What Kind of Pastor Do You Have?

Charles-Bible-Scofield_thumb.jpgAnd I think we just need to go back to the very basic question. What is a pastor supposed to do? What is a pastor called to do? First Peter chapter 5, verse 1, “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you,” Elders, pastors, same thing. “I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder, and witness of the sufferings of Christ,” which moves it out of the equality level, to the superiority level. He is speaking as an apostle, not just an elder. “A partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed.” You remember he saw the transfigured Christ, and then verse 2, “Here’s what I want you to do. As a fellow elder, shepherd the flock of God among you. Or if you will, “Feed the flock of God among you.” That’s the mandate. That’s what pastors do. Feed the flock of God. We are not called to the culture. We are not called to revolutionize the neighborhood. We are not called to change the city, as such. That’s an indirect effect. We are called to the redeemed. We are called to the elect. We are called to the flock of God. Maybe just kind of looking a little bit at the analogy, if God has sheep, and says to me “MacArthur, take care of my sheep, and you’ll be accountable for how well you do.” Hebrews 13:17 says we will be held accountable for how we care for the sheep, the flock of God. I have been gifted by the Holy Spirit. I have been prepared and trained by the church. I have been called by the Lord of the church, the great Shepherd, and I have been given one task; and that is to shepherd the flock of God, which is among you—the flock God gives you. And, verse 4 says, “When the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” The promise of eternal reward is connected to the faithfulness of the pastor to shepherd the flock of God.

 

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