The Duty of Pastors & Teachers

What are the principal duties of the pastors or teachers of the church?

(1)To be examples unto the flock in faith, love, knowledge, meekness, patience, readiness to suffer for the name and gospel of Christ, with constancy therein; (2) to watch for the souls and take care of all the spiritual concernments of the whole flock committed to them; (3) to preach the word diligently, dividing it aright; (4) to preserve and contend for the truth; (5) to administer all the ordinances of the gospel duly and orderly; (6) to stir up and exercise the gifts they have received in the discharge of their whole work and administration of all ordinances; (7) to instruct, admonish, cherish, and comfort all the members of the church, as their conditions, occasions, and necessities do require; (8) to attend with diligence, skill, and wisdom unto the discharge of that authority which in the rule of the church is committed unto them.

1 Tim. iii. 1-7, iv. 12; 2 Tim. ii. 3; Col. i. 24; Phil. ii. 17, iii. 17.8.  
(2) Heb. xiii. 17; Acts xx. 28.
(3) 2 Tim. ii. 15, iv. 2; Rom. xii. 6-8.
(4) 1 Tim. vi. 20; Actsxx. 28; Jude 3.
(5) 1 Cor. iv. 1, 2; 1 Tim. iii. 15.
(6) 1 Tim. iv. 14-16.
(7) Act xx, 18-20, 25, 27; 1 Thess. iii 5; 2 Tim. ii. 24, 25.
(8) Rom,xii. 7, 8; 1 Tim. v. 17

The answer is full and plain.

-John Owen, The Works of; Volume 15, page 499


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