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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sermon Notes from "The Kind of Pastor This Church Needs" (Part 2). Sermon by Jim Scott Orrick.

[The following notes were taken during the 10:45AM service this morning at Kosmosdale Baptist Church. The sermon should soon be available to hear on-line HERE.]

1 Timothy 3:2-3.

I. Introduction. Like a good chess player, who can anticipate the actions of the other player, a good pastor should be able to anticipate the reactions of his congregation.

II. A Good Pastor's Gifts

A. Respectable: in some sense, respectability is an ability to disappear, neither:
1. Flashy;
2. Careless.

B. Hospitable: hosting people:
1. Opening your home to visitors;
2. Making your resources available to meet the needs of others.
3. Sometimes the pastor must refuse to meet others' wants (example: Jesus refusing to repeat the miracle of the miraculous feeding of the crowd in John 6).

C. Able to Teach:
1. When a teacher is consistently boring, it is usually due to either:
a. Laziness;
b. Insensitivity.
2. A preacher cannot simultaneously say:
a. 'I am very clever;'
b. 'God is very great.'

III. A Good Pastor's Character

A. Not a Drunkard:
1. Not misusing alcohol;
2. Not misusing physical substances in general.

B. Not Violent:
1. Not insistent on his own way;
2. Not forcing people to act irrespective of their will.

C. Gentle:
1. Not threatening to the congregation;
2. Not belittling the congregation.

D. Not Quarrelsome:
1. Not seeking to establish a reputation through unnecessary arguments;
2. Loving people more than loving to win arguments.

E. Not a Lover of Money:
1. Whether one is wealthy or not;
2. The deceitfulness of wealth chokes out the good things of the Word.

IV. Conclusion. Love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength, then do what you want.

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