For Church and Minister
A Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:11
The Ministry of Reconciliation
Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. (ESV)
How should pastor's view the church? How should a church view it's pastor? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the importance of both a church and its pastor, and how the two relate to each other. The Doctor begins by laying out three points centered around Paul’s letters to various congregations and his relationship with them: first, an unsupportive church can greatly hinder the pastor and his ministry and be a source of major contention that makes it hard for the shepherd to do his work. Second, a good church can fill a vital role by encouraging its pastor. This, Lloyd-Jones says, is one of the easiest yet most valuable things a church can do. Finally, as Paul declared in an epistle, a church filled with people seeking the Lord and following the pastor’s instruction is the best testimony he can have. The Doctor spends the latter half of his sermon addressing the role of the pastor. Like an ambassador, pastors are appointed by God to their position to speak on His behalf to His people. They are the shepherd, and their responsibility is not just to be the “nice guy,” but rather, one who speaks the truth of God’s Word. Listen as Lloyd-Jones expounds on these points and encourages pastors and churches to interact with each other in a way that pleases the Lord and reflects the relationship that Paul had with many of his congregations.