Pastor's Newsletter (3.14.23)
Coffee with Pastor is a weekly newsletter from Pastor Painter for the Lincoln Baptist Church
There is no greater joy that you and I can experience as a child of God than to share the plan of salvation with someone who is lost. In doing so we are fulfilling the purpose for which God left us on this earth. "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
"The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed." ~ Hudson Taylor
This past weekend was a very busy, but very productive weekend. On Saturday we had our time when the kids go visiting with Pastor. We went, despite the cold and rain. After making a few visits we continued our hard work...at McDonald's! Ha Ha!
Saturday afternoon we had our first group Grow in Grace Bible Study in which Bro Say Ler and Mrs. New Christ translated. It was a joy to see Shaw Ku trust Christ as her Saviour in the class. She then brought her sister on Sunday who also trusted Christ in Sunday School. What a joy to see people trusting in Jesus Christ as their Saviour!
We had many competitors this week for people's attention with the time change, spring break, and general sickness, yet in spite of this we had 120 people come to church on Sunday Morning. Pray for those who are sick that the Lord would touch and heal their bodies so they can get back to doing what needs to be done.
As we go through this week let's be attentive to the opportunities God brings our way for us to be a witness of His Gospel. May the Lord bless the rest of your week and we will see you in the upcoming services.
Pastor Jonathan Painter
This is a bonus thought from the Bible Study last Wednesday night. If you missed the Bible Study you can watch it here.
Wednesday night in the Bible study I taught on the Requirements of a Pastor. In this article I will share additional requirements that we did not cover in the Bible Study.
More Requirements for a Pastor
The Pastor must be blameless in his stewardship.
"For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;" (Titus 1:7) There should be no cause for acusation regarding how the Pastor manages the church that the Lord has given him stewardship of. Everything done should be open and above board with an objective toward glorifying God with his stewardship.
The Pastor must not be "self-willed".
"For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;" (Titus 1:7) The term "selfwilled" means to govern by ones own desires and wishes. The Pastor is obligated to manage, or govern the church in a way that pleases the desires and wishes of the Lord. The preeminence in the church belongs to the Lord.
The Pastor must keep good company.
"But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;" (Titus 1:8) He must be a lover of good men, that is to say he should keep good company. This is not teaching that he should be a snob with whom he ministers to, but his fellowship should be with like-minded individuals both in and out of the church.
The Pastor must be just.
"But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;" (Titus 1:8) The pastor has an obligation to be upright and honest in who he is and what he does. This is what it means to be just.
The Pastor must be holy.
"But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;" (Titus 1:8) The pastor must be holy, that is to say, he must be pure of heart and complete in a moral sense. It does not mean that he will be perfect, but he should strive to be more like God. God expects this of all his children, how much more does he expect this than of Pastors.
The Pastor must hold sound doctrine.
"Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers." (Titus 1:9) The Pastor must know doctrine. I Timothy says that he cannot be a novice. The Pastor should know sound doctrine, hold sound doctrine, and teach sound doctrine as it is founf in the Word of God.