Toward an Authentic Life as a Pastor

Success is overrated!

1 Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”

Faithfulness is key because we are stewards!
• It is God’s world.
• It is Jesus’ Church.
• It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry.

My life work is anchored in three bible verses that continually bring me back to God’s centerline for me.

guaranteed authentic stamp red wax seal quality label authentici1. Integrity of heart and skillful hands. Psalm 78:72

With upright heart he shepherded them
and guided them with his skillful hand.

• Continually getting all of your heart unified and headed in the same direction is the challenge of integrity.
• Notice that David guided them, he didn’t dominate, dictate, or abdicate.
• Skillful hands are the result of intentional development.
o Continuous improvement
o Creativity
o Change

2. Never be lacking in Zeal. Romans 12:11

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,[a] serve the Lord.

• Long haul pastorates
• We run out of zeal.
• We lose fervency of spirit.
• We start wanting the people to serve us.

3. With unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory. 2 Cor. 3:18

18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

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