They do not come to a congregation in order to bring some fresh blood and excitement. They are not called to grow the church or to revitalize the people. None of these things are what a pastor is called to do.
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A pastor is called by God through a congregation to go to that gathering of his people and to do his work among them. Pastors bring Christ to people. God has arranged it that way from the very beginning. Where there is a church there must be a pastor. God will not leave his people without a man, without a pastor, to deliver his gifts to them.
So, your pastor comes to your congregation according to the will and purpose of God to be your gospel deliveryman. He forms you into the shape of that story. He enacts the re-creation of the whole world, and guides you into that wonderful eternal celebration.
He does it by preaching.
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He proclaims to you the wonderful news that in Christ all of your failures and all of your shortcomings and all of your willful disobedient sinfulness is all covered and forgiven and gone. He tells you that truth again and again and again. He will never get tired of it. He will baptize your babies and your adult converts. Through him God will bring dead people to life.
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And he will remind you of your own death and resurrection in the waters of baptism. He will call you to the altar, and here he will feed you with Christ himself.
It will not be easy. Sometimes he will need to encourage. Other times he will need to warn. He will sometimes have to admonish and maybe even rebuke. At times it will be uncomfortable and downright unpleasant for everyone. As Frank Viola rightly observes:. These letters were not given this label until the 18th century.
Timothy and Titus were not pastors. They were apostolic workers Untold Story of the NT , p. The author maintains that the NT teaches each local church needs one pastor. In John 14 Jesus promised that His physical departure would not result in them being left as orphans.
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Because He would come in the person of the Spirit to lead them and reveal Himself to them. Jesus assured the disciples with the words, I will come to you. This Pentecostal coming of the Spirit to the ekklesia must also be seen as a coming of Christ. This is why the NT letters are addressed to the saints , not to the pastor.
In 1 Cor. A gathering of the Body is described in 1 Cor. When you boil everything down, R.
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When you build everything around that which is nowhere revealed in the NT, you will then not practice that for which there is abundant revelation — the 58 one anothers. Choose wisely your pastor! But where does the NT narrative suggest that any believers should concern themselves with such a choice? All can hear God through the Holy Spirit give direction to the body. Leadership can appear in so many different ways. If a group of believers are doing this together, Christ will lead through the whole body, using different people at different times or in different seasons.
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Sadly, man in the flesh tends to swallow the lie that Christ is not capable of leading us today together. Being in one accord is not only possible but the goal and constant lesson of submission to one another and dying to self. Lord manifest yourself, continue your life of love and ministry through us together. Blessings to you and the lovely Dotty. Remember, Christ warned the Jewish leaders of the day as making the word of God to none effect by their traditions, Bingo!!!!!! I have a second thought. God has set examples in nature to reinforce His concepts and the Sperm Whale comes to my mind.
In community, Sperm Whales follow one whale. This species is one commonly found tragically beached in herds due to this trait. They follow one leader. One person does not take the lead and do it all. The community seeks the one leader, Christ, and community seeks witness together. It is very sad that today, the spiritual gift of pastoring, has turned into a job description often with demands that are not Biblical. So sad for the person who picks up a wrong yoke and for the Body of Believers that misplace their personal responsibility to participate maturely within the community.
Both are at fault. Both suffer. May our Lord graciously allow us to encourage one another in His strength and liberty.
You sure do hit the nail…and then again. Hi, Jon. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is expected to sign it, making New York what Council members say is the first city in the nation to extend parking privileges to the clergy. Clergy members from a variety of denominations had lobbied the Council for years for the privilege, complaining that they were constantly getting tickets while doing their jobs.
They argued that since doctors and dentists could do it, why not them? After all, they said, doctors may heal the body, but the clergy heal the soul. Council members concluded that because the clergy often have to respond to emergencies, they should not have to circle block upon block looking for parking spaces. Foster said he had tried to introduce a similar bill more than 10 years ago, but backed off when conflict of interest questions were raised because he is a part-time minister.
Under the bill, only full-time clergy members whose primary source of income is their religious work would be eligible for the parking privileges. The Department of Transportation would issue permits to officially recognized houses of worship; each permit would cover up to three clergy members affiliated with that house of worship. The specifications are intended to guarantee that only legitimate clergy members ministering to the sick, dying, or bereaved would get the parking privileges, and to weed out church volunteers who want to park illegally while dropping off a pot of spaghetti for a church social.
Council members said they also tried to define houses of worship carefully enough to make sure that enterprising New Yorkers do not suddenly decide to start calling their bedrooms places of prayer to get free parking in front of their apartment buildings. The bill explicitly excludes residences.