Summary: The Role, Responsibilities, and Reward for Pastors or anyone who has a sphere of spiritual influence.
Serving God – 1Peter 5:1-4
Intro: According to several confirmed sources across denominational lines:
Today: in regards to: Pastors:
- Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout or contention in their churches.
- Four thousand new churches begin each year, but over seven thousand churches close.
- Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.
- Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
- Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
- Ninety percent said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people.
- Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked.
- Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession.
- The majority of pastor’s wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.
- Eighty percent of adult children of pastors surveyed have had to seek professional help for depression.
These statistics came from across denomination lines, and have been gleaned from various reliable sources such as Pastor to Pastor, Focus on the Family, Ministries Today, Charisma Magazine, TNT Ministries, Campus Crusade for Christ and the Global Pastors Network. Sited at: http://maranathalife.com/lifeline/stats.htm
Introduction - These people knew a lot about sheep, so Peter uses this analogy and figure of speech that they could relate to. What Peter is saying is, first of all, is that God’s children are like sheep. Remember what the psalmist said, “We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” So, God’s people are like sheep. Now if God’s people are like sheep, the church is like a flock. Jesus said, “Fear not little flock.” So, the church is like a flock. Now, if the people are like sheep and the church is like a flock than the Pastor is like the shepherd. That is the duty of the Pastor, to shepherd the flock. Now, Jesus is the Chief Shephard to whom this shepherd will have to give an account to one day. That’s what Peter is telling us here in this passage.
Think about ourselves as sheep. It is really not all that complimentary, but the Lord calls us sheep. He could have been a little more complimentary and said we’re strong as horses, or perhaps as beautiful as a peacock, or maybe even as brave as a lion. But, He didn’t say that. He said that we are like sheep. Let me tell you a little bit about sheep. Sheep are wayward animals, as a matter of fact, they are kind of dumb. Have you ever heard of a trained sheep? You can train cats. You can train dogs. You can train a horse. Sheep just browse a little here, nibble a little there, and just keep on going. He doesn’t know how to get back to the flock unless the shepherd goes after him and brings him back. Sheep really are kind of dumb and kind of stupid and that’s the way the Lord characterizes us. We are His sheep.