Summary: We have to know who we are and trust God that our pastors are who God has called them to be
Who are you?
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Anniversary, birthday, wedding, celebration, birth of Christ
When did we receive these events?
No matter, this is when we celebrate them.
We should see some growth
All of us are preachers at some level
Preach - Speak, plead, or argue (present reasons) in favor of
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Are you an apostles?
Apostle - An ardent early supporter of a cause or reform
Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
Are you a prophet?
Prophets - Someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God
Numbers 11:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were PROPHETs, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
Ezekiel 13:2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD; 3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts
Are you an Evangelist?
Evangelist - A preacher of the Christian gospel
Acts 21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.
Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Are you a teacher?
Teach - Impart skills or knowledge to
Isaiah 30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy TEACHERS be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy TEACHERS:
Are you a pastor?
Pastors - A person authorized to conduct religious worship
Too many are moving without authorization
Jeremiah 10:21 For the PASTORs are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
Jeremiah 12:10 Many PASTORs have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
Jeremiah 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the PASTORs that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.