Monday, November 21, 2005

Who is your pastor?

One of the questions we are usually asked is, "Who is your pastor?" Just as there are two answers to the question, "Where is your church?" there are also two answers to this question.

Our Pastors:
Most of the people who ask the question, "Who is your pastor?" expect us to answer with the name of one man. The members of Messiah Baptist Church - after studying Scripture and spending much time in corporate and personal prayer - decided that Scripture models a plurality of men to be pastors or elders (we consider these terms to describe the same individuals). The members looked among themselves and recognized four men as qualified to be pastors according to Scripture (1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Therefore, we currently have four pastor/elders. There is no hierarchy among the pastors.

Our Senior Pastor:
Messiah Baptist Church does have a Senior Pastor. That person is the most qualified to lead the church. He is also the most effective in making decisions for the body. He consistently teaches us Scripture by the Holy Spirit. He loves the people of the church more than anyone else. He also models perfectly what it means to be a child of God. Finally, He holds us to a higher standard than anyone else is capable of doing. His name is Jesus Christ. He is our Chief Shepherd and our Overseer (1 Pet. 2:25; 5:4).

3 Comments:

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous BL Black said...

I'm reading your blog for the first time this morning....what a refreshing site! I loved what I was reading until I came to the section on the Senior Pastor, and my heart was sinking fast with each sentence. I thought "Oh, No! Same old, same old!" I was almost in tears of sorrow, until I read the sentence "His name is Jesus Christ"...and "hallelujah!!" joyfully came and reclaimed my spirit! What a wonderful thing...to be under Him as our Senior Pastor! He will never leave us nor forsake; He'll never take a job in "greener pastures" and leave us as orphans. There is so much damage being done to the flock thru "professional pastors". May our Lord continue to bless you for His glory & His name's sake!! BLB

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Brian Mann said...

Praise the LORD!

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger Alvin Reid alvinreid.com said...

okay so who are your pastors? Sorry, couldnt resist. Just wondered if someone stumbled onto the site and really needed to talk to someone, where would they go? Gadfly here :-)

 

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