And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:
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.Five fold ministry
.Rethinking leadership in the local church
.Avoid self preservation mentality
.How are the sheep divided?
.Plurality of leadership in the New testament
.Avoid the cult of personality
.Brief overview of church history
.Law versus grace
.Trinity and unity
.Arius and Athanasius
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This Sunday I spoke on the verses for the Mass readings [All verses at the bottom of this post].
There is always a common theme to the verses and I try and tie those together-
Basically all the readings spoke about the theme of the shepherd.
From Jeremiah we read-
Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
Jeremiah 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
This obviously is a tough word- I tried to give a broader view of how sheep- God’s people- have been scattered- even by good men.
The history of the church shows us many different groups of believers [denominations] who over time- as their movements/churches spread- they began to see themselves as either the most ‘right’ group- or as the ONLY true group.
I mentioned just a brief overview of a few good Christian churches- and tried to give an example of how seeing your church as the only true church- does indeed divide God’s people.
Because over time- many of the christian movements view the other church down the block- as not being part of the ‘true’ church.
Now there are of course varying degrees to this dynamic- but it shows us how even good men- good pastors- and good churches- can unknowingly divide the flock. [Some sites see here https://corpuschristioutreachministries.blogspot.com/2021/09/sunday-sermon-text.html?m=0 ]
Because over time the whole Body of Christ is not seen as a corporate church- but as many