RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL
LESSON TWENTY-ONE Sunday 24th January 2016
THE MINISTRY OF THE PASTOR
MEMORY VERSE: “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. “ – 1 Peter 5:2-3
BIBLE PASSAGE: John 10: 1-8
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
INTRODUCTION: The call to be a Pastor is so important that not just anyone can take up the office. God promises His people in Jeremiah 3: 15 – “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”. Jesus is our best example of a Pastor. Hebrews 13:20; John 10:14.
—- LESSON OUTLINE —-
1. WHO IS A PASTOR?
2. THE PORTRAIT OF A PASTOR WHO IS A PASTOR?
The Hebrew and Greek words translated ‘pastor’ in the scriptures are ‘ra’ah’ and ‘poimen’ respectively meaning ‘shepherd’. The calling of a pastor is that of a ‘shepherd’: to tend, feed and guard the sheep or flock of God.
There are three categories of Shepherds: the sheep keepers (John 10:1-4), the sheep eaters (Jeremiah 12:10) and the sheep scatterers (Jeremiah 23:1-2). A pastor is an overseer of a number of God’s people. Pastors are church leaders called by God to take long-term responsibility for the spiritual needs and welfare of a body of believers. They give proper attention to people and are accessible to the sheep. They do a lot of counselling, praying and restoration of lost souls (Jeremiah 3:15).
THE PORTRAIT OF A PASTOR
A pastor is known by the following characteristics:
1. Called by God and not someone seeking honour, respect, self-comfort etc. (1 Corinthians 12: 28; 1 Peter 5:2).
2. Have a personal encounter with God and a good knowledge of God’s word (Jeremiah 2:8, 3:15).
3. Compassionate and tender-hearted (Mark 6:34; Matthew 14:14).
4. Have a relationship with the sheep (John 10:3,5).
5. Places high value on the soul of man – (John 10:9-13).
6. Visits, feeds, restores, and protects the sheep – (Jeremiah 23:2; Ezekiel 34:12-16).
7. Good example for the sheep. He leads and lives by example (Titus 2:7; 1Timothy 3:1-7).
Pastors are accountable to God for the very ways they handle the sheep. Good pastors always seek God’s face for the flock. The flock must be fed with green pastures i.e. sound doctrines to keep them spiritually healthy (Acts 20:28).
1. Who is a pastor?
2. What qualities distinguish a good pastor?
Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit
o MONDAY: Matthew 25:32 – No unsaved soul shall be numbered with the saints on the last day. Please, count me worthy, 0 Lord.
o TUESDAY: Mark 14:27′:’ The great Shepherd of our souls is able to keep our pastors from the rod of the evil one in order to keep the flock secure.
o WEDNESDAY: 1 Peter 5:4 – All faithful pastors shall be honoured with the crown of glory when the Lord shall come.
o THURSDAY: Matthew 25:44 – Services done to the flock of Christ are also done to the Lord Himself who shall reward accordingly.
o FRIDAY: Matthew 10:43 – The ministry of a shepherd is that of a servant. Anyone who is not ready to serve will not succeed as a pastor.
o SATURDAY: Ephesians 3:7 – The gift of the grace of God is what made us what we are and not of any personal merit.
o SUNDAY: 1 Peter 4:10 – We are called to minister to one another in one capacity or the other.