Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Gift & a Significant Part of God's Plan

The Pastor & Teacher: A gift of Grace (He is an Elder, Overseer & Shepherd)

  • He is an Elder (The word "elder" is more of a description of "Who he is!" Who is he? He is the man of God that is AUTHORIZED by God to lead a particular flock. And as the Pastor, who is authorized to lead God's people, he is to be respected and sought out for His wisdom. Therefore the title "elder" helps us understand his God given POSITION and the AUTHORITY God has given him to take the LEAD.)

  • He is an Overseer (The word "overseer/bishop" is a description of "Why he is, who he is!" Why is he in this position? He is the man of God, that is ANOINTEDby God, with a superior vision for the flock he has been authorized to lead. And having a Pastor, with an anointing upon his life to hear, see, & know God's direction for the specific flock he is leading, it is the upmost importance for the people of God to pray for, and protect, the integrity of their pastor. Therefore the title "overseer" helps us understand his God given PURPOSE and the ANOINTING upon his life to cast God's vision/mission for a particular flock.)

  • He is a Shepherd (The word "shepherd" describes "What he does!" What does he do? He is the man of God that has been given the AGENDA to FEED the flock given to his watchful care. And having a Pastor, with a God given agenda to feed the flock with knowledge and understanding of God, it is the duty of the flock to be submissive and supportive of the man that God is using to feed them from His Word. Therefore the title "shepherd" helps us understand his PRIORITY and the AGENDA God has given him to tend and care for His people. This is what he does from day to day, so he and the flock can be conformed to the life of Jesus Christ and live for His glory, as it is revealed in God's Word. When the flock is fed, by God's man and from God's word, God's purpose and people will standout, ministries will be fulfilled and the mission of their congregation will be unveiled.

Paul talking with the elders who were overseers assigned to shepherd God's people.

And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed (shepherd) the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:17, 28

Peter talking with elders who were to take on the role of the overseer and feed God's people

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: [2] Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking theoversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; [3] Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. [4] And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 1 Peter 5:1-4

God promises to give His people leaders when they get right with Him.

And I will give you pastors (shepherds/leaders) according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15

It's a promise, and a principle, we can live by!

God will not allow the righteous soul to famish...Proverbs 10:3

Be blessed, & thanks for your time!