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Release Date: August 2017.
Jesus practiced (in deed) the true love of a pastor. He gave of Himself in spite of rebuff and humiliation:
He came to His own … but His own did not receive Him
And in spite of our sin and rebellion:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Christ is the Good Shepherd, and he states (John 10:11-14, emphases added):
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—…”
As the Good Shepherd, He tells a parable and states:
Does not (the good shepherd) leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
No one is too insignificant for His pastoral love and care. We serve as His under-shepherds and need to model ourselves on His example, and seek out the sheep and care for them. We will have to give account, hence the enjoinder to the “sheep” whom we shepherd:
17 Obey (be persuaded of) your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Hebrews 13:17, emphasis added.
As leaders, our people need to be persuaded of us. It is not a leadership of force.
This book urges a caring love for the church, premised upon a close relationship with the Lord, and high regard for biblical principles.
And it urges the appropriate structures for this to occur: pastoral leadership, eldership, deacons, and women in appropriate ministries.