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These slides are for Lifeway ETB lesson of Nov. 4. Peter cautions leaders to be committed examples, to win others to further follow Christ -- not being overlords, but exemple servants who know God's ...

These slides are for Lifeway ETB lesson of Nov. 4. Peter cautions leaders to be committed examples, to win others to further follow Christ -- not being overlords, but exemple servants who know God's grace. He also tells younger Christians to respect the older ones -- who God matures, as we know. AND that all believers should humble (not overestimate) themselves to receive the favor of God, Whose great hand is over the whole process of growing-up-in-Christ. Watch out for the deceiver Satan, who is on the prowl for anyone he can destroy. Know that after suffering for Christ, God will strengthen you.

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  • “ You’re killing me!” … Consider the warriors mutual protection zone. :13 growing more conformed, your life is hidden with Him, His life Story :14 God is hovering over you, to fill you up and build you out! BeAtts __ The more persecutions and conflict, the more you’ll rescue from death
  • Those Leading are called (prayed for by Jesus) to be gentle, humble examples and ‘restorers’ (Luke 22:26, 32; Gal. 6:1)

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  • 1. Living in FaithLesson Passage: 1 Peter 5: 1-9Background: 1 Peter 5: 1-14
  • 2. 1. In Roles of Leadership (1 Pet. 5: 1-4)2. In Relating to Others (1 Pet. 5: 5)1. In Relating to God (1 Pet. 5: 6-7)2. In Resisting the Devil (1 Pet. 5: 8-9)
  • 3. 1 Peter 5:1 Therefore I, your fellow elder & a witness of the sufferingsof Christ, and also a sharer of the glory that is going to be revealed,exhort the elders among you: 2 shepherd the flock of God among you,exercising oversight not by compulsion but willingly, in accordance withGod, and not greedily but eagerly, 3 and not as lording it over thoseunder your care, but being examples for the flock. 4 And when the chiefShepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.5 In the same way, younger men, be subject to the elders, and all ofyou clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,because God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that hemay exalt you at the right time, 7 casting all your cares on him,because he cares for you.8 Be sober; be on the alert. Your adversary the devil walks around likea roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast inyour faith, because you know the same kinds of sufferings are beingaccomplished by your community of believers in the world. 10 And theGod of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after youhave suffered for a short time, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, 11
  • 4. The new pastor of a Texas church used mixed metaphors to assert hisdominant attitude. "This will be a one-horse church," he said, "and Iam in the saddle." Then he added, "If you have any objections to this,you had best get off the train now."[Honestly, this really happened.]Have you ever encountered people’s attitudes toward their right to lead,and all others being subjected?Bad example: a singles’ leader at another church (only X miles away!)How does God consider and reward our attitudes?Peter is a great example of someone with many “about faces” in life!
  • 5. 1. In Roles of Leadership (1 Pet. 5: 1-4)1 Therefore I, your fellow elder & a witness of the sufferings of Christ,and also a sharer of the glory that is going to be revealed, exhort theelders among you: 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercisingoversight not by compulsion but willingly, in accordance with God, andnot greedily but eagerly, 3 and not as lording it over those under yourcare, but being examples for the flock. 4 And when the chiefShepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.Did Peter assume special position or privileges, e.g. “papal primacy”,or even to be a head “elder” of these churches he wrote to?Why is it important for a godly leader’s heart to be that of a servant?Jesus characterized what our attitudes should be in Matt. 20:25Do you ever encounter a “gentile” – as opposed to gentle – leaders’attitude in other Christians? In yourself? How does it come across?Does it really work to lead others?Sheep follow leaders’ examples.What if leaders are off track spiritually?How can leaders avoid “compulsion”, gain willingness?“Hey, Leader!” God will, at journey’s end, give you REST & JOY! (Rev.2-3; Matt.6; Luke 12:37, Jn. 21:16)
  • 6. 2. In Relating to Others (1 Pet. 5: 5) [Lexham]5 In the same way, younger men, be subject to the elders,and all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,because God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.Not just older leaders are to be humble (Gal.6:1): also younger followersParents treat 2-year olds gently, but are the younger ones meant tohave the upper hand?No, they are to learn from their elders. So with new Christians (Heb.13:7)Mutual humility is the key: serving others, putting yourself LAST – SOyou will become, under God’s supervision, the so-called ‘greatest’.Why does God oppose the proud but give grace to the humble?He is the giving God, Who enjoys giving to those who don’t deserve it,to those who simply trust Him
  • 7. 3. In Relating to God (1 Pet. 5: 6-7)6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that Hemay exalt you at the right time, 7 casting all your cares on Him,because He cares for you.God is in process of growing and raising you up, if you are emptyingyourself: honestly humbling yourself (flesh) (Luke 14:8)God is your ultimate total Shepherd (leader). The rest of us will haveproblems at times leading (Jam. 3:2).Ultimately cast it all on Jesus. He loves you beyond what others do (Hegives them His love (Romans 5:5)What do you do with an “uppity” Christian?If you have concerns with trusting and ‘humbling’ to a fellow believer orleader, whom you fear might abuse your trust (or you wonder), let Godbe the judge and commit it to Him while serving with Love (forgiveness). God will reward you, and that person’s fellowship of appreciation willalso (Luke 6:38 “Good measure”).Trust and leave room for the grace of God (Rom. 12:19)
  • 8. 4. In Resisting the Devil (1 Pet. 5: 8-9)8 Be sober; be on the alert. Your adversary the devil walks around likea roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfastin your faith, because you know the same kinds of sufferings arebeing accomplished by your community of believers in the world.Many Christians were suffering persecutions, VERY obviously Satanic.Peter knew firsthand Satan’s wiles (Lk. 22:31,Eph. 6:10-19; 2 Cor 2:11)How else does Satan work? Why does he seek us? (John 10:10):9 How do we resist him?Jesus KNEW scripture – where God His Father stood !Have you ever been scammed? Satan will use many such tactics:Gaining trust by acting ‘friendly’ to your sin nature, offering ‘candy’ (anangel of ‘light’) (Mark 8:33, Luke 9:55)When Satan’s scam is resisted, a next tactic is to paralyze you by fearWhen you resist a weaker opponent (as Christ is stronger), they flee forfear of what might RIGHTLY happen to them (reporting to higherauthority or your greater strength).God plans battles, you WIN by Grace: others will pour thru these gaps!
  • 9. 5. Your ultimate Salvation10 And the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal gloryin Christ, after you have suffered for a short time, will himselfrestore, confirm, strengthen, & establish you.11 To him be the power forever & ever. Amen.When you resist a weaker opponent (as Christ is stronger: 1 Jn. 4:4,Mk. 3:27), they will flee for fear of what might RIGHTLY happen to them(reporting to higher authority or your greater strength).God will allow the battle to ensue until you ROUT them (James 4: 6-10)God has called you, so He is in control of the victory process: this isvictory from God, not your flesh!Great struggles reveal God’s purpose to overcome “hosts”: Pharaoh’sentire army, the Midianites many thousands, … His resurrection power!
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  • 11. 2 Corinthians 2:10–11 (AMP)10 If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive that one; and what Ihave forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for yoursakes in the presence [and with the approval] of Christ (theMessiah), 11 To keep Satan from getting the advantage over us;for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.
  • 12. 1 Peter 4: (HCSB) 17 For the time has come for judgment tobegin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will theoutcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God? 18 And if arighteous person is saved with difficulty, what will become of theungodly and the sinner? 19 So those who suffer according to God’swill should, while doing what is good, entrust themselves to afaithful Creator. There are NO more rest stops for the next 1,000,000,000,0..People are weary, tired of the trip miles Matthew 9:35–37 (The Message) 35 Then Jesus ... 36 When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimlessIt’s not about the trip.. It’s about our they were, like sheep with no shepherd. 37 “What a Destination: Home! huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few