Too often I think we as preachers begin to question why am I a pastor of people who really don’t really like coming to the church you are the pastor. People sometimes have their priorities. Pastor’s are Shepherds and when sheep get too far away from the flock they get lost. John 21:14-17 and First Peter 5:1-4. My text this past Sunday. When the sheep go to other flocks it does make you wonder.
Here is what I like doing best as a shepherd, pastor, preacher or teach of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, OH: Discipleship of Believers. I desire to see Disciples not. Deciders I try to be a Ephesians 4:12-14 kind of preacher. I want to see 30 year old strong Christians. I am not after the moment kind of person who makes a profession of faith and then never to see than again.
If you desire a transformation of life for the better, than you need to transform your habits that you call the norm. If you are doing the same things that you always do, than you will continue to do the same things. Romans 12:1 and 2 words from the Lord really work.
Suffering is not always something that must be escaped. I know there is this American sentiment that we have a right to a pain-fee existence. But James 1:2-4 tells us that trials of many kinds are good for they test our faith does develop our perseverance.