As a pastor, I hear, see, and read countless talks, articles, and books on ministry vision. It is so refreshing to be reminded of a simple, beautiful, biblical vision for the people of God. It comes from one of my favorite pastors pointing to one of my favorite authors.
“. . . the end to which all church order, on the Puritan view, was a means, and for which everything superstitious, misleading and Spirit-quenching must be rooted out, was the glory of God in and through the salvation of sinners and the building up of lively congregations in which people met God.”
J. I. Packer, “Puritanism as a Movement of Revival,” in A Quest for Godliness (Wheaton, 1990), page 39. (Originally posted by Ray Ortlund)