I was up early this morning praying for some families going through crisis in our church; I was also doing some personal studying about Heaven. From there I started thinking about my primary purpose as a pastor. Sadly, it wasn't what most "Church Growth Guru's" and the "Seeker-Friendly" crowd advocate. Scripture tells me the what and to a great extent, the how.
The What. If I could boil it all down, I think I can come up with three broad categories:
1) Preparing people and souls for Heaven and Eternity;
2) As A.W. Tozer would so eloquently, and bluntly, state it, "attempting to make Worshipers out of Rebels;"
3) Discipling others to grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Savior --- and equip them for useful service to the Master.
The How. Scripture is pretty specific.
Praying for and with His people;
Feeding His flock God's Word --- whether in groups or in Personal Pastoral Discipleship ("counseling");
Ministering to the sick, poor, shut-ins --- and the dying,
Interestingly enough, I couldn't find things like:
Entertaining His flock --- souls are at stake;
Addressing their "felt needs" --- souls are at stake;
Treating them as consumers --- souls are at stake;
Failing to address unrepentant sin which may put their souls, and others, at risk;
We're talking about people's souls and eternity! Sadly, at times I lose that priority.
I could add to each list but you get the point.
Look at those three general purpose statements above again. Pray that God grants me the wisdom, discernment and faithfulness to be the type of pastor He desires and you may genuinely need.
Thank you ~ Pastor Bob
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