The Pastor’s Sanctifying Role in the Church

Rick L. Holland | April 27, 2011

Though “pastor” is the usual title for a lowly shepherd of sheep, Jesus through His sherpherdly role exemplified the great importance in guiding God’s people in pursuing sanctification. Every part of a pastor’s ministry relates tio sanctification. The six dimensions of a pastor’s sanctifying role are his desire for his people’s sanctification, his examples of his own personal sanctification, his preaching to encourage sanctification in the lives of his hearers, his making of disciples in obedience of the Great Commission, his prayer life on behalf of his people’s sanctification, and his leadership in public worship geared to cultivating sanctification. Ultimately, his goal for his people in their sanctification is to be imitators of Christ.

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