Sermon Quotes: Shepherding God's Flock

“…you were ransomed not with perishable things such as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” 1:18-19

“The elders are to serve, not for their own satisfaction in the job, but as glad volunteers in God’s service.” J.N.D. Kelly

“The elder has authority; he is called to exercise a shepherd’s oversight. Christ the Chief Shepherd (5:4) has called him to exercise a shepherd’s care. But the undershepherd is not a stand-in for the Lord. He presents the word of the Lord, not his own decree, he enforces the will of the Lord not his own wishes. For that reason, any undermining of the authority of Scripture turns church government into spiritual tyranny. If church governors add to or subtract from the word of God, they make themselves lords over the consciences of others.” Ed Clowney