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May 28, 2024 24 mins

242 – What is your priority at church, getting new members or taking care of the sheep you have?

I used to think my church should focus only on reaching out to the community, sharing the gospel, and getting more people to come to church.

But over the years I've realized it's equally important to nurture and care for the members we already have.

This week's podcast episode talks about the difference between the Great Commission and, what I call, the Great Shepherding of the flock.

  • Jesus knew his followers would need to be cared for and fed spiritually
  • He commissioned Peter (and all of us) to feed and care for all his lambs and sheep
  • If you just focus on getting new members and don't "feed" them, they'll leave sooner or later
  • If you only focus on taking care of your church members, you're missing out on the joy of sharing your faith with others.

Sharing your faith with others and caring for the sheep are both very important but they should not be mixed up. Each one has its place and each works together to enrich the other.

I encourage you to take an honest look at the way you as an individual, and your church (if  you’re a member of one) fulfill or don’t fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Shepherding, sharing your faith and feeding the sheep of Jesus.

How can you get closer to the way Jesus preached and fed his sheep?

Previous episode mentioned:
Episode 155: Aramaic in the New Testament with Roy Gessford 

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James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life.

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