Preachers, Preaching, Professional

Biblical Interpretation cloud

A local church has an open for a preacher (who is a lawyer) who will come and serve the members of the church, by preaching sermons, by visiting the sick, by counseling the depressed, speak in the Health Care Home, keep the lawn at the church looking nice, and a little landscaping would feather your changes. And oh, we can’t pay you a thing, do it because you are called to be a preacher and not as a profession.

 

A man trying to find a church for the first time, arrived while the pastor was preaching. “Is the service over?” he asked. The usher at the door replied, “Yes, but the preacher doesn’t know it yet.” As evangelistic preachers we don’t need to stop preaching, but we do need to know when to stop sermons. (quote)

Reading John Pipers book: “Brothers, We Are Not Professionals”. Which I have only read the introduction. I have grown up with this idea that preachers are the poorest of the poorest, and the uneducated of the uneducated. And they don’t deserve to receive any monies for their work because they are called by God. For many years I thought the same way. . I thought when I went into ministry that would be my sole support of living. I thought that as a pastor of a church that the church would want to support our family. Charity and I have been glad that we have had some good people in our churches who were glad to take care of the needs the Whisnant family.

Being reading John Pipers book: Brothers, We Are Not Professionals”. Which I have only read the introduction. I have grown up with this idea that preachers are the poorest of the poorest, and the uneducated of the uneducated. And they don’t deserve to receive any monies for their serves because they are called by God to be this way. And many years in ministry I felt that way myself. I thought when I went into ministry that would be my sole support of living. I thought that as a pastor of a church that the church would want to support our family. But the mind set of so many people in some areas is that the preacher should not get paid and he should just figure out how he is to support his family. In my opinion that is just wrong.

iverting The Lord’s Heralds
The work of a preacher is short and simple in its description, but large and vital in its scope. Men seen to become dissatisfied with God’s simple work and have devised many other roles and works for their “preachers.”

By this device, Satan delays, distracts and diverts the important work of Kingdom works His heralds into a thousand channels. As churches have expanded their work and mission beyond what the Lord gave, they have expanded the “job description” a preacher.

We are told preachers are to be pastors or “shepherds” and counselors busy visiting, overseeing and guiding “the flock.” We are told preachers are to be deacons, caretakers and superintendents managing and supervising the church building and facilities.

But a gospel preacher is not a “pastor,” shepherd, elder or counselor. A pastor is a shepherd, the office of an elder, bishop or overseer. This is a different worker for the Lord with a different work.

A pastor’s work is to shepherd and oversee the flock, watching for their souls (Acts 20: 17, 28; Heb. 13:17). A preacher appoints men qualified to do the work of a shepherd, but he does not do their work, as he has sufficient of his own (Act 14:23, 21-25; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3:1-7).

 

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