Summary: This is the 9th sermon in the series "Church On The Rocks". This sermon identifies the responsibilities of a pastor.

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Sunday Morning January 19, 2003 Bel Aire Baptist Church

Series: ¡§Church On The Rocks¡¨ (#9)


1 Corinthians 4:1-21


1. I have learned after 4 years of being a pastor that everyone except me knows what the pastor should be doing. I know that sounds harsh, but that is exactly what Paul was saying to this church in Corinth and from the way I see it, things haven¡¦t changed much after all of these years.

2. See, the way I figured this out is because I hear things like, ¡§Preacher you need to go see so and so.¡¨ Or, ¡§Preacher such and such is broken and you need to make sure that gets fixed.¡¨ Or, ¡§So and so is unhappy and you need to go find out what you did to them¡¨. Or, ¡§Preacher, you know you said we should be worried about the salvation of our friends and family? Would you go talk to my neighbor about Jesus because I don¡¦t think they are saved?¡¨ The list goes on and on.

3. I have also learned that many people think their pastor doesn¡¦t do anything except preach 2x¡¦s on Sundays and he does something on Wednesdays for an hour or so. These people are absolutely amazed when they find out that the pastor works an average of 75 hours a week.

4. While some think that preachers do nothing others feel like their preacher should do everything at the church. After all, you pay his salary. When I say everything I mean things like plumbing, landscape, cleaning, repair, child care, etc¡K ¡§Hey, if that preacher really loves Jesus, He will do whatever it takes to grow this church¡¨. By the way, these people also expect the pastor¡¦s wife to pick up the slack from anything he can¡¦t get done. So is this how God wants it to be? May be this is why so many churches are having problems. Their pastor is not pasturing the church because he is too busy doing everything else in order to keep his job.

5. So what does the Bible say a Pastor should be doing? Let¡¦s look at 4 descriptions of a pastor in our text this morning.

1 Corinthians 4:1

Description #1: A Servant Of Christ

1. The word ¡§servant¡¨ in our text means ¡§under rower.¡¨ An under rower was a galley slave who rowed a ship from the bottom tier of the ship. These were the ¡§low lives¡¨ of the slave world. There job was to move that ship forward for their captain.

2. The pastor is to be an under rower for the Kingdom of God. He is to move the church forward for the captain of the ship. Who is the captain? It is God. How does the Pastor know God¡¦s direction? By listening to God speak to Him through Scripture and prayer. That means that the Pastor¡¦s prayer time must be a priority. Statistics show that the average Pastor prays 5 minutes a day.

3. There is 3 very important points I must make about the Pastor being a slave:

„« First, who does the pastor serve? God.

„« Secondly, who tells the pastor where to lead? God.

„« Thirdly, does this make the Pastor anymore important to God than anyone else? Absolutely not.

1 Corinthians 4:1-8

Not only is the Pastor to be an ¡§under rower¡¨, he is also described as¡K

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