Summary: This is a challenging look at the responsibility God has placed on shepherds in the church.
Title: Church Relationships Lesson 1 “The Necessity of Godly Leadership”
Text: 1 Peter 5:1-4
Introduce the lessons series, “Making the Most of Our Relationships”
1. For the next several weeks we will be discussing relationships.
a. Church Relationships
1. Elder to member
2. Member to Elder
3. Brother to Sister etc.
b. Family Relationships
4. Marriage relationship
5. Parenting, etc.
The first in this series is entitled “The Necessity of Godly Leadership” from 1 Peter 5:1-4
2. The world cries out for good leadership
a. Morality is out of control.
b. Families are falling apart because of the lack of parental leadership.
c. Wars are on the horizon because of poor leadership like a Saddam Hussein.
3. The church is crying out for good leadership.
a. It has been called the greatest crisis in the brotherhood.
b. It is the cause of false teachings throughout the church.
c. Just like any other organization, the church rises and falls by its leadership.
**As I begin this lesson, I want our shepherds and you to know how much I live and appreciate them.
4. They are godly men.
5. They love the Lord.
6. They are striving to be the kind of leaders I think we need in the church.
a. My point in preaching this today is to:
1. Help us understand their role.
2. Help them to remember their responsibility.
3. Help us understand how to relate to each other in the proper way so the church can grow!
7. Of all the metaphors God could have used to describe what a spiritual leader looks like, he paints a picture of a sheep herder.
1. I read a quote that fits so well here: “It’s not a picture of a CEO of a church –– sitting behind a desk or in a boardroom, making decisions, tapping gavels, dispatching memos, and announcing edicts it’s not a picture of a dynamic speaker who can hold an audience in his hand and bring people to tears and it’s not even a learned scholar whose skills are so sharp he could exegete the church bulletin for half an hour — the picture is that of a shepherd”
8. We don’t know much about sheep herding in our world, but...
1. In Bible times, shepherds were as common and familiar to most Middle Easterners as telephones and supermarkets are to us
1. Almost anywhere in the Bible world, if you gazed across a landscape you would likely see at least one flock of sheep
2. A shepherd wasn’t really in authority over sheep as much as he was a servant of sheep
3. When a tiny lamb was born, one of the first sensations felt by the shivering lamb was the tender hands of the shepherd
4. His gentle voice was one of the first sounds to awaken his delicate eardrums
5. In Lynn Anderson’s book, “They Smelled Like Sheep” he states, "The shepherd lived with the lambs for their entire lives –– protecting them, caressing them, feeding and watering them, and leading them to the freshest pools and the most luxuriant pastures –– day and night, year in and year out……Each sheep came to rely on the shepherd and to know his voice and his alone. They followed him and no one else."
1. Let me give you a real “no-brainer” LEADERS LEAD “Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Author Unknown