The Lord charged us with building His Kingdom, here on earth. He gave us the tools, in the form of the Ministry Gifts.
First Apostles: These are the people that start new churches, Luther, Calvin… ect…
Secondly Prophets: These people, share the mind of Christ, to exhort, to build up and encourage the body. Franklin Graham…
Evangelists: Preachers who move around, touching and leading more people to the Lord, than they could Pastor. Billy Graham.
Today we are looking at Pastors:
Ephesians 4:11-13 (KJV)
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
In my experience, most Pastors, long to be Evangelists. Their true desire is to preach the word, to see souls saved and keep going.
Unfortunately, the Pastors life, has you dealing with God’s people.
It is not enough just to bring them to God.
The Lord calls His people, sheep. Pastors Shepards. Sheep have needs. (Continually).
They need to be fed, led, sheared, loved, looked after. A Shepard needs both a rod, (for correction, and protection), and a staff, (to guide, and direct).
He deals with the same sheep, (Daily), he is responsible for their growth and health in the Lord.
The Pastor, has the more interactions and responsibilities than anyone else,ith his flock, he needs to feed them the good food of the Gospel.
He is held responsible for their growth.
Truly the most difficult job, in the Ministry. They are always criticized, talked about and not respected.
The Sermons are too long, or don’t challenge us in any way. He didn’t visit Joe at the hospital, rehabilitation center or home.
He didn’t pray with me, he’s meddlesome, doesn’t think we should live together, smoke or drink.
Who does he think he is? My mother?
What makes it worse, a lot claim the calling. Sadly the numbers or results of their preaching calls, their calling, into question.
It is a thankless job,