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Introduction and Supplement 1 to 'Pastors and the Church Series.
Write The Vision. - General
Written by Grant Hayman   

>> Introduction

and

Supplement 1

to

"The Pastors

and the Church"

Series. <<

Psalm 119:128.

"Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way."

Acts 20:27.

"For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God."

>> For whom intended. <<

The 'Pastors and the Church' series is for those who long with a passion like David, for "the house of the Lord". Paul made reference to God's unique selection of David and declaration of him in the following words .. I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. [Acts 13:22.]

God's will is a great delight beyond words. Christ chose the Father's will in facing the agonies of Spirit, soul and body in the cross. The enormous result and ensuing glorious blessing for all mankind can only cause us to marvel, at the suggested breadth and length and depth and height of the wonders sealed up in God's perfect will for us in every matter personal and also collectively in the fellowship of the 'body of Christ'. The Lord give us Isaiah's vision  - "His train" (glory of Christ) filling the Temple (the Church).

>> For What Reason Compiled. <<

In the words of psalm 45:1 "My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the King: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer." This matter is concerning the King of kings and the ancient and modern apostate minimization of his glory, power and control over his body, the Church, "the fulness of Him that filleth all in all". No fulness, if the "in all" is inoperative. [Eph. 1:23.]

>> The Aims for which Compiled. <<

The series of 'Pastors and the Church' parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are not aimed at the personal spiritual integrity (though such vital issues are noted) of men and women and the true saints of God. All is intended to bring enlightenment upon the gross inadequacies, of the prolific apostate spiritual mode of Church function that exists today among the people of God. An apostate condition of Church operation accepted instead of examined against the Word of God.

>> The "falling Away" (Apostasy). <<

Paul's warning of the "falling away" (Apostasy) mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 was written only 12 years before the plea in the epistle of Jude to "earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints". [Jude 1:3.] ie, contend against all that is "apostate" to the faith of the whole Word of God.
Jesus himself, only 30 years after the epistle of Jude ''contended" with the 7 Churches about apostasy in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 with stern rebukes and threats of judgment, declaring things he 'hated'.

>> God's target Crosshairs. <<

In 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15. Paul gives the 'crosshairs' of aim against all 'apostasy'.   
"14 Whereunto he called you by our                                                           gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."

The aim of the crosshairs, is the Glory of Christ. The focus that guarantees a target strike of Revelation and Comprehension of his glory among the saints, is the absolute conformity to the Word of God.
How exciting is this prospect of the Glory of Christ being Revealed in the fellowship of the local Church. In the collective thrill of such beauty of the Lord being revealed, each believer becomes greatly blessed with a fresh comprehension of the greatness of Christ. Thus Paul with all his heart gives a fireball of imperative - "Therefore brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions ...."

(Traditions - here meaning the conveyance of what has been taught of the Word, concerning the aim  of reaching more and more, in fellowship together the Glory of the Lord in the midst!).

>> Missed Targets of Glory. <<

Paul had to contend with misaligned targets of enthusiastic Christians - "some said I am of Paul and I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal?" [1 Corinthians 3:4.] He was appalled at the darkness that was allowed to promote men as supreme objects of fame and loyalty! He gave a stern rebuke to such misguided attachment and devotion with the words- "Was Paul crucified for you?" [1 Corinthians 1:13.]
Alas! the early Church at the end of the life of the apostle John was fast slipping into the horrible apostasy of the elevation of man, (humanistic orientation around man) instead of Christ. What loss among the saints of God!

Song of Songs portrays how the garden of God is destroyed by the "little foxes" [SS. 2:15.]
Peter also in his first letter, sets out the clear aim of Glory in the local Church, and the focus required for accuracy to hit the target. The Aim - The glory of Christ. 1Peter 1:21. Accurate Focus  - The incorruptible Word of God. 1:23. Faulty Focus - The fading flesh glory of man. 1:24. The Target results - "The Word of the Lord endureth forever" 1:25. An eternal enduring Glory because it is according to the eternal enduring Word of God.

>> 'Pastor' Title Reality Check. <<

There is no classification in God's Word of 'pastors' in local Church oversight. The clear description of God's servants in oversight pastoral care in the local Church have a dual classification and are called "Bishops" and "Elders". There is nothing in Scripture of Paul, Timothy, or Titus ordaining "pastors" in the local Churches! But rather in every case, in Acts, Timothy, Titus, James, and 1 Peter, the only Classification of  pastoral oversight care in the local Church is plurality (not singular) of Bishops/Elders. The word 'Bishop' is in reference to the office of 'oversight' and care over the flock of God, and 'Elder' is in reference to spiritual maturity and qualification to minister. 'Bishop' and 'Elder' are one and the same person. Refer Acts 20:17, 28. Titus 1:5-7.The term "pastors and teachers" (Ephesians 4:11.) are gifted ministers to the body of Christ as shepherds and teachers with a global and local outlook. This ministry along with apostles, prophets, and evangelists have no imposed qualifications except to come by the door of the sheepfold who is Christ. [John 10:1.] Teaching and feeding the flock of God is pastoral ministry whether it be local or world wide. In local church "oversight" such men are classified as Bishops/Elders. Men classified as Deacons hold the office of practical care in Church matters.

C. I. Scofield gives quite a good concise outline of Bishop/Elder position and function in the New Testament Church. Refer: 'The Scofield Reference Bible' and reference note at Titus 1:5.

>> The Lone Pastor Ministry Model. <<

The 'lone Pastor' idea in a local Church is dressed up advocacy of the old apostate wineskin of Hierarchical power and titled distinction positions over the people of God. This apostate development began in the time of the apostle John and seriously developed into the glossy self elevating 'clergy' and 'laity' distinction division in the Churches by the second century.

Some of the following names wrongly used hierarchically, are Scriptural but none are to be taken as titles: Pope, Bishop, Arch Bishop, Supreme Bishop, Reverend, The Right Reverend, Father, Priest and Pastor. Let us heed the  clear Word of God - "let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away". [Job 32:21-22.]

The Lord help us "to give the more earnest heed." Jesus made it very clear that there is one position and class for all the saints and that is - 'brethren'. Matthew 23:8-10. "But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon Earth:.for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ."
Note: The Greek meaning of the Word of the Lord: "Neither be ye called masters" [Matthew 23:10.]
The word "masters" in Strong's Greek. 2519 from a compound of <G2596> (kata) and <G2233> (hegeomai); a guide, i.e. (figurative) a teacher.
Therefore it is very clear: The Christian has only one that he calls "guide", "Teacher", "Pastor", "Master", and that one is Jesus Christ.

There are many pastors, and teachers, the Lord has gifted to the "body of Christ" but they are "brethren". They may have a pastoral/shepherd ministry, but Jesus is your Shepherd, and not a man that attributes to himself the title of 'pastor'. No Christian is to wear a 'title'. "All ye are brethren".

The Greek word 'Title' means 'Placard' [Matthew 19:19.] No Christian is to 'placard' any grandeur to himself or herself.
As Pilate did, every Christian can joyfully 'placard' Jesus as King! What a King we have to proclaim!
"Title" - Hebrew: "Conspicuousness." [2 Kings 23:17] May Jesus alone be the one that is 'conspicuous' in us individually, and collectively in the Church.

When the glory was revealed to Peter James and John on the mount of transfiguration, "they saw no man save Jesus only." [Matt. 17:8.]

The less conspicuous man is, the more conspicuous the Glory of Christ! Believe it, and see the glory revealed in the midst.
The Lord BLESS. He does the BEST.
Grant Hayman.