Shepherding God's People According to Paul
Biblical Reference, Church Leadership, Christian Ministry
Date Published: January 17, 2023
Publisher: Lucid Books
What this book offers is a chance for church leaders-and anyone desiring to serve as a church leader-to enjoy some personal mentoring at the feet of the Apostle Paul.
The Apostle Paul, who was undoubtedly the Lord's most fruitful apostle (1 Cor. 15:10), gives us profound insight into:
- Developing a Scripturally elevated sense of the importance of Church leadership.
- Understanding the Biblical function of church leaders (both the what and the how of their role in shepherding Christ's flock).
- Overcoming crisis, temptation, criticism, and the many other challenges of ministry.
- Understanding the spiritual warfare of ministry and church leadership.
- Learning how to be on guard to preserve one's health and the health of the church against spiritual attacks.
The church today is in a critical state and in much need of strong, healthy, biblical leadership.
Read an excerpt below...
About the Author
Craig Ireland was born in Sydney, Australia and now resides in Rochester, New York. He is married to Katarina Ireland, and they have four children. Craig has earned a Bachelor of Theology from Charles Sturt University (Australia), a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Chester (United Kingdom) and is currently working on his Doctorate at Columbia International University (United States).
Craig has served in various ministry roles for the past twenty years. As a young twenty-year-old, Craig was initially employed as a local church evangelist and has since gone on to plant churches, work in church revitalization, and serve several congregations as their Senior Pastor. Craig has also conducted and taught extensively in pastoral training seminars, networks, and conferences all across the world, equipping and resourcing tens of thousands of church planters and leaders.
Craig continues his ministry of training pastors, leaders, and church planters among the most unreached people groups of the world.
This Church’s Unusual Origins
Ephesus served as the capital of the Roman province of Asia.
At the time of the New Testament, it was the Roman Empire’s
third-largest city with more than 200,000 inhabitants (behind
Rome and Alexandria). Among its most esteemed structures was
the great temple of Diana/Artemis, Ephesus’ cherished goddess.
Th e city was renowned not only for its cult worship and shrines
but also for its entertainment. It boasted one of the ancient world’s
largest amphitheaters reputed to hold somewhere between 25,000
and 50,000 spectators. The Ephesians took great pride in their
city, their Olympic-style games, their patron deity, and all things
Th e gospel’s introduction to this vast and proud city was an unusual
one. It involved the influence of an enigmatic figure from the early
days of Jesus’ ministry: John the Baptist. It is only in Ephesus
(see Acts 19) that the disciples of John the Baptist are explicitly
mentioned after the ascension of Christ. During Paul’s first stay1 at
Ephesus, he encountered several of John’s disciples who appeared
ignorant about the salvific events which transpired after John’s
beheading, and especially about the outpouring of God’s Spirit on
the day of Pentecost.
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