SPF 084: How do We Accurately Interpret Scripture? Part 1

What joy must have flooded the hearts of many a person when Martin Luther got German Bibles into his fellow country-man’s hands and people were reading the Word of God in their own language. With that came a responsibility to understand how to interpret what we read in the Bible. Today we are talking about personal interpretation and a quick lesson in how to handle the Scriptures correctly.

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Knowing Scripture

The word Thesaurus comes from a greek word “thesauros”which means treasury or storehouse.

The Bible is our treasury. A storehouse and wealth of truth.

"There is a treasury of significance and application in every single verse. Every verse is pregnant with significance for our lives.” You could not exhaust one verse of Scripture in our lifetime.

The Scripture is a treasury but there are things we must recognize about the Holy Scriptures or we can have this treasury yet come up wanting, or worse yet, on a wrong trajectory.

The Bible is Objective

"It has often been charged that the Bible can’t be trusted because people can make it say anything they want it to say. This charge would be true if the Bible were not the objective Word of God, if it were simply a wax nose, able to be shaped, twisted, and distorted to teach one’s own precepts.” RC Sproul

The Analogy of Faith

To prevent unbridled, speculative, and fanciful interpretations of Scriptures, the Reformers put forth a fundamental truth that should govern all biblical interpretation called the "Analogy of Faith" which means: Scripture interprets Scripture.

Look at the overall meaning of the Bible when we are trying to interpret the meaning of a specific verse.

The “analogy of faith” is a reformed hermeneutical principle which states that, since all scriptures are harmoniously united with no essential contradictions, therefore, every proposed interpretation of any passage must be compared with what the other parts of the bible teach. In other words, the “faith,” or body of doctrine, which the scriptures as a whole proclaim will not be con tradicted in a ny way by any passage. Therefore, if two or three different interpretations of a verse are equally possible, any interpretation that contradicts the clear teaching of any other scriptures must be ruled out from the beginning. - Monergism.org

If any interpretation contradicts the whole of Scripture, we can know that that interpretation is not correct.

Guiding Principles of Personal Interpretation

There are boundaries set as we personally interpret the Scriptures in our own time in the Word.

Remember! There is one correct meaning, but many applications.


Stay tuned for Part 2 on episode 85!


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Knowing Scripture
By R. C. Sproul





SPF 083: Christ's Preeminence & How It Changes Us

The preeminence of Christ sounds like a $10 word - at least to me - but the word simply means superior. Christ is preeminent over all things but today we are taking a closer look at 5 areas of Christ’s superiority and why it practically matters in our day to day living. From hurt feelings, to tempers, to purpose, to hope, Christ’s preeminence will wow us and guide us. 


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The Preeminence of Christ & How it Changes Us

Preeminence: The fact of surpassing all others; superior (dictionary.com)

You can find the verses for these topics on the free worksheet under resources below.

No 1.

Christ is superior because He has always existed

No 2.

Christ is superior because He created all things and He created them for Himself

No 3.

Christ is superior because He is holy/sinless

No 4.

Christ is superior because He is head of the Church

No. 5 

Christ is superior because He had dominion over death

Right belief in Christ's preeminence changes our daily living.

1. Humbles us

2. Gives us great joy (and hope)

3. Gives us perspective (with our emotions and with who we fear - God or man)


Free Worksheet

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SPF 082: Cultivating Godly Leadership in our Roles

Whether you’re in an official leadership position or not, as Christians we are leaders in some regard - whether as a mother, or a bible study leader, or discipling women, or teaching a class or sharing the Gospel, the Bible has great practical instructions for us in the area of godly leadership. Today we are looking at Acts 27 and contrast a centurion’s hurtful leadership with Paul’s helpful leadership and learn 3 ways we can graciously lead others.


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Distinctly Christian Leadership

John Piper wrote a brief article about distinctly Christian leadership having our goals as leaders defined by Scriptures.

1. we are to take people and move them toward godliness, towards worship, towards honoring Jesus, towards loving people.

2. that those we lead would not exclude people based on a prejudice we have - God will have people from every tribe and language

3. our goal as a christian leader is not to make our name great famous, nor are we the authority; it is our goal in leading others to make His name great. There is a christian attitude of humility and service in distinctly christian leadership. Luke 22:25-26

Duties of a Christian Leader vary - some may include:

  • Wash feet John 13:1-17
  • rebuke Matthew 16:23
  • discipling Matthew 18:15-20
  • serve at our own expense 1 Cor 9:7
  • issue strong imperatives 1 for 5:2, 11:16

Christian Leadership Example in Acts 27

Acts 27

Three things we learn hurtful leadership from Julius:

He feared failure - blind to good judgement, fear of failure can impair the safety of those under us. It can hold us back from doing what needs to be done, especially in times of trouble

He trusted in his own authority - we do have authority but we must remember to submit it to the Lordship of God - we can make choices and decisions but not to elevate our own name and our own dreams and theories and ideals - we make God’s name great

He despaired in trouble - the centurion along with all the sailors were feeling very hopeless, they were throwing things overboard they were panicked - they were not going to the one in whom there is always hope to be found;

There things we learn about helpful leadership from Paul:

Takes initiative - he spoke up many times even though he had no office - first of all he was respected - we know this because after they crash the soldiers want to kill the prisoners to make sure none escape but Julius favored Paul and wanted him to live. Paul initiated in sharing wisdom about the ship and sailing and then he stood up again and gave instruction and great encouragement in trouble - he wasn’t saying I told you so - that’s not helpful! He wasn’t about his own pride - he was about pointing people to the Gospel and using any opportunity to do so.

Spoke with authority - he instructs people about God and he does it with authority because God is true. He has conviction and is on mission. It could have made him look crazy, but when we know the truth we can stick our neck out knowing that God will eventually open the eyes of everyone to see - if not now, at Judgement

He encouraged and strengthened others - with a supernatural calmness too - we have to remember that chaos breeds chaos; godly leaders lead others to the Truth to encourage and strengthen them


How can you take initiative take people and move them toward godliness, towards worship, towards honoring Jesus, towards loving people?


  • we can take initiative - invite women to get together and read the bible
  • We can know the Scriptures and be bold when we share them - not a jerk, but confident
  • we can encourage and strengthen others with truth - do you know the Word well enough to encourage someone to hope? Are you learning and growing in the nutrition of the pure word? And are you engaging with those you are leading with the Word?


John Piper Leadership article: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-is-leadership

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SPF 081: How Do We Love Those We Don't Click With?

How can we be gracious with people in our lives that we just don’t click with? The people I like to call, our spiritual sandpaper? Today we looking at what the Bible says about loving one another, even the people who chew really loud.


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How Do We Love Those we Don't Click with?

God is sanctifying us to be set apart from the world! God uses a variety of things, including people to mature us for His glory and our good.

When answering how do we love those we don't click with we need to consider what the Word says about loving one another.

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

  • the commandment is to believe in Jesus and love another- is inseparable 
  • Our creed is shown by conduct - what we believe will come out in our actions, and how we behave will show what we believe
  • loving one another is bound up in our faith in Christ to be the one who forgives our sins and gives us everything we need for life and godliness

There are blessings to loving others:

  • loving others shows assurance of our salvation - 1 John 4:7, 1 John 3:14, 1 John 3:10, 1 John 4:8, 1 John 2:9-10
  • loving others shows the world that we are disciples of Christ - it is evangelism that proclaims the existence of God by how we treat fellow believers! John 13:35

Galatians 5:13-15 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

  • We are in freedom to love because we get to love out of the fullness of Christ in our hearts.
  • We are not slaves to the flesh - to the empty ways of trying to satisfy ourselves. Don’t return to those things, those ways.

Practical Truths about Love

  1. Love in the 1 John 3:23 verse is in the present tense - this means to love calls for a continual practice of selfless, sacrificial, God-like love.
  2. Love is not a feeling, but a choice 
  3. We are called to imitate how God loves us - specifically, sacrificially, does not require it to be reciprocal
  4. NOT ONLY IMITATE - John Piper talks about this - “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Yes, but not by copying my fruit, but by connecting to my vine. You don’t mainly imitate. You participate. Your love for each other is not a simulation of mine, but a manifestation of mine. You are the branches. I am the vine. If you abide in me, you can bear fruit, and prove to be my disciples. This its how all people know you are truly my disciples.”

SHOWING LOVE TO OTHERS IS ONLY POSSIBLE because we are grafted into the vine - into the life and love of Christ. We love as he loved because we love with his love.

Questions to Ponder

So when I think of how can be gracious to people I don’t click with, I need to be asking myself, how can I obey God in loving others.

  • How can I be patient with others?
  • How can I put aside pure preference of things rather than starting fights and quarrels about them
  • How can I serve out of the joy of my salvation? The freedom I have in Christ?
  • How can I be objective about loving others rather than relying on a feeling.


John Piper article about loving one another:



SPF 018: Do Feelings Triumph over Truth?

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SPF 080: Is God Who You Think He Is?

Is God who You think He is? John 4:24 Jesus tells us to worship God in spirit and in Truth and later on in 8:28 Jesus says that the truth sets us free. We are to worship God, which means the true things about God, but we can get mixed up with our feelings, with good songs, with our past that can distort our view of God. Are we worshiping God in truth or are we believing lies about God? Today we are looking at  attributes of God found in His Word to help us worship the ONE TRUE God. 


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Is God Who You Think He Is?

God is God and He has attributes that can be known about Him as studied in the Word of God.

Though we can never fully exhaust God or ever comprehend all He is and all He does and will do, He still allows us to know Him.

“A spiritual and saving knowledge of God is the greatest need of every human creature. The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in the Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshiped… something more than a theoretical God is only truly known in the soul as we yield ourselves to Him and submit to His authority , and regulate all the details of our lives by His holy precepts and commandments." - AW Pink The Attributes of God

Scriptures talked about:

Job 1-2

Acts 17

Attributes of God

First as we study God’s attributes we need to know that there are two main classifications of His attributes.

No. 1  Incommunicable attributes - meaning he does not share these attributes with anyone or anything 

aseity, eternal, omnipresence, immutable, omnipotent,

No. 2 Communicable attributes - meaning God shares these attributes with other beings.

righteous, merciful, good, loving, just, wrathful


Pick an attribute of God and look it up in Scripture.

Study it with your kids or with a small group of women.

After writing down verses ask yourself what does this attribute of God mean for your daily living?

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The Attributes of God
By A. W. Pink, Arthur W. Pink





SPF 079: Should Women Know Theology?

Should women know theology? What is theology? Why is it important? Let’s find out. Plus 5 ways theology has changed me.


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Should Women Know Theology?

Should women know theology - yes - actually, I think it’s imperative that we as women pursue the knowledge of theology. I think it’s imperative we become better THEOLOGIANS!

Theology: the study of God

Theology is not just an understanding of God, but an application of our understanding of God.

But everyone is a theologian because we all have a view of God.

Why is it imperative for women to know theology?

  • Because it gives us a right view of God.
  • It gives us a right view of ourselves.
  • It gives us a right view of our circumstances.
  • It shows Gods Lordship, Sovereignty, Wisdom, Love, Justice, Holiness - over all things.
  • It is TRUTH. and the truth sets us free.
  • “Truth works"

High view of theology with lead to more and more freedom. 

Practical Theology for Women

Wendy Alsup has an excellent book called, "Practical Theology for Women" that I recommend! She talkes about good theology is important because it gives us an accurate faith.

Reminds us that theology is incredibly practical - it gives us the foundation of our faith and Hebrews tells us without faith it is impossible to please God

Theology is about knowing God but also appropriating that truth to our lives!


Five Ways Theology has Changed Me

  1. Better interpretation of Scripture which has given me greater joy and assurance 
  2. Helped me defend the faith and articulate it more clearly - to instruct what is right and good and true
  3. Theology has helped me understand the biblical role of church and pastors
  4. Theology has helped me leave behind anxiety
  5. Theology has helped me do hard things

Great Resources for Growing in Theology

Here are some great ways to grow as better theologians:

  • Read the Bible whole chapters at a time and research the book of the Bible - who wrote it, to who, why, what was going on at the time?
  • Study the Word - do a inductive or investigative Bible study - templates are online
  • Read good theologians - J.C. Ryle, Charles Spurgeon, Wayne Grudem
  • Listen to good sermons - R.C. Sproul, Steven Lawson, Charles Spurgeon

Websites that are helpful:

  • gotquestions.org
  • biblegateway.com
  • logos.com (there is a free lite app version)
  • Matthew Henry Commentary
  • Ligoneir.com








SPF 078: Q & A What is Family Worship?

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Family Worship is a dedicated time of teaching our children the Word of God and helping them worship the Lord together with the entire family. Andy Hlushak is our guest today sharing why family worship is important, explains the paideia of God, and we share what we do with our family around the breakfast table that is helping them know and worship the God of the universe. 


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Family Worship

Family Worship is the parents of the home taking initiative of setting aside a time to teach and instruct their children with the Word of God and songs and prayer. That formal instruction then lends to continual instruction throughout the day.

Family Worship is about instructing the next generation about the Lord for their good and the glory of God!

Family Worship unifies the family and puts God at the center of the family.

Is it biblical?

  • Deuteronomy 6
  • Psalm
  • Ephesians 6

Family Worship Helps Build a Christian Culture

Ephesians 6:1-4

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),  “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

Paideia = discipline and instruction of the Lord

Paideia is creating a culture of following God within your family which in turns impacts the world!

Q and A

Who should lead family worship?

What if the Father is a Christian but not leading family worship?

What if the Father is not a Christian?

What if the mom is single?

How We Do Family Worship with Little Ones

  • Read the Bible (we use ESV Family Devotion Bible)
  • Discuss the Bible story we read
  • Review or teach a catachism (we use New City Catachism - free app!)
  • Review or teach Bible verse
  • Sing a Song
  • Pray

Three Reminders for Daily Family Worship

  1. Brevity
  2. Regularity
  3. Flexibility

Here's a peak into our Family Worship Time


Recommended Family Worship Resources

ESV Family Devotional Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway
Family Worship
By Donald S. Whitney
Family Worship Bible Guide
By Joel R Beeke Ph.D.






SPF 077: Managing Household Affairs - Stewardship Part 2

Stewardship is managing the time, talents, and treasures that God has given to us FOR the glory of God during our days here on earth. We have great freedoms, joy, and some hard work as faithful stewards and today we are talking about the home and motherhood and five principles of good stewardship in these areas.  It’s one of those practical episodes. This is part 2 of a 2 part series. 



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Stewardship in the Home

There are two important passages of scripture that point to us learning to be good stewards of the home:

Titus 2:3-5

  • the Greek word for home is oikouros meaning caring for or working at the home
  • For women, biblically, there is a homeward orientation

1 Timothy 5:14

  • And whether widows or not, we see instruction here for women - marry, bear children, and manage their household
  • the Greek word used for household is oikodespoteo - is to manage family affairs

There is a charge her for women to manage or STEWARD their household and care for the needs of the home and those in the home. 

5 Principles of Stewardship in our Home

1. Order our days right by putting God first

  • Make reading the Word and prayer a priority in your day
  • Prayer shows are dependence on the Lord
  • "Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude—an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God." - A.W. Pink
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-9 We must learn the Lord's commands too, not just expect our children to learn them. 
  • Family Worship - read the Word with your kids - sing with them
  • When you don't "feel" like reading the Bible - repent!
  • When you don't have time, make time later

2. Steward our attitudes

  • We create the atmosphere of our home - it can be one of joy or eggshells
  • We need to manage our hearts and tongues - Luke 6:45, Ephesians 4:29, Colossians 3:16
  • Repent quickly, forgive quickly, be thankful, rejoice, sing!

3. Steward our time well by being diligent hard workers

  • hard work is hard, it's not a bad thing
  • idleness is shunning labor, it's a laziness
  • idleness leads to sins like being busybodies and gossips - 1 Timothy 5
  • "She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27
  • Don't expend our time and energy on unfruitful and unproductive things (like social media or pet causes, or waiting for things to direct our day)
  • Pray about your tasks as you move about your day

4. Steward our home well by being prepared

  • 1 Samuel 25 Abigail was prepared
  • Be prepared in our hearts to give and be generous, to practice hospitality
  • Prepare by meal planning or having food to nourish our families well

5. Head in the right direction

  • Wisdom from Kristina from https://www.bear-squirrel.com/
  • We may not know what to do in a certain situation - but we can head in the right direction.
  • If we are in the Word we know things we can do that will help us even if we're not sure exactly what to do
  • Do each day what we DO know how to do

Take heart in these truths - that what you do matters and God will give you the grace to carry on. He is FOR us in the stewardship of His things. He wants us to succeed. 

Take heart in Titus 2

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Recommended Resources

Bear and Squirrel - GREAT Christian parenting resource

SPF Free Bible Reading Plan - sheprovesfaithful.com/bible

Family Worship
By Donald S. Whitney
ESV Family Devotional Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway




SPF 076: Giving an Account for Your Life - Stewardship Part 1

King David said But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. Today we are talking about stewarding all the things God has given us and what happens when He will return and we give an account. This is part 1 in a 2 part series on stewardship.   



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Life Hack - Dinner Prep

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"During busy, busy seasons of life, making dinner can be one of my hardest daily tasks. Dinner comes at the end of the day, after hard homework discussions, loads of laundry, a toddler’s failed naptime, etc, when I am at my lowest energy point of the day. BUT! Creating and cooking meals to nourish the bodies of my loved ones is one of my favorite ways to show my love for them all.

So what’s my life hack? After cooking breakfast, I immediately start cooking and/or prepping dinner. If it’s taco night, the beef is browned & seasoned, the veggies are chopped and placed in appropriate containers. I toss the cook ware in the dishwasher and clean up. When it’s time to serve dinner, it’s a basic “heat and eat” meal that is still homemade and from my heart - but the mess of cooking is already cleaned up and I can focus on enjoying the company of my family."


1 Chronicles 29:10-16

Stewardship is managing what God has given us for His glory. Verse 14 says, "All things come from you and of your own have we given."

Matthew Henry says, “Whatever we have, the property of it is God’s, we have only the use of it, and that according to the direction of our great Lord.”

Stewardship also has an expiration date. Verse 15 says, "For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding."

Other verses on fleeting life:

  • 1 Peter 1:24
  • Psalm 103:15-16
  • James 4:14
  • Psalm 39:4
  • Job 8:9

How Then Shall We Live?

Matthew 25:14-30

The point of this parable isn’t salvific information. We cannot earn our way into heaven. Jesus is teaching this parable to illustrate stewardship. 

1. This passage is about the coming Kingdom of Heaven

2. The master gave according to their ability (and even our ability comes from God)

3. The master comes back and the servants give an account of what they've done.

Two types of servants

First two servants: worked hard, invested, and labored - and they did it on behalf of the master. They did it because they loved him and they trusted him, they did their best, they wanted their work to mean something, they took a risk and succeed - which that success what from the hand of GOD! They worked on behalf of the master.

Third servant: wicked and lazy, hide the coin on behalf of himself; scared and lived for himself.

This parable shows two ways to answer these questions:

Why do we exist? and Why does God give us talents/abilities?

Is it for God or for ourselves?

We are to live purposeful lives in light of the coming again of our Lord and the judgement of our God. Romans 14:11 says that each of us will give account.

Take A Risk

We cannot be too scared. We cannot live in fear. Fear of God should not paralyze us but spur us on.

  • sin is not our master anymore
  • we do not have to fear what people think of us -  when we care what we think of ourselves or what others think of ourselves vs fear God we will not be good stewards. 
  • we have a promise that the Kingdom will advance SO WE TRY

YOU ARE a steward of things of God.

And you have a set time to prove faithful with the things entrusted to you, including your time, your talents, and your treasures.

Time: Ephesians 5:15-16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Talents: Ephesians

Treasures: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8


Stay in God’s word to be sanctified - it gives us peace!

Look at what you have now and knowing tHIS:  it’s from God and to God and your time is limited - knowing those facts, how then shall you live?

Set your face like flint - and be free (repentance and belief, rest in Christ’s goodness)

And Look back at the servants with the talents - they entered their masters joy. We steward well for the JOY of God the Father set before us - just as Jesus endured the cross with the joy set before Him.

Hebrews 12:1-3


Great resources to help you prove faithful:




SPF 075: Calling, Wolves, & The Whole Counsel of God

Encouragement is more than just a feel good word to put our hope in - its a calling to something. Today we are looking at four encouragements Paul called the Ephesian elders to and how to spot a wolf that wants to destroy the flock.  


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Encourage - Called to

Acts 20

Paul encouraged = The word used in Acts 20:1 is the Greek word parakaleō which means to call to something.

Our faith in Christ is an active thing.

Not passive.

We don’t just exist; we exist to the glory of God!

Four Things We are Called to:

  1. We are called to gather - Acts 20:7 / Hebrews 10:24-25 - We are to learn the Word of God together and break bread together (eat!).
  2. We are called to serve the Lord with all humility - Acts 20:19 - We are called not to consume but to contribute
  3. We are called to be a people on mission and to persevere - Acts 20:24 - our lives are about Christ and we are called to make disciples. When we get tired, take comfort in Christ's perseverance for us.
  4. We are called to be on guard against wolves - Acts 20:28-31 - there will be people from among us that rise up and teach twisted things.

Wolves & What the Teach

A wolf is a metaphor used to describe someone who is greedy, cruel, and/or destructive.

Paul describes them as speaking twisted things.

Biblical Times Wolves:

  1. Judaizer - taught a combination of God's grace and human effort - Acts 15
  2. Pagans - worldly, materialistic, worship created things - Romans 1

Current Wolves Examples:

  1. Universalists - claim that everyone will go to heaven
  2. Sexual revolution - claim that there is not just male and female Romans 1
  3. Prosperity Gospel - preaching that Jesus is about man and what we can get from Him

Opposite of a Wolf

Through Paul's example we see what is opposite of a wolf:

  1. Does not shrink back from teaching what is profitable
  2. Proclaims the whole counsel of God
  3. Warns and admonishes against sin
  4. Commends people to the Lord and assures them of eternity
  5. Does not covet


Acts 20 sermon from New City Church - http://newcitydenver.org/sermons/how-jesus-builds-a-great-church/

By J. C. Ryle