From Aaron Armstrong BLOGGING THEOLOGICALLY comes these words for pastors.
When was the last time you told your church these things?
1. Because I love you, I’m going to tell you the truth.
Pastors should never be afraid to express the truth of Scripture and we in the congregation need to be reminded that it’s because our pastors DO care that they tell us the truth—even if it’s something they know we’re going to reject due to our inability to hear it.
2. Make sure I’m not wrong.
It takes true humility to say to your hearers, “Don’t take my word for it. Check what I say against the Scriptures. If what I’m saying doesn’t line up, don’t believe me.”
3. This is the gospel.
The gospel has the power to bring death to life, to soften the hardest heart and the “fragrance of life” to those who are being saved (2 Cor. 2:16). If there’s one thing a pastor should never leave out of his message on a Sunday or out of his counseling appointments, it’s the gospel. If it’s truly of first importance, the gospel must be clearly shared.