Marks of a Good Pastor – Part I

But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. John 10:2 AMP

They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call. John 10:5 AMP

Jesus is THE Good Shepherd, but He calls certain of His children, as leaders, to feed and care for His sheep. There are certain qualities that He looks for in a shepherd/pastor/minister.

1. A pastor/minister must be personally acquainted with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

a. He must not be a stranger to God or to Gospel experiences. He must be born again.

2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP – Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

John 3:5 AMP – Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.

b. He must be filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-26 AMP – But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). 17 For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do. 18 But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law. 19 Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, 20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), 21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. 25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.] 26 Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.

The Holy Spirit is not just for performing miracles in public – He is in your life to regulate your own life. Many people want the Holy Spirit, for show, in church, but we all need the Holy Spirit every day in our personal lives. We need to spend time with the Holy Spirit so that we can really come to know Him and to know His voice. We need to allow Him to do a work on the inside of us. He can only do through us that which He has done TO us and IN us!

2. A pastor/minister must have a divine call. You can’t just decide to be a minister – God has to call you.

a. You can’t call yourself and, if you are called, you can’t run the other way. You must obey God.

b. You cannot enter into ministry out of the love of money; personal ambition; desire for respect, honor, or attention; self-interest; or love of ease – but only because of the call of God and the desire to please Him.

John 10:1-2 AMP – I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way (elsewhere, from some other quarter) is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Acts 13:2-3 AMP – While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Separate now for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. 3 Then after fasting and praying, they put their hands on them and sent them away.

1 Corinthians 12:28 NKJV – And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

Ephesians 4:11 NKJV – And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers

Romans 11:29 AMP – For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]

Testimony by Eddie

I have also learned how to edify, and build up my team, and yet even corporate bringing exhortation, and correction. but not necessarily singling one out, but all receiving correction. overall I see that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. I am now doing things that I once feared doing for a lack of self esteem. but I have found that my confidence is now in Christ.

Thirty Things That Grace Can Do – Part II

14. Grace can inspire liberality.

2 Corinthians 8:1-2 NKJV – Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.

2 Corinthians 8:6-7 NKJV – So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. 7 But as you abound in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us — see that you abound in this grace also.

2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV – And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

15. Grace can give endurance.

2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

16. Grace can call people to the ministry.

Galatians 1:15 NKJV – But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace.

17. Grace can impart riches.

Ephesians 2:7 NKJV – That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

18. Grace can inspire worshipful singing.

Colossians 3:16 NKJV – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

19. Grace can give seasoning to speech.

Colossians 4:6 NKJV – Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

20. Grace can give strength.

2 Timothy 2:1 NKJV – You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

21. Grace can teach.

Titus 2:11-12 NKJV – For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

22. Grace can give aid in suffering.

Hebrews 2:9 NKJV – But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

23. Grace can help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 NKJV – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

24. Grace can give stability.

Hebrews 13:9 AMP – Do not be carried about by different and varied and alien teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established and ennobled and strengthened by means of grace (God’s favor and spiritual blessing) and not [to be devoted to] foods [rules of diet and ritualistic meals], which bring no [spiritual] benefit or profit to those who observe them.

25. Grace can give life.

1 Peter 3:7 NKJV – Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

26. Grace can help render true service.

Hebrews 12:28 NKJV – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

27. Grace can become abundant.

1 Timothy 1:14 NKJV – And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

28. Grace can bring hope.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NKJV – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

29. Grace can give the ability to preach.

Ephesians 3:8 NKJV – To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.

30. Grace can change lives.

1 Corinthians 15:9-11 NKJV – For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.