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Subject:   Pastor’s Anniversary   


                  

B.  Note this admonition to the sheep in regard to the undershepherd (Gal.6:6-10). “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

 

C.  Note this admonition to both the undershepherd and the sheep in regard to one another (Eph.4:29-5:2).

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And so not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by who you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” BUT THERE IS MORE – (John 13:34-35). A new commandment I give to you, that you also love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Therein, we have three strong admonitions – this is reciprocal living in the REDEEMED COMMUNITY!

In this special anniversary message, we want us to sit at the feet of the apostle Paul as he summarizes the 3-fold description of a pastor’s work. Namely: his laboring in the ministry, his overseeing the spiritual maturity of the saints, and his admonishing ministry. That is also good biblical grounds for our expressing sincere/special appreciation to a faithful pastor-teacher. Why then, should we show appreciation to the pastor?

 

    Because of his:

 I. LABORING IN THE MINISTRY (1 Thess.5:12a,b,c)

      “ …We urge you, brethren, to (knowKJV, torecognizeNKJV, toappreciateNASB) those who labor among you


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