1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
The "flock" is the group g of non-ministerial people in he church. they are "under the authority" of the pastor. they are those who are "submitted to the rule" of the pastor. their main purpose is to support the leadership--be loyal, make offerings and pay tithe. they are never to speak against the pastor, or they will be considered "bad sheep".
3. What does it really mean?
What is the Bible speaking about in it'
s references to "flock"? the word simply means a group of people. the word here is describing a group of Christians. what leads us to misdefine the word is that we apply this word to our incorrect (but well established!) tradition. "Ministry" is misdefined as authority over others...
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them,
Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles
exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: (Mark 10:42-43)
When we believe that "ministry has rule over others, and "ministry" is only for a chosen few leaders. Biblically, ministry is a gift in all people..
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are
called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (Ephesians 4: 4-7)
In the bible. the church had leaders, however "ministry"
was the functioning of all believers together. The "flock"
the Bible refers to is a flock of ministers.