Lead And Feed

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Lead And Feed

  1. 1. Shepherds Lead and Feed A study through the eldership of the church
  2. 2. Paul’s Words of Warning <ul><li>28 - Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. </li></ul><ul><li>29 - I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; </li></ul><ul><li>30 - and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. </li></ul><ul><li>31 - Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. </li></ul><ul><li>32 - And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Importance of Leadership <ul><li>A shepherd goes before and leads them. (Psalm 77:20; 78:52; 80:1) </li></ul><ul><li>A shepherd seeks out good pasture for them. (1 Chronicles 4:39-41; Psalms 23:2) </li></ul><ul><li>The shepherd will take the initiative to care for the sheep. (Isaiah 40:11, Ezekiel 34:13-16) </li></ul><ul><li>The shepherd secures pasture for the sheep. (1 Chronicles 4:39-41) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Types of Spiritual Food <ul><li>There are infant members in the Lord’s flock: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Corinthians 3:1-3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Peter 2:2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hebrews 5:12, 13 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are mature members in the Lord’s flock: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hebrews 5:14  </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Where is the Spiritual Food Found? <ul><li>The Lord provides food in due season. (Psalm 145:15) </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 6:25 </li></ul><ul><li>Christ will provide food. (John 6:27) </li></ul><ul><li>John 6:48-63 </li></ul><ul><li>Psalm 22:26 </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Importance of Leading and Feeding <ul><li>Spiritual shepherds must lead! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading involves acting toward the vision and purpose with the followers. (1 Timothy 5:1-4) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spiritual shepherds must lead the sheep as a shepherd. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People are searching and in need of leadership. (Matthew 9:36) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Spiritual shepherds must lead as willing shepherds. (1 Peter 5:3) </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual shepherds must lead as willing shepherds and bring up others to fill their shoes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading his family (1 Timothy 3:4-5; Titus 1:6) </li></ul></ul>The Importance of Leading and Feeding
  8. 8. <ul><li>Spiritual shepherds must feed the flock: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A congregation will grow only as much as the shepherds allow. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As the eldership goes, so goes the congregation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Peter 5:2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The shepherd must know the word. (Titus 1:9) </li></ul></ul>The Importance of Leading and Feeding
  9. 9. <ul><li>Spiritual shepherds must know what food will provide nourishment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The shepherds must know the sheep to know what they need to eat. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without the proper food, sheep will not grow. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without the proper food, sheep will not rest. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without the proper food, sheep will scatter in search of food. </li></ul></ul>The Importance of Leading and Feeding
  10. 10. The Shepherd’s Protection <ul><li>Spiritual shepherds must know what food will provide nourishment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some &quot;good looking&quot; food will be poisonous and kill them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other may fall into the flock of a abusive, selfish shepherd. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without the proper food, sheep will spread a virus through the flock. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An overseer (spiritual shepherd) must be able to teach. (1 Timothy 3:2) </li></ul></ul>

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