From the blog of Dave Black comes this fun little post:
Sunday, June 17: 8:07 AM From Eric Carpenter’s Tradition Says … comes this delightful quote:
“I charge you, Pastor Timothy, in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word bible using an expository method. Be sure to have one primary purpose statement. Include 3-5 points, no more and no less. If possible, make your points memorable by starting them all with the same letter of the alphabet. Use the explanation, illustration, argumentation, and application method (since good illustrations are sometimes a struggle to think of, feel free to go here for help). Occasionally move out from behind the pulpit to keep the audience’s attention. Conclude with a memorable anecdote. Altar calls depend on the particular tradition of the church you are in. Spend at least twenty hours studying for each sermon. Rely on commentaries only only after doing your own study. Be ready in season and out of season on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, and Wednesday nights; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, and encourage with complete patience andteaching preaching.” II Timothy 4:1-2 (TAV – Traditional Altered Version)
Isn’t that great? Now before your feathers get ruffled by what this says about Timothy, it will help you to realize that the church in Ephesus already had pastors/elders. Paul, in fact, had met with them previously in Ephesus. We sometimes forget this whenever we refer to 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus as the “Pastoral Epistles.” Neither Timothy nor Titus were pastors! And unless we’re careful, we’ll think that “Pastor” Timothy is an exemplar of a local church leader. I’m convinced that this misconception is at the bottom of a lot of trouble we face in our churches today. Timothy’s job was that of a personal apostolic representative of Paul. He was ministering in a church that had elders. Am I right? Well, you decide after reading Acts 20.
Church leader, take time to consider the order of things as God revealed these timeless principles. There’s a good reason. The health of your local church may well depend on it.