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Hayes Wicker: Shepherding the Shepherd 2013 – Plenary 3

Hayes Wicker have been married for 37 years. Hayes Wicker has served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Naples, Fla., since 1992. He has a master’s degree and a doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Wicker spoke on “How a Pastor Can Shepherd His Wife” from Psalm 23 and Psalm 107. He tells pastors that “the most important sheep in your flock is your wife.”

The audio to the message can be heard here.

THE TRUE UPSIDE OF DOWN (PHILIPPIANS 1:12-20)

Notes and Quotes

[12] I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, [13] so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. [14] And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
[15] Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. [16] The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. [17] The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. [18] What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice, [19] for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, [20] as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.

(Philippians 1:12-20 ESV)

– Some were envious, some were contentious, some were selfish, some were malicious.

[28] And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” [29] But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!”
(Numbers 11:28-29 ESV)

– When attacked by a dragon, do not become one.

– Some pastors become burned out, some are victims of arson.

– We can overcome for the progress of the Gospel.

– We may not know who our Praetorian guard is while we are going through trials.

– Our chains might be what spreads the Gospel.

5 Ways to Handle Our Chains Well

1.) We Grow in Trusting

2.) We Grow in Loving (v. 15-16)

3.) We Grow in Rejoicing (v. 18)

4.) We Grow in Praying

5.) We Grow in Focusing (v. 20)

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