The Ministry of the Pastor-Teacher
morning we continue now with the second segment of our
consideration of the place of the pastor-teacher in the local church. This
is a key section of consideration
because it is very difficult to find churches in which this is
It is very
difficult to find Christians, even
in Bible-teaching churches, who have clear concepts of the pastor and
position, his duties, and his responsibilities other than a lot of
had a call this week from a man with a question on the
tape entitled “The Neutralizing of Confessed Sin.” After
we finished talking awhile, he
commented on how helpful he had found the Berean tapes though he said,
have to admit that initially I had what has been called the negative
response to what I heard.” This
interesting to me because I’ve discovered that this is a
common response, a
common reaction to divine viewpoint. And
I think the reason for it is the extent to which churches have
Christians to drift away from the Word of God.
They have moved
into programs instead of expositions of the
views as conveyed in the Bible.
people who are church members (have their) first contact
with what God really thinks, it sounds offbeat to them.
very frequently, to the most genuine
exposition of the Word of God, the average church member has a negative
Later on they
begin to realize
that what they’re hearing is the real thing and that their
has given them ideas that are a complete fraud.
was exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ
He has the same
He brought a very
exposition of the Old Testament law and of the Old Testament Bible, the
revelation as it was possessed unto that time, but what He brought was
The reason for
this was that
He was contradicting what people had been led to believe by their
So Jesus, who
sounded to many
people as One who spoke with authority, was welcomed by some but was
They thought He
some big know-it-all, somebody who was above their own rabbis and the
they had always had, and that He thought He was better than all the
that their rabbis had given them. So
they sought to trip Him up on His words and to contradict Him.
enough again, these are the same reactions we
find reported from people who happen to listen to some of the tapes
One person told
me the other
day, a man who was listening to this (certain) tape, and he said,
sound like they really know everything, but I’m going to
listen carefully and
I’m going to catch them and trip them up in their words. I
haven’t so far but I will.” Well
sooner or later he probably will, but he
is pained by the fact that his false assumption that he has picked up
denomination or from our society in general, is being challenged.
your person background may cause you to be negative
toward these doctrinal studies, not because what you hear is false, but
it’s contrary to your particular background.
So I would
suggest again that you learn the technique of being filled
with God the Holy Spirit.
you can learn nothing of Bible doctrine.
enough to the Word explained so you get the big picture
before you make a decision.
what you’ve learned in practice, and test out whether these
things really are
organized Christianity is fantastically shot through
with misconceptions from human viewpoint.
the main reason that churches grow big and people are comfortable
The number one
churches grow large in Christendom is because they are shot through
already have the misconceptions of our society and are adapted to
view find themselves comfortable with that kind of a climate, so
kind of a church they want to go to.
This can even be
true of people who preach the Bible, but again do not
preach it in such a way that people are put downwind of themselves so
the drift of where they really are.
comfortable with their own kind.
from the promise of the savior in Genesis 3:15, we
learned last week, until the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven, our
the target of Satan’s attack in Satan’s conflict
But after Jesus
Christ ascended, the
individual Christian became the target of attack. So
God therefore provided a means for the
Christian’s defense against this personality who goes about
as a roaring lion
seeking whom he may devour.
given us defense In order to keep up operational in service. Now
this defense includes the written Bible,
the indwelling Holy Spirit, the local church, and the pastor-teacher. We’re
particularly concentrating on the factor
of the pastor teacher.
also provided a grace system for perception. This
is a system whereby you may learn
spiritual things apart from your human IQ.
If your learning
of spiritual things were dependent on how intelligent
you are, it would not be grace.
be a merit system.
So God has
several factors that we’ve already gone over which, put
together, enables you
to be the greatest giant that anybody ever was in all the history of
Your spiritual IQ
dependent upon your personal choice. A
key factor in developing this spiritual defense structure is in the
soul is the pastor-teacher, and God has provided this gift to the
order to supply the building materials for structure of spiritual
let’s review for just a moment, if you’ll turn back
Ephesians 4:8, what we have covered thus far.
In Ephesians 4:8,
we’re told that when Jesus Christ ascended to heaven,
He took the saints from the Paradise section of Hades with Him, and He
here behind Him the gift of the pastor-teacher for the church. In
verse 9 we’re told that the same Jesus who
entered heaven had previously entered Hades at the center of the earth
connection with His death for our sins whereby He conquered Satan. Then
in verse 10 we found that the Jesus who
went into the lowest depths of Hades now is ascended far above the
attack in heaven.
position He provides the means of our defense against Satan for every
in full-time service representing Jesus Christ.
This is the
reason Satan wants to attack and to ruin his
Christians need a properly functioning
pastor-teacher to receive doctrine to do their job in the plan of God,
maintain themselves in a spiritual operational status to be able to
what God has designed in His plan for them.
This is not done
when the pastor gets up and he praises people. This
is not done when he socializes with the
This is not done
when he acts as
a great personality.
He may have the
great personality of the mouthful-of-teeth style, but this
won’t provide the
individual believer with the elements with which he may defend himself
Satan and against his fiery darts of attack.
spiritual defense provision of Jesus Christ is described
here in Ephesians 4:10 in these final words, “fill all
He has now
ascended into heaven far beyond the
attack of Satan that He might fill all things.
We very briefly
touched upon this last week so I want to look this through
again because this is important that you should understand. “That
He might fill:”
In the Greek it
looks like this:
As we find this
word in used in Scripture, we discover that there are at
least four distinct meanings for this word, as the Bible uses it.
means to fill up a deficiency.
are born again into the family of God, you are born with a very grave
When you come as
member into a local church, if you’ve come from a church
which has not been
preaching Bible doctrine, then you come with a very grave spiritual
into that particular assembly.
deficiency is met by building a spiritual maturity structure. We
are talking about some things that we’re
going to back in some detail, so don’t get panicky if you
don’t quite get the
If you stay with
have the picture.
spiritual maturity structure is the meaning of the word
going to take that
The Bible speaks
There are three
involved in edifying, but the result is that in your soul there is a
spiritual maturity structure, and the word edifying means a building,
Now how in the
world are you
going to build this thing?
God says you
have a grave deficiency.
What do you
don’t have a spiritual
not born into
the family of God with this.
This is the
the Christian life.
Until you have
you’re a patsy for Satan. You’re
do-do for every delusion that every religious professional comes to
swallow it and you’ll be
exactly what the Scripture says you should not be—swayed by
every wind of
doctrine that comes to you, tossed by a little boat on a wild stormy
“I have come to make you stable.” If
you are an unstable Christian, here’s the
don’t have a spiritual
maturity structure developed within your soul.
Lord Jesus Christ said He came to fill up all thing from
heaven for us who are left here on earth under satanic attack. That
word first of all means to fill up the
spiritual deficiency that we have. In
the grammar it has the aorist tense again.
Aorist means a
certain point of time when the Christian is functioning
under the grace system for perception. This
system which is not dependent upon human IQ.
The grace system
for learning spiritual things so that they are useful
These are not the
kind of things
that a lot of kids learn because they grew up in a Christian climate
they learn a lot of spiritual things and then they live lives that are
to what they’ve learned. Something
wrong and there’s a very clear explanation as to what has
to them in reference to what they’ve learned.
know that you get tired of listening to Christians who are
forever mouthing about their ambitions and ideals and desires for their
Christian lives or for members of their family.
Yet you look upon
them and you know that this is never going to happen,
either for them or for their children or for anybody in the circle of
influence because they’re not functioning on the grace system
not taking in the
Word of God in a usable form.
short-circuited the system.
and this and we’ll look at it again in case you
don’t understand this yet. And
the short-circuiting of the system makes
a talker instead of a performer. That’s
what James means when he says, “Don’t be a hearer
of the Word only, but a doer
of the Word.
A hearer of the
somebody who has short-circuited this system of learning spiritual
“pleroo” is in the active voice, and that means
God does it.
God is the one
God is the one
this system work so that you can fill up this spiritual deficiency
And it is what is
in the subjective.
This is grammar
you want to put that in your notes, and that means that it’s
That means this
can be or you can turn your
back on it.
available, or you can be so smart that
you rise above it and you ignore it. You
can fill up your deficiency or you can just go through your whole
life just as deficient as the day you entered the family of God.
word “pleroo” also means something else.
means “to possess fully.” The
believer is to be controlled by
dominated by what?
By Bible doctrine. To
do this, you have to have this doctrine
someplace where it functions.
look at it again.
Here is your mind. Here
Here is the Word
that He has provided.
Here is the
pastor-teacher whose job it is to
explain that Word.
Here is the
of the Holy Spirit meaning all known sins confessed and all confessed
Now you listen
and you are
able to be objective.
You may have the
wildest kind of hang-ups here this morning but if you have confessed
sin you are free to hear, to listen, and to understand, and into your
comes an understanding of the Word of God.
that’s just knowledge. That’s
Then your will
an act upon it.
Your will may go
positive or your will may go negative.
If you go
positive, this truth is moved down to another compartment of
your being which is your human spirit.
says that He witnesses to our spirit. He
says that it is the spirit of man within
us that is the contact point for His direction and for His instruction. This
truth is now stored in its usable
What does it do? Well
it comes back up here into your
This is the
This is the
where you learn.
conscience builds this frame of
reference that we’ve talked about. Now
you have direction for your life. When
you have doctrine in this respect that you have responded to, you are
You are possessed
by the Word
said, “I am working
from heaven to give you something to possess you fully—not
just in your
where you have it and then
don’t live up to it.
But also in your
spirit where God will use it.
word in the third place means something else. It
also means “to influence fully.” The
thing that influences the mind is this
frame of reference right here.
a basis on which you make your judgments.
You have a basis
Where did you get
You meet a
You observe this
You watch his
You listen to his
words, and you make some
evaluations relative to this person.
What is the basis
come into a situation.
You come into
some activity of life.
You make a
judgments to whether you should do it or not do it, or whether
it’s right or it’s
you have a frame of reference and everybody has
information in this
frame of reference has come from the world or it has come from the Word
This is why
people make the most
will become infuriated over what they think is terrible treatment
unjustly—not a fair deal at all, being misunderstood. What
they got wrong up here is their frame of
reference so they don’t see the thing the way God sees it. If
their frame of reference were right they
might discover that what I’m getting is exactly right. What
I’m being told is exactly right. Where
I am, I understand, is exactly where my
actions and my conclusions and my point of view have led me. This
is your point of view.
“I am here to influence you fully
with my point of view.
you have a frame of reference it does several things for
gives you a basis so you can comprehend
more advanced doctrine.
It is because you
built a frame of reference that you can understand the deeper things of
Word of God that you couldn’t grasp at first.
It is the
development of your frame of reference that enables you to sit
in church and listen for a solid 45 minutes, alert, and grasp, and
intelligently take in the Word of God.
It also means
that it develops a new conscience which is tuned to
Your frame of
reference fills in
remind you that the Greek word for conscience means
co-knowledge, joint knowledge.
conscience is something that is a result of knowledge fed into
the world is
A conscience will
guide you according to the information to which you have programmed it. The
Word of God says Jesus Christ is in
heaven to program your conscience so that you will be fully under his
dominating direction and influence.
also provides you therefore the basis for divine
The frame of
give you content for your prayers. You
won’t be praying foolishly. If
a divinely filled frame of reference, it will give you accuracy in your
won’t be telling people
to do the wrong things in order to be saved.
won’t be putting screws and pressures upon people.
understand that salvation is a matter
of giving people right information and the Spirit of God performing
information in the life of that individual, and you’ll know
information is that you should give.
have discernment as a believer priest, and that’s a
very precious thing.
Nothing is so
pathetic as a Christian who doesn’t have discernment in
A Christian who
cannot discern himself.
A Christian who
cannot evaluate himself.
A Christian who
cannot judge himself as he
really is and judge what’s behind his actions.
We Christians are
in the habit of putting up fronts.
you know what a smokescreen is?
a Christian who wants to do something
Now he has to
ashamed to say, “This is
what I want to do.”
that he wants to be preoccupied with.
down-the-drain investment of life. Maybe
that Christian has been functioning in
a very profitable and useful productive way.
he’s tired of that, not that he’s not productive,
but he’s tired of
it so he puts up a smokescreen.
I’m old. I’m
So you think,
“Oh, this poor person.” So
you start bringing cookies and lemonade over
to comfort him while he sits in his wheelchair at home, and you
he’s not at home.
doing all kinds of things.
just as hard as he’s ever humped. He
put up a smokescreen because he wanted to do something else. He
didn’t have the discernment to look at
Who do you think
not going to con
discernment to see what it
is that is really behind the actions of people and the actions of
word means one thing more.
This is what
Jesus Christ is also doing.
That is to fill
with a certain quality.
The quality that
God wants to fill us with is
the quality of divine good, not the cheap quality of human good. Divine
good can be produced in our lives in
comes from God through the filling of the
Divine good is
us from our human spirit.
we express doctrine that we have gone
We produce divine
also from our soul as the result of having a spiritual maturity
within our soul.
going to look at
this spiritual maturity structure in the weeks that lie before us in
This is what
what we’re headed
things,” He says, “I came to fill. I
came to fill up a deficiency to give you
something to possess you fully, to influence you fully and to fill you
In Ephesians 3:19
you notice something?
The apostle Paul
says, “To know the love of Christ.” Now
here’s divine love.
what He prays
know the love of Christ
which passeth knowledge.”
wasn’t to show you something about this word
and we’re still talking about the “all
“knowledge” in the Greek looks like this:
The apostle Paul
says, “I want you to know the love of Christ, a divine
agape love, which passes knowledge. Now
what does he mean that it passes knowledge?
I want you to
have something which is more than knowledge. I
want you to have something which is beyond
a mental grasp of the truth.
you can learn about the love of God. You
can sit in church and hear the doctrine, and you have it up here in
understanding, and you have a mental grasp of what it is not to have
toward any human being.
Paul says that’s not enough. What
you have up here is “gnosis.” That’s
knowledge, but he says, “I want you to
have something beyond that.
And we have
a Greek word that is exactly that. It
“epi,” above and beyond knowledge. It’s
he is saying is, “I want you to have
something that is beyond that.” Where
you have that?
Right here in
is full developed mature knowledge
because you responded positively to it.
what we’re saying is that there are many Christians who
might even sit in church and hear doctrine and they got
knowledge, but they do not have
full knowledge because they went negative or neutral toward the truth. Therefore
it is absolutely useless to
You cannot use
knowledge from your
mind to guide your life.
You can only
use it from your spirit where God directs you.
Paul says to know the love of Christ, divine love, which
passes “gnosis” that ye might be filled with all
the fullness of God.
And here you have
this word “pleroo” again
that we have looked at with its four meanings.
To have full
His purpose in
this prayer is a fullness of God in the soul of the
believer, a spiritual maturity structure.
a grasp of divine love in the human spirit is what he’s
Now would you
this cause we also since the day we heard it do not cease to pray for
to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His
Here the word for
“knowledge” is this word
you might be filled, and here’s our word
“pleroo,” fully possessed, fully dominated, fully
guided by the full knowledge of
His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
verse 10 you have it again, “That ye might
walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good
and increasing in the full knowledge (“epignosis”)
source of all things of Ephesians 4:10, that Jesus
Christ is in heaven providing for us, is the same thing (these
“all things”) is
the same thing as full knowledge in your human spirit.
is “epignosis.” This
is the thing the Word of God is driving
something that’s “gnosis”
but something that’s full “gnosis”
grasped in your spirit.
(“gnosis”) is in the mind. This
9“epignosis”) is in the human
important that you understand
the difference because we’re going to structure a great deal
that let’s look at the functioning of the pastorate.
is the technique for spiritual
review it again.
How are we going
to secure the “all things”
by which we build a structure of spiritual maturity in the soul? Well
the pastor-teacher instructs the
congregation in the whole realm of doctrine.
He does this by
explaining it verse-by-verse.
He does this by
giving you the background of
the scriptures on the history and the conditions of the times in which
he summarizes the doctrine in certain
you listen under the filling of the Holy Spirit to this
exposition and the grace system enables you if you respond positively
this truth into your human spirit. You’ve
understood in spite of
Now you go
You go positive
and what is “gnosis”
in the mind becomes “epignosis” in your spirit.
you’re negative, it’s simply left there.
is false will not enter.
transferred this knowledge.
act of faith.
You believed God. Now
you have full knowledge.
what’s going to provide you with all
that you need to fill up the deficiency of your spiritual life. You
will be breathing out this “epignosis” toward
God and toward man.
2 Corinthians 10:5
builds up on the conscience side of the mind this frame
of reference so that you have a guide for all you do.
is what 2 Corinthians 10:5 means about
bringing our minds into captivity to Christ.
you do that:
(that’s human viewpoint) and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the
knowledge of God (divine viewpoint), and bringing into captivity every
to the obedience of Christ.” Now
good does it do to run around saying, “Dear Christian, bring
every thought into
the captivity of Christ.” So
you go home
and say, “Yes, that’s what I’m going to
going to put every thought into the captivity of Christ.
I think I’m going to say, ‘Lord,
capture this thought.’” So
to psych yourself into something that is not going to last or
Bible is not telling you to do something way out in
goony land that you can’t accomplish.
When it says,
“Bring every thought to the obedience of Christ,”
just exactly that.
How are you going
taking in of Bible
doctrine when a pastor-teacher is functioning, cranking it out to you,
you can grasp it and understand it and you know what the Holy Spirit
then you can respond to it and you can put it into your spirit and it
up here and it will affect your conscience and you can build a frame of
reference and your thinking will be the thinking of God.
how you capture your thoughts for
knowledge that we have down here is the basis for this
spiritual maturity we’re going to build.
Ephesians 4:12: Let
me read you a
few verses here.
the perfecting of
the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying (the
building up) of
the body of Christ.”
going to look
at this verse next Sunday morning in great detail.
16 says, “From whom the whole body fitly joined
together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth according to
effectual working in the measure of every part, making increase of the
unto the edifying of itself in love.”
Building up again
a structure of maturity.
29 again speaks about building up a structure. “Let
no corrupt communication proceed out of
your mouth but that which is good to the use of edifying (building a
maturity structure) that it may administer grace unto the
the objective of the pastor-teacher is to give you the
information to build this maturity. This
is reached as the assembly gathers together to learn the
communication of doctrine to you as a group as believer priests so that
privacy you may respond.
any time a preacher invades your privacy, he’s out of line. Any
time somebody invades your personal
privacy, you know that that person is acting out of the will of God.
you as parents have the right to invade the privacy of
your children, and you are playing the fool if you do not invade the
your children, and I’m talking about the teenage children as
Until these kids
have come to a point of
certain personal maturity that they are on their own it is your
know what they’re thinking, what they’re saying,
where they’re going, what they’re
doing, who their friends are, and what they’re saying with
You make it your
business to find out
whatever you have to do to find out. You
are responsible before God to guide them in all the details of their
once you are a mature believer, you are responsible for
your own spiritual life.
So we deliver
this in such a way that you may respond to it.
You get this full
knowledge and you build your structure. It
doesn’t matter when it comes to the
performance and the functioning of the ministry which is what
about this morning, the functioning of the pastorate, it
doesn’t matter how
many people are sitting out there listening.
this notion among Christians that the value of a
local church is to be judged by how many people are sitting out there
Yet history is
the fact that the greatest results in the kingdom of God have again and
come out of a handful of people who were oriented to the Word of God in
pattern that we’re speaking of.
effective men raised up out of little groups who got across
the Word of God.
heard Ron Blue say it last Sunday night, speaking about
one very small group of believers. You
could just see it on his face.
just thrilled and enthused, overjoyed at the tremendous results out of
group of believers.
group, but I happen to know something about that group of believers. They’re
about the most hardcore doctrinal
instructing group you’ll find anywhere on the face of the
earth in the kingdom
there’s anything they do,
they crank out Bible doctrine.
was evident to this missionary that these are the people who are
play the world’s success game when you start talking
about and relating in your mind, and there’s where your
Your mind thinks,
“Are we doing anything
How many people
are sitting here?”
Then you decide
whether you are not.
That is the
something for the mafia, not for the
doesn’t make any difference how large the church income
is as to whether you’re accomplishing God’s work or
All you need is
to pay your bills.
doesn’t matter what your prestige is as a
church in the community, or what people think of you as a church in the
you’re a friendly or
an unfriendly church.
good-looking or not as a congregation.
That might be a
relief to you to know.
doesn’t even matter what kind of a personality the pastor as,
know that will be a great relief to you to know. It
seminary they teach you the certain types of
personalities that are suited for the ministry.
Other types of
personalities are not.
had a seminary wife that once told me, “When I first saw
you I thought of you more as a gambler than a preacher.” Once
in a while my friend Buddy Rouch tells
me I remind me of Lucky Luciano. Anyhow,
there are not these personality types (that are suited for the
This is again an
inanity that the world has
imposed upon Christians.
All of this is
relevant to the church
members sometimes but it is irrelevant to God.
not related to the true performance of a pastor-teacher.
pastor-teacher’s work fails only when those who attend
church cannot over a period of time build a structure of spiritual
that’s true and you find
that the kids are growing up and they can’t come to a
Christian expression of life… Now
they don’t because of their own fault and their own choice. But
if they couldn’t even if they attended church,
then that’s a fantastic failure. This
what most churches crank out.
They crank out
of our young women the other day was asked, “What did
you think the first time you walked into Berean to church, and here you
this gymnasium and people meeting in a gym?”
“I thought it was neat because I was filled up to here with
garbage in the churches with the nice auditoriums and the nice pews and
can’t sit in
church and build a structure of spiritual maturity, somebody is conning
and the pastor-teacher is not functioning.
He may entertain
you and he may inspire you for the moment, but he’s not
doing his job.
How many people
sitting there and how much income is coming in, and how much work there
be done around the property is relevant to you if you are foolish
think like that, but it is not relevant to God to the functioning of
word “pleroo” is used in some interesting ways in
Scripture that maybe we ought to look at here for just a minute. In
Luke 2:40 this same word, to fill up, this
word for filling, is used of the Lord Jesus Christ.
the child grew.”
This is the only
verse we have about the
childhood of Jesus in the Bible. “And
the child grew and became strong in spirit filled up
(“pleroo”) with wisdom and
the grace of God was upon Him.” Do
what this verse is saying?
This verse is
saying that the boy Jesus Christ had to build up a spiritual maturity
in His soul.
Here He was God,
but as man
He had to build spiritual maturity. As
child He was being given information so that He could build that kind
He was 12 years old He got to the temple and He began
speaking to the doctors and the rabbis and the official religious
they were just amazed at what this kid knew.
couldn’t believe the spiritual discernment they found in this
because He had developed spiritual maturity as a result of the Word
been taught Him.
Ephesians 1:23, 3:19, 4:10 and Colossians 1:9 that we’ve
already looked at you again have this word used, and again it means
“Be not drunk with wine which is excess but be filled (here
you have the word
again) with the spirit.” Here’s
believer who’s controlled by the Holy Spirit.
coming to spiritual maturity.
uses the word “pleroo.”
says, “Of which I am made a minister according to the
dispensation of God which is given to me for you to fulfill the Word of
pastor-teacher is meeting
the congregation’s spiritual need, their spiritual deficiency
in the church
The Word of God. Something
needs to be filled in you and it’s
done with the Word of God.
1 John 1:4,
John 16:24, 17:13 again use that word, and there it uses it in
let’s look at Ephesians 4:11. Who
are these men that God gives by which
this job is to be done?
4:11 we read, “And He gave some apostles and some prophets
From the point of
the ascension of Jesus
gave” is listed here in a
specific way that indicates that He gave on the one hand apostles,
evangelist’s, and then it comes to pastors and teachers, and
this in the Greek
is different because the two words are combines. This
shows that there are four groups of men
here and the last one has a double name.
did God do?
before the Scriptures were given, from Pentecost to the year 96 AD when
apostle John died and the Scriptures were completed, the local church
We had apostles,
we had prophets,
we had evangelists, and we had pastor-teachers.
After 96 AD the
New Testament Scriptures were written. The
apostles and the prophets ceased to
An apostle was a
gift of great
authority in the original local church.
It is not a
mean “a sent one” in that sense. It
gift which was used for the production of the New Testament Scriptures
establish the initial local churches. We
do not have apostles today.
The gift of
was active to deliver the mind and the message of God until the
We do not have
the gift of
evangelist and the pastor-teacher gifts we do have
Here is the
ability on the part
of an evangelist to deal with the doctrine of salvation in an
If an evangelist
tries to be the
pastor of a church he is out of the will of God. If
his primary gift is to be an evangelist,
he cannot function as a pastor-teacher, and the church suffers terrible
his ministry though he often has great numerical success when he does
assembly is for
communicating doctrine to Christians, not for evangelizing unbelievers. So
the evangelist teaches the gospel
He does this with
but he does not have authority in the local church.
the pastor-teacher however is a different story. The
word “pastor” means “shepherd”
has to do with authority of his office.
He is to have a
stick which has a hook on the end which is designed for
pulling the sheep from danger and to protect them against their own
volition and to protect them against pirates.
of the things I’ve discovered is if you have a church where
people are taught the Word of god and they build spiritual maturity,
become such functioning Christians that you become the object of
We are forever
having groups that are outside
of the local assembly who are passing an envious eye upon believers who
the job for the Lord because they have been trained in the Word of God. These
groups are eager to draw the capacities
of those working productive believers into some operation of their own
job to keep an eye out for the flock that they are not drawn off to
beyond that which is the Lord’s plan for that assembly.
this requires some authority in the pastor. It
He is not the
He is not the
He is not the
congregation’s employee. And
he’s not everybody’s doormat. If
he permits himself to be that, he is
violating the gift which God has given him in the ministry to which God
Make no mistake
congregation will readily all of these things to the pastor-teacher if
The pastor is
to God and to God alone for that flock, for what happens to it, and to
will give an accounting.
He is not
responsible to his boards.
since the congregation can remove the pastor at any time, he is an
until they do so.
While he is in
he carries top authority within that congregation.
the other word that goes with “pastor” is
the Greek, making it a combined office, the pastor-teacher. He
is one who communicates as a teacher to a
group of priests gathered together. He
does this publicly so that they may sit in a group, listen to the Word,
every Christian can act as his own priest, and in the privacy of his
he can make decisions and exercise his own volition.
primary function of the pastor-teacher is very aptly
summed up for us in the book of Acts. In
chapter beginning at verse 4:
will give ourselves to prayer and to
the ministry of the Word.” This
whole duty of the pastor-teacher.
Praying on behalf
of the work and behalf of the believers and giving
himself to the hard demanding task of study of the Word in order that
he may be
prepared to stand up before the flock and to feed them in-depth and
John E. Danish, 1971
to the Basic Bible Doctrine index
the Bible Questions index