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Class 16: Anchor of the Soul


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Part 7: Pastor's testimony

(This is part 7 of 12 parts in this class)


As a pastor I need hope constantly at work anchoring my soul. Plenty of things happen in a church to cause great distress and disquiet to my soul. However, I daily make sure my soul is anchored by the hope of the gospel.


Each morning in prayer I get in the presence of Jesus and let Him be Christ, the Anointed One, to me. I let Him by His anointing preach the gospel to me and proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord to me. I let Him heal my heart and liberate me. I let Him give me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy in place of mourning and the garment of praise to replace the spirit of heaviness. (See Isaiah 61:1-3)

Then I consider Him. I consider how He - as the Anointed One - is head of the church and Saviour of His Body, the church. (Ephesians 5:23) This soon stops me trying to be saviour to the church. I let Him, as the Anointed One, be both head and saviour.


By the time that has happened, I am not only full of the hope of the gospel, I am also rejoicing in the hope of the gospel. My soul becomes quiet and my church is given the chance to know Christ's victory in their lives.