At the recent Desiring God conference, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson took 20 minutes to explain three lessons he has learned in over four decades of pastoral ministry, having to do with (1) ourselves and our people, (2) ourselves and our preaching ministry, and (3) ourselves and our walk with God.

First, he emphasizes the absolute centrality of loving the people God gives us to serve. Second, he insists that we must listen to our own preaching as we preach it; God wants us to be under the ministry of the word with which we are engage. Finally, we must remember the privilege of living the whole of our lives in the presence of our triune Lord.

And here is the little book of which Ferguson says, “Every minister should read it once a year—at least!”