Saturday, September 05, 2009

What Does a Pastor Do?

I love John MacArthur and the ministry that he has. He's been going strong for something like 50 years of preaching now, and his books and messages are a great tonic for me whenever I get depressed.

I recently took over as the interim pastor of a small church in my town, and found quickly that the temptation to do everything can be very overwhelming, so when I saw this pasted on Facebook, I wanted to read it immediately. It will hopefully serve to remind me of why I'm ultimately there - to feed the flock of God. You can read the entire article at Grace To You's website, but here's a teaser.
If you’re a pastor, you have one job...you have one job. It’s this, Shepherd the flock of God among you....that’s your job. You are not a cultural evangelist, you are not a society penetrator, you’re not an entrepreneur, you’re not a revolutionary, you are a feeder of the flock of God.

Jesus said:
“I will build My church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”
“All whom the Father chose will be called.”
“All who are called will come.”
“All who come will be received by Christ.”
“All whom Christ receives, He will keep. All whom He keeps, He will raise at the last day.”

Our job is to feed His sheep. And the day you move your eyes beyond the people sitting in your church who belong to Christ, that’s the day you just lost your purpose.

2 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD
CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD?

What is the meaning of calling on the name of the Lord? Many assume that believing in Jesus and saying a form of a sinner's prayer constitutes, calling on the name of the Lord. The problem with that theory is none of the conversions under the New Covenant support that assumption. Not one time is anyone ever told to believe and say the sinner's prayer in order to be saved.

The apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost quoted the prophet Joel, Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (NKJV)

The apostle Peter preached the first gospel sermon under the New Covenant. Peter did not tell the 3000 converts to believe and say the sinner's prayer.

Peter preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He preached Jesus as both Lord and Christ. When they heard this they asked Peter and the rest of the brethren what they should do?(Acts 2:22-37) Peter told them what to do. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

How did the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost call on the name of the Lord and become saved?
1. They believed that Jesus was both Lord and Christ.
2. They believed that God raised Jesus from the grave.
3. They repented. Repentance is a change of heart. Repentance means to be converted so that God may forgive your sins. Repentance is to make the intellectual commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God. (Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38)
4. They were immersed in water (baptized) so that their sins could be forgiven.

How did the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost not call on the name of the Lord?
1. They did not say a sinner's prayer.
2. Not one person was asked to pray for forgiveness.
3. Not one single man was told to be baptized as a testimony of his faith.
4. No one was told that water baptism was a just an act of obedience.
5. No one was informed they were saved the very minute they believed.
6. Not one person was told that water baptism was not essential for the forgiveness of sins.
7. Not one person was told to be baptized so they could join a denominational church.

Jesus said he that believes and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16"16) Jesus did not say he who believes and says a sinner's prayer shall be saved.

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Posted by Steve Finnell at 9:07 AM No comments:

Steve Finnell said...

WAS THE THIEF ON THE CROSS QUALIFIED TO BE A BAPTIST? BY STEVE FINNELL

Did the thief on the cross meet the qualifications to become of member of the Baptist Church? NO, he did not.

1. To be a member of the Baptist Church you must be baptized in water.

The thief was not baptized.

2. To be a member of the Baptist Church you must say the sinner's prayer.

The thief did not say the sinner's prayer.

3. To be a member of the Baptist Church you must believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.

The thief did not believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus was still alive when the the thief was saved.

Baptists believe that men today can be saved just as was the thief on the cross.

Was the thief saved. Yes. The thief was saved before the new covenant was in force. Men today cannot be saved like the thief.


Baptists believe you can get into heaven without being baptized, however, they believe you have to baptized to become a member of the Baptist Church.

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....(NKJV)

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