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Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “The Domain for Truth” @ https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com [Reposted from 9/29/2019]
Original post @ https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/this-sunday-at-church-encourage-your-pastors/
This Sunday at Church: Encourage Your Pastors
September 15, 2019 by SLIMJIM
This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Encourage Your Pastors.
This passage stood out to me. Hear 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, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.”
The verse is clear. Paul says believers are to appreciate those who “ have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction.” Verse 13 even said we are to “esteem” them.
How do you esteem your pastor or show appreciation for them? Encourage them! How do you encourage them?
Say thank you for their ministry.
Tell them how has God used them to minister to your own life and spiritual life. This goes beyond platitudes. Most pastors by the way are joyful to hear God working in your life; if God has used them to minister to you, don’t keep it to yourself but encourage others with it, including your pastor.
Pray for their ministry. I imagine every pastor wants people to pray for his ministry.
If your pastor is a Bible preaching pastor, realize that’s not a given in today’s culture where there’s a lot of false teachers and preachers. Encourage your pastor to preach the truth and continue to preach the Truth from God’s Word.
Get them a good book on sound biblical preaching or exegesis. Keep that man of God sharp with interpreting the Word of God! It’s a gift that pays back for your own spiritual life!
Still thinking of ways to encourage them from God’s Word? Consider reading this: Collection of Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers. Read it to see different truths from God’s Word that you can encourage your pastor today by sharing those verses from God’s Word and the truth and application from it to motivate them to continue to pursue faithful ministry. Do it today!
P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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