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THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK (2 of 8)
1 Peter 5:2-3
August 11, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Charles Edward Jefferson, pastor of
Broadway Tabernacle in New York, wrote THE MINISTER AS
SHEPHERD for forty years. In 1912 his pen explained
why the shepherd metaphor carried such power:
"One of the secrets of the fascination of 'shepherd'
as a title is that the word carries us straight to
Christ Himself. It associates us at once with Him.
So far as the New Testament tells us, Jesus never
called Himself a priest, or a preacher, or a rector,
or a clergyman, or a bishop, or an elder, but He liked
to think of Himself as a shepherd. The shepherd idea
was often in His mind... Jesus had many metaphors by
which to image forth His character and His office, but
the metaphor by which He loved best to paint His
portrait was shepherd."
The greatest disaster that could befall a church is
that her "envoys" (us) have forgotten to be shepherds.
This forgetfulness lies at the heart of most of our
church problems. Our general lack of impact, our
ineffectiveness, our dismissal by the culture at
large, our stagnant growth, our high rates of pastoral
burnout, our low degree of parishioner involvement -
what are these but symptoms that the church as "lost
the way which leads to life."
Jeremiah 10:21, "For the shepherds have become dull-
hearted, and have not sought the LORD; therefore they
shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be
Glen Wagner, in his book, ESCAPE FROM CHURCH,INC.,
said, "The church may produce an abundance of leaders
and managers and pulpiteers and CEO's and vision-
casters, but it will continue to falter if it does not
have at the helm shepherds who long to 'INQUIRE OF THE
When the Lord Jesus saved me, He put me in His fold.
He is my Shepherd and I am one of His sheep. He later
called me to be a Pastor (Shepherd) and even called me
to shepherd a particular flo ...
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