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August 20, 2023

A Shepherd’s Life (1 Thessalonians 2)

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2
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Join us for an insightful sermon delivered by Pastor Allen Victor from Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville.

In this message, we explore a two-fold perspective: one directed towards preachers and the other towards congregants. Is your pastor a true and genuine shepherd, and does your pastor possess the qualities of a true shepherd?

Pastor Allen dives into 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20, examining the attributes that distinguish a genuine shepherd from those who may fall short. Discover the key qualities of a true shepherd as we delve into the Word of God.


1. He Does Not Quit When Times Get Hard (Vs 1-3)

· Understanding the trials faced by true messengers of the Gospel.

· Why is the message of the Gospel often rejected?

2. He Seeks to Please God Rather Than Man (Vs 4)

· Discerning whether a preacher's message is man-centered or God-centered.

· The danger of itching ears and sound doctrine.

3. He Is Not in It for the Money (Vs 5)

· The importance of shepherds living with and understanding their flock.

· The contrast between genuine shepherds and those motivated by greed.

4. He Is Not in It for the Glory (Vs 6)

· Exploring the concept of celebrity pastors and their impact.

· Reflecting on the humility of John the Baptist.

5. He Feeds the Sheep, Not Eats the Sheep (Vs 7)

· Emphasizing the pastoral role of nurturing and protecting the flock.

6. He Is Affectionate and Sacrificial (Vs 8)

· Drawing parallels between modern pastors and shepherds.

· Highlighting the sacrificial nature of true shepherds.

7. He Is a Blessing, not a Burden to the People (Vs 9)

· Examining the financial aspect of pastoral care.

· Discussing appropriate compensation for pastors.

8. His Walk Matches His Message (Vs 10-12)

· The importance of consistency in a preacher's life.

· Avoiding hypocrisy in ministry.

Culminating in a reflection on the results of having a genuine shepherd, Pastor Allen Victor explores the transformation that occurs when the Word of God is faithfully preached and received by the congregation.

1. The Result: Transformation and Separation (Vs 13-16)

· How genuine shepherds foster trust and transformation in their congregations.

· The inevitable separation from the world's values.

2. The Congregation Becomes Dear to the Shepherd (Vs 17-18)

· The deep connection between pastors and their congregations.

· The obstacles faced in maintaining this connection.

Finally, Pastor Victor concludes with his greatest desire for the congregation at Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville, echoing the apostle Paul's sentiments in 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20.

Join us in this enlightening sermon as we explore the qualities of true shepherds and the transformative power of the Gospel.

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