3/15/2007 ~ The Work of a Preacher in a
                        Local Congregation

... bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 10:5

... lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
~ 1st Corinthians 9:27

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, ... ~ Matthew 28:19

Before you become a preacher or an elder, you need to be a disciple.

Disciple = Follower

The emphasis of the Bible is on teaching.

... not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard,
which was preached ... ~ Colossians 1:23

God has made the provision for the subject matter.

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me,
in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. ~ 2nd Timothy 1:13

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:16-17

It is God that has inspired all of these words.

"... Do you also want to become His disciples?" ... ~ John 9:27-28

1. Learner = Student
2. Christian
3. Abide in Him

... "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. ... ~ John 8:31-32

... And the disciples were first called Chirstians in Antioch. ~ Acts 11:25-26

... "You almost persuade me to become a Christian." ~ Acts 26:28

Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, ...
~ 1st Peter 4:16

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, ..."
~ John 15:4

What should be the focus?

The essence of a local preacher.
... continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God ...
~ Acts 18:11


Primarily it is to preach among the local individuals.
~ He shares, with the congregation, visitation and interest in members.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows ... ~ James 1:27

... as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those
who are of the household of faith. ~ Galatians 6:10

We all share in this work together.

... appoint elders in every city as I commanded you - ~ Titus 1:5

Called for Structure for the church of Christ:
/      |      \
Bishops   Bishops   Bishops
(Examples) (Elders) (2 or more)
/|\           /|\           /|\
Deacons   Deacons   Deacons

This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position ... ~ 1st Timothy 3:1-13

All congregations have their beginning.
      └─> Not all have elders and deacons.
                                                     └─> There is an obligation to do this.

Bishop = Overseer = Shepherd = Pastor = Elder

... To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the
bishops and deacons: ... ~ Philippians 1:1

... Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers,
not by comulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain ... ~ 1st Peter 5:1-4

... take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, ... ~ Acts 20:28

... they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed ... ~ Acts 14:23

... commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
~ 2nd Timothy 2:2

... a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, ...
~ Titus 1:5-9

~ Corruption has crept in through denominationalism.
The word must be taught in the congregation.

... "The laborer is worthy of his wages." ~ 1st Timothy 5:17-18
      └─> Elders may be supported by the congregation.
      └─> Preachers may also become elders.

Preacher = Evangelist

... from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia
and Achaia, but also in every place. ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 1:8-10

If the congregation becomes large enough,
other parts of the city (including other cities) should be taught.

The message is turn to the true God
              └─> Wait for His Son.

The essence of a congregation comes down to teaching.

... Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke,
exhort, with longsuffering and teaching. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:1-4

... when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge,
that I may not abuse my authority ... ~ 1st Corinthians 9:18

Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife,
and some also from goodwill: ... ~ Philippians 1:15-18

... commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was
ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. ... ~ Acts 10:42-43

... Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom,
... ~ Colossians 1:27-29

For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 4:5-6

Do we choose mortal opinion over divine scripture?
Do we teach Godís word, His plan, or mortal arrogance?
We are all here to humble ourselves, not others.

The words of the LORD are pure words ...
You shall preserve them from this generation forever. ~ Psalm 12:6-7

Disciple = Learner

It is Christ's church in which we serve.





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