Summary: To Encourage the minister to remain in the place where is assigned
Titus 1:4-5, 3:1-7
Tit 1:4-5 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. (5) For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
Tit 3:1-8 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, (2) To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. (3) For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. (4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, (5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; (7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (8) This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
There has been much teaching on the role of the pastor and his relationship to those God has placed in the local CHURCH under his authority.
Throughout the Bible, God’s people are referred to as "sheep" (Psalm 79:13, 100:3) and sheep have need of a shepherd to both feed and tend to their needs.
Both the Hebrew and Greek, translation of "shepherd," CAN also BE translated "pastors."
AND SCRIPTURE SAYS pastors or shepherds were given to the Church as a gift. (Ephesians 4:11)
SCRIPTURE DEFINES THE DUTIES OF THE shepherd/PASTOR Feed the flock Strengthen the diseased Heal the sick Bind up the broken Bring back those who were driven away AND Seek for the lost
AND SCRIPTURE IDENTIFIES THE ROLE OF THE SHEEP UNDER THE CARE OF THE SHEPHERD/PASTOR.
SOME "MUSTS" for sheep
Must know the voice of the shepherd.
Must follow the shepherd
Must eat what the shepherd feeds
Must heed the warnings of the shepherd.
THE SHEPHERD CAN ONLY LEAD IF THE SHEEP FOLLOW.
NEXT we also affirm that the role of the Pastor/shepherd is ordained not by man but by God.
This office is established by God WITH the business of the church to fulfill the Great Commission THROUGH PASTOR/SHEPHERD servant leadership.
When God wanted His people delivered from an oppressive pharaoh, He used a Servant/leader named Moses.
When he needed Jerusalem’s wall rebuilt, He used a Servant/leader named Nehemiah.
When He wanted His people to experience a golden era, He used a Servant/leader named David.
When He wanted to build a temple, He used a Servant/leader Solomon.
When he needed a statesman-prophet, He used a Servant/leader named Isaiah.
And when He needed a fearless church planter, He used a Servant/leader named Paul.