May 14: A Word to the Leaders (1 Peter 5:1-4)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Scott Forney will continue a series going through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" at 10 am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
1 Peter 5:1-4
1) So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2) shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3) not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4) And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
A healthy church understands the need to identify and appoint elders to shepherd the flock of God. The elders are to exercise oversight for the benefit of the church. God in mercy to us has appointed men to lead, protect and care for the sheep while in this pilgrimage. These elders are to do it eagerly, joyfully and in humility thus exampling for the church a posture that receives the grace of God. Consider the structure God has built into the church for our benefit and rejoice.
Review and Apply
How do you see the elders exercising oversight for your good?
What are the benefits of a plurality of elders?
In what manner are elders to carry out their responsibilities?
How ought the coming of the chief shepherd motivate elders?
What are responsibilities of the church to the elders?
How have you submitted to the elders in the last year?
How do you fight our rebellious tendencies to resist authority?
How have you exercised humility in your life before others in the church?
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