Sunday, Sep 18, 2016
Ekklesia Session 7 - A Shepherd After God's Own Heart: What to Look for in a Pastor
Speaker: Matt Waymeyer
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
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Pastor Matt Waymeyer teaches 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and the Seven Marks of a Faithful Shepherd.  In this passage, Paul writes that there are two witnesses of a faithful shepherd.

  • Believers in the church who observe the shepherd’s ministry integrity.
  • And of God – the faithful shepherd faithfulness is evident and he maintains a clear conscience in front of the Lord as his evaluator.

 

The Seven Marks of a Faithful Shepherd:

  1. He is courageous in his preaching (v.1-2).
  • God by His grace has granted him a certain kind of boldness.
  • He is compelled by the gospel.
  1. He is godly in his motivation (v.3-4)
  • He is not motivated to please men, but to be pleasing to the Lord (cf Galatians 6:1).
  • God is the one who commissions the shepherd and God examines his ministry.  The shepherd is fully aware that he is under God’s authority.
  1. He is selfless in his devotion (v.5-7)
  • His care is tender with a selfless and continuous concern
  1. He is affectionate in his love (v.8)
  • He is not cold, detached, or superficial in his love.
  • He genuinely yearns for the sheep to be faithful to the gospel with a heart flowing with love for their souls.
  • His relationship with the flock is a delight and rooted in intimate love.
  1. His labor is sacrificial (v.9)
  • He strenuously serves to remove all stumbling blocks that inhibit the progress of the gospel.
  1. He is righteous in his example (v.10)
  • Both the people in the church and the Lord is a witness of his holiness.
  1. He is fatherly in his instruction (v.11)
  • He brings the truth of God’s Word to bear on the lives of church.
  • He is a caring father with each and every one of the body of believers.