Some people think that you go to Bible college or seminary and you become a pastor. Let me ask you this, has God come to you and given you something that you did not have before? Has God given you a gift? Has God given you power to be able to carry out the work of a pastor?
Notice what Paul said, “…the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you” (Eph. 3:2). Too many men want to pronounce themselves as pastors, or as teachers. But let me tell you something, it’s a stewardship of God’s grace that’s given to men for the sake of others. And if you have been given such a stewardship, the others will recognize that you have such a stewardship of God’s grace given to you. We need to grasp that it is “by the will of God” that there are any pastors or teachers in the church.
Excerpt taken from the full sermon, “Listen to Jesus, But Not Paul?“