In defense of local church pastors

This coming Sunday morning I will be addressing “the Attitudes of a Godly Congregation.”  Those spiritual leaders who faithfully serve you in your local church should not be neglected.   

According to the text, A)  Biblical shepherds work diligently among the flock of God. B)  Biblical shepherds exercise faithful spiritual oversight. & C) Biblical shepherds provide timely biblical instruction.  In light of this we should appreciate them and hold them in the highest regard.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

Hebrews 13:7-9, Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever. Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were thus occupied were not benefited.

Hebrews 13:17, Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

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