Lesson No. 503
Book of First Peter, Chapter 5
"Feed the Flock Elders; Victory Over Suffering"

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I PETER CHAPTER 5
 
Advice for elders and young men
 
1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Peter’s final greetings 12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand. 13  The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son. 14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Lesson No. 503   "Feed the Flock Elders; Victory Over Suffering"

Book of First Peter, Chapter 5                                    03/01/2020

         

1)  Peter starts Chapter 5 with a charge to all elders.  First he exhorts them in the sufferings of Christ.  What does that mean?  (Hint- verse 1)

2)  Then Peter gives a command to all elders in verse 2.  What does that sound like to you?  (Hint- John 21: 15-17)  Why is this the charge for all elders and pastors?

3)  Peter goes on to further describe how to 'feed the flock', not so much in 'doing', but how?  (Hint- verse 2 and 3).

4)  Who is the only one qualified to 'lord over us'?  And what is the reward for elders or church leaders that lead by example?  (Hint- verse 4)

5)  Verse 5 gives advice to the younger Christians, but also gives a real pearl about being humble and not proud.  Why?  How does God see it?  (verse 5)

6)  Verse 6 establishes our position before the throne of God, and there is a great benefit as we humbly bow, what is it (Hint- verse 7)  This is abundant life!

7)  Peter then gives us a great warning.  Remember, he is talking to born again believers.  Who wants to devour you?  How can we prevent this from happening?  (Hint- verse 8)

8)  Verse 9 tells us that everyone in the world experiences 'afflictions'- remember Chapter 4, verse 12 regarding fiery trials, but what should we do about it and how should we live?  (Hint- verse 9)

9)  Peter closes the text with verse 10 (other than his closing to churches) by acknowledging that God is the God of all glory, and Christ Jesus calls us into eternal glory.  Then he adds something about suffering, a re-occurring theme in First Peter, what is it?  (Hint- verse 10)

10)  The overall theme of First Peter is to encourage the Saints to overcome suffering by faith in Christ Jesus, looking at the 'big picture', and understanding that our job is to live a life pleasing to God, regardless of our trials and suffering.   Suffering in Christ Jesus is not a popular topic these days.


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