May 21: A Word to the Church (1 Peter 5:5-14)
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 5:5-14
5) Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7) casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8) Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9) Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10) And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11) To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12) By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13) She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14) Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Peter, after exhorting the elders to shepherd the flock of God, now gives his final words of encouragement to the entire church. He calls them to walk in humility before God, to resist the devil and his schemes and to stand firm in the grace of God in Jesus. In each call, he gives promises of God's power, presence and peace. Consider God's promises here to encourage you in greater faithfulness in the days ahead.
Review and Apply
What does humility under God's hand look like in times of trial? Give personal examples.
How do you practically cast your anxieties on God?
What things, situations or people distract you from being sober-minded and watchful in this world? How can the church help?
Do you often consider that the devil is 'prowling about seeking someone to devour? Why or why not?
Identify the schemes/temptations of the devil in your life?
How do you practically resist him?
What sustains us in the midst of suffering (vs. 10-11)? Give personal examples.
How can you encourage others to 'stand firm' in the grace of God? (vs. 12)
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