Your pastor’s sermons are the most important messages to listen to right now. His voice is the most important voice for you to hear right now.
Before the COVID-19 crisis, you had access to more preaching and teaching than you knew what to do with. Many of you have podcasting habits that fill your mind and heart with excellent teaching from pastors all around the world. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Now that every church is live-streaming not only have your options for podcasting been exponentially increased, but your options for Sunday morning worship have opened up now.
3 weeks ago, you had one choice: go to church, listen to your pastor, go home and process. But now? Now you can switch churches in the middle of the service! Now you can tune-in to Passion City Church for the worship, and head over to Grace Road for the sermon! Or maybe you will catch 3 different services in a week. By the end of this lockdown, you are going to be a church and worship connoisseur. Maybe you can start a church-review blog…that’d be SUPER helpful.
But here is where the problem with this lies. God has placed you in your church under the authority of your elders and under the teaching of God’s word by your pastor. God is speaking to your pastor through His Word and His Holy Spirit about what He wants to communicate to you and your church. What God wants to say to the flock at Harvest Bible Chapel is going to be different than what He wants to say to the flock at Northridge or Grace Road or Elevation or The Summit. All of these pastors are saying great things to their flock, but those great things…are FOR their flock.
Your pastor is laboring harder for you right now than he ever has . Let’s remember the reminder God has given us from Hebrews 13:17, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
So as you fill your soul with good things while on lockdown, listen to your pastor. He is the shepherd God has given you to care for you right now. Listen up. Eat well. And pray for your pastor.