Ministers and the People – Gospel in Life

Ministers and the People

Tim Keller |  March 1, 1998

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  • The Church (Unity, Fellowship, Leadership)
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Growth
  • Understanding the Gospel
Galatians 4:12-20
RS 288-18

Galatians 4:12–20

Paul’s letter to the Galatians sheds light on what true ministry looks like and how pastors and their church members should interact. He teaches us that being a pastor isn’t just about sticking to one way of doing things, but about believing in the gospel and being flexible. We learn that accepting God’s grace and faith helps us become humble, respectful, approachable, strong, and joyful, which can make a big difference in people’s lives.

1. You need pastors

The core message of the gospel encourages us to respect and listen to our spiritual leaders, like pastors and teachers. These leaders are there to help guide our spiritual lives. To truly follow God’s word, we need a spiritual mentor to keep us on track. If we don’t have someone to keep us accountable, we end up straying from the teachings of the gospel and the Bible.

2. You need the kind of pastors who understand the gospel

Sometimes, Christianity can feel too strict or too relaxed, both of which can get in the way of our spiritual growth. We should look for leaders who can maintain a balance, leaders who really get the full picture of the gospel. Even though people might not like the idea, being part of a specific church is important for spiritual accountability and guidance.

3. You need pastors who work hard to help you become more like Christ

Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonians, talks about how pastors should care for their church members like a mother cares for her children. This kind of relationship is important for spreading the gospel and helping people grow spiritually, with the ultimate goal of living a life like Jesus did. The aim is to have pastors who can inspire their church members to follow their example, just as they follow Christ’s.



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