Re: The 5 FOLD MINISTRY, Shepherds As Pastors
" The word "pastor" means "a shepherd, one who shepherds the sheep."
"Pastor" means "a shepherd," to watch over the flock, to teach them the Word of God."
"Wherever the Shepherd goes, the sheep follow, "My sheep know My voice, and a stranger they will not follow." That's right. He... That shepherd knows grunts and everything else that make those sheep behave.
Then when we got out of the city, it was an amazing thing, I seen a--a field out there and some men laying around; they had donkeys, and cows, and pigs, and sheep, and goats, and everything out there. And I said, "Well, what's them guys out there?"
He said, "Shepherds."
And I said, "A shepherd herding donkeys?"
And he said, "Yes, sir."
Well, I said, "I--I thought a shepherd just meant sheep."
He said, "No. 'Shepherd' is a 'herder, grazer.' And over in your country they call them cowboys and--and things like that."
I said, "Oh, I see, a shepherd is a herder."
"He watches the herd."
"That's right." He said, "The strange thing is at nighttime, where you--it's striking... You being a minister, and I might tell you something." He said, "When nighttime comes... It's true he pastors every one of them, leads them around and helps them and see that they get good things through the day. But when nighttime comes the--all the--the mules, and the donkeys, and the--the camels, and whatever he's got, is left out into the field. But he rounds up the sheep and takes them to the corral."
"Oh," I said, "Lord, make me a sheep, whatever You do." See? For when the nighttime comes, I want to go into the sheepfold.
...I am the door to the sheepfold.
All that ever come before me is thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture." - William M. Branham