Church - Her Shepherds
Commitment to Church
Acts 20:28 - Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Let's define some terms!
Leaders are not Vicars. Vicar means "in place of", leaders do not stand in place of Christ.
Leaders are not Fathers. Jesus said "do not call anyone on earth "father", for you have one Father, and he is in heaven".
Leaders are not Priests. The new testament never uses the term priest to describe a church leader. Jesus himself has become the permanent High Priest.
Leaders are known as pastors, elders or overseers which are terms used interchangeably in the new testament. Their job is to shepherd and care for the church of God.
When a pastor leads a church he does not do so on his authority. He must carefully apply the Word of God as the authority, by the Holy Spirit. He doesn't get to make stuff up, he doesn't get to have his way and he doesn't get to overrule Jesus. He must apply the Word by teaching, rebuking, comforting and loving the church.
Thankfully the apostle Paul when writing to Timothy gave us a baseline of requirements for a pastors qualification 1 Timothy 3:1-7. It's there for us to be able to identify new leaders as well as identify those who are false leaders known as "wolves in sheep's clothing".
Being committed to church means recognising there are leaders. We want to teach you, guide you and love you... We will do this by pointing you to a person above ourselves... to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Daily Bible Reading: Acts 20:25-35
Prayer: Father, we thank you for setting pastors to watch over your church. Lord, I pray you will keep the leadership at Staines Baptist submitted and humbled under Jesus. May we lead by example of service, submission and love. Amen.