Pastor’s Column: What Pastors Need to Be Talking About Right Now
The work of the Pastor has never been so important as it is today. As I search the scriptures for the expectation of God for anyone in the pastoral calling, I came across a passage in Jeremiah 17:16. It says: “As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.”
the calling of the pastor, like other spiritual offices, is geared towards perfecting the saints…
In the New Testament, Apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesian church, stated that the calling of the pastor, like other spiritual offices, is geared towards perfecting the saints, doing the work of the ministry, and edifying the body of Christ to the end that we all come to the:
…unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Eph 4:11-15).
Such a lofty and divine assignment cannot be achieved without the help of God.
Too many people are devoted to things that are temporal rather than matters of eternal value. This is where the pastor comes in.
God said he will “give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding” (Jeremiah 3:15).
balance between messages that promote salvation of souls and edification of saved souls.
…what would Jesus be talking about now if He was physically ministering on earth?
Pastors need to remind us of these 8 truths:
- Conditions of our time – there’s an atmosphere of spiritual lethargy, coldness and lukewarm attitude everywhere. This is against God’s will for us (Revelation 3:16-16).
- Carefulness (personal watchfulness) and greater consideration for truth, rather than falsehood (Proverbs 23:23).
- Critical examination of our lives (walking in the light) (2 Corinthians 13:5; Ephesians 5:8)
- Commitment to God and His word (Psalm 119:16, 65,67) – tell people to read the word of God and take their examples from it not from the world around them.
- Contentment in Christ and condemnation of worldliness (1 Timothy 6:6-8)
- Character building in all godliness – promotes fruit of the spirit – love joy (Gal 5:22; Eph 5:9)
- Casting all cares on God and readiness for heaven (1 Peter 5:7)
- Consequences of disobeying God and His word (soul’s eternity in heaven or hell, depending on decisions made for or against Christ) (Psalm 9:17; 16:10)
Pastors MUST pause, think about the ministry of Christ on earth, and ask the important question: what would Jesus be talking about now if He was physically ministering on earth?
That would make their job a little easier. Jesus was very focused from the beginning of His ministry. In Luke, we see that Jesus was:
…anointed to preach the gospel to the poor; sent to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. (Luke 4:18)
Lots of people are in captivity today. Jesus came to set people free from the bondage of sin, sickness and loss of purpose in life.
The church today must preach vigorously about the kingdom of God, the joy therein and how to be a candidate of the kingdom.
Finally, the need to fear God must be central to all that the pastor preaches: “But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” (Luke 12:5)
Dr. Akin Adeniyi is Pastor of Deeper Life Bible Church in St. Paul, MN and is the Region Overseer of DLBC Churches in Central Region II. Deeper Life Bible Church is a part of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry in Nigeria.