How to Love Your Pastor
It is a joy to be a part of this pastor installation service. I enjoyed my ministry here and did my best to prepare you for this special time.
I had the opportunity to know several pastor's at Belleview Baptist Church in Memphis. I remember Ramsey Pollard who followed Dr. R. G. Lee. He told one pastor several years ago, ''After 47 years in the ministry, it is harder to be a pastor today than at any time in my life.''
Keep in mind that after his ten year ministry, Adrian Rogers served there more than twenty years, and now Steve Gains has been there for several years.
The ministry has long been filled with hardships, but never more so than today. It is in this context that Jesus said, ''He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward.''
Jesus was preparing to send the 70 on a preaching mission. His instructions were comprehensive: They were told where to go, what to say, and what to expect. They should expect rejection, arrests, scourging's, hatred and even death. Then he reminds them ''That the servant is no greater than his master.'' He was to experience those things and they should expect no less.
It is in this context that he issues this word and this challenge and promise.
The church must have its orators, dynamic leaders, and charismatic preachers. But we cannot all be prophets and preachers and proclaim the Word of God. However we can help those who are. And when we do, we receive a prophet's reward. Browning said, ''All service ranks the same with God.''
What does it mean to receive a prophet?
1. WE ARE TO HONOR OUR PASTOR.
1. We are to honor him because of his call.
I was saved when I was ten. I was called to preach when I was seventeen. My call to preach was more dramatic than my salvation experience.
No one was more surprised than I when God called me to preach. I did not come from a long line of preachers. I did not deserve to be ...
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