Hebrews studies series

 

Hebrews 13:7, 17

ABOUT YOUR PASTOR

HEBREWS STUDY #30                                                            

A Complete Lesson

 

·        Tell us about a good pastor you knew who is now with the Lord. What made him a good pastor?

·        What are some legitimate expectations that a congregation should have of a pastor?

·        What are some legitimate expectations that a pastor should have of a church?

·        What are some unrealistic expectations that some people have of a pastor?

·        What are some unrealistic expectations that some pastors have of a church?     

 

Hebrews 13:7, 17 talk about the Pastor and give us some good information that helps us understand his duties as a servant of Christ in the local congregation.

YOUR PASTOR IS A RULER

Remember them which have the rule over you.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:,

·        Those who have the rule over us are leaders.  In this case past leaders are being remembered.

·        Specifically in view here are the “elders” or “bishops”.  The two titles refer to the same person.  It is a man who has distinguished himself in spiritual age and character as an elder. It is a man who looks after the congregation as a bishop or an overseer.

·        Elders are always mentioned in the plural in local church.  There is always more than one.

·        What Biblical qualifications are there for elders?  1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9

·        According to 1 Peter 5:1-4, how should elders lead?

·        In what ways should a pastor rule a congregation?

·        In what ways should a congregation submit themselves to the pastor?

·        In what ways should a pastor submit himself to the congregation?

     Ephesians 5:21

YOUR PASTOR IS A REPRESENTATIVE 

who have spoken unto you the word of God:

V     What is the most important responsibility that an elder can have? 

1 Timothy 5:17 - Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

1 Timothy 4:13 - Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

V     Why is preaching and teaching God’s Word so very important?

V     How can a congregation help a pastor fulfil this responsibility?

V     How can a congregation hinder a pastor’s ministry of the Word?

YOUR PASTOR IS A ROLE MODEL

…whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

v    Have you ever followed a pastor’s example?  How?

v    1 Timothy 4:12 shows us what a pastor or elder should be modeling.  

     Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in

     word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

v    How does one model faith?

v    What should be the results or the end of a pastor’s manner of life after he is gone?

YOUR PASTOR IS RESPONSIBLE 

for they watch for your souls,

Ø     Why is “watching for souls” such a serious responsibility?

Ø     How should pastors watch for souls?

Ø     How can you help your pastor fulfill this responsibility?

YOUR PASTOR IS A REPORTER 

…as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

¯    When will the pastor give account of his ministry? Why will this event be more traumatic for a pastor than for you? 

James 3:1 - My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

¯    How can you make your pastor’s ministry a joy?

¯    How can you make your pastor’s ministry a grief?

¯    Why is giving grief to the pastor when it is not deserved “unprofitable” right now?

¯    Why is giving grief to the pastor when it is not deserved “unprofitable” in the future?  1 Corinthians 5:10