From 1978 to 1998, Pastor A.N. Martin taught Pastoral Theology in the Trinity Ministerial Academy, a church-based ministerial training institution. Every Friday throughout the academic year, all the students would gather for two hours of teaching presented in a four-year cycle. Subsequently various series of the audiotapes were widely circulated.
Many expressed their desire to see these lectures printed. As an intermediate step in responding to that desire, the Trinity Baptist Church eldership decided to encourage Pastor Martin to rework the original lectures and deliver them one ﬁnal time, while professionally recording them. This project was begun in 2007 and completed in 2012 with Pastor Martin teaching his entire Pastoral Theology course “one more time” to 25 to 30 men. The transcriptions of these DVD lectures constituted the basis for the ﬁrst draft of these edited lectures. Within these lectures there are very few issues faced by the ordinary pastor that are not addressed in one way or another. It is the author’s prayer that when all the volumes are nestled on the bookshelf of any pastor, that whatever his concern may be in conjunction with his pastoral labors, that he can expect that most likely, there is something in these volumes that would be of help to him. It is also the author’s prayer that even the most experienced pastor will ﬁnd in these pages much that will provoke him to pursue greater personal godliness, increased preaching effectiveness, and expanded pastoral usefulness.
The Man of God: His Preaching and Teaching Labors.
Among the manifold responsibilities and privileges of being a scripturally-recognized elder in Christ’s church who is set apart to “labor in preaching and teaching”(1 Tim. 5:17), no function in that office is of greater importance than that of the preaching and teaching labors of the man of God.
This book begins with the articulation of seven basic axioms that apply to every species of biblical preaching and teaching, and moves forward to identify the three basic categories of legitimate sermons. Then a working framework for the actual construction of sermons, including introductions and conclusions, is set before us. The concluding section focuses on the “Act of Preaching” itself. In these chapters, such things as the place of emotions, physical action, the use of vocal powers, and the benefits and liabilities of a sermon manuscript are thoroughly discussed.
The author sets a treatment of these various subjects that is drawn primarily from the contents of the Bible, the insights of general revelation, and the confirming voice of proven guides from past generations.
From 1978 to 1998, Pastor A.N. Martin taught Pastoral Theology in the Trinity Ministerial Academy, a church-based ministerial training institution. Every Friday throughout the academic year, all the students would gather for two hours of teaching presented in a four-year cycle. Subsequently various series of the audiotapes were widely circulated. Many expressed their desire to see these lectures printed.
As an intermediate step in responding to that desire, Pastor Martin taught his entire Pastoral Theology course “one more time” and the transcriptions of these lectures constituted the basis for these printed lectures. Within these lectures there are very few issues faced by the ordinary pastor that are not addressed in one way or another.
Table of Contents:
Pastoral Theology – The Man of God, His Shepherding, Evangelizing, and Counseling Labors
The Work of Shepherding—Church Government
Chapter 1: Shepherding in the Pastoral Office
Chapter 2: The Prevailing Disposition of Shepherding (1)
Chapter 3: The Prevailing Disposition of Shepherding (2)
Chapter 4: The Corporate Identity and Life of the Church
Chapter 5: The Eldership (1) Plurality & Parity
Chapter 6: The Eldership (2) Qualifications
Chapter 7: The Eldership (3) Establishing an Eldership: Supplication & Cultivation
Chapter 8: The Eldership (4) Establishing an Eldership: Recognition
Chapter 9: The Eldership (5) Efficient Functioning of an Eldership
Chapter 10: The Diaconate (1) Roots and Origin
Chapter 11: The Diaconate (2) Functions
Chapter 12: The Diaconate (3) Qualifications & Reward
Chapter 13: Corrective Church Discipline (1)
Chapter 14: Corrective Church Discipline (2)
Chapter 15: Corrective Church Discipline (3)
Chapter 16: Corporate Ministry of the Body to Itself (1)
Chapter 17: Corporate Ministry of the Body to Itself (2)
Chapter 18: Cultivating Interchurch Communion (1)
Chapter 19: Cultivating Interchurch Communion (2)
The Work of Shepherding—Corporate Worship
Chapter 1: Convictions Regarding Corporate Worship
Chapter 2: Leading Corporate Worship
Chapter 3: Characteristics and Climate of Corporate Worship
Chapter 4: Public Pastoral Prayer (1)
Chapter 5: Public Pastoral Prayer (2)
Chapter 6: Public Pastoral Prayer (3)
Chapter 7: Public Reading of Scripture
Chapter 8: Corporate Prayer Meetings (1)
Chapter 9: Corporate Prayer Meetings (2)
Chapter 10: Corporate Prayer Meetings (3)
Chapter 11: The Lord’s Supper
Chapter 12: Baptismal Services (1)
Chapter 13: Baptismal Services (2)
Chapter 14: Principles for Accepting Weddings & Funerals
Chapter 15: Officiating at Weddings
Chapter 16: Conducting Funerals
The Work of Evangelism & Pastoral Counseling
Chapter 1: Doing the Work of an Evangelist (1)
Chapter 2: Doing the Work of an Evangelist (2)
Chapter 3: Doing the Work of an Evangelist (3)
Chapter 4: Doing the Work of an Evangelist (4)
Chapter 5: Local Church Evangelism (1)
Chapter 6: Local Church Evangelism (2)
Chapter 7: Local Church Evangelism (3)
Chapter 8: Overview of Pastoral Counseling (1)
Chapter 9: Overview of Pastoral Counseling (2)
Chapter 10: Presuppositions Regarding the Counselor
Chapter 11: Presuppositions Regarding the Counselee
Chapter 12: Presuppositions Regarding the Counsel
Chapter 13: The Sessions of Pastoral Counseling
Chapter 14: Addressing Problems in Pastoral Counseling
Chapter 15: Assessing Progress and Dismissal
Chapter 16: The Ethics of Pastoral Counseling
Albert N. Martin was one of the founding pastors of Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, NJ, where he labored for 46 years. Pastor Martin faithfully expounded the scriptures with a Christ-exalting focus and with passionate, penetrating, and pointed application at Trinity as well as at its annual pastors’ conferences. His ministry was also sought in churches and conferences throughout the States and around the world. In June 2008, he retired from his pastoral labors and relocated to Michigan with his wife, Dorothy, where he now resides while continuing his labors of counseling, writing, and preaching.