Doing jobs important for family members
    November 17 2010 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

    Living in a glass house, pastors face a lot of pressure.

    “It’s absolutely essential if we are to do well, to finish well, to have a healthy marriage,” said Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.

    Akin, who has been married 32 years, said his wedding day has been the second best day in his life — second to his salvation experience at 18.

    BR photo by Dianna L. Cagle

    Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, delivers a sermon about pastors and their families as part of the annual Pastor’s Conference.

    “(It’s) important to have lady who will wrap (her arms around you),” Akin said Nov. 8 during the annual Pastor’s Conference. “(It) makes a huge difference when those difficult times come.”

    Pastors face demands on their time from their family and their church. Using Col. 3:18-21, Akin stressed the importance of the job descriptions given in scripture.

    Husbands, wives, children and fathers each have job descriptions.

    Yielding her will, a wife honors Christ by submitting to her husband, Akin said. This submission does not mean inferiority in any way.

    Husbands are commanded to love their wives. Akin pointed out that the command to husbands involves two imperatives, indicating a continuous action.

    “The love he is talking about there is a decision, a volitional act of your will,” Akin said. “You love her even when she’s not lovely.”

    Akin told the pastors to look at the cross and “see how He loved you.

    “He, in amazing grace, loved you.”

    The love here, Akin said, is one of sacrifice.

    The imperatives also included a warning against husbands being harsh or bitter toward their wives.

    “Bitterness is a cancer to the soul,” Akin said. “Bitterness will eat up a man of God.”

    Nothing exists in ministry that is more dangerous than bitterness, Akin said.

    “It eats you up,” he said, but doesn’t bother the other person. “Bitterness is a cancer of the soul.” Colossians also tells children to obey their parents “in everything,” he said. “I believe we are to obey comprehensively not absolutely,” in that children and pastors should not to do anything illegal, immoral, unethical or unbiblical.

    “We’re not CEOs or autocrats,” Akin said. “We’re shepherds.”

    But Akin said if children have to choose between their parents and God, parents should lose.

    Colossians also shares an imperative for fathers to encourage their children.

    “We as men are called to lead our houses,” Akin said. “They do listen to what you say and they care what you think about them.”

    Fathers should build their children up.

    At the end of Akin’s sermon, he turned to talk of the Great Commission Task Force report.

    “At its soul is getting of the gospel to the nations,” Akin said.

    Pastors are the key to a resurgence of the Great Commission.

    “It’s all on you,” Akin said. “I’m passing the baton.”

    The back of the report contains challenges. One section was on families.

    Akin shared seven of the nine challenges with pastors:
    1. Emphasize biblical gender roles with fathers taking the lead for spiritual warfare of their families.
    2. Build gospel-saturated homes.
    3. Develop strategies for sharing the gospel.
    4. Adopt a different unreached people group; pray for a month.
    5. Adopt a different church plant a month or year, praying and supporting.
    6. Spend family vacation participating in a mission trip.
    7. Consider setting up a missions savings account for child or grandchild.
    To learn more about the family as well as other challenges from the Great Commission Task Force report visit
    11/17/2010 5:54:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments

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