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The Shepherd and His Sheep (11 of 12)
Series: Dynamic Truths For Difficult Times
I Peter 5:1-4
Take your Bibles and turn to I Peter 5:1. I want to speak today about "The Shepherd and His Sheep." This message today is going to be a message by the pastor to the pastor about the pastor, but you can listen as well because in this particular passage of Scripture, the Bible teaches that the church is like a sheepfold. And that we individual believers are like sheep, and the pastor is like the shepherd. And the analogy that God uses here was very familiar to those in the day of Bible times because sheep were so common in those days; sheep were prevalent animals in that particular time. And from this lesson there are some wonderful truths that we need to learn from God's Holy Word.
You remember the Bible says that many times that believers are like sheep. The Psalmist said the Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. The Bible says that we are the sheep of His pasture; all we like sheep have gone astray. So that analogy is made.
And then Jesus compared His disciples to a sheepfold. He said my sheep hear my voice and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life. Peter here describes the church as a sheepfold. That God has taken individual sheep and He has put them together in a sheepfold and so now as a church of the Lord Jesus we are a group of sheep and a sheepfold. A group of sheep must have a shepherd over them.
1 Peter 5:1-4 "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 as 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 although ...
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