Tuesday, April 17, 2012

When is it...Time to Change Churches? End of Part 1



Pastors come in many different sizes and shapes. The pastors have many different types of personalities. Some pastors have a desire to do home visitations; others have a strong desire to do a prison ministry. God can and does use many different types of men in the role of pastor. An effective pastor, who is truly preaching the whole counsel of God’s Word, is one who will be effective in reaching the lost person. That does not necessarily mean he will have the largest church and be on TV. What it does mean is that the people within his church will have a burning desire to be in God’s House every time the doors are open. The people will want to hear God’s Word spoken and taught properly. They will not go for the sake of being entertained, told jokes, and made to cry. They will go because they have a true love for God. They will go even though sin is preached and the call for repentance is demanded of all true followers of Christ. God’s love is preached but so is His Wrath. It is not a one-sided message. It is the whole counsel of God’s Word.

The message taught in this book will be consistent. DISCERNMENT!

Without discernment by the pastor, he will teach false doctrine. Without discernment by the congregation, they will fall for anything the pastor teachings.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

When studying the word of God, are you rightly dividing the word of truth? Or are you only taking the scriptures you agree with and disregarding the ones you do not like? Again, if you say that the bible is the inspired, inerrant and infallible word of God, then don’t eliminate any part of the bible. Take everything in context to the rest of the chapter as well as the bible as a whole.

For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 4:33

One final comment in regards to pastors.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:2-4

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