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Summary: 1 Peter 5:1-5 Gives us a great overview of what church leadership is all about

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INTRODUCTION

Today is a special day for us at Auburn Christian Church. Today we will dedicate and install our leadership team for the 2001-year.

Today we will lift up those men that we have chosen to lead and serve this Church.

It is good to know that we have men who love the Lord so much that they want to shepherd His flock at the Auburn Christian Church. 1 TIMOTHY 3:1 says, “It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.”

The men who have been selected as deacons have been set aside by you and the Elders for special service.

The men we have chosen are to be men of good reputation and full of the Spirit of God. Look at what Acts 6:3-4 says about deacons. "Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

A preacher quit the ministry after 20 years and became a funeral director. When asked why he changed, he said: "I spent 3 years trying to straighten out John and John’s still an alcoholic, then I spent 6 months trying to straighten out Susan’s marriage and she filed for divorce, then I spent 2 1/2 years trying to straighten out Bob’s drug problem and he’s still an addict. Now at the funeral home when I straighten them out -- they stay straight!"

The work of the church leader can be difficult at times. It is to our advantage that we hold our leaders up and fully support them. Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”

It is important that we have men in leadership who know what they are called to do and how they are to carry out that job. Today we will look at:

 The ministry of the elder

 The motives of the elder

 The manner of leading the church.

The main focus will be on the position of Elder. I do not want us to forget the special support that our deacons give to the leadership and to the congregation as a whole. They are here to serve Jesus by taking care of the physical needs of the church.

SERMON

READ 1 Peter 5:1-4

I. THE MINISTRY OF AN ELDER. Verse 2.

A. The ministry of the elder is to shepherd the flock.

1. Understanding what the ministry is will help us to have the proper attitudes and actions toward the flock.

2. Shepherds lead the sheep they don’t drive them.

3. Shepherds protect and care for the sheep; they do not just count them to see if they are where they are supposed to be.

ACT 20:28-30 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. "I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.


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Timothy Schultz

commented on Jul 16, 2007

A funny introductory story and some helpful points from Scripture about church leadership. I may use this sermon as a resource as we look to selecting a new elder.

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