Volume. XXI, No. 11
Saturday, 09 September 2006

Honour your pastor

Scripture makes it clear that we are to give special appreciation and affirmation to our pastor. We, as a church, ought to obey Paul’s exhortation, found in 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.”

God has entrusted pastors with one of the most precious assignments – the spiritual well-being of His flock. So pastors, being shepherds appointed to care for souls, must go and search for those who wander in sin, deliver and bring them home to the Lord and His people. Likewise, pastors are “to feed the flock.”(1 Peter 5:1-4). Like a shepherd, Pastors must aid the flock of God to avoid getting trapped in worldliness and other sins that endanger their souls (2 Timothy 4:2-5). Also, the church can easily fall victim to her enemies, such as false teachers and unregenerate men. Pastors are appointed to defend the church by exposing evil men and their false teachings (Acts 20:29-32).

Many church members do not fully comprehend what a pastor’s life is all about. Often, a pastor neglects his personal needs to give us comfort and direction and yet receives so little in return. Here are some facts that we tend to overlook. The truth is that our Pastor:
- has a high and holy calling to serve God.
- will be given grace to do whatever God calls him to do.
- is just human and subject to discouragements, temptations and hard times as anyone else in the church.
- continues to toil day and night to nurture and care for the congregation.
- often bears much burden in his heart. Many of the burdens of the people in the church often become the pastor’s burdens.
- often feels spiritual, physical and emotional weariness.

These are just a few of the challenges our pastor has to face in his ministry.

The unity and effectiveness of the church is greatly dependant on a good relationship between the congregation and the pastor. Therefore, God has provided specific guidelines in His Word concerning the attitude and response of believers to their pastor. It is important that as believers, we understand and yield ourselves to fulfil the Biblical instructions on this matter.

These Biblical instructions are found in many places in the Scriptures. One such passage is found in Hebrews 13:17 which says, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

The first portion of Hebrews 13:17 exhorts all believers to obey and submit to their pastor. It emphasizes that believers must be ready and willing to obey the Biblical doctrines and principles that the pastor proclaims. Secondly, believers are expected to make every effort to submit themselves to the pastor. At the end portion of Hebrews 13:17, believers are exhorted that their attitude towards their pastor’s ministry should be a helping one - “do it with joy, and not with grief.” This verse clearly expresses to believers that their responses to and relationship with their pastor will enable him to truly enjoy the pastoral work.

1 Thessalonians 5:13 instructs believers “to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake.” This exhortation is to give great honour to pastors. Members of the church must honour their pastor very highly and relate to the pastor with much respect and submission. This honour and respect should be shown at all times.

So what can believers do to express their appreciation and affection for their pastor? First of all, we must seek to please God as we express our love for our pastor. He is the man God appointed to teach and care for us spiritually. He has the special God-given capacity to teach God’s Word. Do not put our image of the ideal pastor upon him. Let him be the man God wants and allow him to use his spiritual gifts as God intended.

To honour and respect our pastor, we must constantly work in our personal walk with God, be faithful in our attendance at Church services, use our spiritual gifts and volunteer to serve the Lord in our church, actively telling others about the Gospel and inviting them to church, and praising God for our pastor publicly and privately.

Lastly, pray regularly for our pastor, his family and his ministry. Also, show our pastor genuine love and concern by thanking him and praising him for what he does for us. Often, our pastor is so occupied in his ministry that he does not even have time for his family. It is important to remember our pastor’s family time and respect his needs without unnecessary interruptions to his quiet, undisturbed family time together. We are to offer our personal invitation to express our love for him and his family and to show that they are important to us. Most of all get to know our pastor and his family - their interests and problems.

A wonderful, caring church family is the best place believers can be. Encouragement, love and support are found there. Let us pray that we are not problem sheep but believers who love our pastor. Loving and honouring our pastor ought to be a life-long pursuit. May God give us the grace to do so.

Dn Yaw Chiew Tan

More Lively Hope



QUESTION 62: What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment? The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment are, God's allowing us six days of the week for our own employments, his challenging a special propriety in the seventh, his own example, and his blessing the Sabbath-day.

Please pray for health & God’s healing: Ps Ki, Rev George & Sis Nan van Buuren, Rev Peter Clements, Rev David Koo, Rev Timothy Tow, Dr S H Tow, Preacher Zhang, Dn Yaw Chiew Tan; Bros S Dhamarlingam (post coronary by-pass surgery), Makoto Kobayashi, Raphael Ng’s father, & Winston Selvanayagam; Sisters Sheila George, Myung Ki, Alice Lee’s father, Aranka Rejtoe, Iris Surman, Sally Teng, Juanita Tong, Susan Veradi, & Giok Yeo’s sister-in-law; Auntie Oei & others in affliction. "He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill” (Ps 113:7).

Please pray for – a) Cambodia Missions - Preacher Zhang (Sihanoukville); b) Laos Missions - Bro S Dhamarlingam; c) Pastors & believers in India & Pakistan; d) Sketch n’ Tell Ministry - Bro H S Lim; e) Journey Mercies - Ps Ki (Adl); f) Ministry in USA - Ps Ki; g) Jobs for - Mr Leo Xeng & Sis Yee Min Tee; h) YAF members - Evangelism event “September 30 in 30” & salvation of all who received tracts; i) Transport ministry - for more to come forward to help in this important ministry.

Praise and Thank God for – a) AFG & YAF Bible Study meetings, Wed Prayer Meeting & Bible Study; b) Journey mercies - Ps Ki (USA); Dn Ngie Joo & Sis Sooi Chin Gong (Adl); Mr Chee Chong (Adl); Sisters Roslie Gan (Melb), Helen & Kelly Won (Adl).

Please pray for The Lord to provide $10,975 for Pastor’s car fund.

Please note: ECM has been scheduled for 24 September 2006.

Greetings to all Hopefuls from Bro Wee Yong Lee (Malaysia).

Deepest sympathy & God’s comfort to Mrs Mahadevan & family on the home going of Elder Mahadevan (True Life B-P Church, S’pore).

Service Roster for next qtr: Please let Dn Edwin D’Mello know of your availability to serve the Lord in the Oct-Dec quarter.

Church Directory needs updating.  Please give your contact details to Sis Josephine Lee.




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