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Peter by Edward Donnelly
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bookshelves: spiritual-disciplines, christian-leadership, christian-living
Read in January, 2006

I really liked this book; Donnelly's style and good development of his theme about Peter's growth and maturity was solid; it's a good book to re-read.

PETER: EYE WITNESS TO HIS MAJESTY
12. A PASTOR'S PASTOR
WHY LOSS OF MORALE?
MINISTRY PERCIEVED
NOT AS PROFESSIONAL, RESPECTED
GOD, BIBLE OBSOLETE
MINISTER IS INEFFECTIVE DO-GOODER
NOT APPREICATED W/IN THE CHURCH
AUTHORITY RESENTED
UNDERVALUED EXPERTISE
ATTACK OF SATAN EVERYWHERE
TOO MANY PASTORS IN TROUBLE
PETER A GOOD EXAMPLE TO TEACH PASTOR
WROTE LETTERS TO CHRISTIANS UNDER PRESSURE & BEING PERSECUTED
LETTERS ARE A TREASURE HOUSE OF GOD-CENTERED COUNSEL; WISE, TENDER
ELDERS: SHEPHERD FLOCK!
13. THE PASTOR'S IDENTITY
i. FELLOW ELDER
PETER AN EQUAL
HUMBLE, NO PECKING ORDER
ii. A WITNESS TO THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST
HOSTILE CROWDS
GETHSEMANE
iii. A PARTAKER OF THE GLORY THAT WILL BE REVEALED
SUFFERING WAS CHRIST'S PATH TO GLORY
SUCH IS AN ELDER'S PATH TO GLORY
14. THE PASTOR'S DUTY
i. SPECIALIZED NATURE: "SHEPHERD THE FLOCK"
SHEPHERD THE SHEEP, HERD THE HERD
PREACHING & PASTORING GO TOGETHER
BE REASONABLY VISIBLE
ii. OF IMMENSE RESPONSIBILITY: "THE FLOCK OF GOD"
THEY ARE GOD'S OWN SHEEP
WE ARE ENTRUSTED WITH THEM
WE ARE TO NEVER DISPISE OR HANDLE WITH IMMPATIENCE OR DISTASTE
NEVER FORGET WHO THEY ARE OR HOW GREAT OUR RESPONSIBILITY
OUR LOVE FOR JESUS MOTIVATES US TO SERVE THE SHEEP
iii. REQUIRES INTIMATE CONTACT: "WHICH IS AMONG YOU"
NOT TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM SHEEP
WORK IS TO BE 'HANDS ON', CLOSE RANGE
CLOSE, PENETRATING SCRUTINY OF WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING
RESPONSIBLE FOR EXAMINING, REGARDING CAREFULLY, LOOKING DILIGENTLY HEB 12:14,15
KEEP INFORMED OF PEOPLE'S LIVES BUT NOT INTRUSIVELY P. 118
iv. GIVEN TO HIM BY GOD'S SOVEREIGN DISPOSING: "THOSE ENTRUSTED TO YOU"
GOD 'ALLOTS' A GROUP TO A SHEPHERD
COULD BE BIG, SMALL, HEALTHY, UNHEALTHY .... DEPENDING ON WHO HE ALLOTS
HE APPOINTS OUR SPHERE OF LABOR, WE ARE TO BE FAITHFUL
1PE 5:2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
15. THE PASTOR'S HEART
i. "NOT BY CONSTRAINT BUT WILLINGLY, ACCORDING TO GOD"
INNER COMPULSION, POWERFUL SENSE OF DIVINE CALLING 1COR 9:16
POWERFULLY CONSTRAINED YET FREELY WILLING TO SERVE
WILLINGLY = JOYFUL CONSENT
ii. "NOT FOR DISHONEST GAIN BUT EAGERLY"
LAVISH LIFESTYLES, EXORBITANT FEES
PRESTIGE OR POWER JUST AS BAD
BUT FREELY WITH PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM, DISPENSING THE GRACE OF GOD!
iii. "NOR AS BEING LORDS OVER THOSE ENTRUSTED TO YOU, BUT BEING EXAMPLES TO THE FLOCK"
PASTORS IN A POSITION OF AUTHORITY HEB 13:17
NOT TO BROW BEAT BY FORCE OF PERSONALITY, AUTHORITARIAN MANNER, OR DISMISSIVE, SARCASTIC, ARROGANT
EXAMPLES: LIVES ENFORCE WHAT LIPS PROFESS
GODLY MEN EXERT A POWERFUL & LASTING INFLUENCE IN A CHURCH
1PE 5:2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
16. THE PASTOR'S REWARD
THIS PASTOR LOVES & TEACHES IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY
PRECIOUS TO HIM, PRACTICAL TO HIS READERS
WE HAVE A MENTOR TO WHOM WE CAN GO
REWARD IS CROWN: GLORY, EVERLASTING LIFE, JESUS HIMSELF, PERMANENT POSSESSION OF A SHARE IN THE BLESSEDNESS OF HEAVEN
MT 25:21 "His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
EPILOGUE
PETER THE PASTOR
1PE 5:1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed:
1PE 5: 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
AS PASTOR by Edward Donnelly
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