The Shepherd and Bishop of Our Souls
© Applied for 12/18/19 By Pastor Warren T. Smith
First printing November 1995 Second printing March 1997
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"ENDORSEMENT: Silence speaks louder than words. In all these years, 1995 to 2004, not any one has written me of an error in quoting the King James Version of the Bible or its contextual rendition in this book, or the Bible course offered by us, AMEN What more can be said, or better than that? How we thank the Lord for His guidance, Amen.
Scripture says in Proverbs 27: 17 " Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."
Please remember I do not use the writings or teachings of men to correct the Scriptures, but use them to understand the perspectives others have come to as a result of reading them.
To do that I have primarily used Strongs Exhaustive Concordance, the Greek English Interlinear New Testament, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary, Mathew Henry's Commentary.
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Please read this introduction to the author's heart behind this book.
In 1980 after being in the ministry for nine years, I found myself in a hospital on a machine, keeping me alive awaiting a needed quadruple bypass operation. Then, while on the operating table, I was looking up at a doctor's eyes that showed tension and stress. I did not want a nervous doctor making a mistake. I asked him if I could ask a question. He said, “Yes.” I asked “Will you feel guilty if I do not get off this table?” He looked at me steadfastly in silence, as I knew he would. “Doctor” I said, “why are you carrying God's responsibilities? God has given you special talents to be a doctor, not God, all He expects from you is to do the best you can, and let Him be responsible for my future. Besides you cannot lose me. I may just change my field of service. If so I will be more alive then, than I am now. So why not relax and let God be God and you be Dr. Brown, then we can both enjoy the trip.” Four days later when in my room, he said to me, “No one has ever counseled me before from that table, you must believe your preaching don't you?” I said “Sir, better than that I know the one I preach about, and you can, too, if you receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour."
God had made it clear to me I did not know Him as I thought. Although I had the peace of God that passes all understanding concerning my presence with Him, I had no peace with what He would say to me. Intuitively I knew what He would have said to me "Have you had the same grace with those I have sent you to, as I have had with you?" At the thought of that question, I knew I must pursue the knowledge of Him. That was the beginning of the quest that has changed my life and ministry and is still doing so, and may it ever be so, as I continue to search the Scriptures to know more of Him and His heart, that I might be more like Him in my life and ministry. The LORD said to Jeremiah: "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD." JER.9:24 Think on that, we can both know and understand our glorious Lord. What a glory that is, let us not miss it. Jesus said: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”Mat.11:28-30 Our Lord wants us to know Him, to love Him for who and what He is, for we were made to be in His image and likeness. But how can we be like someone we do not take time to know? How much time do I spend in God's word and in prayer, to seek our need to know Him? Not to justify our lives and ministries, not to justify our pet doctrines, but so we can duplicate the life and heart of our God and Saviour, the Great Shepherd of our souls as His sheep or under-shepherds.
From that time to this day and for the rest of my days the focus of my study in God's Word is to know my Lord, the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. That I might know and have His heart for those He sent me to as His under shepherd. That I may help others to know Him. For I know those that know Him will love Him, those that love Him will follow Him, those that follow Him will serve Him.
My prayer for each reader, whether you are an under shepherd or one of the sheep of the fold of God, is: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephes.3:17-19 May these brief notes and observations inspire you to know Him better and to examine yourself as to how you measure up to our Chief Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” 1 Peter 5:4 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 2 Cor. 5:10
May the promise of Rom. 8:28 be yours. Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith
"See The Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls"
Chapter 3. The Ministry of our Shepherd
Chapter 4. The Method of our Shepherd.
Chapter 5. The Sheep of our Shepherd.
Chapter 6. Jesus Under-Shepherds
Chart The Extended Family of God.
Chart The Steps of Sin.
your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 “
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to
them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith
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