Jesus is our perfect example in everything - in our passage, He shows us what to do when ministering the Gospel to those who have hard hearts.

We consider four things: 

  • First, everyone the Lord sends you to minister to has a hard heart, 
  • Second, you need to be prepared to reason with them, *
  • Third, you need to be prepared to respond in a godly way to them, and 
  • Finally, you mustn’t let their hard heartedness intimidate you.

Where can we find the grace to do all these things? In Jesus Christ alone. He went before you to give us an example, He sent His Spirit to give us His help. The Spirit is able to guide our minds in the truth, to give us love even for the hard hearted, and to give us the boldness to do what is right in the face of your enemies.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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