I want you to open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 4, for those who are visiting with us, we are kind of looking at some of the key chapters of 1 Corinthians. I really hadn’t intended to look at this fourth chapter, but it was just laid on my heart which happens sometimes when I have an experience that stirs me up. There is a lot of discussion today about what we call flat-screen church where you go to a building, an event, and you see a preacher on a flat screen. This is called multi-site church, you have one person speaking in one place and then you have flat-screen representation of him in other places, sometimes near and sometimes thousands of miles away.
I listened to a discussion on the virtues of multi-site church and flat-screen event kind of ministry and all I could think about was how different that was than the Scripture, and what the Scripture expects of a pastor, of one who feeds his flock, of one who is responsible for his sheep, very different.
And I began to look at the Scripture and just think about that and I want to eventually land on 1 Corinthians chapter 4 but in getting us there, maybe some landing lights along the way. I want to remind you that when the Apostle Peter gave instruction to elders, to pastors, 1 Peter 5, he said this, “Shepherd, or literally feed the flock of God in your midst. Feed the flock of God in your midst, not the flock of God at a vast distance, in your midst, exercising oversight, that is being responsible for the details of their lives, not under compulsion but voluntarily according to the will of God and not for money, sordid gain, but with eagerness, not as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.”...