Growing and Groaning - The Travail of the Ministry Sermon — The Call to Church Action Series #12
References: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10
In our text today, Paul describes this suffering and travail as a growing and a groaning in the ministry.
The ministry to which we are called is not something that happens passively or by mystic happenstance. There is a determination and a discipline that needs to characterize our service and our standing in the Savior.
Having spoken of the trials of the ministry, Paul now extends his thought to include the travail of the ministry. This is one of the Apostle’s great themes, as a study of his epistles will reveal (see Philippians 3:10; Colossians 1:23, 24).
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David received a BA in Ancient Language from Wheaton College and an MA in New Testament Theology from Wheaton Graduate School. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (England) in Biblical Studies. He served as the Stephen Olford Professor of Expository Preaching with Union University (TN.) from 2007 to 2016.
In 2009, David’s book, Find Us Faithful: Leadership that Leaves a Legacy was published by B&H Publishing. Together with his father, he coauthored the widely acclaimed, Anointed Expository Preaching. He also compiled the book, A Passion for Preaching, in honor of his father. As both a teacher and preacher, Dr. David Olford has shared his passion for God’s inerrant Word across the United States and in numerous foreign countries.
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