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What is a Shepherd?
 

What is a Shepherd?

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As the series on Church Leadership continues, I decided to spend some time looking at teh words the New Testament uses to describe Spiritual Shapherds.

As the series on Church Leadership continues, I decided to spend some time looking at teh words the New Testament uses to describe Spiritual Shapherds.

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    What is a Shepherd? What is a Shepherd? Presentation Transcript

    • What is a Shepherd?
      The Lord Wants ACTIVE Shepherds!
    • The Lord’s Shepherds
      Elders or Presbyters
      from the Greek word, “presbuteros,” meaning older. (Acts 14.23; 20.17)
      Bishop or Overseer
      from the Greek word “episkopos,” meaning one who oversees, to take care of.” (Acts 20.17,28; 1 Peter 5.1-2)
    • The Lord’s Shepherds
      Pastor
      from the Greek word “poimen,” meaning shepherd. (Ephesians 4.11, see also Acts 20.28; 1 Peter 5.1-2)
    • Spiritual Shepherds
      The New Testament transforms the term shepherd:
      Elders/Presbyters
      Bishop/Overseer
      Pastor
      …into a word /position of ACTION!
    • Notes on Spiritual Shepherds
      The shepherd was not always the owner of the sheep. (Genesis 31:38-40)
      Some shepherds were family members of the owners. (Genesis 29:9)
    • Notes on Spiritual Shepherds
      The shepherd’s staff is the most known. (Leviticus 27:32; Psalm 23:4)
      The shepherd’s sling may be the second most notable thanks to David. (1 Samuel 17:40)
      The shepherd also carried a pouch. (1 Samuel 17:40)
    • Actions of Spiritual Shepherds
      “…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)
    • What is a Shepherd?
      The Lord Wants ACTIVE Shepherds!