The Wanderer

"As I walked through the wilderness of this world . . ."

Keach on the duties of church members to pastors

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1. It is the duty of every member to pray for his Pastor and Teachers.

2. They ought to show a reverential estimation of them, being Christ’s ambassadors, also called Rulers, Angels, etc.

3. It is their duty to submit themselves unto them, that is, in all their exhortations, good counsels, and reproofs.

4. It is their duty to take care to vindicate them from the unjust charges of evil men, or tongue of infamy, and not to take up a reproach against them by report, nor to grieve their spirits, or to weaken their hands (Jer 20:10; Zeph 2:8; 2 Cor 11:21, 23).

5. It is the duty of members to go to them when under trouble or temptations.

6. It is their duty to provide a comfortable maintenance for them and their families, suitable to their state and condition.

7. It is their duty to adhere to them and abide by them in all their trials and persecutions for the Word.

8. Dr. Owen adds another duty of the members to their Pastor, viz., to agree to come together upon his appointment.

These highlights were found and are slightly filled out here. You can read all of Benjamin Keach’s excellent stuff on The Glory of a True Church and its Discipline Displayed here.

Note that it is easy to profess all this, much harder to do it. Sometimes you find that the people most profuse in their praise of you are actually the ones who listen least to you.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 14 August 2012 at 09:26

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  1. [...] Keach on the Duties of Church Members to Pastors – Wow, would these ever make my job [...]

  2. [...] On the Duties of Church Members. Many Christians love conversing on how their pastors might improve ___________ (how they lead, love, teach, etc., etc.), whereas few seem to equally enjoy how they might grow in their biblical duties. To where do we go to reconsider 1 Cor 16:16 or 1 Thess 5:12-13 or Heb 13:17? Why, to the dead Baptists, of course! A helpful outline of Keach’s Duties (which may be read in full in Dever’s Polity). This entry was posted in Uncategorized by Steve. Bookmark the permalink. [...]

  3. [...] I’m a Pastor. So at the risk of seeming self-serving, I’m going to post this one anyway. The duties of church members to Pastors. [...]

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