Reference for Candidates Taking the Reformed Presbyterian Church Presbytery's Pastor (Teacher)/Elder Examinations.
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The Bible teaches that a pastor/elder must have a profound understanding of the gospel of grace and is himself a beautiful witness (Titus 1:6-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7). This reference will help us assess whether the candidate is called by God to be a pastor/elder. Please candidly and honestly answer the questions listed below. If you wish to express other thoughts than what these questions ask, or if you prefer to answer the questions through a phone interview, please contact the director of the examination department.
A pastor/elder must believe that all Scripture is God-breathed and is the true words of God. He must believe that all men are sinners and will face the eternal judgment; that by grace we have been saved through believing in Jesus Christ, who shed blood for us; and that only those who have faith in Jesus Christ will be saved. Does the candidate fulfill these requirements? Please explain how.
A pastor/elder must be experienced and gifted in teaching the Bible, leading people to faith in the Lord and training disciples. Does the candidate fulfill these requirements? Please explain how.
A pastor/elder must have a steadfast devotional life, know that God is his Father in Heaven and trust in the Lord in all things. Does the candidate fulfill these requirements? Please explain how.
A pastor/elder must be a good husband and father and have a loving, God-centered family. Does the candidate fulfill these requirements? Please explain how.
A pastor/elder must be honest, humble, merciful, ready to forgive and gentle. He must not be bitter, irritable or prone to quarrels. He must be self-disciplined and not addicted to alcohol, smoking, pornography, money or any other harmful things. Does the candidate fulfill these requirements? Please explain how.
Do you believe that the candidate is called by God to be a pastor/elder? Please explain why.
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