Humble yourselves under God's mighty hand Context in 1 Peter: suffering, scattered exiles. According to the foreknowledge of God, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus and sprinkling with his blood. 1. Elders, shepherd the flock of God. what is an elder? what does an elder do? who should be an elder? what has been our process at TCC? what about deacons? [the only other Biblical 'office'. We will get to these next. Elders lead, deacons enable/support, members do.] Elders exhorted Peter a participant in sufferings and the coming glory fellow elder, participant in suffering and glory pastor oversee willingly not compulsion [free choice, not pressure or manipulation] not gain but eagerly [ponzi schemes; platforms] not domineering but examples [heavy-handed; control freaks] chief shepherd and crown Elders are bishops are pastors Reality of suffering. cf partaker in the tribulation, John. Hold us accountable. Different axes of danger; passivity/heavy-handed; pragmatic/academic; Have antennae for good leadership What about our wives What about future eldership development Weren't Dan and Dave already elders? Umbrella men - headship is creating, nurturing and protecting an environment in which others thrive. Cf Eden, cultivate and guard/subdue and rule. Not an inner circle, but a recognised set of examples. We should be able to say this without blushing. Biblical eldership is to be characterised by humility; we are under-Shepherds, doing what the Chief Shepherd wants (cf Peter's reinstatement, John 21). 2. All of us, humble ourselves under God's mighty hand. all of you humility God opposes proud but gives grace to humble humble selves to be exalted in due time [the great reversal is coming, and cf James 1.9] cast anxieties; he cares for you [rucksack/D of E] sober-minded and watchful [vigilant; calm; not distracted away. You don't know when the attack may come] a prowling enemy resist, firm in faith same sufferings [such a comfort to know this] afterwards...restore, confirm, strengthen, establish The reality of the prowling devil - what should we do? cf remain in Christ cf spiritual armour. The vine, remain in me etc. Be humble and cast your burdens (how to do this). Thinking of yourself less cf the true self is like a true eye that does not 'see' itself. The foundation of it all: Jesus, the Chief Shepherd. He calls us to follow him and trust him.
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Shepherd the Flock of God 5 1 So I exhort the elders among you, m as a fellow elder and n a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 o shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, 1 p not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; 2 q not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not r domineering over those in your charge, but s being examples to the flock. 4 And when t the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the u unfading v crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. w Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for x “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 x Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 y casting all your anxieties on him, because z he cares for you. 8 a Be sober-minded; b be watchful. Your c adversary the devil d prowls around e like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 f Resist him, g firm in your faith, knowing that h the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And i after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, j who has called you to his k eternal glory in Christ, will himself l restore, m confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 n To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Final Greetings 12 By o Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, p I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is q the true grace of God. r Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does s Mark, my son. 14 t Greet one another with the kiss of love. u Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
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5 1 Πρεσβυτέρους τοὺς ἐν ὑμῖν παρακαλῶ ὁ συμπρεσβύτερος καὶ μάρτυς τῶν τοῦ Χριστοῦ παθημάτων, ὁ καὶ τῆς μελλούσης ἀποκαλύπτεσθαι δόξης κοινωνός• 2 ποιμάνατε τὸ ἐν ὑμῖν ποίμνιον τοῦ θεοῦ [ἐπισκοποῦντες] μὴ ἀναγκαστῶς ἀλλʼ ἑκουσίως κατὰ θεόν, μηδὲ αἰσχροκερδῶς ἀλλὰ προθύμως, 3 μηδʼ ὡς κατακυριεύοντες τῶν κλήρων ἀλλὰ τύποι γινόμενοι τοῦ ποιμνίου• 4 καὶ φανερωθέντος τοῦ ἀρχιποίμενος κομιεῖσθε τὸν ἀμαράντινον τῆς δόξης στέφανον. 5 Ὁμοίως, νεώτεροι, ὑποτάγητε πρεσβυτέροις• πάντες δὲ ἀλλήλοις τὴν ταπεινοφροσύνην ἐγκομβώσασθε, ὅτι [ὁ] θεὸς ὑπερηφάνοις ἀντιτάσσεται, ταπεινοῖς δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν. 6 Ταπεινώθητε οὖν ὑπὸ τὴν κραταιὰν χεῖρα τοῦ θεοῦ, ἵνα ὑμᾶς ὑψώσῃ ἐν καιρῷ, 7 πᾶσαν τὴν μέριμναν ὑμῶν ἐπιρίψαντες ἐπʼ αὐτόν, ὅτι αὐτῷ μέλει περὶ ὑμῶν. 8 Νήψατε, γρηγορήσατε. ὁ ἀντίδικος ὑμῶν διάβολος ὡς λέων ὠρυόμενος περιπατεῖ ζητῶν [τινα] καταπιεῖν• 9 ᾧ ἀντίστητε στερεοὶ τῇ πίστει εἰδότες τὰ αὐτὰ τῶν παθημάτων τῇ ἐν κόσμῳ ὑμῶν ἀδελφότητι ἐπιτελεῖσθαι. 10 Ὁ δὲ θεὸς πάσης χάριτος, ὁ καλέσας ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν αἰώνιον αὐτοῦ δόξαν ἐν Χριστῷ, ὀλίγον παθόντας αὐτὸς καταρτίσει, στηρίξει, σθενώσει, θεμελιώσει. 11 αὐτῷ τὸ κράτος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ἀμήν. 12 Διὰ Σιλουανοῦ ὑμῖν τοῦ πιστοῦ ἀδελφοῦ, ὡς λογίζομαι, διʼ ὀλίγων ἔγραψα παρακαλῶν καὶ ἐπιμαρτυρῶν ταύτην εἶναι ἀληθῆ χάριν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰς ἣν στῆτε. 13 Ἀσπάζεται ὑμᾶς ἡ ἐν Βαβυλῶνι συνεκλεκτὴ καὶ Μᾶρκος ὁ υἱός μου. 14 ἀσπάσασθε ἀλλήλους ἐν φιλήματι ἀγάπης. Εἰρήνη ὑμῖν πᾶσιν τοῖς ἐν Χριστῷ.