The second component of the sheepfold that we will examine are the sheep. The first picture of the Church in the bible is as the sheepfold. The second picture is the church as an army. 

The Church as a sheepfold is about enjoyment, about care, love and feeding; but the Church as an army is about responsibilities. The pastor is supernaturally equipped to solve problems for his people: spiritual problems, emotional problems, sin-related problems and social problems. For the shepherd, there is a sense of ownership as he is accountable for the sheep. It is this sense of ownership that makes a true shepherd that lost a sheep out of 100 to leave the remaining 99 sheep to look for the lost one. While many people may be excited over large population, a genuine shepherd is concerned about the one sheep has become lost (that has stopped coming to church). There are different categories of sheep.

There are 5 categories of sheep in any sheepfold. They are: 

(a) The weak

(b) The sick 

(c) The broken

(d) The driven away

(e) The lost.

As a sheep, you are to live under pastoral supervision as you are placed by God. God is not settled until this issue of your divine placement is settled properly.


PRAYERDear father, thank you for opening my eyes to the truth in your word! Help me to work in love, understanding and obedience to the shepherd you’ve given me. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Jeremiah 16:16-18:23, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3, Psalm 81:1-16, Proverbs 25:6-8