Ephesians 4:11c

The Upward Look
    by Max D. Hutto,

“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,” Ephesians 4:11 NASB

These two terms, pastors and teachers, are grammatically linked together and refer to two different yet overlapping functions combined in one gifted position, the spiritual leader of a local church. Pastor describes the task of shepherding, guiding, ministering, and caring for a local flock of believers. Teacher describes the task of preaching and teaching God’s Word, the Bible, instructing the local body in how to follow Christ. The pastor-teacher is to equip the church to grow and serve Christ.

Lord Jesus, help those You have gifted as pastors-teachers to lovingly care for and instruct Your church in Your ways and the truths of Your Word.


  September 16, 2022   -  © Copyright 2022, Max D. Hutto.

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