Saturday, February 24, 2007

Richard Alleine on the Oversight of Souls

Alleine (1611-1691), like his other Puritan counterparts, understood the importance of oversight. Addressing his hearers on the importance of guarding their hearts (Prov 4:23-27), he mentioned others whom God has ordained to watch over us. He quoted Hebrews 13:17 and then wrote:

“We deal so plainly and so closely with you, we are so instant in exhorting, reproving, warning, and watching over you, because we must give an account of how we discharge our duty towards you”
(Instructions About Heartwork , 7)

May our ministries also be shaped by this crucial truth.


Perry McCall said...

I am finishing up preaching through James. In preparing this week for chapter 5.13-18, I was overwhelmed by the responsibility placed on us as elders to respond to the sick with prayers of faith. This faith being reflective of our relationship and faith in God not a conviction about a particular outcome. Our calling and duty never ceases to terrify me.

Ray Van Neste said...

I think we only understand this calling we you can say your last sentence, Perry. Well put.