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We need our whole lives to be converted and transformed. Transformation goes beyond a point-of-decision faith, where we "decide" one moment to accept the gift of salvation but then we live without the ongoing transformation that God calls us to. The example for this is Lydia. She was converted, and her life was changed. She led her household to faith, and opened her house for hospitality. Her home became a church.
Texts: Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Acts 20:17-28
In this sermon, I examined the tragedy of the evil shepherds that God dismissed. They were evil because they did not bestow care upon the people they were to shepherd; instead, they destroyed and scattered them. Because of this, God regathered his people and put shepherds over them who would tend to them.
I used Acts 20:35 as an example of what it means to tend people. Paul taught the elders (shepherds) in this speech to "help the weak" (TNIV), which, broadly, means to teach them the whole will of God and build them up in their faith.
Godly shepherding is accomplished by tending to people, which means teaching them so that their faith is built up. My final application encouraged people--especially husbands and fathers--to begin shepherding their own families, in part through the practice of daily family worship.
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