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Today we are continuing our study the “Gifts of The Holy Spirit.”

It is important to remember that a positive response on our part as believers to the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential if we are to truly be God’s people.

Today we are discussing The Gift of Preaching.

Text
Ephesians 4:11 (ESV)

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[a] and teachers,

Scripture Reading
1 Timothy 3:1-7 (ESV)

Qualifications for Overseers

3 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.

2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,

5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?

6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Introduction

I once read this job description for a pastor, it was titled “The Pastors easy Job.”

His job is something like a football in a grand final, he is knocked on one side and then on the other.

If he writes a a text, it is too short, if he writes an email, it is too long, if he creates printed newsletters he is wasting money.

If he attempts to safeguard the interests of the church, he is trying to run things, if he does not, he is allowing things to go to the dogs.

If he attends extra meetings of the church, he is an intruder, if he does not he isn’t doing his job.

If the attendance is low, nobody likes him anyway, if he tries to help, he is a pest.

If he calls for he offering, all he thinks about is money, if the offering is not good, he is to blame.

If he is in a smiling mood, he is frivolous, if he is serious, he is cranky.

If he seeks advice, he is incompetent, if he doesn’t, he is bullheaded.

If he mixes with the members of the church, he is too familiar, if he doesn’t, he is too good for them.

So, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if others won’t do it, the pastor must.

The pastor, in the final analysis, is accountable to God.

His or her successes or failures are not to be determined by a person, committee, or congregation, but by how faithful he or she is to God.

Three words in the New Testament describe the office of a pastor.

The first word is overseer.

This word comes from the Greek word episcopos.

It is translated “bishop” and is used to describe the work of a pastor.

B. The second word is elder.

This word comes from the Greek word “pres butters” and is translated “elder”.

It is used to describe the dignity and rank of the office.

C. The third word is pastor.

This comes from the Greek word “poimen” and means shepherd.

It refers to the relationship of the pastor to his flock.

2. No Scripture indicates that a pastor is to be perfect.

No Pastor can be perfect.

The book of Jeremiah speaks of a pastors imperfections.

Jeremiah 2:8 tells of a pastors transgressions,

Jeremiah 2:8 (ESV)
8 The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ Those who handle the law did not know me; the shepherds transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after things that do not profit.

And Jeremiah 10:21 tells of a pastor’s rashness and failure to seek the Lord,

Jeremiah 10:21 (ESV)
21 For the shepherds are stupid and do not inquire of the Lord; therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered.

B. First Timothy also speaks of these imperfections.

In this passage the descriptions of a pastor’s work are stated in a positive way.

However, the implication of the negative is also present.

3. The pastor has specific duties.

A pastors ministry has three spheres.

The pastor is to work in the sphere of the church.

The church is a pastor’s main habitat of service, in which he or she presides as an administrator and teacher.

The pastor is officially set aside by the church to perform these duties.

2. The pastor is to maintain a godly home life, 1 Timothy 3:5.

If a pastor is not successful in the home, he or she will not be successful in the church.

Pastors are to provide a Christian environment for their families.

3. The pastor is to function in the real world, 1 Timothy 3:7.

And is to be respected by others in ordinary day to day tasks.

B. The pastors ministry involves three objectives.

The pastor is to guide God’s people.

One of the main duties of a leader is to guide, instruct, and counsel.

This is done by public speaking, personal interviews, and in group settings.

2. The pastor is to feed God’s people.

The principal responsibility of the user of this gift is preaching.

By preaching God’s Word, a pastor feeds the flock.

The pastor also nourishes them in other ways as occasions arise.

3. The pastor is to guard or protect God’s people.

False doctrines are being preached everywhere.

A pastor’s congregation inevitably sees these false ideas on television, online, and in books and magazines.

A pastor is to protect God’s people from being misled.

C. The pastor acquires many traits as a result of this gift.

Notice in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 such qualities as being above reproach, able to teach, good at managing, prudent, respectable, and temperate.

4. The congregation must relate to the pastor’s use of this gift.

Hebrews 13:17 gives two admonitions.

One is to obey or to agree with what one is being told to do.

The other is to submit or comply even when things are contrary to your opinion.

Hebrews 13:17 (ESV)
17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

B. Hebrews 13:18 says to pray.

For the Lord to use a pastor effectively, his or her congregation must pray for their spiritual leader.

Hebrews 13:18 (ESV)
18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.

C. 1 Timothy 5:17 encourages honour.

This can apply to monetary support, but also encompasses words of encouragement and support.

1 Timothy 5:17 (ESV)
17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

Conclusion

Few positions in the world are more significant than that of a pastor.

God gives this gift to some by the Holy Spirit.

May those that have this gift use it with dignity and honour

Until next time

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