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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

39- Shepherds

 

St-Takla.org Image: The Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod of Egypt (Bishops of the Coptic Church) on June 6, 2009. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أعضاء المجمع المقدس القبطي في الكنيسة القبطية الأرثوذكسية، الآباء الأساقفة الأقباط، يوم 6 يونيو 2009 م.

St-Takla.org Image: The Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod of Egypt (Bishops of the Coptic Church) on June 6, 2009.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أعضاء المجمع المقدس القبطي في الكنيسة القبطية الأرثوذكسية، الآباء الأساقفة الأقباط، يوم 6 يونيو 2009 م.

According to the Scriptures, the apostles and the bishops are “Shepherds”.

The Lord commanded Simon Peter saying:

(John 21:15-16) "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs." {16} He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep."

Also Saint Paul used the same title to address the bishops at Ephesus:

(Acts 20:28) "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Here we see that Saint Paul directly links a bishop to the title of a shepherd.

Also Saint Peter addressing the bishops in Diaspora as follows:

(1 Pet 5:2-4) Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers1, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; {3} nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; {4} and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

And Saint Paul in divvying up the ecclesiastical titles and responsibilities, said:

(Eph 4:11-12) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

{12} for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,


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