by James Merritt

The Shepherd and His Sheep
James Merritt
I Peter 5 1-4


1. Peter is writing to a beleaguered church beset by woes, persecutions, tribulations and trials. When the hammer of satanic oppression and demonic opposition continues to pound away at a church, it is so easy for a church to get disconsolate and discouraged. Peter takes a time out here for the pastors of the church and says, "I have a special word for you. No one else can be your pastor, so I will be your pastor." Then he says a word about pastors to pastors but he says it within earshot of the church.

2. You see Peter here describes the pastor and his people as a shepherd over a flock of sheep. You know the Bible says in Psalms 10, "We are his people and the sheep of his pasture." Again David said in Psalm 23:1, "The Lord is my shepherd." The church is like a flock is like sheep and the pastor is like a shepherd.

3. One of the real advantages of preaching through books of the Bible verse by verse as we have been doing in I Peter is you can't skip anything. You preach everything. You preach on every kind of subject imaginable. Now today I’ve got some good news for most of you. I'm not preaching to you primarily. I am preaching? Primarily to me and secondarily to the staff. You see the sermon this morning is going to be by the pastor, about the pastor, and to the pastor yet you can apply the truth; that you will hear this morning to yourself because Peter says in verse 3 that you ought to follow the example set by the pastor. Now, every one of us has a flock over which we are a shepherd. For some of you it may be a Sunday school class. For others of you it may be a family. For others it may be a group of friends. But, every one of us has a flock. If you are a Christian, you have been thrust someway, somehow, someplace into a role of leadership. And so Peter here is going to speak to the leader of the church, the pastor.

4. As a matter of fact, you could almost call this God's job ...

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