Archive for September 22nd, 2011

Feed My Sheep

September 22, 2011

My starting point for this message is a portion of scripture that I always thought would make an excellent message to preach to pastors.  However, I believe that it can be applied to all who love the Lord.

I.  Care for the Sheep  Ezekiel 34:1-6

The job of a shepherd is to care for the sheep, not just to benefit from the sheep.  We are not talking however, about sheep, but about people.

We are to strengthen the weak.  Those whose faith is faltering need to be encouraged.

We should bring healing to the sick.  We can pray, and if possible, provide medical assistance to those who are in need.

We should bind up the broken.  There are Christians who have been broken by what they have experienced in life.  God offers healing.  We can be made whole again.

We should bring back those who have been driven away.  Some Christians have left the church because of  negative experiences.  We should seek to restore them to fellowship.  Christians are not meant to be alone, but to be a part of a community of believers.

We should seek the lost.  We need to be actively witnessing to the those who do not have a relationship with Christ.

II.  God is the True Shepherd  Ezekiel 34:11-15

Ultimately, it is God Himself who will care for His people.  However, He works through us.

III.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd  John 10:11, 27&28

The image of shepherd continues to be used by Christ.  He will take care of His people, even to the point of laying his life down for His sheep.

IV.  Those Who Love God, Will Feed His Sheep  John 21:15-17

Three times Peter is asked if he loves Christ.  Three times he is told to feed,or tend, “my sheep”.  As Christians we are to love God, and to love people.  If we love people, we will seek to strengthen the weak, heal the sick, bind up the broken, bring back those who are driven away and to seek the lost.