19: Shepherds and Sheep: An Exercise in Humility

Message 19 of 23 in the series Letters from Peter

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

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1 Peter 5:1-5, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • Read 1 Peter 5:4

    What does it mean that Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of his church? How do Peter’s instructions to the Elders/Pastors in v2 (shepherd the flock of God among you) and to the congregation in v5 (be subject to the elders) point us toward the importance of belonging to a church?

  • Read the restoration of Peter from John 21:15-17

    How does Jesus tell Peter to show his love for him? What does Jesus mean by “Feed my sheep”? Read 1 Peter 5:2, what two functions does Peter say are assigned to Elders/Pastors?

  • Read 1 Peter 5:2-3

    What are the 3 errors that Peter warns the elders they must avoid? What are the 3 corrections for each error? Read Hebrews 13:7. Why is the example of an elder so important to the church? How should this example point people to Jesus?

  • Read 1 Peter 5:5a

    Peter tells the local church that they should submit to those in the office of elder in their congregation. Why do you think he specifically addresses the younger people in the church? Read Hebrews 13:17. How can church members help an elder complete their charge with joy?

  • Read 1 Peter 5:5b

    In your own words, how do Shepherds and Sheep “clothe themselves with humility” toward one another? In your own words, what does it mean that God will oppose the proud but gives grace to the humble?

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