Shepherd the flock of God…

“How much of purity and peace would have been maintained in the church of Christ and will be maintained if elders are sensitive to the first steps of delinquency on the part of the people and bring the word of tender admonition and reproof to bear upon them before they reach the by-paths of open and censurable sin!  A shepherd when he sees a sheep wandering does not wait until it reaches the well-nigh inaccessible precipices.”

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. (1 Peter 5:2)

-John Murray, Collected Writings

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