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THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK (1 of 8)
1 Peter 5:1-4
August 4, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Without question, the dominant biblical
model for spiritual leadership is the shepherd and his
flock. We see shepherds mentioned hundreds of times
throughout the scriptures. Roy Lessin wrote a
beautiful word on a Dayspring card that I was
privileged to receive on a birthday card.
The beautiful thing about a servant of the Lord is
that God gives him the heart of a shepherd.
It is a heart that leads
Instead of a heart that controls;
It is a heart that gives
Instead of a heart that takes;
It is a heart that serves
Instead of a heart that demands;
It is a heart that restores
Instead of a heart that scatters;
It is a good heart, a caring heart, a loving heart,
It is the only kind of heart that the sheep will
The Apostle Peter wrote this letter, inspired by the
Spirit of God, out of his own personal experience with
Jesus Christ. He had a vital and growing relationship
with Christ, and this made it possible for him to
minister effectively to God's people.
If I had any counsel for God's Shepherds today, it is
this: cultivate a growing relationship with Jesus
Christ, and share what He gives you with your people.
That way, you will grow, and they will grow with you.
The pastor (shepherd) of the local assembly (church)
must be a man who walks with God and who is growing in
his spiritual life. Paul admonished young Timothy:
"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to
them, so that everyone may see your progress." (NIV 1
1 Tim. 4:15, "Mediate on these things; give yourself
entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to
The word "progress" in the New Testament language
means "primer advance." The shepherds (elders) must
constantly be moving into new territories of study,
achievement, and ministry. If the leaders of the
church are not moving forward, the ...
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