Grace Bible Church
Pastor/Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, September 29, 2013

JAM 3:1  Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.

97 percent of pastors say they were inadequately trained for the chal­lenges they face.

80 percent say pastoral ministry has had a negative effect on their children.

70 percent say they constantly fight depression.

70 percent say they feel underpaid.

71 percent say they are in financial trouble.

65 percent say they have thought about quitting the ministry within the last 30 days.

70 percent say they do not have someone they consider a close friend.

Like the disciples who slept while Jesus faced His most difficult hours, we often do the same with those whose victory is so important to us.

David made it clear that failing to properly protect your leader is a serious sin, 1SA 26:13-15.

a. The objective command and responsibility related to the three-fold purpose of the pastor-teacher is given in EPH 4:12ff.

EPH 4:11-13, And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, (2) to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowl­edge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.

(1)  To equip and train the royal family for combat.

(2)  For the vocation or the profession of the ministry, i.e., training future pastors.

(3)  For the edification of the body, i.e., to teach, study, discipline (public), reprimand (private), and encourage by steadfastness and doctrine.

2TI 2:15, “Be diligent [study] to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of God.”

Handling accurately the Word of God is the function of the pastor as he communicates the truth.

By now we should all know the principle behind this particular verse which is the Christian integrity of the believer.

Once the Christian Warrior has buckled on his waist the combat belt God intended for him to wear, he was  fully prepared for the charge of the unseen enemy.

PRO 20:18  Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance.
`etsar –  advice, prudence or wisdom and therefore in the spiritual realm referring to truth or Bible doctrine.

Our job is simply to prepare ourselves but the victory belongs to the Lord.

They would pick up their weapons and move to the FLOT line, which is the defensive area of protection for the weapons of the Christian Soldier.

FLOT is a military acronym for the Forward Line of Troops.

“lock shields” = the fellowship which takes place in the local assembly as believers pull together for the same purpose.

EPH 6:14  Because of this, hold your ground, having buckled on your combat gear
ten = used to distinguish this belt from all other belts.  This is a special kind of belt. osphun = waist. the pronoun “su” which is humon meaning your waist.

Osphun/loins = the place where the Jews thought the generative power was because of that’s where the semen resided so that their race could be perpetuated.

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