Feed My Sheep

April 30, 2021

There are many who don’t know how to feed God [submit-review ]children, what some are doing is poisons them instead of feeding them.  “For this is a book about preaching, a book about pasturing, but most of all a book about following in the steps of the one who declared, “I am the Good Pastor.” In the original language that is precisely what Jesus pronounced in the familiar words of John 10:11, “I am the good poimen a Greek work used interchangeably throughout the New Testament for either shepherd or pastor. And it is that metaphor that H.M.S. Richards capture in Feed my Sheep.”  “ Postmodern third millennial sheep still need shepherding and pasturing and feeding, too.  In the super-high-tech world of cyberspace and nanosecond entertainment-on-demand in which the humans race and our congregations now reside and feed, this same Jesus has called us to capture their attention, engage their minds, and feed their souls on the seventh day. Week after week we must still feed His sheep.” It is true that God has calling us to feed His sheep but we intending to do our own things without seeking His help and build strong relationship with Him. Because of these issues, many pastors are doing the work without understanding what they are doing because the Holy Spirit has left them and their way of thinking is far from God. They refused to use the Bible as Christ center but they are using their own theology idealism as a center to minister to church members. This book is a series lectures that H.M. Richards gave at Andrews University as we go through, he will challenging us in many ways of feeding God sheep with different strategies that we all needs to know.

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‘What is preaching?’ for example, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. Mark 1:14.  Jesus Christ Himself has sets any example for us that we are called to preach, so we have to use His methods by how He starting preaching in the Galilee. The author states that everything that could be said about preaching has already been said, and said better than I could say it. The second is that I know very little about the subject and feel that I have failed in almost every point to be a real preacher and a strong preacher, much less a great preacher. Because of the importance of the subject, I ask the blessing of God upon my efforts.”  Moreover, ‘our savior’s first appearance in this world after He began His public ministry was as a preacher. He came preaching.”  The author mentions his failed part of been a real preacher afterward he draw our attention to Jesus mission to this earth. Jesus came to feed the lost sheep and we are requiring using these methods to feed them too.  When a preacher finish preaching he starting doubting about the message he has gave out by say that I didn’t present the massage in the way people like it or didn’t gave them what they want or want to hearing from me. If we present the massage as Christ center we don’t need to worry about all these things because the Holy Spirit will continue from there. In fact, our duty is preaching the massage as Jesus did, Jesus just starting the kingdom of Heaven is near, repent, however, those that heard Him was  greatly astonish about His massages.

Furthermore, the author states that the truth and personality cannot be separated. Truth has always been tied up with a person, always proclaimed by a person, always witnessed by a person. The truth of God is a message, but when God sends a message He always sends it by a man.” We can see truly that we cannot preaching the message without our characters hasn’t been transform to be Christ like or others seen Christ in us.  In fact, “Our message is given to us by God, but we cannot give it, we cannot preach it, until it enters into our own lives. We must bear it as our personal testimony with spiritual power. As we stand before the people, as we prepare the sermon-and even before, as we pray to God to give us a sermon-we must keep in mind those two facts: we are His messengers; we are His witnesses. Then we can go before the people with authority and proclaim the message with such power that it will break the rock in pieces, convince, warn, win, woo, convert, the sinful heart of man, and comfort the saints of God.”  Indeed, we need to practice everything that we preaching, because if we telling people do not smoke and next day they see you smoke, they will never wasting their time and listening to you again. It is very important that we allow the Holy Spirit to reflecting Christ character in us.

“Should not the preacher be a man of humble faith before the Lord, fearless in the cause of God, but bowing low and humble, never afraid of the face of man, because he has looked by faith into the face of God?  Some of the ministers today are too pride and have intentional only to become leader or held great position either conference or the union. Ellen White states, keep the eye fixed on Christ. Do not fix your attention is short, becoming his shadow. Let no man put his mold upon you….Praise no man; flatter no man; and permit no man to praise or flatter think of Jesus. Praise the Lord. Give glory to God. Make melody to God in your hearts. Talk of the truth. Talk of the Christian’s hope, the Christian’s heaven.” (Evangelism, p. 630) Today, instead for the preacher to preaching about Heaven and second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, they intending to talk about their life story and family history which the church members don’t want know. Because every single day, there is a soul that seeking the word of God to feed his/her.

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The dangerous thing today is some of ministers are jealous about each other. If there is something that the angles weep about it is the ministers, they refusing to back each other up for the message to move on. Moreover, the angles of God finding it difficult to give us the Holy Spirit, because of our heart is not ready to accept. They do not see love in us and no relationship between us and God that make them to weep over us.

The preacher must preaching about faith, must never show a shadow of doubt,  Hebrews 11:6, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  It is true that the preacher must point to the audience as he is great believer of Jesus witnesses, are baptized, and obey Him and believer everything in the Bible.  “If a man is not living the message he preaches, the day will come when it will be revealed to the world. It will be as it was that day when the seven sons of Sceva, in an attempt to cast out evil spirits, used the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “ Acts 19:13-17, Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, and were doing this. 15(One day) the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” 16Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.” Here we see some ministers today doing the same not waiting upon God but they are using somebody strategies and their own understanding and put the Bible aside.

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Author states, “It appears to me that our two great weaknesses are the result of too little time in the study and too little time in actual soul winning.” Jack L. Seymour said: “within the last one hundred years the predominant model of ministry in America life has been that of the professional minister.  This model is most clearly reflected in the conception of the pastor as pastoral director, one who orchestrates and balances the various functions of ministry (preaching, administration, social action, and pastoral counseling) within the church”

We do not have time to study the word of God because of that all of our sermons that preach are going on without heavenly Sault attaching to it.  On the other hand, “I also trust that we will keep intact the identity and personality of our message. I do not think that in any way we should water down our message or our conceptions. I do not think a Christian has to apologize for the word of God, for his point of view. But, as a denomination, we have for a long time suffered from an inferiority complex, and we would like to reach the plateau of a well-thought-of dignified denomination. We very much resent being considered a sect, or worse still a cult. Personality, I am indifferent to the type of label some people tag on us. The thing of greatest moment is that we reaffirm our beliefs and underscore our certain-bring comfort and that is a Bible answer to the anxious questions that oppress mankind.”  “ Real preaching in these days is preaching Christ, preaching Christ in the Word and from the Word. It is preaching the everlasting gospel in all its fullness. It is preaching the message for this day and generation. It is preaching a complete message. It will bring no tame sermons, but fervent messages. They will be clear and easily understood. The success of this cause does not depend upon our having a large number of ministers, but it is of the highest importance that those who do labor in connection with the cause of God be men who really feel the burden and sacredness of the work to which He has called them. A few self-sacrificing, godly men, small in their own estimation, can do a greater amount of good than a much larger number, if a part of these are unqualified for the work, yet self-confident and boastful of their own talents.” (Testimonies, vol. 1, pp 442.443)

Erdman wrote, “One who assumes spiritual oversight in a congregation of Christians should be encouraged and inspired by the belief that the office he fills is of divine origin” (The Work of the Pastor, 1).The pastor is called to work in partnership with God and the members in the ongoing work of redemption, liberation, and re-creation.” Luther wrote, “I put forward God’s word; . . . This was all I did. And yet while I was asleep . . . the word that I had preached overthrew popery, so that neither prince nor emperor has done it so much harm.  And yet I did nothing; the word alone did all (Luther in GC: 190).

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