Courage Under Fire
So far this year our blog has focused on the the shepherd's role in preaching the Word and protecting the flock. According to Jesus, the distinctive quality of a hireling is one who flees when he sees the wolf coming (John 10:12). In contrast, Jesus marked Himself as a true shepherd by laying down his life for the sheep.
The Great Shepherd set the example of doing the hard sacrificial work for the sake of the flock. Paul followed that example in suffering for the church (2 Timothy 2:10), as have many o
thers through ages, suffering greatly, unwilling to compromise the truth and allow error to spread unhindered. In light of recent political and cultural events, the following resources will encourage you-whether shepherd or sheep-to stand strong in the face of opposition.