* The first of a series of four articles. Before anything else, before she is her husband's companion, her children's mother, her church's helper, the world's missionary, the minister's wife is a child and servant of God, answer able to Him for her words and actions, dependent on Him for righteousness and grace.
This analytical outline has been prepared at our request by a teacher and preacher of experience, and is part of our plan to provide sermon material for busy pastors and their assistants who have requested help of this kind.
The need of every minister of Christ, whether missionary, evangelist, teacher, or pastor, is deeper than the mere shortcomings which are obvious on the exterior. All have a deep need of the heart which, when met, will cause his few faults to fade into insignificance. This need is the fullness of the Holy Spirit in his life and ministry.
As we come into increasingly troubled and uncertain times and as tragedy on a large scale becomes the world's way of life, the person qualified to minister to suffering, in tenderness and Christian love, will in a special sense be walking in the footsteps of the Great Physician.
Results and achievement are among the rewards of leadership. When the minister sees the tangible results of his efforts and the fruition of his labors, they are like a cool breeze on a sultry desert night.
From time to time we publish research material intended to provoke thought, even though it may not always represent majority opinions in all matters. This article introduces some ideas on an old subject, which we think will be of interest.