Here are two final principles for increasing your pastor's effectiveness: (1) Don't limit them by what happened in the past. The "ghost of pastors past" can block what God wants your church to do now. Don't say, "In the good old days when Pastor Smith was here we didn't do it that way." That hinders your church's growth and obstructs your pastor's effectiveness. God is always on the, move, and He requires us to stay in step with Him. Don't expect your pastor to do things exactly like his predecessors. Appreciate what God did in the past but understand that His blessings—like His mercies—are "new every morning"! Yesterday's manna won't do for today; God will give your pastor fresh manna and fresh vision to take your church to new spiritual heights. The pastor's job is to lead—yours is to follow. (2) Your pastor can't do it all alone. "Pastors...prepare God's people (that's you!) for works of service." Paul writes: "For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;" (Romans 12:4-6). Who's responsible for your church's growth? You are! And if you don't know where you fit, ask God and your pastor for direction. Until you know your place you're an unemployed body-member. Get connected and help fulfill the vision God has given your pastor.
"Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name." (Psalm 91:14)
God will protect His own. Love is the avenue in which we can minister to God and we can recognize who He is by acknowledging His name. At the same time it is God who rescues us and lifts us up higher than the dangers at hand.
Week #44 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 34-36
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 29-32
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 125-127
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 3-4
Thursday: (Prophecy) Zephaniah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 11-12
Saturday: (Letters) James 4-5