Ephesians 4:1-16

GIFT TO THE CHURCH

MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 4:11: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.

Have you thought of your pastor as a gift to your church? That is what the Bible calls him. You may have thought you hired a preacher. God says you have received a gift.

Churches are accountable for treatment of their pastors. One man of God says that the Lord will always reward the church in accordance with their treatment of the pastor. Serious thought! Could that be the reason for the lack of revival and blessing in so many churches?

Blessed is the church that appreciates its pastor. In her poem, "My Pastor and His Wife," Wava Campbell said it well:

They turned their backs on everything
They cherished most in life
To serve the Lord, and Him alone --
My pastor and his wife.

They worked beyond the strength they have;
They labor hard in prayer;
I've seen them weep for people
Who just plain don't care.

And though their names may not go down
In some great hall of fame,
Because they came to our town,
We will never be the same.

And so, dear faithful servants
Of the living God above,
We'll never cease to love you,
For you taught us how to love.

-- Wava Campbell


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