Our Joy Complete (3 John 4): A Charge to Jared McNabb

Date: 3/12/2017
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3 John vs 4: “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”

All Saints has had a part in sending out six pastors in the last few years. We are very happy to count Jared as the first ministerial student that we took under care. I have known Jared for about a decade now. He’s seen our congregation through some hard things, like division in leadership and some heart breaking things, like untimely deaths from cancer. So of my 27 years of pastoral service, Jared has been around for more than 1/3 of it . . .

Jared I want to speak to you in the presence of this congregation and your friends and family TO SPECIFY How can you make my joy complete, even all our joys complete:
In three basic areas of pastoral ministry: PUBLIC MINISTRY, PERSONAL LEADERSHIP, PRIVATE MINISTRY

1) PREACHING: There are many messages that can be proclaimed and heralded. But you will make our joy complete if you: In preaching/public ministry you can preach the Gospel of Jesus, not of yourself, not a different gospel, but also the Gospel from the whole counsel of God, which is the word of God.

2) PERSONAL LEADERSHIP - Administration in the Church, organization, etc:

  • Be diligent to lead in administration
  • Be diligent to work toward good organization
  • Be diligent to keep your word in terms of your schedule, don’t miss appoints so far as it depends on you
  • Be diligent to avoid procrastination
  • Be diligent to keep deadlines
  • Be diligent to think ahead in the calendar
  • Be diligent to be prompt and set an example of timeliness


3) PRIVATE MINISTRY - 1 Timothy 4:7-8
Many preachers have not finished the course of their calling because they failed in PRIVATE MINISTRY.

  • A minister may be tempted in a counseling relationship and fall
  • Even more, one may fail in not calling a person to account; in letting the “fear of man” get the best of him
  • For more common than even moral failings is relational failings with members of the church, or your family, or your wife
  • One may fail by not getting nourishment from the Word and the Spirit, but rather only studying for what he will say to others.
  • As John Owen said, “A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more.”
Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more