The Essentials of Spiritual Growth by Marvin D. Patterson

The Essentials of Spiritual Growth
Marvin Patterson
1 Peter 5:4-6

By the time Bobby arrived, the football game had already started. ‘‘Why are you so late?’’ asked his friend. ‘‘I couldn’t decide between going to church and going to the football game. So I tossed a coin,’’ said Bobby. ‘‘But that shouldn’t have taken too long.’’ said the friend. ‘‘Well, I had to toss it 35 times.’’

A four year old’s description of creation: In the beginning, which was close to the start, there wasn’t anything except God, darkness and some gas. The Bible says, ‘‘The Lord, thy God, is one,’’ but I think He has to be much older than that. Anyway, God made the world and then He said, ‘‘Give me some light,’’ and somebody gave it to Him. He split an atom and made Eve. Adam and Eve didn’t wear any clothes, but they weren’t embarrassed because God hadn’t invented mirrors, yet. Adam and Eve sinned by eating one bad apple and they were driven out of the Garden of Eden. I’m not sure what God drove them in because He hadn’t invented cars, either. Adam and Eve’s son, Cain, hated his brother as long as he was Abel. After a while, all of the first people died, except Methuselah, who lived to be, like, a million years old.

Introduction:

Simon Peter is giving a word to the elders or pastors that have been scattered abroad because of the persecution of the Roman Empire. We saw last week that Peter encourages these men to feed the flock of God the word of God! The pastor or elder is to shepherd the sheep much like the shepherd would care for and look after the needs of an earthly flock. Sheep must be led, for they will get lost and not survive long without the goodness of the shepherd. We also noted that the pastor is to shepherd not because he has to do it, but because he loves the Lord. And that love for the Lord is poured out for those with whom he ministers! He is not trying to gain worldly goods, and fame, but he is shepherding the flock with a ready mind, giving an example of what ...


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