“I decided upon 1 Thessalonians. Why? I believe in 1 Thessalonians Paul opens his pastoral heart more than to any other congregation to which he wrote.”
As I began to read From The Pen Of Pastor Paul I had the initial thought that this was going to be a book specifically written for Pastors.
“1 Thessalonians is also a book that challenges us as pastors. Paul writes about his ministry in such personal and passionate ways that the Holy Spirit should break us down as we meditate on it.
As I continued to read I soon realized this is a book written by a Pastor about one of THE Pastors to Pastors and to the flock for which they Shepherd.
“Even more, as God had shared himself with Paul, in giving his Son for him, so Paul wanted to share himself with the Thessalonians. This is what he told the Corinthians, when he said, “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls” (2 Corinthians 12:15).”
This book is a derived from the sermons Pastor Hyde preached on 1 & 2 Thessalonians to his flock.
It is more than a commentary. It is more than a sermon – so much more. Pastor Hyde leaves no doubt about the vast privilege he has as a pastor by the tenderness of his words towards those in his care. But also the immense responsibility and accountability he has before the Lord in his duty as pastor.
“Paul describes the gospel legacy of a minister not in terms of the size of his congregation, not the beauty of the building in which he preached, and certainly not himself. But the true fruit of the gospel is found in the people and the quality of their lives he leaves behind.”
Throughout this volume Pastor Hyde consistently pleads with the reader to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ if he has not done so. And he does this with the urgency and gentleness of a Pastor with a deep sincerity for the lost or straying.
“My friend, if you are not trusting in Jesus Christ today, what do you expect will happen to you when you die? Do you have any hope of life after death beyond the grave? If so, will it be a good experience? Are you sure?…Jesus invites you to believe in him. He invited you to come with all of your questions, all of your doubts, all of your uncertainties. Acknowledge your sins before him, call out to him for mercy, and he will accept you.”
Pastor Hyde navigates many substantial areas that include prayer and preaching, persecution and sanctification and even the The Great Apostasy and The Antichrist.
However, I was most captivated by the chapters on Christ’s return, especially Chapter 12 – A Heavenly Reunion. Before I realized it I had tears rolling down my cheeks. The Hope to come was overwhelming.
In this excerpt Pastor Hyde references 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18;
“Brothers and sisters, I pray you are delighted with the surprising truth of God’s Word in this passage. One day you shall be reunited with your Lord, and the blessing of that is so wonderful. But one day, you will also be reunited with your redeemed loved ones, with whom you shall once again pray, once again sing, and once again serve the Lord side by side. “
By Chapter 14 – Staying Awake For The Lord’s Return we are effusively exhorted to remember who we are.
“Do you realize who you are in Christ? You are not in the darkness, but in the light; you are not of the darkness anymore, but you are of the light now; you are no longer in your sins, but you are now in Christ. Embrace this rich promise today. Appropriate to yourself by faith your true identity. Revel in who you are. Stand in awe and wonder at what God has made you. And as you do this, become in practice what you already are in principle. Become who you were born again to be.”
In addition, there is an abundance of prolific quotes and hymns peppered throughout along with the occasional Greek references that serve to reinforce the words From The Pen Of Pastor Paul.
From The Pen Of Pastor Paul is notably edifying whether you are behind the pulpit or in front of it.
“I pray the substance and the spirit of this exposition moves you to receive the inspired apostles’ words afresh, “not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God’ (1 Thessalonians 2:13).”
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