Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
This morning we had an amazing, spirit-filled service in which Pastor Justin never even got chance to preach. Instead, we spent the morning worshiping our awesome Savior! One soul was saved and the altars were filled with people crying out to Him for help, or in thanksgiving, or just to worship Him. After the service, the church surprised Pastor Justin and his family with some gifts as we celebrated Pastor Appreciation Day, capped off with a lunch in his honor.
But tonight, Pastor Justin shared his heart with us. With a heart full of gratitude and love for our church, he showed us his heart's deepest desires as a Pastor. What are the things he prays for as our under-shepherd? What are the things that he asks us to pray for him as he leads us? Tonight he laid it out there before us, and it would do each of our church members good to listen to this sermon and commit to praying for our Pastor in these things.
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1 Timothy 3:1-7
1This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (KJV)
1 Peter 5:1-2
1The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (KJV)