Page from “My Day in His Vineyard” “And Some, Pastors and Teachers” -- By: Perry Wayland Sinks

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 092:365 (Jan 1935)
Article: Page from “My Day in His Vineyard” “And Some, Pastors and Teachers”
Author: Perry Wayland Sinks


Page from “My Day in His Vineyard”
“And Some, Pastors and Teachers”

Perry Wayland Sinks

The apostle Paul, in his message to the Ephesians, makes mention of various enablement gifts for ministering to the churches. Dr. Scofield, in his note, holds that these are determined, “providentially” or “directly,” by the Spirit, both as to the place and the character of the service to be rendered. The kind and quality of the service requisite is determined by the local conditions and needs. The need in “some” churches or places is “apostles”; other churches or places, “prophets”; others, “evangelists”; and still other churches or places, the need is “pastors and teachers.” Notice, in this last, that it is a duplex or mutually reciprocating service: either, to the help of the other, and neither, to the exclusion of the other. Shepherding and feeding the flock, and safeguarding and teaching the household of faith is the sublime privilege of the settled minister. And the justifying reason for this combined and reciprocal gift is that “devouring wolves” prowl around (Acts 20:29), and “false teachers” seek to delude with “damnable heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). Therefore “pastors and teachers” are both enjoined and conjoined by the Spirit.

These terms are enjoined and conjoined in modern times as by the Congregational Churches in the installation of a settled minister. The Letters-missive, summoning an Ecclesiastical Council therefor, embodies the joint terms, “pastor and teacher.” This fundamental recognition prompted me, personally, as my ministry advanced and the sense of my responsibility increased (when entering upon a new pastorate) to plan my prospective ministry in the new

field somewhat as a curriculum of applied Christianity for my church and congregation under the recognition that I was “pastor and teacher.” This conception took shape practically, though without publicity or even an announcement and without consulting any one, as an orderly consideration of the essentials of the Christian faith, and for the “edifying” of the members. The plan was not hard and fast, but flexible and adaptable to local conditions and needs. The plan adopted and observed in several pastorates was substantially as follows:

First Year: The Bible-the Revelation from the infinite God to finite man-the sole basis of all specifically Christian truth. Or, in other words, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the textbook of revealed truth and grace.

Second Year: Christ, as revealed in the Scriptures of the Old and...

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