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Protect the People (3 of 4)
Series: The Role of the Pastor
Tonight, we continue our series on The Role of the Pastor. This is a four-part series that will cover four major roles of a pastor: love, lead, protect feed. Last time we talked about how a pastor is to lead the people. This week, we talk about how a pastor is to protect the people.
Now remember, this is not a series on the qualifications of a pastor. Those are spelled out very clearly in the pastoral epistles and we'll get to them one day but that's not this series.
This is a series about the function of the pastor or the job of the pastor. What should the pastor do according to the Word. So we are not dealing with the requirements but the role; not who he should be, but what he must do.
And the objective standard for defining the pastor's role and responsibility is the Word of God. It's not my opinion, or your opinion, or the opinion of any denomination. No, the Word of God gives the objective standard for the role of the pastor. READ TEXT
Remember, the Bible portrays the pastor as a shepherd. And part of the shepherd's job is to protect the sheep. From what? From ''wolves in sheep's clothing.'' In other words, from false teachers.
The enemy is sneaky and he knows how to deceive. The most dangerous lie is one that has just enough truth to make it believable.
So, as a pastor, part of my job is to protect the church from false teaching and false teachers. You see, as a father, I'm an authority in my home. It's my job to provide, to lead and to protect. So, if anyone wants to hurt my family, I'm going to do anything I can to protect them. I'll introduce them to Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson. As the pastor in the church, God has granted me the authority to lead and to protect. And I should be just as vigorous about protecting the church from false doctrine as I am about protecting my family.*
By the way, the best way I can protect you from false teaching is ...
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