“True Spirituality is Cross-Shaped”: David Jackman on 1 Corinthians and Gospel Ministry

Leadership Resources recently had the pleasure of hosting David Jackman, the former President of the Proclamation Trust and founder of the Cornhill Training Course, for a week long session talking expository preaching and training preachers.

This video is an interview Kevin Halloran conducted with him about true spirituality and gospel ministry coming from our study in 1 Corinthians 1-3:

Here is a quick guide to the video contents:

  • 00:30 – What is going on in the Corinthian church and how does that relate to us today?
  • 01:11 – How should we think about spirituality and gospel ministry through the lens of the Corinthian experience?
  • 2:24 – How does our culture fall into the worldliness trap?
  • 4:10 – True spirituality is shaped by the cross of Christ. What are some of the implications of this for preaching and preachers?
  • 5:22 – What is the relationship between the Word and Spirit in preaching?
  • 7:05 – Can you explain the connection between the mind, the heart, and the will in preaching?
  • 8:50 – What are some of the greatest encouragements you’ve gleaned from 1 Corinthians for authentic gospel ministry?

Here are a few quotes from the interview:

“It is the power of God at work through the cross which brings people to faith and grows them in the church. Today, we are in danger of losing confidence in that.”

“The Spirit of God takes the Word of God to do the work of God.”

“The progress of the Word of God is through the mind, to the heart, to activate the will.” (borrowing from Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Preaching is always with the view to a change of life.”

Here’s a two-minute highlight from the video:

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