“Church Leadership Pt. 2”
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The church leaders mentions in our text all contribute to the wellbeing of the church by prioritizing God's Word and Revelation. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
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What is the role of the Pastor/Teacher in the local church?
Who sets their agenda? Who are they responsible to and for?
Does your view of the pastor's role line up with scripture?
The writers of scripture spent a good deal of time defining the qualifications and characteristics of Pastors/Teachers and with good reason.
- They are called by God and accountable to God.
- They are under-shepherds who serve at Jesus' bidding.
- They are the most visible representatives of the Christian faith.
- They are capable of influencing the most people.
- They are equipped to uniquely and passionately care for God's flock.
The Pastor/Teacher's place in the local church:
1. The Qualifications of the Pastor/Teacher.
1 Timothy 3:1-7 NKJV This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
2. The Characteristics of the Pastor/Teacher.
1 Peter 5:1-3 NKJV The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;
3. The Flock's obligation to the Pastor/Teacher.
Hebrews 13:7, 17 NKJV Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
How can congregants encourage and support their shepherds?
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