The Scriptures witness that God has chosen to speak to people through various kinds of human messengers. God certainly desires to speak directly to each of us, but within God’s divine purpose God has chosen to come to people primarily through messengers.
These messengers were the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament. As the apostles died off they were replaced by elders and pastors (a kind of elder).
All of these were themselves ordinary people called by the Holy Spirit from among God’s people to proclaim God’s word to His people. So the answer to the title is: Pastors come from among God’s people.
But why is it so important to have pastors? Paul writes in his letter to the Romans (10:14-15):
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
We believe that it is through the proclamation of God’s word that faith is created and nurtured. Pastors play a vital role in ensuring that through the proclamation of the Word and the administration of the Sacraments (the visible Word) that people come to faith and that their faith is strengthened.
This doesn’t mean that pastors are the only ones called to share the Word. Every baptized person has been called to go and bear witness to the Gospel through word and deed. The unique role of pastors is that they have the responsibility of speaking as God’s messengers to assemblies of God’s people. For example, no one else is called to get up on Sunday morning and bring God’s people His message.
This is why we need to continue to encourage and prepare people who will discern whether they too are called to carry the mantle of pastor. This coming Sunday you will meet one of those people in Eric Osness. May you thank him for accepting this role.
– Pastor Tim
- Pastor Tim will be away on vacation from June 16-July 13
- Visiting Pastors:
- Seminarian Eric Osness (June 29)
- Marty Tuer (July 6) – Centennial Centre Chaplain
- Lesley Hand (July 13) – On Eagles’ Wings
- Huge Garage Sale for Mission…August 21-23