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The Pastor’s Most Sacred and Solemn Service to the Savior Pt. 4

What do you believe the Pastor's primary responsibility should be?

As we continue to look at the Pastor’s most sacred and solemn service to the Savior, Paul charges Timothy in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: to preach the word…



2 Timothy 4:1-2 (ESV) 1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:

As we continue to look at the Pastor’s most sacred and solemn service to the Savior, Paul charges Timothy in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: to preach the word… This was a very serious, solemn, and significant moment that Paul wanted Timothy to sense the importance of. Paul wanted Timothy to be reminded of the fact that God and Jesus are watching, observing and grading the ministry of the preacher. And all those who are called to the ministry of preaching need to understand this sobering thought. One day we will have to give an account to the one that hired us. Romans 14:12 says, So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. The preacher-pastor is to preach with this knowledge in view at all time! The preacher-pastor is not accountable to some Deacon Board for his preaching. He is not to be influenced by the largest givers or biggest mouths in the congregation. The preacher-pastor must never preach to tickle ears or to please men. He is to preach the Word of God just as it is written. In preaching the Word He is to cut it straight and let it fall where it may. I often share with young preachers that whenever I mount the pulpit and my feet land behind that sacred desk I stand with so much reverence and fear of God. After catching my breath, I always stand to preach the message of the One who called me accurately, clearly, and faithfully.


Today, pray that your Pastor stands to preach as one who has studied the scripture privately and with the leading of the Holy Spirit will stand publicly, accurately, clearly and faithfully to declare the Word, as one who will give account to the Lord Jesus for the ministry he has performed. (Romans 14:12)

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