One thing you may do to increase the profit of a pastoral visit is to prepare for it. This is no small task. Or, what Attribute of God has meant the most to you recently? August 5, 2013. Understand God’s Timing. to determine how you are doing spiritually. Seek an answer to such questions as:  How do I know for sure that I am a Christian? Others? Do not be afraid to ask these kinds of questions. Paul says in Acts 20:28, "Pay attention to yourselves and to all of the flock among which the Holy Spirit has set you to be overseers to shepherd God's church, that He acquired with His own blood." The primary key to experiencing Divine visitation lies in understanding the timing of God for our lives. Do you pray regularly? * How is your relationship with your Spouse? If not, would you be interested in learning how to share your faith? Sunday 8.9.2013. In James 5:16 we are called to confess our sins to one another. Are my children showing an increased interest in the things of the Lord? What sins am I struggling with? Are they baptized? Are there any areas in your Christian experience with which you are having problems? Let us practice spiritual preventative medicine! Can I say with certainty that on a daily basis I am dying to sin, and living more righteously? Yet, that symptom might be the early warning sign of some serious disease that could be remedied more easily in its present state. * What kind of advice/counsel can we provide you with at this time? In the same manner, ask your elders if there are things that you could be doing to serve the Lord. Is there a particular sin that continues to get the upper hand in your life? “The prayer and Bible reading exercises….the small talk, the superficial inquiries….” are no longer seen as adequate because they are not biblical. * Where would you like to see yourself be spiritually in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years? Church officers will give an answer to God for the discharge of their office. Do they like prayer, Bible reading, attending worship, and singing hymns and psalms? If your next appointment is causing … If the problem is ignored, then the disease worsens, until finally measures that are more serious need to be taken, or as it happens, it is too late to act. Can I point to areas in my life where I have grown? Examine yourself, your relationship to God, and others (your family, neighbors, co-workers, the world, etc.) PO Box 24087, RPO Josephine Canadian Committee of The Bible Study Hour Paul says in Acts 20:28, "Pay attention to yourselves and to all of the flock among which the Holy Spirit has set you to be overseers to shepherd God's church, that He acquired with His own blood." Have any of your theological beliefs changed? This maxim is true for our spiritual life as well. FAQ Calendar, Canadian Donors: * Are there any areas in your Christian experience in which you are having problems? A third area of preparation deals with the direct solicitation of advice. Visitation, the visit, described in the Gospel According to Luke (1:39–56), made by the Virgin Mary, pregnant with the infant Jesus, to her cousin Elizabeth. When an individual goes to his doctor for a check-up, he usually gives some thought to how he is feeling. Seeking the advice of others who have gone through similar difficulties will provide you with helpful insights to deal with your problems. North Bay, ON, P1B 0C7, God has given to the elders of His Church the responsibility to shepherd His flock. Be prepared to share your problems and to seek counsel and prayer concerning them. In this powerful encounter, two women -- Mary, now miraculously pregnant with the Christ Child, and Elizabeth, whose maternity carried his forerunner John the Baptist -- get their first look at one another after being separated by time and distance. We all have promised to support the work of the church with our time, talents and treasures. They are keeping watch over your lives as men who will have to give an account." * What do you especially like about our Church? Be prepared to ask those visiting you if they see any problem areas in your life (or in the lives of your family members) that need to be addressed. What am I doing regarding family devotions? Privacy Policy Joseph Pipa. Would you like to be discipled? The individual evaluates his various aches and pains, seeking to determine which are important and which are not. * What Christian books have you read lately? Yet, sad to say, pastoral visits are not always used in a manner that allows the parties involved to reap the greatest spiritual benefits. We have all had spiritual blinders on at one time or another. Below is a list of questions for both congregants and elders to review before a pastoral visit: Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves. 1. Pastoral Visitation: The God-Given Responsibility to Shepherd. One of the principle ways this oversight is exercised is in pastoral visitation. Recognising the Time of Your Visitation from God. * If you have a family, how is your family doing spiritually? * Is there a particular temptation or sin that continues to defeat you spiritually? Your elders are physicians of your soul. What are you doing with respect to family devotions (Bible reading, prayer, catechism, etc.)? * What would you like to see improved at our Church? * What has God been teaching you about Himself lately? Pastors should still make visits, but when ordinary members of the church make those visits, it is an act of wanting to be friends. A nervous and tense pastor can upset a parishioner. Finding out where we can be of use not only blesses us, but will also give us an opportunity to be a blessing to our brothers and sisters in the Lord. As you will see, the key to having a Divine visitation lies in our relationship with God. * Are there any theological truths/doctrines that you are wrestling with, confused about, or need clarification on?