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Loving God, Loving Others and Leading Others to do the Same

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Dynamics of Shepherds and Sheep, The Lord is My Shepherd (Part 2)

In this message we delve into the profound significance of shepherd leadership within the Church, focusing on understanding Jesus' structure for His appointed leaders and how believers are to relate to them. The message begins by reminding us that as Christians, we are called to live by faith, placing our trust in Jesus as our Good Shepherd, rather than relying solely on what we see in the world. We are encouraged to follow Jesus closely, recognizing Him as the ultimate source of guidance and love. Drawing from John 10:27, the message emphasizes that true believers know and follow the voice of their Shepherd, Jesus, and do not heed the calls of strangers. A dream from the Lord is shared which an illustrative dream reinforces the image of believers gathered around Jesus, highlighting the closeness and attentiveness with which we should follow our Shepherd. The message further underscores the importance of following Jesus by adhering to His Word and guidance. Another dream from the Lord is shared vividly illustrating Jesus leading in our lives. Reflecting on the biblical narrative of shepherds in Israel, the message draws parallels to the relationship between believers and Jesus, our Shepherd. It emphasizes the need for us to intimately know His voice, understand His role as our Shepherd, and foster a close, personal relationship with Him. Turning to the structure of Jesus' flock, or the Church, the message references Ephesians 4:11-16, highlighting various roles within the Church, including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors (shepherds), and teachers. These leaders are appointed by Jesus to equip and build up the body of Christ, promoting unity and maturity. Emphasizing the safety and benefits of unity within the flock under the guidance of Jesus and His appointed leaders, the message addresses the tendency of some believers to resist or disregard these under shepherds (ministers). It stresses the importance of recognizing and submitting to their leadership for mutual growth and spiritual development. Both shepherds (pastors) and sheep (followers of Christ) receive words of exhortation. Shepherds are encouraged to lead with willingness, integrity, and humility, serving as examples to the flock, with the promise of an eternal reward when the Chief Shepherd, Jesus, appears. Sheep are urged to have confidence in their leaders, acknowledging the authority God has given them and submitting to their guidance for mutual benefit. The message concludes by warning against rebellion and resistance toward authority, citing biblical passages that highlight the potential consequences of such actions. It emphasizes the blessing of not being offended by Jesus' leadership and underscores that listening to Jesus' appointed leaders is equivalent to listening to Him. In essence, "The Dynamics of Shepherds and Sheep" underscores the vital role of shepherd leadership in the Church, the understanding of Jesus' structure for His assigned leaders, and how believers are called to relate to these leaders. It promotes unity, submission, and faith in Jesus' leadership through His appointed shepherds for the growth and maturity of the Church.
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