Why Do Pastors Do Home Visitations

As a pastor, i visit members almost weekly. After all, we have been entrusted to take care of the people under our care ( Acts 20:28).

There are so many benefits of home visitations. I will only list three of them.

By visiting them, we will get to know their needs. What are their needs? May be some are struggling with health issues and they need our prayers. May be they are struggling with work and they need listening ears. Sometimes, it will lead to discussions on certain topics in the Bible.

By visiting them, my faith is strengthened and encouraged as i hear how God has been leading them and guiding them through challenges and obstacles in life. God is very much real in our lives, although we may not see Him with our eyes.

Home visitations are done in intimate settings: people’s homes. They are more relaxed and we are less hurried compared to being in the church. The time spent together in a relaxing manner helps to deepen our relationships. After home visits, I feel closer to the people I had visited. There is a change in relationships.

We pastors do care for our flock. Home visitations may take up some of our time but it is a way to show that we care about them and are holding them in our prayers.

John Wesley on Reading the Bible

In 1765, John Wesley wrote on some practical ways to read the Bible.

John Wesley gave us some practical ways to read the Bible.

In his book which was published in 1765, “Explanatory Notes upon the Old Testament”, he wrote:

-To set apart a little time, if you can, every morning and evening for that purpose?

At each time if you have leisure, to read a chapter out of the Old, and one out of the New Testament: if you cannot do this, to take a single chapter, or a part of one?

To read this with a single eye, to know the whole will of God, and a fixt resolution to do it?

In order to know his will, you should, have a constant eye to the analogy of faith;

Serious and earnest prayer should be constantly used, before we consult the oracles of God, seeing “scripture can only be understood thro’ the same Spirit whereby it was given.”

Our reading should likewise be closed with prayer, that what we read may be written on our hearts.

-And whatever light you then receive, should be used to the uttermost, and that immediately. Let there be no delay. Whatever you resolve, begin to execute the first moment you can. So shall you find this word to be indeed the power of God unto present and eternal salvation?

    What John Wesley meant was that the reading of the Bible should include these basics:

    a.little time

    b. a chapter

    c. a single eye

    d. a constant eye

    e. pray

    f. pause

    g. power

    a. little time

    You need to spend time to read the Bible. John Wesley said every morning and every evening, every day. You need to spend time to read the Bible. Make time in your schedule for Bible reading.

    b. a chapter

    Read a chapter from the Old Testament and a chapter from New Testament. If you can’t do that, you can read a chapter.

    c. a single eye

    We have to figure out what we can apply in our daily lives. After reading the chapter, what we should apply in our daily lives?

    d. a constant eye

    Have a constant eye to the analogy of faith: the original sin, justification by faith (because of faith, we are saved, and not because of good works), the new birth we have through Jesus Christ, Inward and Outward Holiness (emphasizing on Holy living).

    e. pray

    While reading the Bible, we pray for the Holy Spirit to give us understanding on the chapter. We also pray that God’s Word will be written in our hearts as we read.

    f. pause

    We should pause and examine ourselves by what we read. Examine our hearts and lives. This will result in giving praise to God when He has guided us to a path of blessedness, or at certain parts, we identified with the sins mentioned in the Bible, we then ask God for forgiveness.

    g. power

    The Bible gives us power to live a victorious life. There are so many testimonies of people who are able to face the challenges in life because they hold on to God’s promises and encouragements in His Word.

    We will be blessed as we read God’s Word. After all, it is God’s love letter to us. It is the instructions on living our lives. Let us set aside time each day to read His Word.

    The Pastor

    What does a pastor do?

    Pastors are people called by God to lead His people with knowledge and understanding (Jeremiah 3:15). The pastor is responsible to keep watch over their lives so that their life examples and teachings are according to God’s Word (Acts 20:17-28).

    The pastors are not to work for money. Money should not be the motivator. We are to serve God’s people willingly and eagerly because we have been appointed by God. Shepherding God’s people under our care can be hard work but if we remain faithful, someday when we see Jesus face to face, we will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away (1 Peter 5:4).

    Let us pray for our pastors so that we will serve God with joy until the end.

    Wonderful friendships are gifts from God

    God gives us friends as we journey in life. Good friends are indeed hard to come by.

    Friends are the people we choose to have in our lives. We choose our friends. Our friends choose us. A friendship is based on voluntary association between 2 people who enjoy each other’s companionship.

    Researches show that friendship keeps the brain healthy and good friends are crucial in protecting our mental health.

    How rare it is to have wonderful friendships that are grace-filled, love of God is shown, boundaries are respected, vulnerability are shared, constructive criticisms are accepted, differences are embraced and mutual encouragements are given.

    Life is a journey. roughout our life, we may meet different people. Some will journey with us for a season in life while some will journey with us for many seasons in life. Regardless of their durations in our life, our friends make a sweet impact in our lives.

    Soul Friendships

    Soul friends nurture our souls and point us to God.

    The purpose of soul friendships is growing together in Jesus Christ. Jesus had demonstrated love for us and had commanded us to love one another. 

    Soul friendships aim to nurture the life of our soul. Saint Brigid of Kildare, a 6th century saint in Ireland, who honoured the tradition of having soul friends, said God is very near when we are in the company of a true soul friend.  

    Soul friendship is distinctive because it is a relationship that is marked by vulnerability, self-disclosure, compassion and understanding and bond by a love that is centred by prayer and joy. It aims to support growth in holiness and in love for God and for others. 

    Saint Brigid has been a soul friend to many others. It is definitely hard, or rather, impossible to walk on our faith journey without spiritual companions.

    May God provide soul friends for us as we journey on in our Christian faith so that we can enjoy the rich blessings of having spiritual companions in life.   

    Be an example

    This was Apostle Peter’s instructions to the church leaders. In the Bible, believers are sometimes referred to as sheep because sheep are gentle and sheep are valuable. 

    Peter reminded the leaders to be good examples for God’s people, to teach them God’s Word and to nurture them in their Christian faith. 

    As leaders, we need God’s grace and wisdom to lead us and to guide us so that our lives may bring glory to Him.

    Do Likewise

    Jesus came to show us the example of what it means to serve one another

    Jesus knew He would be crucified soon. The passage gives us an intimate glimpse of the last few moments Jesus have with his disciples.

    (1)          Jesus knew He would be heading to the Cross

    “It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.” (John 13:1)

    The final moments of someone’s life were especially important. When someone was dying, the loved ones would gather around to spend the last few precious moments together. Jesus knew His time on earth was coming to an end and so He treasured the time alone with His disciples by teaching them the most important lesson to His disciples. 

    Jesus had been with His disciples for 3 and a half years. He had called the 12 of them from their ordinary work: some were fishermen, there was a tax collector whereas we were not told about the professions of the others. These men were just ordinary people. They were not the rich or influential people. They were not the best in their professions, but still, Jesus called them and their lives were never the same again. Although they were unnoticed by the society, Jesus saw their potential and knew they could change the world with the Gospel. 

    Likewise, Jesus has called us, not because we are rich, not because we are people of status, or because we are talented not because we come from influential families. But Jesus called us because He loves us. He came to bring us out of darkness. And He knew we would impact others around us with His love. Our lives were never the same again. It is the sweetest relationship that we can have: our relationship with Jesus Christ, who came to seek us and found us while we were still lost.

    Jesus knew His disciples did not fully understand Who He was but He loved His disciples still.

    Jesus knew one of His disciples would betray Him in a short while, but He would still wash His feet.

    Jesus knew none of us were perfect. We are sinners. We are sinful but Jesus still chose to die on the Cross for us.

    Nothing could change God’s mind about you.

    “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1).

    Jesus loved His disciples as He carried the Cross to the place He would be crucified.

    Jesus loves you and I as He died on the Cross. Jesus loves us to the end.

    The Bible tells us there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.

    Jesus doesn’t love us because we are good. He loves us unconditionally.

    Do you know you are the beloved child of God?

    Jesus knew you are worth it so He died for you and me to reconcile us to God.

    What are you going to do about Jesus’ love for you? Remember, Jesus has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light so that we can shine for Him. Don’t hide your light.

    (2)          Jesus knew Who He was

    By then, Jesus already knew one of His 12 disciples, one of His close friends, Judas Iscariot would betray Him. But Jesus knew Who He was.

    “3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;” (John 13:3).

    Jesus knew He was the Son of God. And He would be returning to God soon. Although everything was in the power of Jesus, He was obedient to God and submit Himself to God’s will. He could have call 10,000 angels to rescue Him from the Cross but He did not. He chose to die for us (Matthew 26:53).    

    Although He was the Son of God, He knew His missions on earth. Without wasting time, He went on to teach the most important lesson to His disciples.

    “4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” (John 13:4-5)

    In those days, feet are dirty because people walked from place to place on the dusty roads. Before visitors entered into a home, the lowliest servant would wash the feet of the visitors.

    Jesus did the work of a servant, showing us the example that we are to love one another and serve one another.

    (3)          Jesus knew He had to set the example

    Jesus Christ had set the example for us in obedience to God when He came down from Heaven to Earth. This was in obedience to His Father in Heaven. He also set an example in how He has lived His life.

    At the Last Supper with His disciples, Jesus demonstrated the meaning of serving one another. Although He is the King, He came to serve, not to be served. 

    “14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:14-17)

    Jesus as the teacher has set the example for us. Many of you are teachers, you know that your students look up to you. What you teach them but more importantly, your example in the way you live will impact them. Your students are watching you and learning from your examples. Jesus showed the example to His students. In the Kingdom of God, we don’t fight for titles or recognitions. In the Kingdom of God, we serve one another. The Kingdom of God has different values than the values of the world.

    The world puts an importance on status of someone, but Jesus looks at the way we serve others. In the society, we put importance on climbing to the top, of protecting our rights, or using our power to protect our dignity. We are always guarded, having our weapons and will try to take down those we see as competitors. To reach to the top, we need to pull strings, know influential people, play some tricks. This is not how God’s Kingdom works. In God’s eyes, real greatness is not in what we have or how influential we are. It is how we serve others, not how many people are serving us.

    Who will you serve today? Who can you love today? May someone experience the love of God through you.

    We are blessed because Jesus seeks us, calls us His own and He loves us unconditionally. 

    We are blessed because Jesus is the Son of God who will one day come back again in victory.

    We are blessed because Jesus has shown us the example in the right way of living. He shows us what truly matters in His eyes.  

    The Church Is The Body of Christ

    The church is the body of Christ.

    The church is the people of God, called to be the salt and light to this world (Matt. 5:13-14). In the New Testament, the church is called, “ekklesia”, which is a group of people who have been called out by God.

    When the people of God gathered together, there are 3 things which will happen:   


    It is Christ-centered as we gather to study God’s Word and have fellowship with one another through prayers and through sharing a meal. 

    2. Christ-exalted  

    The church is a body of Christ. We are one body (1 Cor. 12:12-31).We exalt Christ as we worship God together. Since we are a body in Christ, we love one another and live in peace and unity. It is not always easy, but let us ask help from the God who first loves us. With His help, we learn to embrace one another and to forgive those who have offended us as God has also forgiven our offenses against Him.

    3. Christ-glorified

    In the church, we live in unity and we guard our unity by extending peace to one another. As a body of Christ, we share the Gospel with people outside of the church. In our daily living, we obey God’s commands and live lives that glorify God in our actions, words and thoughts.

    God’s Commandments Help Us to Enjoy Life

    God’s commandments are not to restrict us but to give us freedom to enjoy our life.

    I played basketball when I was younger. At one point, I was playing on the school’s basketball team. It gives me great pride to wear the school’s basketball jersey! I love the excitement of the game.

    However, the game is only enjoyable when there are rules. Without the rules, the players will get confused and hurt. The rules ensure that the game is fair to all the players.

    Likewise, God’s commandments to us are not to limit us from enjoying life. Rather, God’s commandments give us freedom to live the life He has given us.

    God Comforts Us in Our Pains and Regrets

    God saw our regrets and pains. He understands and He takes them away..

    Saw this prayer from the United Methodist Church. I love it because I miss my loved ones who have gone home to the Lord.

    God has blessed me with these loved ones. Yes, there are regrets. There were things I wish I had done differently. It is such an assurance to know we can commit these pain and regrets to God. God understands.