God’s Church and God’s Pastor
Now that we are officially looking for the next pastor of WSBC, I wanted to give you some scriptural thoughts just about who this man will be and how we all play a part.
Ephesians 4:11-16 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers (pastor teacher), 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
We have to remember that church is God’s. It is the Bride of Christ, the Building of Christ, and the Body of Christ. The church as it is mentioned universally in Matthew 16 is on the offensive against the gates of hell. It will never fail. In the New Testament the church is mentioned more as a local body. In Revelation 2-3 there are seven local churches mentioned. Each of those churches was responsible for their relationship to Christ. Some churches were living it up in Christ and some were dead as a door nail. I want to be a member that is bringing life to my church.
Now each church had a pastor referred to as a star or an angel. He was the messenger to the church. The pastor was responsible for bringing God’s message to the church. So it is today. When you study the above passage you find that there are gifts in the forms of spiritual leadership given to the church. (I am not so sure that WSBC hasn’t had the booby prize in me.) But God had a plan in the giftedness of a pastor teacher.
You see our next pastor will not be “the” minister of the church. He is a man that equips us to do ministry. No pastor could do the ministry that needs to be done in a church like ours. Way too many things to do! But he is to lead us into maturity and to protect us from heresy. The message of God has to come from him. By the way, the message of God is not easy in a liberal society like ours.
The pastor search committee needs your prayers in the days ahead. It will be their job to nominate someone to be pastor. It will be your responsibility to vote on a secret ballot to call a pastor. For you to cast that vote you will need to understand the will of God for WSBC.
I love you all,