The church of God came at the price of his own blood - the blood that was shed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The church is the flock. Those who lead the church must keep watch over not only their flock but themselves as well. It is imperative the leaders understand they are the first line of attack for the enemy. Before a shepherd can protect his flock, he must first protect himself. For without a shepherd, the flock is left to wander aimlessly into the dangers of the enemy.
1. What would the church be like without leaders? Would it be possible to develop the same unity in the church without their hard work and dedication?
2. Leaders come to the church in many forms. What is your role within the church? You may not be a pastor, but are you a leader… a shepherd?
Challenge: If you are reading this, chances are you are part of the great flock that is Hillcrest. It is not the only flock, but it is our flock. It is our family, our church. When was the last time you considered playing a bigger role within the church? Have you prayed about it? Have you listened to what God is telling you when he says "go?" Challenge yourself to take the lead on something. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work within you and help you to become a leader.