Being a true shepherd (Pastor/Elder) is more than just preaching a sermon on Sunday morning or the rare visit to a sick member of the congregation. Pink, nails it, it is a Christ centered life, living out Christ by every means available daily.
What are the marks of a true shepherd?
(Arthur Pink, 1939)
“Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
How diligently should those who think of entering the ministry, scrutinize their motives; for thousands have abused this Divine institution through love of ease, desire for authority and fame, or love of money–and brought upon themselves “greater condemnation” (James 3:1). Thousands have invaded the pastoral office in an unauthorized manner–to fleece sheep rather than feed them–robbing Christ of His honor and starving His people.
Solemn beyond words is it to observe how sternly our Lord denounced these false shepherds of His day. (Matthew 23). As Ryle rightly said, “Nothing seemed so offensive to Christ as a false shepherd. Nothing ought to be so much feared by the Church, and be so plainly…
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