1 Peter Chapter 5

May 22, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 1 Peter. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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1 Peter 5:1-14 (NIV)
1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 5 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

1 Peter 5:1-5

Jesus is the Chief Shepherd. Until He returns those who are called to be leaders in the church need to have certain characteristics. They must always remember that the flock they are caring for belongs to God. Leaders in God’s church are called to be servants. Leaders are to lead by example, not by manipulation.

1 Peter 5:6-10

Peter then talks about the characteristics that should be a part of all our lives.

1 Peter 5:5b-10 (NIV)
5All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Humility

ALL of you, clothe yourselves with humility. Humility is something we are supposed to wear like clothing. In a world where “pride” is the most worn garment, humility is what we are called to. Just like in our series in the beatitudes, where we were taught by Jesus that humility (being poor in spirit) is where real life is found, Peter is making the same point. Humility is the starting point for holy living. It’s just not all about me.

Trust

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Everything in your life that is causing you anxiety, stress, and worry is at some levels a trust issue. There is something inside us that doubts the last part of that verse. “He cares for you”. Personalize that statement, “He cares for me”. He does care. He cares about everything that happens in your life. Does that mean that you will never experience hard things? No. It is a fallen world, a broken planet. But He cares. What is He doing about it? He took care of all of it at the cross. You probably remember us talking about the ministry of the Apostle Paul when we were studying His letters. He went through a lot of really hard stuff. Does that mean that He was out of God’s will or that God didn’t care? No. God cares and has already taken care of it at the cross. We will face difficult times and situations, but in comparison to eternity with Him, they are, as the Apostle Paul called them, “light and momentary trials” in 2 Corinthians 4:17. What was he referring to as light and momentary?

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

No matter what you are going through, keep your eyes on Jesus. He cares for you and you can trust Him.

Living by doing the next right thing

I bet you didn’t see that coming.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Decisions, decisions, decisions. The enemy enjoys tripping up believers. Resist him. How? By doing the next right thing. And when you mess up, don’t let him revel in it, you just go running to your heavenly papa for forgiveness and a new start. Don’t get stuck in shame. Take your merciful do-over and do the next right thing.

Restoration

1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

This is really good news. God is in the restoration business. He is using all of the mess in our lives to help us become strong, firm and steadfast. He is the God of ALL GRACE. In Christ you are not defined by all the mess in your life. God takes the mess, mixes it with grace, and uses it to restore you. To make your life satisfying, fulfilling, and radical.

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