I want to address a point here that many Christians don’t seem to understand. The point is, you need a pastor in good times and especially in tough times. Look at Matthew 9:36 “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” Notice, Jesus was moved with compassion… You don’t have compassion on someone who has everything they need and life is great. Compassion is stirred up when something is amiss, or there is lack of something that is needed. Jesus noticed something was missing, something extremely important. The missing element was a shepherd (poimḗn in the Greek), or pastor as it is translated in some passages.
Notice the result of their lack of a shepherd, or Pastor. They were weary and scattered. Since their weariness and dispersement was due to the lack of pastoring, we can reasonably conclude that if they had a pastor they would not be in such a condition.
We have determined that in this unprecedented time we will do everything we can to make sure you still have access to pastoral ministry. We are endeavoring to teach, encourage, lead, pray for and hold together the flock the Lord has placed under our charge. But in order for that to happen you must permit, by your cooperation, this ministry in your life.
Some of you cut yourselves off from the your pastor long before the corona virus outbreak. That is perhaps why you’re always weary (tired) and feeling isolated. Jesus wasn’t mad at the people. He was compassionate toward them. He is not mad at you, but compassionate toward you. I believe there is no better time than right now to return to the pastoral care that God has called you under.
In Mark 6:34 we find the same words recorded again, with one additional sentence. “…So He began teach them many things.” Jesus addressed the problem by teaching them. We aware of the potential problem so we are attempting to head it off by making sure we are still teaching. Though at this time we cannot meet in one location for teaching, we are still teaching via the avenue the Lord has made available to us, the internet.
In Acts 20:28 we find a mandate that we have not been relieved us just because we can’t be in one place. “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Then 1 Peter 5:2 says to pastors, “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;”
We have not been relieved of our duty to pastor, nor has your need for a pastor been diminished. So continue to connect with our online content, stay accountable, check in with us, pray for us, as we will for you and participate with our efforts to keep the body together. Give, as the financial obligations of the church go on. We love you, and God is madly in love with you. Be sure to join the service online Sunday Morning at 10:00 with your family.