Following the Good Shepherd
Last summer, the Lord spoke emphatically that unity was to be the central theme of all that we do as a church. When we began our “20/20 Vision” sermon series, I preached a sermon on March 4, 2018, entitled “A Vision for Unity.” In that message, I likened vision to a road map and said that a clear vision has a twofold purpose. First, it explains to us the destination where we are going. Secondly, it shows us how we are going to get there.
On March 4, I read several Scripture passages in the sermon. One of those was 1 Peter 5:1-4. In these verses, Peter exhorts the elders of the local church to shepherd the flock of God. This Greek word translated elders in the New Testament can mean older men, Jewish rulers, or specifically here, those who preside over a local church congregation. In these verses Peter, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is giving instruction directly to me as your pastor. His exhortation to me is this: “shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2-3, ESV). [Read more…] about Following the Good Shepherd