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As of 3/9/13 , I have changed all the leadership info from ‘Pastor’ to “Overseer/Elder.” The reason for this change is both from a Biblical, and personal reflection. Biblically; simply put, the word is not found in the original Greek manuscripts. Generally, the words episcope or episkopos are used: “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons” (Php 1:1) ESV

Even the title “Shepherd” is a bit disingenuous. For example: poimaino, is the Greek word for shepherd used in 1Peter 5:2. But it is a verb; denoting what the Overseer/Elders posture should look like before the Assembly. Though shepherd is descriptive as pointing to ones position(that is true); I see it more as describing the Overseers/Elders role,in caring for the Kings kids, in the New Testament.  The only place where the word “pastor” is translated, is in Eph. 4:11. The Greek word poimēn, is found 18 times in the New Testament, and is always translated shepherd or shepherds; except here in Eph 4:11. The ESV, I believe, correctly translates this verse: And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,(Eph. 4:11) ESV 

“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed:  shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly”(I Pet 5:1-2) ESV
For most, this is probably a moot issue. However ( and my personal reflection) I clearly see in our day and age, a drifting away from a clear biblical focus; meaning, not focused on ‘one body’! Instead, we invoke an overemphasis on titles: like pastor! We have separated the shepherd from the sheep. The title overseer or elder, really paints the picture of one who smells like the sheep, yet is elect- or is called out- for the work of the ministry. Maybe the reason that most “Pastors,” are unapproachable; or the very least, have no idea who make up most of their flock, finds its roots in the title of pastor. Telling someone that your called as an overseer in Jesus’ army, just doesn’t have the same push, that the title ‘pastor’ does. Think about it! Selah, and Blessings.

Categories: Evangelism

 

 

  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes ( Rom 10:4)ESV

 

Mounce’s  Dictionary describes the Greek word “End” as that which is fulfilled.  This is my verse, for 2013. I love the preposition for; which means unto, in the context of this verse. This assuredly is life altering; that is, if you are born again. ” To everyone who believes,” is rather sobering, in the extent, that those who are not, are still under or governed, by the Law. No peace, no salvation, no righteousness, no hope, apart from Christ! So, be of good cheer, fellow soldier. After all; “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, unto good works”(Eph. 2:10).  Jesus’ active obedience has been imputed to us; now walk!

Categories: Evangelism

With 2013 approaching, I wanted to end 2012 with a blog regarding our collective goal; understanding our marching orders.

Our goal is to go with the Gospel, to every corner; every highway-every byway, everywhere.

Is that a problem for you?

Matthew 28: 18-20 are our marching orders:

 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Simple question, believer: See any “suggestions”?

If you say “Yes,” then you are safe in your own autonomous sphere ( which is where no believer can stand): or you could be a Hyper-Calvinist!

If you said “No,” then you have clearly seen, that your marching orders are commands.

Go then! The “Go” of the gospel, is just that: Go.

Blessings

Categories: Evangelism

Transparency! Now that’s an interesting word.  Even more so, that the church, by and large, distance themselves from it; not only the word, but the concept altogether. Please, let me explain. First, here is a basic definition : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly. Let’s think biblically now. We are called light and salt by our King:
Matt. 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
Matt. 5:14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matt. 5:15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
Matt. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

We are told in John 1:4-5, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  Again , the apostle Paul states, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord” (Eph 5:1-17)

Why do pastor’s believe that their poop doesn’t stink? Why do we think that presenting our lives as being ‘pristine’, that, that is the only acceptable way of getting people to love and look up to us? Why? Is it the pastoral epistles?  1Tim. 3:2 Without reproach?  Here’s the word: anepileptos (G423), lit., “that cannot be laid hold of,” (Vines) You think that this line of thinking, finds it’s thrust of thought and practice, in living transparent?

Or maybe your members will find out that you struggle to in many areas of your walk! Recently there were two brothers who came forward with deep sin issues. The one stated that he wanted to be transparent. That is our church’s (Coram Deo Assembly) view of what scripture teaches the church is to look like: Transparent and Simplistic.  I stated that now that your sin is “out of darkness,” and “into light,” that God is glorified in your brotherly position; that is, living openly before the Lord confessing your sins one to another. God goes out of his way, in Holy Writ, to expose original sin and brotherly sin, and that all would learn and grow . It exposes Moses as a murderer. David as a murderer, deceiver, adulterer. How about Jonah? The long distance runner from God. What about Saul? Saul leads us to Gods masterpiece, Paul; His new creation in Christ. My point in this post is based on much of what I see in the body, by the sheep, yes; but mainly from the Shepherds.  SHEPHERD THE FLOCK BY BEING SEE-THROUGH; TRANSPARENT! Stop acting like CEO’s and Shepherd your sheep, smell like your sheep, be grafted as one body. That said, stop protecting the pastors who are fleecing the very flock that Jesus died for! Matthew 18; absolutely! But correctly! James 1:22 teaches,” be doers of the word, and not hearers only deceiving yourselves”; or my thoughts,’being one who knows what the word says, clearly teach it, end up deceiving yourselves and all you shake hands with’. Lastly, Pastors, don’t hide the pseudo-shepherds. Expose them!  It’s time for leadership, to do just that, lead. We must decrease that He, Jesus, would increase in our transparent walks as we serve our King in this generation.

Blessings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Evangelism

The apostle Paul used the word “Kainos” (new), to describe one who is born from above to the Corinthian this way:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17)

W.E. Vines explains this important Greek word:
Kainos denotes “new,” of that which is unaccustomed or unused, not “new” in time, recent, but “new” as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old. (italics mine)

Of different nature; Interesting! Do you notice the definitive connotation in Paul’s statements in this verse. If anyone is in Christ, he is a New Creation. Done deal! Your new, if your born from above. SELAH. This blog site, I hope, won’t just be another blog ride on the www. roller-coaster, but one that makes us think, Christ like, and to respond as such. An adjective  adds to the meaning of a noun ; it is a word that is descriptive; it is a word that describes! So, rather than focus as the world does on the word new, as a word that means to “do-over,” or to “re-start,” pray to see it the way the Holy Spirit uses it to describe the children of God; that you have been given a ‘new nature.’

One final thought: Forget about the new year and the fleshly resolutions; rather, focus on the new nature that Jesus’ blood has secured for you , His beloved elect…. No longer a servant of sin!

Coram Deo,
Ken