Shepherding

2013 Austin Stone Worship Conference


In this 40-minute session from the Austin Stone Worship Conference, Jesse Reeves unpacks the primary importance of tending the flock of God, even for those in music ministry. Jesse is an accomplished musician and songwriter. He toured with Chris Tomlin for over a decade and co-wrote award winning song How Great is Our God.


1 Samuel 16:11 (ESV)

11Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


1 Samuel 16:17-19 (ESV)

17So Saul said to his servants, “Provide for me a man who can play well and bring him to me.”18One of the young men answered, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him.”19Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Jesse shared that God is looking for people who sing personal songs to God when nobody is looking. How do you worship God in private, using your gifts in a way that is not just in preparation for a public performance?
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After David was anointed, he waited for God to elevate his position to king. Why are we so quick to seek to elevate ourselves when we feel we've been called?
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John 21:15-17 (ESV)

Jesus and Peter

15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, 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.”16He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What does it look like for you to tend God's flock?
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How do you avoid simply leading others in worship and instead seek to minister and shepherd people in your church on a personal basis?
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Jesse Reeves knows well the temptation to escape into the green room before and after a worship service. Push back the urge to disengage from those the Lord has called you to minister to, and seek to lead worship from a place where you really know those you are leading.


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