Sunday Morning 1/12/2014

Posted by Sherry

I WILL PRAY FOR MY CHURCH LEADERS
1 Thessalonians 5:25
CBC 1/12/2014 SM
INTRO:
There’s never a dull moment when you’re on staff at a church.
You keep in the back of your mind that phrase from the old Candid Camera show,
“Don’t be surprised, if somewhere, sometime somebody says, ‘Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.”
Because at anytime, no matter what you and your family is doing...the unimaginable can happen.
Rick & I could take the rest of the time today telling war stories about unexpected, unbelievable, unimaginable events that have come about.
Keep in mind these are ministry opportunities that everybody doesn’t get the chance at.
24 hours a day, 7 days each week, 365 days each year...It’s constantly on my mind...
Common misperception is Church Staff guys only work Sundays & Wednesdays...I wish
Another common misperception is that preachers are bullet proof to emotional pain, stomach upset & heart ache...
The reason for this mostly private insight is this...
TEXT: 1 Thess. 5:25 “Brethren, pray for us.”
PRAY FOR THE PASTOR AND OTHER CHURCH LEADERS
  • full-time staff, part-time staff, deacons, SS teachers, Nursery workers, volunteers
    • life is full of mountain tops & valleys
  • things needed to continue to be effective
    • wisdom
    • insight
    • words to preach, teach & sing
    • people don’t need to hear from us...they need to hear from God.
  • PRAY FOR OUR FAMILIES
    • easy to neglect family because of the demands of the church
    • our families live in “glass” houses...
    • families hurt, grieve, & lash out privately when critics direct barbs toward leaders
    • church members need to interceed in prayer on behalf of leadership families
  • PRAY FOR LEADERSHIP PROTECTION
    • 1 Tim 3:2-4 An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy - one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity.
    • Whew...NO PRESSURE...
    • just getting past “above reproach” is an accomplishment
      • reproach - to be above finding fault
      • not perfect, BUT, a reputation above most everybody else
      • words or thoughts about the pastor should be positive & encouraging
    • on top of that:
      • good self-control
      • sensible
      • respectable
      • hospitable
      • good teacher
      • gentle
      • not argumentative
      • not greedy
      • icing on cake...family must reflect a healthy, Christian family

  • that’s why church members need to pray for their pastor’s protection
    • Paul instructs Timothy that the reputation must be good with “outsiders”
    • refers to unbelievers not part of the church
    • the devil always has a “TRAP” set
    • set intentionally for one reason...
    • Bring the Pastor Down!
    • Devil sees the pastor as a threat to his business of fooling & tricking people
    • nature of trap is TEMPTATION
    • devil stops at nothing & is powerful
      • greed
      • adultery
      • anger
      • addiction
    • remember that God is more powerful
    • God works through the prayers of believers
PRAY FOR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
  • Not difficult for your leaders to fit the definition of “DRAINED”
    • physically & emotionally
    • no magic protection from sickness when visiting the sick
    • no special guarantee mental illness will not strike
    • dozens of decisions have to be made requiring discernment & wisdom
      • what to preach
      • what to teach
      • how to settle disputes
      • which direction to lead
      • God’s Will for the church
      • Great Commission issues
      • Finances
      • demands for numbers of people, each with their own set of challenges
      • stress & pressure are a part of every day
      • pray for PEACE THAT PASSETH UNDERSTANDING for your leadership
THE FOURTH PLEDGE
  • Requirements
    • discipline
    • not necessarily a lot of time
    • would you pray 5 minutes/day (minimum) for your church leadership
I AM A CHURCH MEMBER
I will pray for my pastor, staff, deacons, & volunteer leadership every day. I understand that church work is never ending. Days are filled with numerous demands that bring emotional highs and lows. They must deal with critics. The must be good leaders of their family. Because my pastor cannot do all things in his own power, I will pray for his strength and wisdom daily.

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