Shepherd’s Heart 1

Series: Toward a Shepherd's Heart
Presenter: Chuck Gianotti

Part 1 of the series on developing a shepherd’s heart by modeling what you want to shepherd the people towards.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. Where in Scripture is found Paul’s farewell message to the Ephesian elders?
Acts 20:17-38
2. What are the four ways that modeling Christlike living helps an elder with shepherding God’s people?
1) It makes your life an open book, 2) It provides a picture of the goal 3) Provides a foundation for pastoral care 4) Sets the stage for restorative care.
3. List at least two passages where Paul tells his readers to imitate him.
1 Cor. 11:1, Phil. 3:17, Phil. 4:9

Discuss It

  1. What’s the difference between letting your life be an example to others versus arrogantly or boastfully parading our righteousness before men?
  2. How much of his personal life should an elder share with others? Should he air his “dirty laundry”? Is there a danger of being too much of an “open book”?

Apply It

  1. Write down an incident in your life where you struggled deeply and felt like giving up on the Christian walk or ministry—a time when you felt like the cost of serving God and His people was too great. What did you feel? How did you climb out of that pit of discouragement? Is there someone you need to share that story with?
  2. Is there some area in your life where your teaching doesn't match your life? What is that area and what is your plan to do something about it?