A Pastor’s Job

This is something I have been wanting to write for a while,there seems to be a lot of people who think they know what a pastor should do and when they don’t do what they think they should they lash out at the pastor and the pastor’s family or they leave the church to find a pastor that will do what they want him to do. The pastor of the church you attend is not an employee of the congregation, He is not a whipping boy to lash out on and although he may be your friend that is not his primary role. I have seen a lot of people take their pastor as their friend first and when the pastor has to correct they get mad ,offended and leave the church. What people don’t realize is that after the President of the USA a pastors job is the next in line as being one of the most stressful jobs. A pastor has to care for people who will turn around and hate him for not agreeing with them. A pastor stays up at night praying for people who won’t change and will lie and accuse the pastor. A pastor’s wife will go through straight hell all the while whilst trying to keep her composure and a smile, being friendly to those who stab her husband in the back. His children will be held to standards that people won’t hold any other kids up to. And if they step just a little out of line then the pastor is “disqualified” in their eyes. Everyone will think they know the pastors job and know how to do it better. And if he stands up for biblical beliefs against opinions of people they will leave the church and talk bad about him.
In the end pray for your pastor more than you criticize him. 
The word is very clear on this subject. 
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

Hebrews 13:17 ESV

The primary terms that describe the role of the pastor are “elder,” “bishop,” and “teacher” (1 Timothy 3:1-4) refers to the oversight of the believers, and it involves teaching, preaching, caring, and exercising authority where needed.

The elder also serves in the church as leader and teacher. In Titus 1:5-9, Paul urges Titus to “appoint elders in every city.” They will teach and lead the congregation in their spiritual development. Also, in 1 Peter 5:1-4, Peter addresses his “fellow elders” and tells them to “be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve” (v. 2). 

Every church, whether large or small, needs a pastor who will shepherd, lead, feed, and guide the people to spiritual growth and service for the Lord Jesus.
Nowhere do I see doormat, punching bag, open to refute, no need to have respect for, come against them for no reason, don’t listen to their teachings, say harsh words to them, accuse them for no reason, come against their family, leave the church when they teach something that you don’t agree with.


Worship is never ending for the believer

When God is truly worshipped He will show up, when he shows up, darkness has to flee, any ailments has to flee, demons flee, people are saved, people enter into a deeper love and intimacy for Him, people are healed and bondages are broken. The majority of healings and salvations happen during a worship service.

Other Greek words translated “worship” are prokeneuo meaning “paying homage” (1 Corinthians 14:25), sebazomai, meaning “to render religious honor” (Romans 1:25), and sebomai meaning “to revere or adore” (Acts 16:14). We see this same word used by Jesus to describe the vain, hypocritical worship of God (Matthew 15:9), leading us to the conclusion that not all “worship” is acceptable to God.

But true biblical worship is to be first and foremost reverent (Hebrews 12:28). This means it is to be done with the understanding of who it is being worshiped. God is holy, just, righteous, perfect, powerful, loving, wrathful etc.

Those who wish to worship biblically must worship God as He is revealed in Scripture. Second, we must worship in truth (John 4:24). This means that it needs to line up according to the truths in Scripture. Adding our own version of worship and “expressing ourselves” is not true worship if it does not accord with the Word of God. Personal expressions of worship are not indicated anywhere in Scripture and can lead to activities that are not God-honoring. Third, true worship is worship in Spirit. Because God is Spirit, true worship is a pure, holy, spiritual worship, the offering of the soul and the homage of the heart rather than merely that of the lips. Finally, true worship will always produce a change in the heart of the worshipper, causing a greater desire to love and obey the God we worship.

If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it isn’t worship. Unless we come out of it with a greater commitment to obedience, it isn’t worship. Jesus said those who love Him will keep His commandments. If we say we love and worship Him, but do not obey Him, our worship is worthless. 

Worship is a lifestyle. People don’t have sin problems they have worship problems. People continue in their sin because they fail to worship the God of scripture.  The highest we take people most of the time is into sin management.

True biblical worship of the one true and living God is to be a lifestyle, not a moment in time (1 Corinthians 10:31). Just as they will be in eternity, our lives now are to be lives of total worship of God. When we eat, sleep, work, serve, and live from sunup to sundown, all that we do is to be in a spirit of worship of God. We are not to offer temporary, experience-oriented worship on Sunday, and then lead a secular life the rest of the week. True worship is offered to God from the depths of our inner being in praise and prayer, in song, in giving, and in living, but always based upon His revealed truth.

Worship is a lifestyle, and our manual to this lifestyle is the Bible. God wants an intimate relationship with us. Worship is everything we do, Love people,love our spouse,take care of our family, shine Christ’s light unto the world, help people, etc. It is not just the musical portion of our weekly gatherings. It is supposed to be encapsulated into our whole life. We must lead a life of Worship.