The need for knowing God’s word

“This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you…” (Titus 1:5 ESV)

The need for good leadership in congregations is necessary. Despite the trendy and progressive ideas that we often see around us, the leadership of God’s people is to rest in men – those who are “above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers” (Titus 1:6). Continue reading “The need for knowing God’s word”

Shepherds and Angels

“Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people:  Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Messiah the Lord. This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!’” (Luke 2:8-14 NET).

Most scholar’s believe this took place either in the spring or autumn of the year (not mid-winter, as sheep are not wintered in the mountains and the elevation of the Bethlehem area is over 2500 feet or 775 m). Both of these times were times when many sheep were offered in sacrifice in nearby Jerusalem – either for Passover or for the Day of Atonement. Continue reading “Shepherds and Angels”

God’s People Need Great Leaders / God’s Leaders Need Great Sheep

Why would an ancient Israelite break God’s commandments by making an idol and by installing his own son (who may have been an Ephraimite), as his household priest? Scripture provides us with the reason. “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” Judges 17:6 Although some contemporary advice would suggest, “let each person discover his own path,” the biblical book of Judges records the disastrous results which ensue when everybody pursues his own ideas about what is right. Judges 18:1; 19:1; 21:25 What God’s people needed then as well as today is strong godly leadership. … Continue reading God’s People Need Great Leaders / God’s Leaders Need Great Sheep

We Call Them Shepherds

We see them whenever we gather for worship. They may drop by to see you at home or in the hospital. They are the ones who have been charged with watching over us and caring for our well-being.1 God’s Word directs us to obey them in order that their work will be a joy to them.2 We call them elders, shepherds (pastors) or overseers.3 These descriptive titles identify their relational function which the Lord himself created for the growth and good of the church.4 Because overseers are to understand the path which we all ought to be following, they are able … Continue reading We Call Them Shepherds