15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15 (NIV)
The food of the Church is the Word (Bible). A good shepherd feeds his people and leads through a variety of pastures. We must know the Word. The apostle Paul told his son Timothy three ways to get into the Word:
A minister of the Gospel should read the Word daily- but not just a devotional reading like the normal disciple. It is important to read from both Old and New testament passages and to read large sections of scripture including at some times, whole books of the Bible in one sitting.
One older seasoned minister recommended to those in modern ministry to make sure they were reading the New Testament epistles every week- since they were written for the churches and for pastors and leaders.
There is no short cut to knowing the Word. We must read it and meditate in it. It is by the renewing of our minds that we are able to be transformed and escape the lure of the world and accomplish the perfect will of God. Mediation in His Word, day and night, promises success in everything we do (Ps. 1; Josh 1:8)
How many times the Holy Spirit draws out of His resources of Scriptures that have been laid up in our hearts over years of reading. We don’t have them written in our notes nor have we premeditated preaching them- but they flow out of our hearts while we are ministering the Word to people. I have found scripture verses and quotations coming out of my spirit while preaching- even though I have not thought of them in years. Some come out of my childhood when I sat in church every week or heard my father read the Word, or read them myself in a Sunday School class.
- The Word is the sword of the Spirit
- The word of the Gospel is what we preach
- We are to preach the Word in season and out of season
- Faith only comes by hearing the Word
- The Word of God is live and active and able to divide between soul and spirit
- Creative power lies in the Word of God
- His Word abides forever
- His Word is forever settled in heaven
After all the job descriptions are written, a Pastor is called, primarily to minister the Word of God to the people of the Lord. We must feed the flock of God and build their faith- a faith that comes only by hearing- and hearing by the Word of God.
28 “And now beware! Be sure that you feed and shepherd God’s flock–his church, purchased with his blood–over whom the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders. Acts 20:28 (NLT)
2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 2 Tim 4:2-5 (NIV)
– Pastor Wendell