[The early Methodist evangelist, George Whitefield, was one of
America's most effective preachers, who won
thousands to Christ. He was vigorously opposed by Charles Chauncy, pastor of
Boston's famous First Church.]
[Rev. Chauncy objected to the idea of instantaneous
conversions and to the emotional excitement caused by Whitefield's ministry.]
[In 1744, on Whitefield's second visit to Boston, the two met. Rev. Chauncy said, "So
you have returned, have you?" "Yes," replied the evangelist, "in the service of
the Lord." "I am sorry to hear it," Rev. Chauncy said bluntly. "So is the
devil," retorted Whitefield.]
[The devil hates any preacher who fearlessly and effectively
sounds the gospel trumpet. —Bible Illustrations]
Gift To The Church (vs 8,11)
Calling (2 Tim 1.6-11) [– In our day Churches have lost sight of the
supernatural calling of God’s man.
Pastors have a unique place within the Church because they have a
unique calling by God. Clearly,
Paul addresses and indicates the calling and giftedness of young Timothy as
pastor, and himself as an Apostle in:]
[2 Timothy 1:6-11
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of
God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit
of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the
testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the
afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
9 Who hath saved us,
us with an holy calling,
not according to our works,
but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus
before the world began, 10
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath
abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the
gospel: 11 Whereunto
I am appointed a
preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.]
Churches in our day have lost sight of the supernatural endowment of God upon
those He calls from within His Church.
Too many have bought into the idea that just anyone can Pastor a Church,
and this is just not scriptural.
There is a clear and distinct calling upon God’s man, and Church members should
ensure that they are following a man clearly called by God into pastoral
Control (vs 11, 1 Cor 12.12-13,18) [– There is a God given structure to
the Church, just as there is structure for our homes, and structure in our
living bodies. Yes, the Church is a
living organism, rather than an organization.
But a living organism has structure and organization in it.
For instance our bodies have various parts and every part must perform
its function in order for the body to work and live.
So it is in the organism of the Church.]
[Our text reveals that God has given order to the
Church. There are to be leaders or
pastors in the Church and they are meant to give direction, guidance and
protection to the Church. The Bible
is clear about where the authority of this order is based.]
12 For as the body is one, and hath many
members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also
13 For by one Spirit are we all
baptized into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we be
bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.]
[1 Corinthians 12:18 18 But
now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased
[God is the one who chooses where each member is to
be placed within His body. While we
understand that there is no difference in the fact of our salvation and sonship
in Christ, we are all equally the children of God.
There are differences in the position, purpose, authority and
responsibilities of individual members within the body.
An arm is responsible to function as an arm, a leg is responsible to
function as a leg, and so on.
Hence, there is a diversity of giftedness and responsibility within the body of
Christ. A pastor has a distinct
burden, guidance and responsibility within the Church body and that distinction
must be recognized and honored by the Church as a whole.]
Captivity (Eph 5.23; 1 Thess 5.12-13) [– Another philosophy that has
taken the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is the idea that the Church is meant
to be a democracy. The Church was
never meant to be a democracy; instead Scripture clearly reveals that it is
without any doubt a Theocracy. The Bible declares:]
23 For the husband is the head of the wife,
even as Christ is the head of the church:
and he is the saviour of the body.]
[Make no mistake.
Christ shares His position and authority with no one or no majority.
When it comes right down to it, God does not care whether you like what
He declares or whether you think He is fair or not.
He is Almighty God and He will not negotiate with you or your
[Hence it is in the Church.
God has placed His pastor in the Church and the Church is expected to
recognize the authority that substantiates the pastor as the head of the Church.
The Bible reminds us:]
12 And we beseech you, brethren,
to know them which labour among you, and
are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13
And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake.
And be at peace among
Guidance For The Church (vs 12)
Preach (2 Tim 4.1-5) [– Pastor’s must rightly divide the whole Word
of the God. Paul told Timothy:]
[2 Timothy 4:1-5
I charge thee
therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and
the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will
not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4
And they shall turn away
their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure
afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.]
congregation that fails to recognize the calling and command given by God to
their pastor will refuse to allow their pastor to preach and say the things he
needs to say to confront sin in the Church and challenge true spiritual growth
within the Churches people.
Christians don’t mind the exhortation and doctrine, but when the reproofs and
rebukes come they will often rebel and begin seeking to vote their pastors out
of their positions. The truth is
that some times the preaching of the Word of God hurts, for the purpose of
not need preachers with itching ears, they need God called preachers that will
minister the Word of God.]
Provide (1 Pet 5.1-4) [– Pastors must act as shepherds for their
Church. There are regular times
when they must lead their flock to the green pastures and still waters.
There are also times when they must protect the flock from its predators
and sometimes its own sheep. The
Bible reminds us:]
[1 Peter 5:1-4
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and
a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that
shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock
of God which is among you, taking the oversight
thereof, not by constraint, but
willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over
God's heritage, but being
ensamples to the flock. 4 And when
the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth
come to mind here:]
[The pastor must willingly to sacrificially lead the
[The flock must be willing to follow the pastor.
Church members must watch out for those who would cause them to doubt the
sincerity, integrity, and ability for their pastor to lead them.
The Bible warns:]
[1 Timothy 5:1
Rebuke not an elder, but intreat
him as a father;
and the younger men as
[1 Timothy 5:19 19 Against
an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.]
[It should not surprise us when persecution and
accusations arise when we are doing God’s work.
It is the worlds, and our adversaries attempt to destroy God’s man, God’s
people, and God’s work. Accusations
should be reasonably address, but God’s man must also be diligently protected,
Give him the benefit of a doubt.]
Persuade (Heb 13.17) [– A God called Pastor must be properly
understood. If God is really
leading Him to minister to you, your family, and your Church; then he will
assimilate the responsibility over your soul personally.
This is a supernatural result of God’s calling upon His life and the
level of work the Holy Spirit is doing within this man.
The Bible says:]
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:
for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do
it with joy, and not with grief: for that
is unprofitable for you.]
in our day is that many Christian fail to recognize this divinely impressed
facet of God called ministry. Our
culture is largely a free spirited, get your hands off my life, kind of
individual culture. While this
individualism is a mark of Americanism it is not a mark of God’s kingdom.
God purposefully impresses upon His pastors that they are personally
responsible for their member’s souls.
In placing this heavy burden upon them God forces them to approach his
people with a bold honesty about the Word of God and the things of God.]
members need to understand the sense of personal responsibility God engrains
within His ministers, and need to strive to understand that when they seem too
close to their life’s issues it is the expression of God’s calling and love
working through them that has brought them to where they are.]
Grounding Of The Church (vs
13-15) [– There are at least two things that God seeks to provide for you
through the structure of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.
While these are provide through the Church as whole the pastor and his
leadership is a dynamic part of the provision given and realized by each member.
Through God’s grounding you will realize:]
Maturity (vs 13; Romans 8.29) [– Through the work of the Church in your
life, including the pastors work, you will grow in Christ and will become more
and more like Christ day by day.
Clearly God’s goal for every born again Christian is that they be just like
Jesus. The Bible states:]
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate
to be conformed to the image of
his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.]
refuse to acknowledge the calling and authority of the pastor in their fold and
personal lives rob themselves of one of the most influential molding agents that
God has provided for their lives. ]
Purity (vs 14-15) [– Pastors are also one of the primary defenses that
God has provided the Church against false doctrine and false teachers who try to
infiltrate the Church. The problem
with deceivers in the Church is that they are very good at disguising their lies
from the Church. Even Pastors are
challenged with the task of identifying false teachers within the Church.
A part of the function of a pastor within a Church body is to help keep
the Church pure in doctrine and theology.]
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