One of the blessings of pastoral ministry is the unrivaled privilege of engaging in in-depth Bible study on a daily basis. Others can and should dig into the Word, of course, but we get to do it as our vocational calling. This privilege brings with it a danger, as well. We can easily succumb to the temptation to study the Scriptures merely as pastors and not simply as Christians. With that danger in mind, Pastor Mark Minnick warned the men at the recent OBF Pastor’s Conference of 6 warning signs of ministerial professionalism:
- Do you study and read the Bible only to prepare sermons?
- Are you more occupied with books about the Bible than with the Bible itself?
- Do you become unduly anxious about each coming Lord’s Day’s sermons?
- Do you feel that you are finished with a Bible passage when your sermon is finished?
- Are you regularly satisfied to repeat or retool previous messages?
- Do you seek your joy in places other than Bible study (e.g. studying as a joyless duty, then seeking pleasure elsewhere)?