The Pastor’s Resume: A Bible-Study for Young Pastors
The Pastor’s Résumé
What are the important qualifications of a person in pastoral leadership?
Q: If you were hiring the ideal pastor, what sorts of things would you look for, on his résumé?
…although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ… (Philippians 3:4-8)
Q. What were Paul’s Qualifications?
– v. 5?
– v. 6?
– (see also Acts 22:3)
Q. Do you think you would hire someone with Paul’s résumé as a pastor?
Q. What importance did Paul place on his education, ethnicity, and religious zeal? Did he think these things qualified him for ministry? (3:7)
Q. What does Paul consider most important? (3:8)
Q. Is this out of reach, or in reach for you?
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
Q. Did Paul use his education to preach in Corinth? (2:1)
Q. What did he use to preach with? (2:4)
Q. How does Paul describe his emotions, and his presentation? (2:3)
Q. What does it mean to preach by the Spirit, in power, while not speaking with “superior speech”? What does it mean to preach in the spirit with “weakness and fear and much trembling”?
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, « Light shall shine out of darkness, » is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:5-12)
Q. What does it mean to preach Christ as Lord, and not ourselves? (4:5)
Q. What does it mean for the light of knowledge, and the face of Jesus to shine in our hearts? Do you see and feel Jesus’ face and voice within you? Do you want to share that with others? (4:6)
Q. What does it mean to be “an earthen vessel,” with treasure inside? (4:7)
Q. How does this picture of a plain old pot with treasure inside relate to you as a pastor?
Q. (read 8-9) Which of these conditions do you especially relate to?
Q. How does dying to self demonstrate Christ’s life in us?
Q. How does dying to self produce life in our congregations?
Q. After what we have studied, what do you now think is important, for a pastor to have on his résumé?