1 Pet 5. Acts 20. John 21. All of these verses tell us to feed the flock, feed the flock, feed the sheep, tend the flock, care for the flock. Noteworthy: they all use the same word. Feeding the sheep is more expansive than giving the sheep food, more encompassing then simply filling their need to eat. It consists of bringing them to the food, of watching over them as they eat, as tending for them and caring for them and protecting them.
When looking to shepherd one must first look to the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. By taking note of Him and His work we would come to a closer understanding of what it is to shepherd perfectly.
This post will organize all the posts for the Greenwood Hills Shepherding Conference which occurred the August 17(PM) to August 19 (AM) 2006. With sessions being an hour in length and offering a 5-15 minute break save for meals which were 30 minutes, I didn’t have much time to do more than tight outlines during the messages. So I reformatted them in essay form–they may be a tad long at times
- The Good shepherd (John 10) -Randy Amos
- Feed the Flock (1 Pet 5; Acts 20:17, 28; John 21:14) -Larry Price
- Discipline in the Local Church -Willie Burnett
- 1 Tim 3:1-3 -Warren Henderson
- Christ the Perfect Servant (Is 42:1-4) -Willie Burnett
- The Perfect Master -Warren Henderson
- Continued Steadfastly (Acts 2:42) -Randy Amos
- Earnestly Contend for the Faith (Jude 3) -Larry Price
- 1 Tim 3:4-5 -Willie Burnett
- The Untangled Life (2 Tim 2:1-4 key: 3, 4) -Warren Henderson
- Faithfulness to the Gospel (1 Cor 1:17) -Randy Amos
- â€œWoe be to the Shepherds of Israelâ€ (Ezek 34:1-25, 31) -Willie Burnett
- Christ the Perfect Savior -Lary Price
- Reverence in a casual world: Using his name (Ps 111:9) Warren Henderson
- 1 Tim 3:6-7 -Larry Price
- The Crown of Glory (1 Pet 5:4) -Randy Amos
For over 150 years those known as “Plymouth Brethren” were renown for their command of the Scriptures. This movement exerted great influence over their generation, and their impact continues to be felt in the church. They were held in high esteem by leaders of many denominations. A. T. Pierson, a Baptist minister and author, wrote concerning the spiritual stature of the brethren, “and in those days there were giants in the land.” He was referring to men such as John Nelson Darby, C. H. Macintosh, William Kelly and others. The spiritual power of the early brethren was unmistakable. The movement bore the marks of a mighty work of God. Powerful Bible teaching by deeply spiritual men, earnest prayer, and evangelistic zeal characterized this movement. God’s hand of blessing was evident. One writer reported that by the year 1878, 50 years after the first assembly was established, there were 1,388 gatherings of believers in 29 different lands. (1)
Many have speculated as to the reasons behind this remarkable spiritual growth.
The question is often asked, “Do assembly principles apply to
meetings held outside the assembly?” The answers vary greatly depending on who you
ask. The real problem is that Scripture does not address such gatherings, and, as such, in
the eyes of many we are left to our own thinking.