October is Pastor appreciation month and I would like to take a few minutes to thank my Pastor, Jeff Arthur for laboring many years to bring the Gospel message to the brethren of Elizabeth Baptist Church. In these days of confusion and false teaching it’s such a blessing to have a humble, faithful servant hold up God’s word as a beacon of truth in these last days. I know so many people have such a hard time finding a doctrinally sound church and faithful minister, for that reason I am all the more thankful for the many men who uphold the Church as “The pillar and ground of the truth”
A faithful Pastor would bring praise, honor and glory to Jesus Christ, never to himself. We are not to exalt men and any Preacher worth his salt would encourage you to test his teachings by the light of scripture and to never put him on a pedestal. Having said that I am so thankful that the Lord has gifted these teachers and leaders to teach and guide us in His truth.
I included one of my Pastor’s many sermons featured on sermon audio which further explains God’s requirements for the office of Pastor. http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=421131457436
A faithful minister
(Thomas Brooks, “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ”)
“Let the elders who rule well be accounted worthy of
double honor, especially those who labor in the word
and doctrine.” 1 Timothy 5:17
The which is here rendered labor, signifies not simply
to labor—but to labor with much travail and toil, to labor
even to exhaustion, as he does who chops wood, or who
toils in harvest, or who fights in a battle.
Oh what an honor is it to a faithful minister, when he has . . .
found the people dark and blind—but left them enlightened;
found them dead—but left them alive;
found them a proud people—but left them humble;
found them a profane people—but left them holy;
found them a carnal people—but left them spiritual;
found them a worldly people—but left them heavenly;
found them a wavering people—but left them settled and rooted.
Oh, it is an honor to faithful ministers,
when their people are like them in . . .
“Be an example to all believers in what you
teach, in the way you live, in your love, your
faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12