The Good Shepherds

The Good Shepherds

When life get really hard, you need models to follow. Those models are people whose example produces calm instead of panic, peace instead of strife, and godly responses instead of worldly reactions. Good models are not born; they’re developed through careful, disciplined living and spiritual leadership. They understand that spiritual modeling is built on influence, not authority. Sunday we look at the recipe for godly leadership in Peter’s day that needed to be forged in the context of crisis and practiced in the life of the church. That same heart needs to be developed in the hearts of leaders today.

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)


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