Sermon: We have an Advocate

Hello all,

Here is a copy of my sermon from today. It was titled, “We have an Advocate”.

It touched on four main points from 1 John 2…

  1. We have an Advocate
  2. An old/new commandment to love one another
  3. Do not love the world
  4. Watch out for antichrists

You can find the text on my personal website here and the audio on our church website here.

God Bless,

Dave

What is the Pastor’s role?

As a Pastor I recently started to look at the Pastor’s role according to the Bible. We all have our ideas of what the Pastor should do, but I think it is important to start from what the Bible says.

The term Pastor only appears once in the New Testament. This might surprise some, as it did me when I looked it up first time. So what is the context of the one time it is mentioned?

Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”

This is the only reference to the Pastor. The role mentioned above is an equipping role. Equipping the people of God to do the work of God in the church and the world.

I asked someone at the denomination that I am apart of and they said the same thing. The Pastor is there is equip the church to do the work of ministry, not do the work of ministry on behalf of the church.

So the Pastor’s role is a teaching and equipping role. This happens through sermons, Bible studies, and encouraging the church in their faith.

The interesting thing that I aslo found is the Greek word used for Pastor is Poimen. This is translated as Pastor in the above passage, where is other places it is translated as shepherd. This is where the Pastor as a shepherd image comes in.

In 1 Peter 5:2-3 it says, ” 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. ”

The second role of a Pastor is to shepherd God’s flock. To watch over them, look out for them, counsel them, provide an environment where they can grow in their faith in Christ, living out a godly life as an example and to lead them with the other Elders to the place where God wants them to be.

Pastors do so many things but the two main roles they will be accountable to God for is equipping the church members to do the works of service and shepherding the flock entrusted to their care.

My final thought of the role of a Pastor is the Greek word for flock – Poimnion – this means a group of believers. The Pastor (Poimen) looks after the flock (Poimnion). The focus on the Pastor should first and foremost on the group of believers they are overseeing.

It is a really interesting exercise to research the biblical role of the Pastor. With people expecting so much of Pastor’s and the many different roles they undertake, equipping and shepherding needs to be the focus.

God Bless,

Dave

Just hang in there

Today as I was reading Hebrews 10, the following two verses jumped out at me…


In these two verses two words really jumped off the page –  “patient endurance”. Patience often means waiting. Endurance means continuing on for a long time doing the same thing.

So I guess you could say patient endurance means “just hang in there”. It is hard when you want something to happen now. 

But God promises we will recieve all He promised in verse 36. He also promises we will reap a harvest if we do not give up doing good in Galatians 6:2.

If you are waiting on breakthrough today, I would encourage you to just hang in there with patient endurance. We can trust God because we know He IS a God who backs up His Word.

God Bless,

Dave

A great report of faith

In 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 the Apostle Paul tells of the peoples great faith. He says their faith is known far and wide. It says…


There are a number of important elements in these verses…

1. They turned from serving idols to serving God.

2. They have a vibrant faith that others have heard about. Their faith and reputation goes before them.

3. They are looking forward to return of Jesus.

4. They are rescued from future judgment because of their faith in Christ.

Wouldn’t it be great if people said these things about our churches? Wouldn’t it be great if our faith reputation went before us? 

God Bless,

Dave

Saved by grace to serve

Ephesians 2: 8-10 says, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

One of the great truths of the Bible is we are saved by grace thought faith in Christ. This means we become Christians through God’s unmerited grace, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part. 

Out of love for God and out gratitude for this free gift from God, we should seek to help and serve others with kindness, love, and gentleness, and not just not live as we please.

While no action or work we do can help us obtain salvation, God’s intention is that our salvation will result in acts of service. We are not saved merely for our own benefit, but to serve Christ and build up the church.

God wants to save us. That is why Christ came and died on the cross for us. God wants us to accept this and go one and serve Him all the days of our lives. We truly are saved by grace to serve.

God Bless,

Dave

Valentines Day and the love of God

One Valentines Day we talk about the love we have for one another, especially those who are couples. On this day we should also remember the love God has for us. God’s love can be seen in a number of ways.

1. In His love for us even when He knows all about us

Psalms 139:1 – O LORD, You have examined my heart and know everything about me.

2. In His amazing hope filled plan He has for our lives

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

3. In the way He gave up His Son for us

John 3:16 – “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

4. In the way He is always there for us

Deuteronomy 31:8 – Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

5. In the way He has always loved us

Jeremiah 31:3 – Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself.

These are just five of the ways God has showed His great love for us.

God Bless,
Dave