and His Work
The Chief Shepherd
Who did Christ say is the
I am the good
shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life
for his sheep.
What is Christ elsewhere
For you were like
sheep gone astray, but now you have returned to
the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25; 5:4.
Why does the expression
the Chief Shepherd imply?
That they are under shepherds.
How does the good
shepherd manifest his love and care for the
I am the good
shepherd. The good shepherd lays down
his life for his sheep.
What does the hireling, or
false shepherd, do, and why?
The man runs away
because he is a hired hand and cares
nothing for the sheep.
What example will the true
shepherd set before his flock?
In everything set them
an example by doing what is good.
What is the true work of
the gospel shepherd?
Keep watch over
yourselves and all the flock of which the Holt
Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of
the church of God, which he bought with his
Acts 20:28. Be
shepherds of Gods flock that is under your
care, serving as overseer-not because you
must, but because you are willing, as God wants
you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to
serve. 1 Peter 5:2. (See also John
With what kind of food
will the true shepherd feed the flock?
In the presence of
God and of Jesus Christ, who will judge the
living and the dead, and in view of his appearing
and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach
the Word; be prepared in season and out of
season; correct rebuke and encourage-with great
patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy
4:1,2. Son of man, I have made you a
watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the
word I speak and given them warning from me.
Ezekiel 33:7. (See Ezekiel 3:17-21.)
The Time When Sheep
Desire False Shepherds
Was there to come a
time when people would not listen to plain Bible
For the time will
come when men will not put up with sound
doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires,
they will gather around them a great number of
teachers to say what their itching ears want to
hear. They will turn their ears away from the
truth and turn aside to myths. 2
Instead of the straight
testimony, what kind of preaching will such
They will say to
their seers, See no more visions! and
to the prophets, Give us no more visions of
what is right! Tell us pleasant things,
prophesy illusions. Isaiah 30:10.
The Test of the False
What test is given by
which we may distinguish between true and false
To the law and
the testimony! If they do not speak according
to this word, they have no light of dawn. Isaiah
8:20. For the lips of a priest ought
to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men
should seek instruction because he is
the messenger of the Lord Almighty. Malachi
What will those
servants be doing upon whom Christ pronounces a
blessing when He comes?
Who then is the
faithful and wise servant, whom the master has
put in charge of the servants in his household to
give them their food at the proper time?
It will be good for the servant whose master
finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you
the truth, he will put him in charge of all his
possessions. Matthew 24:45-47.
What excuses are made
by some for not expounding the prophecies?
For you this whole
vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll.
And if you give the scroll to someone who can
read, and say to him, Read this,
please, he will answer, I cant;
it is sealed. Or if you give the scroll
to someone who cannot read, and say, Read
this, please, he will answer, I
dont know how to read. Isaiah
Note The prophecies
of Daniel were to be unsealed at the time
of the end. (See Daniel 12:4,9, 10;
Revelation 10:1, 2.) In Jeremiah 25:34-37 is
found a warning message addressed to unfaithful
After receiving his
commission to preach, how did the apostle Paul
Yet when I preach
the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to
preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the
gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:16.
How faithfully will the
true shepherd watch the flock?
Obey your leaders
and submit to their authority. They keep watch
over you as men who must give account. Obey
them so that their work will be a joy, not a
burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
If Gods watchmen
fail to warn the wicked, what terrible
responsibility will be charged to their account?
When I say to the
wicked man, O wicked man, you will surely
die, and you do not speak out to dissuade
him from his ways, that wicked man will die for
his sin, and I will hold you accountable for
his blood. Ezekiel 33:8. (See also
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