A Pastoral Mindset

Sunday January 31, 2021

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

Last week we looked at the Prophetic Voice of the church. The prophetic voice and mindset of the church is to bring hope to the follower of Christ through edification, exhortation and comfort. These three characteristics are essential in the function and the value of the prophetic word. Today I want to address the Pastoral Mindset and Voice of the church which is designed to bring spiritual guidance and care to the body of Christ. We live in an age where far too many people feel unloved and uncared for. Their actions, triggered by their emotional needs are being displayed in multiple ways and some are destructive. They lack the spiritual guidance and care that they desperately need to live a joyous and fulfilled life. As a follower of Christ, you are a part of the universal church of Jesus Christ. Your actions, mindset and voice should reflect God’s desire toward those who are hurting, and in need of spiritual guidance. People need a divine encounter with the spirit of God through interaction with followers of Christ. Jesus commissioned every follower to “Go into all the world and preach the “Good News” of the gospel of Jesus Christ to a hurting world” (Matt 28:19-20). The Pastoral Mindset and Voice of the body of Christ is the only prescription that will truly change a person’s mental and spiritual health. People so desperately need spiritual guidance and care. You need to be the follower of Christ that will extend spiritual guidance and care to those who will receive it. A great opportunity has been given to the follower of Jesus Christ in these uncertain times. We must seize the privilege to help others.