by Ernest Easley

The Shepherd and His Flock
Ernest Easley
1 Peter 5.1-4
January 28, 2007

As we continue our study of 1st Peter ... we come tonight to chapter 5. Now what we learned in chapter 4 is that Persecution is possible! In fact .. Jesus said that it is probable!
John 16.33, "In this world you will have tribulation." John 15.20, "If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you." Don't be surprised when this world comes against you! It comes with the territory! That's what we learned in chapter 4: expect persecution and how to endure it!
Now knowing that those scattered saints were about to experience intense persecution .. and knowing that they would need the right kind of leadership .. the Holy Spirit led Peter to describe the kind of spiritual leadership that God puts in place to lead His church.
And in doing so .. Peter uses a familiar image to them: a shepherd and his flock. And it's that imagery that I want us to consider tonight from 1 Peter 5:
The Shepherd and his Flock
1 Peter 5.1-4
"The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed. Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock, and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away."
Now if you're a sheep ... you need a flock! So why would a sheep need to be a part of a flock? Well .. one reason is for protection. Sometimes I'll hear somebody say, "Oh, I love Jesus but I don't care for church." That is as dangerous as a sheep wandering out from the flock by itself. It's a good way for a sheep to get devoured! Every sheep needs to be a part of a flock.
Don't be a lone-ranger sheep. I heard about the Lone Ranger and Tonto were out for ...

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