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  • Faith in the Crosshairs1 Peter (Elders, 1 Peter 5:1-5)

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    do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you

  • To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christs sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:

  • Be shepherds of Gods flock that is under your care, watching over themnot because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;

  • not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away

  • In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders.

  • How to submit wellHow to suffer wellHow to lead/be led well

    In all of these things, its about more than just actions. Its about motivation and attitude

  • How to submit wellHow to suffer wellHow to lead/be lead well

    In all of these, Christ desires to sanctify us

  • To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder

    Peter?

  • To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder

    Peter

    Original 12Inner 31st among equals1st sermonFellow elder

  • To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder

    Knowing Jesus well changes our view of position and power

    It is impossible to rise in position or power in a church while serving Jesus

  • To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christs sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:

    Fellow elder- nowWitness- thenGlory- soon

  • Fellow elder- nowWitness- thenGlory- soon

    We minister:Because of Christs sufferings (Privilege)On the basis of the Call (Ministry)Looking forward to the glory of God (Reward)

  • To the elders among you, I appeal

    Note: Elders is plural

    Biblical Norm= MultipleElders: Vocational and Non-vocational (Aged and Wise)

  • Be shepherds of Gods flock that is under your care, watching over them

    Shepherds- poimen- ones (plural) who tend, guide and take care of

    Watching over- episkopos- oversight with authority

  • Elders- teach, guide, rebuke, correct, protect, lead- out of love for God and his people

  • Elders- teach, guide, rebuke, correct, protect, lead

    Why?

  • Elders- teach, guide, rebuke, correct, protect, lead

    Within every church:SheepShepherdsWolves

  • Be shepherds of Gods flock that is under your care, watching over them

    The biblical norm is not democracy, but accountability

  • Next: Only the right action with the right attitude is right in God's sight

  • Be shepherds of Gods flock that is under your care, watching over themnot because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be

    Sanctification:Leaders learn to love wellBelievers learn to submit well

  • Submit? Are you out of your ever-loving mind?

  • Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you- Hebrews 13:7

    I want to make it a pleasure to pastor me and my familynot a pain

  • not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve

    Career-building?

  • not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve

    Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer deserves his wages- 1 Timothy 5:17-18

  • Calm down- Youre 2 Tents!

  • Pastors shouldnt take positions based on money. Nor should they do the minimum just to get paid

  • People shouldnt serve themselves and let pastors languish

    If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? - 1 Corinthians 9:11

  • General Principle- Anyone who serves should see it as a privilege and an honor to serve God and his people

  • not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock

    2 Types of Leadership:

    PowerInfluence

  • Power

    Comes from insecurityIs full of prideNeeds to controlProduces fearCannot be challengedIs antithetical to the faith

  • Influence

    Comes from humble confidenceDesires their bestGives freedomProduces loveIs open to being challenged for the sake of ChristMirrors Jesus

  • not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock

    Examples- tupos- form, manner, pattern

    1 Tim. 3- Character qualities that apply to all Christians

  • Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money

  • He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for Gods church?

  • He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil- 1 Tim. 3

  • not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock

    Examples

    Kills the hypocritical divideEnds unqualified leadership

  • And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away

    Whos the Senior Pastor?

  • And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away

    Whos the Senior Pastor? Jesus!

    Those who shepherd willingly, eager to serve, living as an example to the flock- can look forward Christs reward

  • In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders

    Implies:Church membershipServant AuthorityWilling SubmissionI dont know it all. And I honestly desire growth in Christ

  • Takeaways:

    In what way has scripture challenged my attitudes this morning? Am I willing to change?

  • Takeaways:

    In what way has scripture challenged my actions this morning? What changes do I need to make? Will I?

  • Takeaways:

    Do I pray for and support the leaders at Layman? Will I?

  • Takeaways:

    Do I know the Chief Shepherd?

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