The Danger and Delight of Ministry

2016 RightNow Conference


There is an appropriate weight, but sometimes an unbelievable pressure, in ministry. Sometimes the heaviness of such a call threatens danger to the soul of a pastor. It is only when we learn to minister from a place of God’s outrageous approval that ministry becomes a delight. In this 35-minute video from the 2016 RightNow Conference, Pete Briscoe reminds us of the outrageous love and approval of our Father.  


Pete Briscoe has been the Senior Pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, a multi-site church based in North Dallas since 1991 during which the church membership has grown ten-fold. The son of Stuart and Jill Briscoe, Pete joined his parents' international radio ministry, Telling the Truth in 2005 and serves as the program's host as well. Pete is the author of The Surge: Churches Catching the Wave of Christ's Love for the Nations and Belief Matters: Grappling with the Essentials of the Christian Faith. He has a passion for sharing biblical truth through expositional preaching and outreach with hurting people. He balances both grace and truth as he teaches on the transforming power of God's Word. Pete holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three children.


As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry. 



God offers us mercy and grace, a gift we can never repay or deserve. This sweet approval frees us from the pressures of needing to “make the grade” ourselves in ministry.  

Reflect on your own experience. Are you feeling an unbearable weight and pressure in your ministry? In what ways might your soul be in danger under this kind of pressure?
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How do you typically attempt to relieve the pressure you feel within ministry? How is this healthy or unhealthy?
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Pete shared the story of a high school girl who was cracking under the pressure of an AP English class. When she tried to drop the class, the teacher responded, “If you stay in the class, I will give you an A. Your final grade is already an A.” This is the way God relates to us. As far as He is concerned, we already have an "A."

Reflect on that for a moment. In Christ, you already have an "A." How does this reminder begin to alleviate the pressure in your soul?
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In what ways are you still attempting to earn your "A?" How does this play out in your daily life, relationships, or job?
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Pete noted that when we truly comprehend our unearned approval, we will have an easier time giving others an "A"—extending unearned favor and approval.  

Do you find it easy or difficult to extend unearned favor—an "A"—to undeserving people? What might this say about your own experience and receptivity to God’s grace toward you?
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Ephesians 2:4-10 (ESV)

4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


In Ephesians, we read that God saved us by grace, so that he can show us more grace. What does this say about his character?
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The pressure is off. We can now run with freedom into the good works God has prepared for us. How does this change your approach to ministry?
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Because of Christ, you are working from your A, not for your A. You are outrageously approved of. This frees you to delight in ministry, and show others unearned favor. 


For more information about the RightNow Conference or to find out how to attend next year’s event, visit rightnowconference.org


For more from Pete Briscoe, see his study, Dance Lessons, or visit tellingthetruth.org.