Discussion on Biblical Leadership post 2/5

The second component is the concept of shepherd leadership. A passage that has really helped me understand what it means to be a shepherd is Ezekiel 34. This passage that points out that shepherds rescue sheep and look out for their needs (34:12-13), feed and care for them (34:14-15), guide “the flock with justice” (34:16), have discernment to get rid of and expose the bad shepherds (34:17-21), and points others to the shepherd who brings salvation (34:22). This passage points out elements of discipleship. I enjoyed reading about John MacArthur’s process. First, he teaches biblical truth; second, applies Scripture to life; and third, works with those he is discipling to learn how to solve problems biblically.[1] While this process may be able to be explained clearly, the fact is, discipleship does not come in such a cut and dry fashion. In my own experience, the shepherd must lead through their own life experience, pain, and vulnerability in order to create an environment where biblical truth can be taught, applied, and tested. As I am going through the grieving process over the loss of my wife Jennica, I have been given a great example of a shepherd through my pastor, Jamie. Jamie came to the hospital with me and my family for pretty much the whole ordeal; he was at every event commemorating Jennica’s life and did the burial service. Jamie has poured out his time, and shared his own experience of how his young son died of cancer and how it affected his relationship with God. His example of a shepherd truly expresses Henri Nouwen’s idea that laying your life down for others “means making your own faith and doubt, hope and despair, joy and sadness, courage and fear available to others as ways of getting in touch with the Lord of life.”[2]

[1] MacArthur Jr., John F. Shepherdology. Panorama City. The Master’s Fellowship.1989. 91.

[2] Nouwen, Henri J.M. In the name of Jesus. New York. Crossroad. 1989. 61.

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