1 Peter 5:1-7
1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,
Elders- used widely in N.T. and in many churches today. Traditionally Baptist recognize two offices in the church- Pastor/deacon, although quite a few Baptist churches today will have Pastor(s), elders, and deacons.
In Acts 20:17 Paul speaks of the elders of the church (presbyteroi) in Ephesus, then in verse 28 he refers to these same leaders as “overseers” (episkopoi). This suggests that the term elder and overseer were used interchangeably and were not separate offices.
The same is true in the books of Titus, and 1 Timothy but we’ll not go there.
Two offices are mentioned in Philippians 1:1
Note how Peter identifies himself-
Fellow elder- humble description because of apostolic authority
Witness of the sufferings of Christ- important because the main subject of this book is the suffering original readers are suffering
Partaker future glory- Note that Peter did not try to speak of the transfiguration glory, resurrection glory- but the glory still to come (1:7, 4:13)
Peter begins this last chapter with instruction for leaders of the church
2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
3 nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.
Shepherd- lead, provide, care, nurture, protect…
Luther, “we shepherd God’s flock by preaching the Gospel”
Exercise oversight- administration. Setting example-
4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Reward will be God’s reward.
5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
We may not like that idea of being subject, but just as God has said that wives are to subject themselves to their husbands- if and when we are each serving as God leads and commands there is no problem.
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Submit to God that he may exalt (reward)
Giving anxiety to Him
Then: Peter call the leaders of the church to lead humbly.
Now: As Leaders of the church we should seek the glory of God alone.
Objective: Our strength is based on seeking God’s glory, not our own. (“Humility is a Position of Strength”)
Gospel Focus: Jesus mission of salvation required humble strength. Our role is to model the same humble strength to a lost world.
Question: In what ways do we seek God’s Glory?
Key Word: Ways
Suffering Clarifies the presence of God in our lives.
Dependent on him
Recognize his presence
Me: I find is hard to accept humility as strength.
We: I imagine you have found yourself in this series wondering about submitting in a number of circumstances that seem uncomfortable.
We want to know how God will work it out so that humility will be easy.
What if it is never easy?
What GOD is saying:
Lead Humbly (Verses 1-4)
Elder= Wisdom and Maturity
Men and Women- 1 Timothy 5:1-2
“Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. 2 Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.”
Peter counts himself as a fellow Elder- equality is position rather than superior.
Who are our Elders?
Pastors (a teaching Elder)
THE WISE AND MATURE BELIEVERS THAT HUMBLY LEAD BY INFLUENCE.
Accept Authority (5-6)
Authority of the people discipling/leading us
Authority and mighty power of God
Give our worries to the one who cares for us. (7)
Ask yourself, “what is the proper response in my heart?”
Let your humble heart guide your actions.
CONCLUSION: Humility is a position of Strength
Pastor this community: Lead humbly
In the Body: Disciple
Who are you making into a disciple?
Who are you allowing to speak into your life?