Biblical Shepherding of God’s Sheep: The Use and Abuse of Authority by Church Officers
Day One 2010
“Tend my sheep” is the awesome task given to those who have been called and equipped by the Holy Spirit to be overseers of the church of God. Leadership in the local assembly must be biblical and balanced if the church is to properly discharge its commission from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Recent trends in leadership methods have made it more necessary than ever that Christ’s shepherds “be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock”. The application of biblical church authority is one of the crucial issues facing Christians today.
The present work deals forthrightly with the hard questions about leading God’s people on the local church level. Representing the mature thought of men who have spent many years guiding Christians, Shepherding God’s Flock is an anthology of essays dealing with various aspects of the issue of church authority. The true nature of an “ideal” church, the proper way of reformation, the danger of the abuse of church discipline and the relationship of authority to individual freedom are some of the topics handled here.
Leaders reproduce themselves and put their stamp indelibly upon a congregation. This influence can in turn make or break a church’s influence in the world. These essays provide the tools needed for the self-examination, correction and growth of all those concerned to see Christ’s style of shepherding safeguarded among his flock.
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- Introduction by Steven Martin
- Refreshing insight for leading today’s congregations
- Bibliographical references
Praise for the Print Edition
There are biblically-sound scholars who have little or no experience in local church leadership. Conversely, there are those who have served for years as leaders in local churches, but sadly are not “;mighty in the Scriptures.”; But when men who are rich both in church leadership experience and knowledge of the Bible write about leadership in the local church, you have a treasure like Biblical Shepherding of God’s Sheep.
—Donald S. Whitney, associate professor of Biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Sooner or later this book is going to be an invaluable resource to those who will want to and need to know how a spiritually healthy church should function. Whatever the condition of the church the contents of this great work can only promote stability and growth in a body of believers.
—Martin Holdt, pastor, Constantia Park Baptist Church, Pretoria, South Africa
- Title: Biblical Shepherding of God’s Sheep: The Use and Abuse of Authority by Church Officers
- Editor: Steven Martin
- Publisher: Day One
- Publication Date: 2010
- Pages: 240
About Steven Martin
Steve Martin is the pastor of Heritage Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. He is also a trustee of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California.