A warning to the hirelings . . . How solemn is the word of God spoken against those shepherds who fail to feed the flock, those who are living sumptuously at the expense of their flock whom they shamefully fleece. They are the hirelings (John 10:12-13) which our Lord warned us about who feed them with feigned words and cunning speech leaving them mal-nourished and weak. Praise God for protecting his people from these ravening wolves, and for those few faithful shepherds who are not lords but ensamples, who feed the flock of God with the wholesome words and sound doctrine of the gospel and diligently watch over the souls of those whom the Good Shepherd has entrusted in their care. Pastor Pickett is one such shepherd.
He will surely receive the Lord's commendation . . â€śwell done thou good and faithful servant.â€ť
How blessed we are to be amongst the sheep of the Lord's own hand (Ps. 95:7) and under the care of a faithful under-shepherd whom the Lord himself called to this great work. How blessed we are to sit under Pastor Pickett's ministry through which our souls are nourished with gospel truth . . the truth as it is in Jesus, where no man goes away hungry. (Matt. 5:6)
â€śAnd I will give you pastors according to mine own heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."
- Jer. 3:15
Beautiful Sermon! There is tremendous passion that comes out of this sermon that will be a blessing and strengthening for the True Christian, saved by Grace. Ruth speaks to us so deeply that we love her Naomi like our own family.
Thank you for this timely message! Whatever prompts the soul to pride,
Or gives us room to boast,
Except in Jesus crucified,
Is not the Holy Ghost.
That blessed Spirit omits to speak
Of what himself has done,
And bids the enlightened sinner seek
Salvation in the Son.
He never moves a man to say,
"Thank God, I'm made so good,"
But turns his eye another way,
To Jesus and His blood.
Great are the graces he confers,
But all in Jesus' Name;
He gladly dictates, gladly hears,
"Salvation to the Lamb".
J. Hart, Gadsby's Hymns 32
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY !! I was brought up in a Southern Baptist church. I knew nothing about Salvation by Grace Alone. While still a child, I did the "walk the aisle thing" to the singing of the hymn, Just As I Am. I was raised in a church that held Arminian Billy Graham in such high regard that what he believed and taught replaced the scriptures. By going forward at what was called â€śthe invitation songâ€ť ("making a decision for Christ" as Graham would put it) and becoming a member of the church and being baptized, I believed that I was a saved person. I had believed a lie! No conversion had taken place. I was not converted until age 50 and it did not involve walking down a church aisle, church membership, nor baptism. My salvation was ALL of Godâ€™s wonderful grace! What an awful doctrine and belief is Arminianism because rather than man giving all the glory for their salvation to the living and true God, they carve out a slice of glory for themselves (Christ plus Manâ€™s Choosing Him equals Salvation). It is a lie from hell. May The Holy Spirit continue to use Pastor Pickett to vehemently speak out against this heresy.
GOD AND ENOCH IN AGREEMENT !! What better society can be found than what Enoch had? I so much was blessed by this sermon that focuses on the man, Enoch, who was rapt in communion with God. Scripture (Amos 3:3) says, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Enoch "walked with God" and God was pleased with him because he agreed with things as God sees them -- he loved righteousness and hated iniquity.
TRUSTING GOD IS WISE !! Though the crucifying of the flesh is very painful, it gets us to where we need to be in The Lord ... trusting in Him and living for Him rather than self. Indeed, it is my experience that God does honor His promise "I shall give thee the desires of thine heart" to those who delight themselves in Him. As pastor Pickett is careful to point out in this message, all those who are in Jesus Christ are to be about the business of seeking to know God's will through His Word that has been given unto them and to do it. God's Word does WARN -- "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12).
Great Sermon! Thank you Pastor Michael for such a uplifting message from our Lords word.I use to live Chouteau and was employed at Skyline Lodge as maintenance man. I did attend the other Baptist church and was very grived at the other church I attended as my spirit wanted to obey and please God more than I was being taught. I have just returned to the states from a two year stint in England and I am praying about whether to return to Montana Choteau in particular. If I have your permission I will keep you informed as He leads me. Thank you and may God continue to bless your ministry.
An inspiring sermon Pastor Pickett, by way of a postscript to my comment above, I would add . . .
You truly are a loving and caring shepherd who watches diligently over the flock God has entrusted to you.
More than that . . the poignant testimony you give of your own trial of affliction with cancer uniquely qualifies you to both comfort and instruct the Lord's people with both compassion and love.
You speak out of the "abundant good treasure of your heart" and your ministry is a rich and continual source of blessing to me. I have the deepest regard for you and do â€śhighly esteem you in love for your work's sake.â€ť
(1 Thess. 5:12)
May God be pleased to add the increase to your labours in the Word and confirm His work in you. (Acts 2:47)
Those of â€ślike precious faithâ€ť who sincerely desire to â€śfollow on to know the Lordâ€ť and grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, being built up in their most holy faith, will be greatly blessed by your ministry as well!
An inspiring sermon Pastor Pickett . . .
I was not especially surprised to learn that you are despised by many in your community and have been falsely accused by some of preaching error. Having sat under your ministry vis a vis Sermon Audio for sometime now, my immediate thought and reaction to that was â€śnothing could be further from the truthâ€ť.
Your preaching is most solemn, searching the heart, probing the conscience and is both convincing and compelling and comes with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. The discovery your preaching makes of man's sinful nature is a painful truth which the natural man recoils from.
They cannot endure the pricks to their conscience that your preaching evokes, and so as in the days of Isaiah, seek out preachers who will speak unto them â€śsmooth thingsâ€ť and "prophesy deceits". (Is. 30:10)
Your sermons are weighty,soul-searching, instructive, stirring and challenge us to consider the reality of our religion. Like a physician, who with great precision makes an incision to remove the disease, your preaching cuts to the very heart of our sin sick souls that the remedy found in Christ might be sought by some. Your ministry is evidently a labour of love for God and for the souls of men.
An excellent sermon of warning and hope Pastor Pickett delivers a blessed sermon, one filled with much hope and much admonition. In strongly warning about the nature and effect of sin and the false hope of salvation by blood (familial ties), he shows forth the wonderful truth that even the most notorious of sinners can find forgiveness and salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.