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Subject: Pastor’s Anniversary
Reasons for Expressing Appreciation To A
1 Thess. 5:12-13
Purpose: To admonish you as the people of God to be biblical in
your every act of expression as well as expressing
special appreciation to the pastor-teacher.
1 Thess. 5:12-13 is a compelling
admonition. “And we urge you, brethren, to recognize
[lit. Appreciate] those who labor among you, and are over
you in the Lord and admonish [lit. instruct or warn] you,
and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s
sake. Be at peace among yourselves.”
Watching, warning and soul work are important tasks for
the pastor-teacher. Paul was convinced of that and calls on God’s people to be proactive.
In 1 Cor.16: 17-18 "Acknowledge
them for their service to the
1 Tim.5: 17 Faithful Pastors
should "Be counted worthy of double honor."
Heb.13:17 "They watch
for your souls,LET them do it with joy."
other words, this Book, the Bible is replete
filled with admonitions. Let’s observe at least three:
Note this admonition to the undershepherd in regard to the sheep (1 Peter 5:1-4). “The elders
who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder
and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also
a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd
the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers,
not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest
gain but eagerly; not as being lords over those entrusted
to you, but being examples to the flock; and when
the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown
of glory that does not fade away.”