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The Undershepherd's Job Description

Sun, May 23, 2021
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So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 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. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1 Peter 5:1–4 (ESV) When I was in seminary, we had chapel a couple times a week. There we would hear from professors, ministry leaders, and alumni. The books of choice to speak to seminary students were the pastoral epistles. That seems appropiate as Paul addresses young pastors. If there were favorite chapters that were taught, they were 2 Timothy 3-4. We were regularly charged to know and trust God's inherent Word and we were told to preach that Word boldly. All of that was helpful in forming us and our committments, but we heard these passages so often that a classmate and I made an agreement, that if for some weird reason we were called on to come back and speak, we would choose other places to preach. So what would I preach? This week I'm going to take you to that passage. It's one that I think has been overlooked to encourage pastors and elders. Why am I going there? Because as I step out of leadership for my sabbatical this summer, I want the leadership team and all of you to hear these important words. Will you take a few minutes to read through 1 Peter 5 to prepare your heart and mind.
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