The Shepherd And His Sheep
1 Peter 5
Turn to First Peter now, chapter five and we're going to read the first four verses. Now, you will remember that we have been preaching through First Peter and we come almost to the conclusion of First Peter but I like is so well, I'm going to go right on with Second Peter when we finish First Peter I believe. First Peter chapter five, the first four verses THE SHEPHERD AND HIS SHEEP. "The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed, feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof not by constraint but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither is being lords over God's heritage but being examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away."
Now, Peter here is addressing the church and the church was living in tough times and dangerous times and he reminded them of their character and what the church was truly like. Now, remember these people knew a lot about raising sheep and so here was an analogy and a figure of speech that they could relate to. What Peter is saying is first of all, that God's children are like sheep. Do you remember, what the Psalmist said? We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. And Carolyn just sang the Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. So, God's people are like sheep. Now, if God's people are like sheep, the church is like a flock. Jesus said uh, fear not little flock. So, the church is like a flock. Now, if the people are like sheep, the church is like a flock, the pastor is like a shepherd. That is the duty of the pastor, to shepherd the flock and Jesus is the chief shepherd to whom this shepherd is going to have to give an account one day. Now, that's what Peter is telling us right here. Now, think about ourselves as sheep. You know, it's really not ...
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