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Members of One Another

Tim Keller |  May 8, 2005

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  • The Church (Unity, Fellowship, Leadership)
  • Jesus' Death & Resurrection
Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25; 13:17-25
RS 181-14

Understanding Shepherds in Hebrews

The book of Hebrews teaches us about life’s challenges and how we need guidance to face them. It tells us about the importance of shepherds in our lives, who these shepherds might be, and the special influence they have. These three ideas – why we need shepherds, who they are, and their power – help us understand their role better.

1. Why we desperately need shepherds

Hebrews describes Jesus as the Great Shepherd, showing why we need to live in a supportive community. The image of us as sheep shows our need for guidance and responsibility, because without a shepherd, sheep can’t survive. Just like Odysseus needed his crew to travel, we need others who can guide us and keep us accountable during tough times.

2. The unexpected shepherds among us

Hebrews warns us about the danger of depending too much on charming leaders for emotional support. It also talks about the problem when people who have been hurt by strict churches avoid all forms of responsibility. It says that we should share the duty of guiding and being accountable to each other, with Jesus as our ultimate guide. We should avoid both complete independence and strict control, showing why it’s important to be part of a church and have trusted Christian leaders to follow God’s commands.

3. The special role of Christian shepherds

Shepherds have a big role in guiding our lives, and although Christianity isn’t the only way to change, it’s unique because of Jesus’ resurrection, which shows us coming back from the exile of sin. The gospel tells us that we are accepted by God because of Jesus’ sacrifice, inspiring us to live righteously out of happiness and thankfulness. This is different from the judgmental attitude often seen in religious groups. The message ends by encouraging trust in Jesus as both the Shepherd and the Lamb, and the value of support from the Christian community.



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