The Primary Purpose for a Pastor
1 Timothy 4:6-10
English Standard Version (ESV)
A Good Servant of Christ Jesus
6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
I. The Direction of a Pastor
A. He Places the Flock Under the Authority of the Bible
B. He is Trained in God's Word thus Clarifies its Truth
C. He is Not Afraid of What Other People Think
D. He is Not Vulnerable to Error that is Irreverent
II. The Devotion of a Pastor
A. He Puts Forth Strenuous Self-discipline to Achieve Godliness
B. He Realizes the Present and Eternal Significance of Godliness
III. The Diligence of a Pastor
A. His hope is set on 'the living God' ... who bestows C____________ Grace on 'all people'
B. His hope is set on 'the living God' ... who bestows S____________ Grace on 'those who believe'