Comfort the Grieving (Practical Shepherding Series)
: Until the end of time, when the curse of sin is finally removed, suffering will be a large part of the human experience and a large part of that suffering will be walking through the painful reality of death....
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Until the end of time, when the curse of sin is finally removed, suffering will be a large part of the human experience and a large part of that suffering will be walking through the painful reality of death. 'Death,' writes Paul Tautges, 'provides a natural opportunity not only for ministry to others, but also for personal growth in ministers.' Those who shepherd others through the pain and loss that accompanies death should seek to offer wise and biblical counsel on these precious and painful occasions.
This book is a treasure chest of pastoral theology that will equip you to reach out to those who grieve with the Christ-centered comfort of God rooted in the gospel. The theological foundation espoused here, as well as the numerous practical helps that are included, will help any servant of the Lord to point the hearts and minds of the bereaved to the 'man of sorrows' who is 'acquainted with grief' (Isaiah 53:3).
The Practical Shepherding series of booklets provides pastors and ministry leaders with advice and practical help to do the work of pastoral ministry in a local church. In Comfort Those Who Grieve, experienced pastor Paul Tautges offers readers a guide to comforting those dealing with death through the hope of the gospel.
Dr. Paul Tautges has served Immanuel Bible Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as pastor-teacher since 1992. His preaching and teaching ministry takes him overseas for the equipping of national pastors for the work of church-based ministry. He is also the author of Delight in the WORD: Biblical Counsel for Everyday Issues; Counsel one another: A Theology of Personal Discipleship, Counsel your flock: Fulfilling your role as a teaching shepherd and is a biblical counselor certified with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). Paul and his wife Karen have nine children.
- :foreword: Brian Croftintroductionsection One: Pastoral Theologychapter 1: God Is Our Refuge ? Biblical Foundationschapter 2: The God Of Hymnody ? Musical Meditationschapter 3: God Delights In The Death Of A Believer ? Pastoral Tendernesschapter 4: The God Of All Comfort ? Hope-dispensing Letters Chapter 5: God Brings Life Out Of Death ? Gospel-centered Comfortchapter 6: The God Of Reconciliation ? Christ-centered Preachingsection Two: Practical Applicationchapter 7: The Grace Of Salvation ? Eternal Considerationschapter 8: Grace For The Death Of A Child ? Theological Reflectionschapter 9: Grace After The Funeral ? Bereavement Carechapter 10: Grace At The Bedside ? Compassionate Chaplaincy Conclusion:appendix 1: A Personal Testimonyappendix 2: Scriptures That Comfortappendix 3: Poetry, Songs, And Prayersappendix 4: Sample Memorial Servicesappendix 5: Further Helpendnotes