3. A Critical Spirit:
- Someone who criticizes others all the time. One who only sees the worst in everyone and everything.
- The devil is called the accuser of the brethren. We must be careful not to do the devil's work by accusing each other. Revelation 12:10
- 2 Samuel 15:1-4
- Absalom had a critical spirit. He pointed out the shortcomings of King David to the Israelites and won the hearts of the people.
- We who are not perfect, should not demand perfection from others. Every thing that is good about us came from God. We should not look down on others because they are different.
- Matthew 7:1-5 - God does not want us to be critical and judgmental of others.
- When we see something missing in our church, instead of complaining about it, we should help to solve that problem.
3. A Critical Spirit:
- Sometimes members become offended at the pastor. 2 Kings 5:1-17
- Naaman was angry with Prophet Elisha because of the instructions he was given. However when he obeyed the instructions, he was cured of his leprosy.
- Do not be offended at our pastor's preaching. He is telling us what God wants us to hear.
- Instead obey the Word of God that comes to us through the preaching.
- God helps us to obey His commandments.
- Philippians 2:13 (KJV)
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of ] his[ good pleasure.]
- It is common for one to get offended in a church. A church is like a construction site. On a construction site it is easy to get hurt or injured.
- The leader can be offended by the members. A member can be offended by the pastor or by another member.
- 1 Timothy 3:14, 15 - it is necessary learn how to behave in the church.
- When corrected, it is an opportunity to learn something new. One should not get offended when corrected or rebuked.
- James 1:22-25 - the Word of God is a mirror. Be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only.
- Hebrews 4:12 - the Word of God is a sword. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable when to hear the Word, but one needs to be humble and change their life, instead of getting offended.
- In order to advance in life, we need to work on our blind spots and become better in those areas.
- Psalm 100:3
- Psalm 23:1
- John 15:16
God sees His people as sheep, dependent creatures and is so interested in our involvement to help make the fruit reman that our prayers are answered based on fruit that remains.
1. All you need is a desire - to be involved in the work of keeping the sheep. 1 Tim 3:1 ... If a man deisre... A bishop is simply someone who oversees God's people.
- Gal 4:18 - It is good to always be zealously affected in a good thing.
- God works with our desires and willingness Phil 2:13
- Isa 6:8-9 The prophet just volunteered himself when the LORD asked for someone to send. And the LORD accepted and sent him.
2. Becoming a shepherd is a natural stage in the development of a believer.
- Heb 5:12
3. There is a great need for shepherds.
- Matt 9:36-38 - v37 the harvest is plentious but the laborers are few.
4. God's people are scattered.
- Matt 9:36
- Ezekiel 34:5
- The devil has access to God's people because there is no one to take care of them.
5. In order to fulfil the great commission. Mat 28:19-20
- The commission is to go and teach - a process not a single event.
- 2 Tim 2:2 - the same commit to faithful men that will teach others also.
Jeremiah 3:15 - pastors are a gift from God. God gives us pastors to help us to get knowledge and understanding.
- We need to have knowledge to be successful in life.
e.g.1 Peter 3:7 - we need knowledge to be successful in marriage.
- John 13:20 - when we receive pastors, we receive Jesus, who sent the pastor, and God the Father, who sent Jesus into this world.
- God may send us a pastor in answer to our prayers about specific problems we have.
Exodus 3:6-10 says that God sent Moses to rescue the Israelites as a result of their cries to God.
- Acts 9:3-7 - God told Paul to go to a man of God in the city, who will tell him, Paul, what to do.
- In Acts 10:1-6 - God told Cornelius to send for Simon Peter, who will tell him, Cornelius what he should do.
- 2 Chronicles 20:20 - God wants us to believe in God's prophets so that we can prosper.
We need to allow ourselves to be pastored, by reaching out to our pastors, and stop trying to avoid them.
- God sent Nathan to tell King David that he had to repent of adultery and murder. We need to be like David and admit our mistakes, and value our pastors.