Need any post Dorian help? And Sunday – What is an elder and what do they do?

Hello Church Family:  Well praise the LORD that He has mercifully spared our Hampstead community from a Dorian disaster!  Thank you Lord for your perfect care!  I hope that all of you have come through without damage to family and home.  If you have damage please let me know with a private message.  We would love to help in any way that we can.  Also, please join me as we pray and seek to help those in the Bahamas who are suffering greatly.
This Sunday we are going to take a break from Luke and look at how God cares for His people like a shepherd cares for his flock (Psalm 23; 100:3). God loves to shepherd us as we gather to be His Church in the same way a shepherd loves to see his sheep gather and enjoy the pasture and streams of water that he leads them to rest in and be filled.  God has given us such a great picture of who He is through this metaphor.  Jesus, the Son of God, continued this picture of being a Great Shepherd to His people as He interacted with humanity throughout the New Testament.  Jesus is the Great Shepherd.  He shows the Church how to shepherd and He establishes a pattern of appointing under-shepherds just after his resurrection through the work of His Holy Spirit. He commanded one of His disciples, Simon Peter, to tend and feed His sheep in John 21.  Later on in the New Testament, Peter insisted the elders of the churches scattered throughout Asia Minor to “shepherd the flock of God” among them (1 Peter 5:2).
Our Lord has determined to care for His Church, His flock, through the ministry of shepherds in the same way He did.  These shepherds are called three different words that are used interchangeably throughout the New Testament.  These three words are pastor, elder, and overseer.  These words simply describe the duties that the pastor-elder-overseer are called to fulfill as the Lord’s assistant shepherds.  At GCT we call this shepherd by the name pastor or elder.
As Grace Community Church we desire to fulfill the office or pastor/elder in a way that honors our Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ.  This Sunday we are going to be looking in God’s Word to study the clear guidelines of what the Lord wants the pastor-elder-overseers to do in His Church.  We will also look at the qualifications of these pastor-elder-overseers that the Lord has established. 
This study is for the purpose of praying, seeking and choosing new elders who shepherd the flock well.  As we grow we need to add elders who will fulfill Acts 20:28, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”
I look forward to worshiping with you.
 
With much love, Steve

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