Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-10
Memory Verse: “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not be constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;” (1 Peter 5:2)
Introduction: There is nothing mysterious about the role of a pastor. It is simply one of the ministries that God has ordained and set in order in the Church. The word “pastor” might just as well have been translated “shepherd,” except for the need to differentiate between one who ministers to the children of God and one who tends to literal sheep. The very obvious and real meaning of the word “pastor,” then, is one who feeds and cares for the people who comprise God’s flock or Church. We may well understand this truth simply by noting the many references that Christ Himself made to the relationship between Himself, as “chief Shepherd,” and His sheep.
Almost any can bake, if the baking is a TV dinner, or nearly any person could prepare his own meal, if it were only a can of soup. But real planning and talent are behind the preparation of a sumptuous banquet. The relationship is much the same with spiritual food. If any pastor wants to enhance his ministry, the preparation must be his first order of attention. One or two days a week are not an excessive amount of time for the pastor to spend preparing a Sabbath “meal” for his congregation. The results of adequate prayer and preparation before preaching will pay off in rich dividends for the Church so nourished.
These are days when a true pastor has his work cut out for him. There is much heresy afoot, and dreadful temptations beckon on every hand to the ill-fed and unwarned member of a church fellowship. But Christians who are properly fed and warned against the delusions of Satan will never succumb to these dangers. The pastor who concerns himself with breaking this bread of life to those people over which the Holy Ghost has appointed him, will enjoy a rewarding and satisfying work.
- What is the meaning of the word “pastor”? Define.
- Did the Apostle Peter receive a commission to be a pastor? John 21:15-17. What exhortation did he give others to follow the same calling? 1 Peter 5:1-4.
- What are some of the duties of a pastor alluded to in John 10?
- Did the Apostle Paul ever assume any pastoral responsibilities? Acts 20:28-29; 1 Corinthians 3:2.
- Describe the perfect Christian relationship between pastors and their congregations. 1 Peter 5:2-3; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Timothy 5:17.
- Who is the Chief Pastor and best example of pastoral responsibility? Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 5:4; John 10:11.
- Are there any false pastors? Describe how they differ from truly God-called ministers. Jeremiah 23:21-32; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.
- What and when will be the fulfillment of Jeremiah 23:1-6?
- Give three general phases of a pastor’s work. Ephesians 4:11-12.
- What is the great requirement for spiritual leadership and responsibility on the part of pastors and other ministers? 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 2:7; 1 Peter 5:3.