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“Who is someone in your life that strikes you as very humble?”
his week we wrap up with chapter 5 and will finish the book of 1 Peter. First Peter is powerful letter of hope in times of suffering as well as a clear encouragement for how we are to live for Jesus. We will look at - An Exhortation to Elders, A Reminder to the Younger, A Wake up Call to All, and An Encouragement to Stand Firm and Stay Together.
Key Passages: 1 Peter 5:1-14, Phil 2:3-8, Eph 6:10-18
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read 1 Peter 5:1-14. In light of suffering and trials in store for all Christians, how should elders lead the church (v1-4)? How can these principles apply to other leaders in the church?
- How can we clothe ourselves with humility toward one another (v5)? (See also Phil. 2:3-8)
- According to v6-7, what does humility toward God look like? How would this call to humility function in the midst of suffering?
- What gives the devil an opportunity to devour (v6-8)? How do we resist the devil and his schemes (v9)? (See also Ephesians 6:10-18)
- What is God’s promise to us in the midst of suffering (v10-11)?
- How does this passage apply to my life?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for a hope and strength to stand amidst the trials and suffering that come our way… and for a humility to hand things over to our all-powerful and all-knowing God.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
ESV Bible Study Notes
- 1 Pet. 5:2–3 Elders (v. 1) are entrusted with the responsibility to shepherd the flock (Gk. poimainō, “to tend sheep; to act as a shepherd”; cf. John 21:16; Acts 20:28; Eph. 4:11), from which the English verb and noun “pastor” is derived (Latin pastor means “shepherd”). Elders are also entrusted with exercising oversight (translating Gk. episkopeō), which is the verb form of the noun “overseer” (Gk. episkopos), which is another title for those who serve as elders (cf. Acts 20:28). The terms “shepherd” and “exercising oversight” emphasize the function of elders (i.e., they are to feed and watch over “the flock”), while the title “elder” focuses on the office. Peter now gives three exhortations to elders as to how they are to carry out the responsibilities entrusted to them: (1) elders are to “shepherd” the church gladly or willingly, in accord with God’s will, instead of doing it out of a sense of compulsion; (2) they are to do the work eagerly and not out of greed or for shameful gain (Gk. aischrokerdōs, “in fondness for dishonest gain, greedily”); (3) they are to serve as examples to the congregation, and not use their place of leadership as a means to be domineering.
- 1 Pet. 5:4 The chief Shepherd is Jesus Christ, and when he comes again he will reward with glory every pastor who has served faithfully.
- 1 Pet. 5:5 You who are younger probably means younger members of the congregation, who are more likely to be headstrong and resistant to leadership. They are to subject themselves to the elders. all of you. Christians, as well as nonbelievers, are self-oriented by nature and therefore need to relate with humility toward one another. Peter cites Prov. 3:34 (cf. James 4:6) to remind his readers that God is against the proud but will lavish his favor upon those who are humble.
Bible Commentary - Matthew Henry (Concise) - 1 Peter 5