The Pastor And Teacher As A Gift

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“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, to the building up of the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11-12). This passage in Ephesians establishes the ability to be a pastor and teacher as a gift. The pastor is often looked at as the face of a local church. This is evidenced by the fact that when people are discussing a church, someone will almost certainly ask the question: “Who is the pastor of that church?”. The pastor plays an important part in a local church. He is generally looked to as the leader, the head teacher, and the lead counselor to a specific local assembly. But a pastor’s not just the leader of a local church. It’s important to examine how the Bible defines a pastor. The word used for “pastor” in Ephesians 4 literally means “shepherd.” The same word is used in 1 Peter 5 when Peter instructs the elders to “shepherd the flock of God.” For this reason, we can know that role of elder and overseer are synonymous with pastor. They are interchangeable terms. Elders were appointed by apostles to be in charge of a local church (Acts 14:23). This is what Jesus meant when he told Peter to “shepherd My sheep” (John 21:16). Shepherds, naturally, were in charge of the sheep they tended. They feed them, guide them, care for, and retrieve their sheep. When one thinks about what this illustration entails, we begin to see how the term pastor is
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