Series: The Office
June 06, 2021 | John Nix
1 Timothy 3:1-13
The brown box hid in plain sight on the wall during junior high school. I looked at it for a long time on the first day of class, trying to figure out why there was a box on the wall. Our elementary school did not have these contraptions, so I was very curious about what purpose they served. I would soon learn what this apparatus could do. I was in the middle of unpacking my new school supplies when it happened. I almost jumped out of my desk when the voice of our principal came through this box. I am still conflicted about my feelings concerning those boxes. The call to the office was either heartache or freedom, and I experienced both. What does it mean to aspire to "THE OFFICE" of overseer? How does someone know if they are called to be a pastor? Is it a voice from heaven or a vision that confirms one's call to serve the church this way? Is it like applying for a job where you match skills and talent with opportunity? God gathers, saves, sanctifies, and sustains his people by his Word. Only God can call a true minister, and only he can grant the gifts necessary for service. Every follower of Jesus Christ is affected by church leadership, so it is essential to understand the ministry's work and think clearly about THE OFFICE.
Here are some questions that we hope you'll take a few minutes to think through and answer.
- How would you describe what an “elder” is, and does?
- What church leader has encouraged you the most in your spiritual journey? What evidence do you look for to see if an elder depends on the gospel?
- In what ways are the overseers in your church accountable to the church? How does an elder shepherd at The Orchard?
- In what ways do all members of a church “minister” and “serve”?
“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” 1 Timothy 3:1
The great promise of Scripture is that Jesus is building his church. God calls ministers and presents these servants as gifts to the church. The Orchard is actively involved with several men exploring a call or sense a call to ministry. As we look to the future, we are committed to discipling servant leaders and nurturing their growth in knowledge, character, vision, and skills. The ministry is not to be entered into lightly. Hebrews tells us that pastors "will have to give an account" to the Lord (Hebrews 13:17).
What does it mean to aspire to "the office" of overseer? How does someone know if they are called to be a pastor? Is it a voice from heaven or a vision that confirms one's call to serve the church this way? God gathers, saves, sanctifies, and sustains his people by his Word. Only God can call a true minister, and only he can grant the gifts necessary for service. In the coming weeks, you will have the opportunity to hear from some of the men involved in pastoral training. These men are seeking to understand THE OFFICE.