Thursday, March 14, 2013

7 principles for a pastor to finish well.

One of my final messages in India last week was on the pastor finishing well in his ministry. The message was taken from Paul's final address to the Ephesian Elders in Acts 20. this is by no means the extensive list, but certainly some good reminders.

The Pastor will Finish Well if.....

1. He is obedient to the Call of God upon His life: 
Acts 20:18 "you know from the first day I came to you in Asia"
Paul had been called by the Lord and he was obediant to go where the Lord sent him.

2. He will endure hardship: 
Acts 20:19 "with many tears and trials which happened to me"
Paul had his share of hardship. Ministry at times can break your heart and you have to endure.

3. He will not compromise the message: 
"Acts 20:20 i kept nothing back that was helpful. Acts 20:27 I have not shunned to declare the whole council."
Regardless of the audience Paul never watered down his message.

4. He is empowered by the Holy Spirit: 
Acts 20:23 "Accept the Holy Spirit testifies."
Pauls ministry was led by the Spirit, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Ministry without the Spirit can never produce lasting fruit that remains.

5. His life isn't dear to himself:
Acts 20:24" none of these things move me, nor do I count my life dear to myself."
Paul's life was wrapped up in the life of Christ. He had been crucified, buried and raised with Christ. His life was not his own, for it had been purchased.

6. He cares for the flock: 
Acts 20:28 shepherd the flock of God which is among you."
Paul fed, warned, served the flock. His love for them was evident

7. He trusts the results of his ministry to the Lord: 
Acts 20:32 "i commend you to God and to the word of His grace"
Paul did all that he could with what he had. He knew who he believed and that He alone was able to keep that which he had entrusted to Him.