Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Be an Example

  • Jim Townsley
  • Mar 4, 2015
The pastor is to be a leader in every facet of the ministry. How can he expect members to be soul-winners if he is not one himself? How can he expect people to tithe if he doesn't. How can he expect people to be spiritual if he isn't? The pastor must lead the church by his godly example.
The Bible provides specific requirements for pastors. Paul wrote to Timothy describing the qualifications of a pastor. "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil." --1 Timothy 3:2-6.  The pastor (bishop) must hold a high standard for living if he wants to lead the church to live a godly lifestyle. The leadership, sacrifice, and service of the pastor sets the whole tone and attitude of the church family. Even though others may not have the same level of commitment as the pastor it is important for them to have a high standard by which they can challenged.
The preacher should be the best Christian in the church and set the example of sacrificial service and dedication to the work of God. A preacher who is not willing to live to the highest standard should not be in the ministry. Before a man is ordained to the ministry he should place himself before an ordination council that will determine his worthiness for this high calling. If he does not meet the standards outlined in the Bible he should not be ordained.
Church members usually do not attain a higher standard of living than that of the pastor and his family. Therefore, the preacher must realize his leadership requires him to do more than his share. A leader goes farther, works harder, and sacrifices more than his followers. Jesus taught this principle in the "Sermon on the Mount." But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. --Matthew 5:39-41.  Sermons that challenge people to be dedicated must be backed up by the dedication of the one doing the preaching. This call often requires the preacher to give more, stay later, and work harder than everyone else. Members are more likely to follow a man who lives what he says.
An inconsistent life by the preacher will lower the standard of living for the church family. The goal for every preacher should be to have a holy church not just a healthy church. God wants to present His church as being holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27) We can expect great things from God, but we must not forget that God expects our best for Him. Preachers must be an example to the flock of God. Paul wrote to Timothy, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. -- 1 Timothy 4:12.