Acts 15.35 - preaching the Word of the LORD (Paul and Barnabas)
adapted & edited from AW Pink (20th c)
Find a man (no easy task today!) who has . . .
the doctrine of Christ on his lips, (LIPS)
the Spirit of Christ in his heart, (LOVE)
the example of Christ in his life, (LIFE)
and you find one of His genuine ministers.
podcast: The Task of the UnderShepherd
1 Peter 5:2
As an Undershepherd, I am to
SERVE the Chief Shepherd
WORSHIP the Chief Shepherd
PREACH the Chief Shepherd
HIGHLIGHT the Chief Shepherd
TRUST the Chief Shepherd
OBEY the Chief Shepherd
EMULATE the Chief Shepherd
My role is a SERVANT (of the LORD)
My role is a SHEPHERD (of the FLOCK)
My role is a STUDENT (of the Word)
***I want 5 marks to characterize me as a pastor…
By God’s grace, I want to be...
Faithful (to serve, to remain, to suffer, to continue, to finish well)
Fruitful (fruitful to have many converts; to sanctify many; to see many come to faith NEAR and FAR)
Useful (useful to God as a TOOL IN HIS HAND/ instrument in HIS HAND; Not useless; not profitless; not a hindrance)
Prayerful (prayerful individually, with my family, with my church) — desperately, importunate
Powerful (powerful in my preaching of TRUTH, of CHRIST, of SCRIPTURE, of the GOSPEL) —> powerful b/c of the message!
Finding Faithful, Willing & Eager Men to Serve in Ministry
Learning from Jesus’ example in the choosing of the 12
Find men who are faithful & summon them to grow together (Mark 2.13)
Ensure that they are willing to come to you, learn with you & grow with you (Mark 2.13)
Invite them to be with you and to learn from you, watch you & grow with you (Mark 2.14)
Send them out with delegated responsibilities to teach and shepherd (Mark 2.14)
Call them faithfully and frequently to do the will of God with joy (Mark 2.35)
a summary >>>>>
FIND the men
CALL the men
RECEIVE them (when they come)
LIVE WITH the men
SEND THEM OUT
KEEP SENDING THEM OUT…
In this podcast, Pastor Geoff pleads with God: O GOD, give us Josiah’s…
Here are 8 reasons why we can plead with God for more Josiah-like leaders (from 2 Chron 34):
in Leadership of Integrity
In Humility of Repentance
in Obedience to Scripture
in Prioritizing of Worship
in Heralding the Truth
In Standing amidst Opposition
in Zeal of Youthfulness
to Glorify the Son
In this podcast, Pastor Geoff Kirkland talks about his main commitments:
2. Study of the Word
3. Sober-mindedness (focus, not being discouraged, distracted, deterred, sidetracked)
4. Preaching (in the church for edifying/equipping the saints & on the streets to call the lost to repent & believe)
5. Shepherd the flock
Do you have the DESIRE and ASPIRATION to the office of overseer and the work of ministry?
Do you believe your marriage is an “exemplary” marriage, though not perfect but an example for others to see and emulate?
Do you manage your own household well keeping your children in order? Do you teach them truth? Do you protect them from danger (spiritually)? Do you lead in family worship?
Are you sexually pure? Are you truly a “one-woman man” and do you abstain from all porn and fornication (in every form)?
Where do you need to grow in your *character* as a man of God (see, e.g., 1 Tim 3:3-6)?
Do you believe that you are doing the work of an elder currently? Are you teaching truth? Are you protecting from error? Are you ministering to the souls of people? Are you maturing in the faith?
Do you agree fully with the CFBC What We Teach statement? If not, where do you disagree?
Are you willing to make the time to prioritize elder meetings (twice a month on Sunday mornings) and shepherding needs as they arise, to the best of your ability?
"2 Essentials for Every Pastor: Private Prayer & Relentless Preaching"
Pastor Geoff Kirkland talks about true discipleship and the essential feature of leadership in passing the baton on to others. How to train others? What to do when others don't want discipleship?
In this audio-blog, Pastor Geoff elaborates on his sermon preparation routine each week as he prepares full-length expositions for CFBC, for open air preaching, and for men's studies, homeless shelters, and senior living facilities.