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Why Did Jesus Give the Church Pastors and Teachers? | Classics Series

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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in August of 2013.


Addison Street Community Church has had a lot of new things happening lately with the installation of a new pastor, the beginning of a pastoral internship, and the hosting of a summer Bible teacher. Sometimes it’s good to step back and ask, “Why are we doing what we are doing?” So in this reflection, I want to ask, “Why does Jesus Christ give the church pastors and teachers?”

It may be surprising to hear that Jesus gives the church pastors and teachers, but that’s what Paul tells us in Ephesians: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors [shepherds] and teachers” (4:11). Paul tells us that Jesus Christ has given all these different kinds of leaders to the church, including pastors and teachers, and He has done it for two reasons:

First, He has given them “to equip His people for works of service” (4:12a). When the Gospel is preached from the pulpit, and the Word of God is taught in the classroom, it gives Christians the tools they need to serve one another. Second, Jesus Christ gives pastors and teachers “so that the body of Christ may be built up” (4:12b). Thus, the goal of our preaching, teaching, and serving one another should be the strengthening, the “bodybuilding” of the church. In next week’s reflection on Ephesians 4:13–15, we will see the ultimate goal of this strengthening.

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120 Years of Sunday Services | Classics Series

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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in June of 2013.


 
How many services have we had in 120 years of existence?

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On Wednesday, June 5th [2013], our church will mark 120 years since her first public worship (1893) as Gross Park Congregational Church. That means, barring snow or other acts of providence, the lineage of this assembly has gathered 6, 240 Sundays. It all started with the vision and initiative of a man, William H. Hopkins, to reach this “outlying” community of Chicago that had only 3,000 residents at the time and not one church or Sunday School. Four women and 5 other men embraced Hopkins’ vision for the community.

Now, two church names and 120 years later, the community has evolved a couple of times and between the neighborhoods of Roscoe Village and North Center—our church is right smack in the center of the 2 neighborhoods—there are over 40,000 people surrounding our church. Numbers can be important especially if they represent souls who have not yet heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. The book of Jonah ends with God’s statement about the residents of Ninevah, that city the prophet Jonah went to: “And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11). While I’m grateful for the number of Sunday services our church has enjoyed over her storied past, that number of precious souls means a whole lot more for our church. May the Lord Jesus see fit to rekindle Addison Street Community Church to embrace and reach our parish like never before.

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