Quote from Preaching The Cross, p.21

Ministers are servants and stewards of God’s Word-that’s the message we are to deliver. We are stewards of the church in caring for a congregation; we don’t own the church. Steward is a great word for a minister, isn’t it? We are God’s employees; he is our boss, and we work ultimately for him. The main task he has given us is making known the secret things of GOd-the gospel of the crucified Messiah!

Above everything else, a steward is called to be faithful. Paul continues, “It is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Cor 4:2). Paul’s statement was an implicit condemnation of any unfaithful teacher among the Corinthians. The apostle Peter stated that all Christians are stewards, but ministers especially must be trustworthy (1 Peter 4:10). We teachers of God’s Word will be held accountable to a stricter judgment (James 3:1). We are like bankers, entrusted with a great deposit, and so we ministers of the Word must be faithful in our work because of the great value of what has been committed to us. Reliability, not originality, must be our concern as we recount the gospel of Christ crucified.