Summary: A sermon examining what God expects from those who shepherd His flock.
What The Word Of God Says About The Man Of God
I found an illustration that sums up what most people expect out of a pastor:
The Perfect Pastor
The perfect pastor preaches exactly 10 minutes.
He condemns sin roundly but never hurts anyone’s feelings.
He works from 8am until midnight and is also the church janitor.
The perfect pastor makes $40 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car,
buys good books, and donates $30 a week to the church.
He is 29 years old and has 40 years experience.
Above all, he is handsome.
The perfect pastor has a burning desire to work with teenagers,
and he spends most of his time with the senior citizens.
He smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor
that keeps him seriously dedicated to his church.
He makes 15 home visits a day
and is always in his office to be handy when needed.
The perfect pastor always has time for church council and all of its committees.
He never misses the meeting of any church organization
and is always busy evangelizing the unchurched.
The perfect pastor is always in the church down the street!
From sermon illustrations. com
I will say this with a great deal of confidence. There are three things expected out of God’s man: To Pray, To Prepare and to Preach. It is that simple.
This may surprise you but some church folks have unrealistic expectations from their pastor. Thankfully, God’s Word goes in great detail concerning your responsibility.
Let’s begin with the word “Ordination” - In John 15:16 Jesus speaking to His disciples said “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you” - The word ordained there would be better translated “to appoint” or “set apart for a special work”
Charles Spurgeon is popularly believed to have said that ordination was simply “laying idle hands on empty heads.”
The real work in the man of God has been accomplished through the work of the Holy Spirit and your submission to Him.
Paul says in - 1 Timothy 3:1 ¶This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
It is a “good work”. It is an honor to know that you are God’s man. God has called your name. And selected you to pastor your church.
I want you to look with me if you will to II Timothy 4:1-8
Paul had been a part of ordaining Timothy into the Gospel ministry. (1 Timothy 4:14)Considering the context of this epistle, Paul realizes that he soon will die. But before he goes he wants to ensure that Timothy has a firm grasp on the responsibilities of the ministry. Let’s walk through these verses and consider the thought “What The Word Of God Says About The Man Of God”
2 Timothy 4:1 ¶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.When it comes to preaching, the most important words you will ever here are found in verse 2…
1) “PREACH THE WORD!”
Nothing can substitute the Word of God.
o Nothing will do what the pure unadulterated Word of God can do in the lives of Men and Women.
The Word “Preach” literally means “to herald” - The picture that is painted here is a King’s messenger to the people. He would relay the King’s words with a voice that was loud and clear. He had a message that was to be HEARD and HEEDED
Listen up church:
The King’s messenger was an important man. He was to be respected and unhindered. He wasn’t an ambassador to be negotiated with; He was a messenger that MUST BE HEARD!!Why? Because the message wasn’t his …HE SPOKE FOR THE KING!!! You may not like what the preacher is preaching, but IF HE is in THE WORD, the message is the King’s not the preacher’s!
Notice the content of the message “The Word” this refers to the “whole counsel of God”
In order for you to preach the Word, it requires you to study the Word - 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Church, It is more important for the pastor to study the Word than for him to be at your beck and call or for him meet your every need. - Adrian Rogers said that “a preacher, who is always available, isn’t worth much when he is!”