- The Pastor is the Shepherd who directs, shepherds, and guards the souls of the saints.
B. The Pastor is the ambassador: one who has received a commission, and has a delegated authority.
C. A pastor is to be the overseer of a congregation, and only steers over the general spiritual direction that the believers would go in that church. He does not rule over the believers themselves (1 Pet. 5:2_3; Acts 20:28).
D. A pastor is to lift up the saints of God in order that they may become mature in Christ Jesus.
E. The Pastor is responsible to the church to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to preach the biblical revelation, to engage in pastoral ministries, to provide administrative leadership in all areas of church life, and to act as the chief administrator of the paid staff.
F. Further, he shall give particular attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word, expounding the Truth, ministering in the Gifts of the Spirit, invoking the anointing, ministering to believers and conducting ordinances.
G. The primary function of the Pastor is to go before the face of God for the congregation.
What a Pastor is not.
A. He is not the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. He is not God.
C. He is not there to keep the babes as babes.
D. He is not the covering over the congregation.
E. He is not there for every need, desire, and want of the saints.
F. He is not at the beacon call of the Christians.
G. He is not there for the pettiness of the saints.
H. He is not there to keep you in your weakness, but to lead you into materiality.
A. They are more ministers (pastors) leaving the ministry due to the fact that more things are being placed upon them in modern times than were ever intended to by God or by the early church.
1. That is one reason so many pastors or ministers are burning out.
2. They are taking positions that God never intended them to take.
The Office of the Pastor.
A. “An ambassador”: one who has received a commission, and has a delegated authority. As a minister my duty is —
1. To preach the Word of God.
a. Preaching may be said to be the initial work.
b. This pastoral care feeds the flock of Christ, nourishes and cherishes the lambs of his flock, gives milk to the babes, and strong meat to them that are of full age.
c. The preaching must be of the power of God. Preaching which is powerless does not help the saints of God to grow into maturity.
2. To teach the Word of God.
3. To pray and seek God’s direction for the congregation, individuals, and himself.
4. To defend and protect against error and heresy.
5. To express the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
6. To instruct you with plainness.
7. To entreat you affectionately.
a. By exhibiting Christ in all the loveliness of His character.
b. By the exhibition of His work in all its suitableness and sufficiency.
c. By dwelling on the work of the Holy Spirit, the energy by which the soul is renewed and sanctified, and made ripe for felicity.
d. By making known the boundless love of God.
8. To warn you with faithfulness.
a. Against erroneous doctrines.
b. Against wicked practices.
c. Of imminent danger.
9. To watch over you with care.
10. To feed the flock of God.
11. To guide its members in the pathway of duty and holiness.
12. To guard them so far as may be possible from moral and spiritual evil of every kind.
13. For the perfecting of the saints. [Equipping, making adequate]
14. To equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
15. To build up the body of Christ.
16. To build up for maturity.
B. The people must not expect —
1. Uniformity in the mode of address. Ministers are but men. Their physical functions may be deranged, their social peace may be invaded, their souls may be distracted, and all such disturbances will produce an influence on their ministry. We must, therefore, be discriminating and sympathetic in relation to pulpit services, and must at all times endeavor to secure in worship what is lacking in meditation.
2. A system of theology in every sermon.
3. Personal visitation. Much time will be required to prepare for the pulpit, and the calls of the Lord.
C. Pastor, Marks of a Good Pastor.
1. Personal knowledge: no stranger to God or gospel experiences (John 10:5)