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I love Expositional Preaching when you go verse by verse through a book of the Bible.
The reason is that it forces you to address issues as they arise in the text and you are not able to sit on a hobby horse for weeks or months.
However, there are times that I do not like Expositional Preaching either and today is one of those days.
To go through a book of the Bible verse by verse means that we must address what is there and sometimes, that makes me extremely uncomfortable.
So I want you to know this.
If our text for today makes you uncomfortable, know that your discomfort is magnified in what I’m feeling.
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Read and Pray.
As we begin this text for the day, I’d like to address the hard portion first and then move on to the other points.
1. Common misconception about this verse.
That Paul is speaking about sharing what you learn from the pastor. Explain why this is a good thing but is not the point.
What is actually being addressed here is that the worker is worthy of his wages.
That this turns into some form of a trade system where the pastor teaches and the person pays for their services.
2. Here is my discomfort, I hate talking about money and yet this verse is going to force me to preach on financial matters.
I’m not alone in not liking to talk about money, Paul didn’t like to either. He only mentioned it twice but chose to provide for himself when able.
Story of having to ask for my check.
Misconceptions about pastors and money within the Church, people such as Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland have damaged this in the Church today.
These men have taken these verses which when rightly understood apply to what they’re saying and turn them into a form of financial prosperity for themselves.
This has created a culture where talking about anything financial within the Church can almost be negative, at least in its perception.
3. Common misconceptions about the Pastor today.
That he should be given just enough to get by but never get ahead.
Story about Joel (don’t give name) growing up as a ministers child.
That he should donate his time and find a secular job to support his family… Jesus says this is not the case. The laborer deserves his wages.
4. What does this verse say the Elder/Pastor is called to do?
(Jokingly illustrate how difficult this may be to understand, but we’ll try) Teach the Word.
STUDY and PRAY and
Analogy about pastors not doing anything. Sitting at the table while everyone works.
This doesn’t mean that they don’t or can’t serve alongside the rest of the congregation in projects and service.
BUT!!! It should not be expected, if they want to than its fine, but it is not the role of the Elder. (Study to show thyself)
Study to show thyself approved, a workman before the Lord so that he can rightly divide the word for the congregation.
The role of the Elder is to study and Pray so that he might be well apt to teach God’s people.
That is why he is set apart from secular employment. The pastor sows the good seed of God’s Word and he then reaps a livelihood.
5. A second misconception concerning the pastor and his worth.
Well pay you after we see what you’re worth.
His pay should not be dependent upon how well you think he does in his task. Every pastor drops duds and makes mistakes.
His portion is dependent upon his needs and his family, not how well you think he does. (One Sunday you’d love him and the next you’d hate him, this doesn’t change his worth).
His position is not one with performance perks… At a secular job you get promoted for good work. As a salesman you get a base pay and commission.
None of this applies to the Church.
Because the Church members pay his living, they should be able to exercise a tyranny over him.
Most wouldn’t call it tyranny over him but they want to dictate what he preaches.
(Think blackmailing him into preaching what they want to hear). They pay the piper so they call the tune.
This has caused many in the ministry to feel as though they were not free to preach. (my own struggle with this)
If the pastor sows the good seed of God’s Word faithfully, however unpalatable the Church may find it, he still has his right to reap his living. (major issue within the Church today-throwaway pastor)
There is no authority to dock his wages because he refuses to dock his words.
6. Notice that Paul doesn’t use the term payment.
Paul here instead uses the word Koinonia which means fellowship or partnership.
The term here shouldn’t be considered as payment, instead it is the idea of sharing all good things with one another.
Come alongside one another to be equipped for the glory of God.
7. We do this in a sacrificial way.
If we truly want to grow deeper in our faith, we must start with self-sacrifice and I’m not merely talking about finances, although that is included.
We exist and grow in Christ together by serving one another.
It is also our responsibility to make sure that we are setting aside more than our tithe for giving.
Life as a Christian in this covenant community is a temporary sojourning and as such, we are to pursue His purposes.
This means that sometimes we withhold on a personal gain for the sake of the Church as a community. Sometimes God calls us to give when we were saving for something else.
1 Timothy 6:
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Think about that verse in comparison to this passage. Our inheritance is in the future found in Christ Jesus and our eternity with Him.
8. Sowing towards eternity.
When we sow towards the benefit of our eternity and our growing in the likeness of Christ, we know that we will reap eternal life.
The whole purpose for our gathering together is not because it sounds like a good idea. If we’re not dealing with eternal matters here in Christ, I’ve got better places to be and so do you.
What happens within the walls of this Church is that through the study of God’s word, you are brought closer to Him through sanctification.
This last week, McArthur said this at T4G, “Sanctification is the single task of the pastor.”
You are called by God, justified by God and glorified by God.
Yet Sanctification is your responsibility and Christ has established His Church for you to have men among you who will walk you through this by teaching and through preaching.
Because of this, you are called to sow towards the eternal both giving to your Church your time and your finances.