And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
In the light of our previous discussion about the internal nature of our new covenant relationship with God (Hebrews 8:10-11), do the saints still need Pastors? If the Holy Spirit teaches us all things from within (1 John 2:20), is there still any room for human fellowship and for other ministers?
Well, yes there is! The One who said the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth (John 16:13), is the One who also commissioned the apostles to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising and teaching them to obey the full Gospel of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
At face value, all this may sound quite contradictory, but it’s critical to strike the right balance. True, every child of God must have a personal relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. At the same time, like our Heavenly Father, we still exist within a community.
Our individuality does not cancel our community. We need each other still. Our interdependence does not negate our independence. It’s not a case of either or. Our fellowship is vital because it engenders protection, motivation and accountability. As we operate within community and under the authority of the fivefold ministries, we are equipped to serve the Lord effectively and to withstand the deception of impostors and various winds of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14).