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From the Pastor's Pen....tium

(yes, I''m still using my 1996 Dell Desktop)

The other day a man drove up to the front of the church as I was coming out of the church. He asked me, "Are you the priest?" I quickly said no, but asked him how I might help him. I also explained that I was one of the ministers of the church and served specifically as the church's pastor.

Actually our priest is Jesus Christ. All our members are ministers. I am not the True Minister actually -- Christ is. We must be careful and deliberate about this. Jesus said: "But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

Leon Morris maintains, "The really essential thing about the New Testament view of the ministry is that the one basic ministry is that of Christ Himself. Ministers in the church are never regarded as exercising a ministry by virtue of any inherent power or right of their own. All that they do they do only because of what Christ has done for them." The ministry we offer as pastors is only as good as it is reflective of the work of Christ in our lives. We are to pray that His work in His way will take place among us. As Geoffrey Bromiley puts it, "It is Jesus Christ who speaks when the word of the Gospel is truly preached. It is Jesus who is proffered and who blesses when the sacraments are rightly administered. It is Jesus who heals or help when practical assistance is extended to the needy. It is Jesus who bears and endures when persecution or hardship is imposed and accepted. It is Jesus who rules when spiritual discipline is exercised…….it is He Himself who is the true minister."

Pray that we may become more and more able to "hold up Christ that He might draw all people to Himself."

Your fellow minister

for the True Minister,

Pastor <”))))>{


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