Pastors should be examples, even as the Chief Shepherd is our Example.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-4

ESV Text: 1 Peter 5:1-4

1 Peter 5:1-4

Shepherd the Flock of God

5:1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 5 1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 490:
Pour out Thy Spirit from on High

— Organ Audio

1. Pour out Thy Spirit from on high, 
Lord, Thine assembled servants bless; 
Graces and gifts to each supply 
And clothe Thy priests with righteousness. 

2. Before Thine altar when we stand 
To teach the truth as taught by Thee, 
Savior, like stars in Thy right hand 
The angels of Thy churches be. 

3. Wisdom and zeal and faith impart, 
Firmness with meekness, from above, 
To bear Thy people on our heart 
And love the souls whom Thou dost love; 

4. To watch and pray and never faint 
By day and night strict guard to keep, 
To warn the sinner, cheer the saint, 
Nourish Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep. 

5. Then, when our work is finished here, 
We may in hope our charge resign. 
When the Chief Shepherd shall appear, 
O God, may they and we be Thine! 


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