle behind the battle, a consciousness, another dimension of pastoral and ecclesiastical reality that must be faced. If there is not an energizing demonic reality, then the gospel enterprise should go uphill faith should produce more faith, and obedience and worship should increase in quantum leaps with each new generation of faith. But that is not what is happening. Later-generation church members often are less formed by the faith of Jesus Christ than their first-generation parents or grandparents.

I have seen it in other denominations and settings; it is experienced by all who want to pastor with integrity. ) by God to a no-person's-land congregation in a small southern city. That was my moment of truth. Could I even trust God there? Could I find guidance and principle in Scripture to help me know what God's purpose was for such an apparently God-forsaken place? Today I place high value on those nine years. Two things were God's provision for me. At a formative Bible conference, I had been taught and mentored concerning the spiritual conflict which involves all Christians.

Instead, the conflict is more like guerrilla warfare. It comes unseen from unexpected quarters and often from unknown causes and persons. 3 However, God promises that somehow in our weakness and vulnerability, if we are faithful and rely on God's power, God will work out his ultimate good purpose in Christ. The dominion of God continues breaking into this world in spite of the evil one. Yes! <><><><><><><><><><><><> A clue in a footnote set off a chain reaction in my con-sciousness about the nature of pastoral ministry.

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