Asked a Man 78 years old. “What are your thoughts as you go to heaven?”
The man replied, “I never got over the sin of pornography.”
“My fear for you is in regard to you and to the church you go to”
“You need Sanctifying shepherds”
“We must be under the sanctifying word of God constantly.”
What is a Pastor to be?
The Bizarre notion of Proliferation of Independent Churches.
- The Independent Churches are troubling because they have independent pastors that answer to no one.
The Basic Question:
What is a Pastor Called to Do:
1st Peter 5:1-4.
“Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but providing to be examples to the clock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
- Pastors are called to Shepherd the FLOCK OF GOD.
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”
The is only one way to minister to the flock and that is through the WORD.
You measure the effectiveness of a man’s ministry by seeing How Godly his flock is.
While I was with then, protected them and kept them safe by the name you gave me. Non has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
- That is the mandate. To be sanctified by truth…and the WORD IS TRUTH.
As a Pastor my responsibility is not to be clever, not to the community, but in the sanctification and the shepherding of the flock THROUGH THE WORD!
The church is a worshiping people.
Sanctification is conformity to the Word of God.
Churches today try to reach the non saved at the neglect of the sanctification of the church.
The Bible was written for the church. When we try to reach the non-saved we cannot base sermons on biblical exposition. THE SCRIPTURE IS FOR BELIEVERS, THE ELECT, FOR THE REGENERATE.
All Scripture is inspired by God, is profitable for the man of God. TO equip the man of God for every good work.
“I command you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
Sheep need to be protected: PREACH THE WORD so they are moving toward Christ likeness.
Pastors are the human means of the sanctifying of God’s people.
1st Corinthians 2:14
“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from
the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot
understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
You cannon teach the bible to non-believers, they won’t believe it.
Jesus is the greatest teacher that ever lived, but they never responded to Christ until they were regenerate.
“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no Truth in him Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”
The Truth is only accepted and heard by the True Church.
Why is the Word so hated, because non-Christians are hostile to truth because they are enemy’s of God (Paul) and the Word is the revelation of God.
There is a controlling, dominating, irresistible, force in the spirit of the unbelievers that makes them incapable of hearing the word and the truth. They are dead in their transgressions and sins, they are doubly blinded by God (2 Corinthians 4:4).
As Christians we must face the reality that we still have persistent sin. It shows in a consistent, resentment and animosity toward scripture. (Romans 7:14-17)
Preach the Word over and over. In all the ways and angles that the Scripture presents the truth.
The longer you live the more you grow weary of the battle of sin between myself and my flock. (1st Corinthians 11)
“Who is week without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern”.
Preach the word of God to the people of God for they alone can believe the Word of God. Then they can go out and live renewed, transformed life.
Show me your redeemed life and I might be inclined to believe in your Redeemer.
2nd Corinthians 10:3
“For Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.”
We are in the business in destroying ideas that are contrary to the word of God. And we use the word of God to smash these ideas.
“My Children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you.” (This is the pastoral mandate. To help sanctify God’s children through the word.
“Ministry is about finding people with whom I can pour my entire life until Christ is formed in them.” – John MacArthur
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
(Little ones refers to not babies, but to Christians who are child like. “No one can enter the kingdom of heaven without entering as a child”
“If ever I am the cause of their stumbling of their sin, if ever I retard the process of their sanctification, to ever mislead them, It would be better for me to die.” – John MacArthur.
“I solemnly charge you to never be the means of leading another one into sin, if I sin alone it is bad enough, but I cause another to sin it would be doubly worse.” – Charles Spurgoun
The Sanctifying Shepherd understands the power of the flesh, the world, and of Satan and he protects his sheep from them. The Sanctifying Shepherd understands the power of truth, the word, of confrontation, and of example.
Be followers of me, as I am of Christ. Be examples of the flock so they can follow you in your faith. The goal of all of this is ministry help sanctify the flock.
FIND THAT SHEPHERD.
Be glorified in your church by having the church Manifest Christ-likeness.