The pastor shepherds God’s sheep not with rigor and severity, but with love and humility; not as temporal lords but as spiritual guides, especially by example. They shepherd not by their own laws but by Christ’s laws and not for their own honor and glory, but for the honor and glory of Christ and His kingdom.
This sermon was given in 2007 when Clint Leiter was appointed as a co-pastor at Highway M Chapel in Sedalia, Missouri.
1 Peter 5:1-5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 – shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 – not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 – And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 – Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”