Mark Driscoll – How Sharp the Edge? Christ, Controversy, and Cutting Words

Here’s Pastor Mark Driscoll’s message from the Desiring God conference

Below are notes taken from a Blogger at the conference.

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Pray for the shepherds. Pray for them more than you criticize, e-mail, gossip, or blog about them. Pray that they would have a discerning mind to know who is a sheep.

Pray that they would have a thick skin. Pray that they would have a humorous outlook. That they would laugh at themselves, that they would have a tender heart toward Jesus and the sheep. That they wouldn’t be hammered, that they would keep a tender heart, that they would have a humble disposition, that when criticisms are true, they would repent. That they would look at a criticism for a kernel of truth to be sanctified by.

Pray that shepherds would have encouraging families, that their wife would endure all the criticism, backbiting, people who would use her to get influence, that she would remain close to Jesus and be a place of refreshment for her husband, that she would know her job is to keep her husband from despair—not by always agreeing with him but agreeing that she will always be for him.

Pray for his children as people take shots at his family. That his children would not go astray because critics love that.

Pray that one of the elders in the church is a good sniper. That he could spot people who are trying to take down the pastor. If the pastor tries to do it, it’s a lose-lose situation. Some of you elders here need to get in the middle.

Pray that the shepherds would have evangelistic devotion, that they would not just feed the sheep, but that they would love the lost. That they would not waste their time checking their ratings and overlook Paul’s admonition to do the work of an evangelist. That they wouldn’t be so buried in firefights that they can’t see more people become sheep.

Pray for the shepherds, that they would learn selective hearing, that they would listen to their elders, that they would invite into their lives good counsel. Not everything that is said is worth a hearing. Shepherds can become so hard-hearted that their ears are closed and they spend time justifying themselves when they shouldn’t. They need to know who to listen to, who to heed, and who to not to.

Pray for the young shepherds, that older shepherds would not shoot them like wolves and wouldn’t criticize them like dogs, but would encourage them like dads.

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5 Responses to “Mark Driscoll – How Sharp the Edge? Christ, Controversy, and Cutting Words”

  1. How did Paul Tripp do ?

    Thanks for the report

    dale

  2. Mark, You are right that there is warfare going on today. I also have had the Word of God The two edgeded sword go deep within me to the morrow of my bones and to the deepest parts of my heart. He came after me I was not looking for him all scriptures. God is Great Thanks Lamar

  3. By Gods Grace, i was able to attend this past Desiring God Conference 2008, and all the speakers did a wonderful job preaching the Word and speaking to the congregation. I was blessed by Driscoll’s message and his metaphor, “snipers for Christ”. I was blessed by all the speakers and their messages. It is wonderful to hear the expositional preaching of the Word and to fellowship with like-minded believers in Christ. The bookstore is always loaded with excellent theological books, cds,dvds, media,etc… That was only the second Desiring God conference for me and i look plan to attend more, and bring more people, the Lord Willing.
    http://www.steveygti.blogspot.com

  4. “Pray for the shepherds. Pray for them more than you criticize, e-mail, gossip, or blog about them. Pray that they would have a discerning mind to know who is a sheep.”

    And pray for the sheep to have a discerning mind to know who a shepherd is or is not. Also pray that Jesus will be allowed to be the shepherd of His people.

    Thanks

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