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Delivered By
Pastor Jack Peters
Delivered On
June 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
1 Peter 5:1-4
Holy Living in a Hostile World #17



Today is Father’s Day. I think of my Dad. Dad was a good man, and along with my Mom, guided me from birth up through my college years. I can say that although Mom and Dad were not perfect, but they were steady guides for me and my two brothers and sister. Under supervision they allowed us to grow up, make decisions and move on to lives as responsible adults.

As Christians, we never lose our need for guidance, first through God the Holy and then by other Christians. We are to be encouragers of each other! Hebrews 10:25

As we look towards the day of the Lord’s returning, we need guidance, especially when we face persecution.

We are winding down our study of 1 Peter and we have been taught about “Holy Living in a Hostile World”. Last week we were encouraged to “Be Prepared” in 1 Peter 4:12-19

God has provided gifted men to establish, teach, and guide his church. Ephesians 4:11-12. Peter now addresses these men, who he calls “elders”. He is beseeching them to be “Steady Guides!” always, but especially during trying times.

To understand this passage, we will answer some very basic questions in this order: Who? What? How? Why?

WHO? – Vs. 1

Because times were tough the pastors then and they are now, Peter addresses those who to be steady guides, the Elders.

Traditionally, the term “Elder” had to do with age. We use the term that way today. We teach children to respect their elders. Someone who is up in years is called “elderly”.

In the early church the term “elder” was used for the principle leaders in the church. Elders could be young in age but they were expected to be Spiritually mature.

Other terms used were “bishops” (overseers) and “pastors” (shepherds). Notice the word is plural. Usually there was a multiplicity of elders. They would lead. There might be a head elder, but he did not lead or guide alone.

In our church right now, we officially have one elder. That’s the pastor. We have one retired elder in our midst, and his advice and encouragement to me are invaluable! It would be great to have those designated elders from among the congregation that would lead with the Pastor. That being said, we do have Godly men present who serve officially as Deacons. I often rely on them to function with me in the elder’s capacity. The church should never be one leader making all the decisions.

Exhort – To beseech or appeal to. It is not a command, but a strong appeal based on who Peter was. Notice the humility in Peter’s appeal. There is only one super-star in the Church – the Lord Jesus Christ!

“A fellow elder.” – Peter was not appealing as a superior, although he could have as an Apostle. He was a fellow laborer given the same assignment other elders had. John 21:15-17

  • “A witness of the sufferings of Christ” – He saw what Christ went through them and Him.
  • He is also a fellow partaker in the future coming of Christ and the glory that will be found in Him. All Christians are participants in that! Philippians 3:20-21

WHAT? Vs. 2a

The responsibility given to elders or pastors is to shepherd the flock of God to tend, God’s sheep. To tend Jesus’ sheep.

This is tricky because we pastors have to remember that we are, first of all, sheep ourselves. To be called to care of Jesus’ sheep is an awesome responsibility.

We are to take oversight over the flock of God. What does that entail doing?

A good pastor should model his behavior after our Lord Jesus Christ. John 10:11

HOW? – 2b-3

  • Willingly
  • Eagerly
  • Humbly – Mark 10:43-45
  • Transparently – 1 Timothy 4:12-16

WHY? – Vs. 4 – An unfading crown

To be a pastor or elder is a calling. Are you being called?

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