The Pastor's Plan For Sheep And Shepherds (26 of 27) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #225-, CT 404Q013

"The Pastor's Plan for Sheep and Shepherds"
I Peter 5:1

1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you,
as your fellow-elder and witness of the
sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also
of the glory that is to be revealed,
2 shepherd the flock of God among you, not
under compulsion, but voluntarily, according
to the will of God, and not for sordid gain,
but with eagerness;
3 nor yet as lordilng it overar those allotted
to your charge, but proving to be examples to
the flock.
4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you-
will receive the unfading crown of glory.
I want to talk about a very important matter in the body of Christ.
There are few passages in the Word of God which clearly show the
importance of eldership in the church more than this one.
The church in that day was facing perilous times, thatrs why he has
said, "Therefore," which means we're to go back and see what it's
there for, and we see that the previous chapter talks about
suffering, a time of trial, the church being reviled and put down.
There was going to be a very difficult time for the church in that
day. Therefore, good fellowship was imperative, as was good
leadership. Fiery trials were ahead. The people would be looking
for the right kind of elders to minister to them in that time.
Today's needs have not changed. The need is still imperative.
However, for some reason this clear counsel in God's Word has been
misinterpreted, misunderstood and perhaps too often mispracticed, not
only on the side of the elders, but also on the side of the body of
Perhaps we've never rightly grasped, as elders and people, God's plan
for His church, its government and its pastoring. Let's look at it
(Vs. 1) Because the church had been called upo ...

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