16. Heaven is a great destiny.
And pastors aim in everything to help people get there.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven. (Matthew 5:12)
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Philippians 3:20-21)
I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (2 Timothy 2:10)
17. Hell is a great danger.
And pastors aim in everything to help people escape it.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22)
18. Prayer is a path to the great presence and power of God.
And pastors pray without ceasing.
Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (Ephesians 6:17-18)
Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. (Psalm 50:15)
19. The new birth is a great miracle.
And pastors are the ever-amazed midwives of God.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)
You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; … And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25)
20. Communion is the greatest supper.
And pastors hold the sacred emblems in their very hands.
I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. (Luke 22:15)
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16)