Ordination Charge for
Pastoral Service to the Church!
(This is an outline message to the local church when they are having an
ordination service or having a new minister installed in their local
(2 Tim 4:1 KJV) I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus
Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his
(2 Tim 4:2 KJV) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
(2 Tim 4:3 KJV) For the time will come when they will not endure sound
doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears;
(2 Tim 4:4 KJV) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and
shall be turned unto fables.
(2 Tim 4:5 KJV) But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the
work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Ordination Charge to the Church
Intro: God has called certain men to the ministry. They have at
least one of the ministry gifts. Today you have requested the ordination
of one of these called men.
Core: Just as Paul's charge to the man of God is seen in 2nd
Timothy 4: 1 -5 so also is the church given a charge by Paul. This
charge is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:12 & 13, in which Paul says, "And
we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are
over you in the Lord, and admonish you; (13) And to esteem them very
highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves."
I. Paul gives three commands to the church concerning their actions
toward those who "labour among" them.
A. When you call a man to be your spiritual leader he is "labouring among
1. When he is fulfilling his ministry you have certain
responsibilities to him.
2. Paul sets three of these out in order and shows their purpose
for the church.
B. "Know them," Paul says in verse 12.
1. Understand where they're coming from.
2. Understand their teaching.
3. Recognize them as your teacher and follow them.
4. That is what we are doing here today.
5. Why are you to do this?
6. Because they labor over you and they have authority (spiritual
authority) over you.
C. Paul admonishes the church at Thessalonica to do this for these
1. I admonish you to do this for this man seated before you today.
2. Respect him, follow him and love him.
3. Pray for him every day,
4. Ask God to watch over him and keep him from falling, and give
him the knowledge and wisdom to lead you.
D. Esteem them Paul said in love.
1. Look to him for admonishment.
2. Look to him for spiritual guidance.
3. Seek his prayers for you in all situations.
4. Submit to his leadership of you.
5. And do this in love.
6. Because that my friend is honoring to God and His word.
II. When you honor and respect the one in authority over you, you
will then be able to follow Paul's next admonition.
A. "Be at peace among yourselves."
1. Peace only comes as we submit to the authority God has placed
2. For the faithful minister it is submission to the Holy Spirit.
3. For the wife it submission to the husband,
4. For children it is submission to parents,
5. And for the church it is submission to the faithful minister who
is over you.
6. Only when these things are in place can we follow this last
B. This is what God expects. In fact He demands that this be done.
1. You must be willing to submit.
2. To pastoral authority as he submits to and follows the guidance
and direction of the Holy Spirit.
3. Never cease to pray for him.
4. Never cease to recognize him.
5. Never cease in your esteem for him.
6. That will bring peace and when a church is at peace growth
Conclusion: Will you as a church body, accept this charge to you?
Committing to pray for, to esteem, to recognize and follow him as he
follows the Lord. To submit to his authority and his guidance as you
seek the Lord's will for this church. Will you accept this charge?
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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