Shepherding the Sheep - Mark Sweetnam and Walter Boyd

John Scarsbrook, Killamarsh, England

Category: Book Review

Precious Seed

248 pages. Paperback.
Published by Scripture Teaching Library, Northern Ireland. Available from Ards Evangelical Bookshop, Newtownards.
ISBN 978-1-909789-54-8.

The sub-title of this book from STL is ‘Tracing the theme of shepherds and shepherding through scripture’, and it does exactly what it says on the cover. The writers will be well known to many throughout the UK and some much further afield, where they have served on the mission field for a good number of years.

We have often heard it said in conferences, that the great need among the Lord’s people is for those with a shepherd heart. This book addresses that need in a substantial way by following the analogy of sheep and shepherds right through the scriptures. Lessons are drawn in relation to the nation of Israel, the church and local assembly witness, as well as practical matters pertaining to individuals. 

The nature and character of sheep can be seen as a rich source of instruction for the people of God, bringing out the best, and, on occasion, the worst in those who undertake the work of shepherds. 

Old Testament shepherds such as Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David, together with others, are touched upon, perhaps a little too briefly, while more time is given to the subject as developed in the Psalms and in the major prophetic chapter, Ezekiel 34. The Lord Jesus is clearly seen as the pattern Shepherd in the writings of Isaiah, Micah and Zechariah.

Moving into the New Testament, the Shepherd to the nation of Israel is revealed in Matthew’s Gospel, while the heart of the Shepherd is in evidence in Mark and Luke. The Apostle John’s portrayal of the Good Shepherd in chapter 10, is dealt with in some detail, together with the Lord’s conversation with Peter in chapter 21.

The practical ministry of shepherd care illustrated in the Acts and the Epistles, particularly in relation to the responsibilities of overseers, is clearly explained. The book then closes with a comprehensive exposition of the subject in the book of Revelation, with emphasis on chapter 7.

The themes throughout of leading, feeding, watching, tending and keeping are repeated in their varying contexts. But repetition enhances and underlines the importance of these subjects in our present day.

There are 23 articles in
ISSUE (2021, Volume 76 Issue 3)

A Word For Today - Time, Season (Gk. Kairos)

Balaam - Numbers 23. 13-26 - Part 5

Consummate Comforters

Cover Image

Cyrus Ingerson Scofield 1843-1921

Editorial - ‘A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ’, Jas. 1. 1.

His face

Introduction to Paul’s First Missionary Journey

Jesus the Son of Abraham

Old Testament women who appear in the New Testament - Rahab

Priests and Levites

Question Time - How can I believe God is in control of my life when I am experiencing such pain?

Seven Postures of Christ - Mervyn Wishart

Shepherding the Sheep - Mark Sweetnam and Walter Boyd

Song of Solomon

Spiritual Warfare

Suffer the little children – the challenges of Parenthood  

The Gospel of Mark - Part 15

The preservation of the Messianic line - Part 1

The Sealing of the Father

The Siege of Samaria - Part 2

Things That Concern Us - Philippians - Part 4

What does the Bible tell us about the future? The final rebellion - Part 11

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Deborah - a mother in Israel (4)

Gideon - the weak confounding the mighty (5/1)

Gideon - the weak confounding the mighty (5/2)

ABIMELECH the ‘Bramble King’ (6)

JEPHTHAH - A Man of Contradictions (7)

SAMSON - A model of Inconsistency (8/1)

Samson a model of inconsistency

Abijah

The Throne of His father David

Church Gatherings - Part 1

Church Gatherings - Part 2 - Teaching and being taught

Church Gatherings - Part 3 - The Breaking of Bread

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Manasseh and Amon

Josiah - Part 1

Josiah - Part 2

Jehoahaz to Zedekiah

Poisoned Soul – the deadly effects of bitterness - Paul Young

Living with the glory of the Lord – Ezekiel’s Prophecy - Malcolm Davis

Indispensible Ordinance: Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and the Head Covering - Romel Ghossain

The New Calvinists, Changing the Gospel - E. S. Williams

Learning to Lead – Next Generation - David Clarkson and Stephen McQuoid

Travel with Jonathan Edwards – A God-centred life, an enduring legacy

Their Finest Hour - Esther

A Study of First Thessalonians: The Model Church, Gary McBride

The Riches of Divine Wisdom, David Gooding

Wisdom for Fools – 101 Proverbs to Live By, Shane Watson

Then came a Rich Man of Arimathea

Looking for the Glory – An Exposition of the Epistle to Titus - Adam D. Thropay

If it wasn’t for the Lighthouse Bill and Irene Ridgeway

Nathan the Prophet

Gleanings from the book of Ruth - Alex Dryburgh

How to Master the Bible - Martin Anstey

The Land and People of Israel, what does the future hold? - Drew Craig

Stories from Luke’s Gospel - Robert Craig

TheExtent of the Atonement - James Morison

TheNature of the Atonement - James Morison

Day by Day – Through the Bible Edited - Ken Totton

Insects of the Bible - Tom H. Ratcliffe

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Beginnings: Old Testament Overview Volume 1 - Richard Catchpole

Christian Frontline Series: The Christian and Money - Hansruedi Graf

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Joshua

Judges

Ruth

Pocket Commentary Series – 1st John

New Treasury of Bible Doctrine: ‘Things most surely believed’

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - Part 1

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - Part 2: The Wise Man and His Companions

False Apocalypse, False Gospel, False Witnesses - Donald C. B. Cameron.

The People’s Bible – The remarkable history of the King James Version - Derek Wilson

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - Part 3: The fool and his friends

Their Finest Hour - Peter

Truth and Training from Titus - Stephen G. Baker

His Coming – A Guide to Future Events - Various Authors

New Testament Priests, Speak Up! - Mike Stephenson

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - The Sluggard - Part4

Fellowship is Enjoyed

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs The Proud Man - Part 5

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - The Talebearer - Part 6

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - The Righteous Man - Part 7

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - Women of Vice, Voice and Virtue - Part 8

Old Testament Women who appear in the New Testament - Lot's Wife

Old Testament women who appear in the New Testament - Tamar  

An Assembly of the Lord’s people will be a people among whom - The Scriptures are Obeyed - Part 11

Seven Postures of Christ - Mervyn Wishart

Shepherding the Sheep - Mark Sweetnam and Walter Boyd