Suffering

Living Hope . . . Leading By Example

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Summary

Series: Living Hope

Scripture Reference: I Peter 5:1-4

Insight

THE PUSH TO LEADERSHIP

  • Peter's Exhortation

"Exhort" - Appeal, Urge, Implore, Call or Summon

  • Peter's Qualification

Fellow Elder - Co-leader, Witness of Christ's sufferings, a Martyr himself, Partaker of glory to be revealed

THE PRACTICE OF LEADERSHIP

  • 3 Comparisons

1. "Elder" - Old Man, Maturity, Experience

2. "Shepherd" - Feed, Care For, Tend to Needs of the Sheep

3. "Overseer" - Watch Over, To See

John 10 - "I Am the Good Shepherd"

Lays Down His Life for Us

Doesn't Flee

Selfless Love for the Sheep

Our Care is His Concern -  He knows my needs, desires, and wants

  • 3 Contrasts

Not Compulsion but Voluntarily Drawn

Not Greed but with Eagerness

Not Lording but by Example

THE PRIZE

  • Unfading Crown of Glory

SO WHAT?

  • Pray for the Elders of the Church
  • Pray for the Pastor of the Church

Living Hope . . . Preparing to Suffer

Summary

Series: Living Hope

Scripture Reference: I Peter 3:13-4:11

Insight

RECOGNIZE BLESSING

  • Striving For Righteousness

Reduces Near Term Trouble

Eliminates Long Term Trouble

  • Suffering For Righteousness

There Is Blessing That Comes From Suffering

Sharing In Righteousness

REJECT INTIMIDATION

  • Do Not Fear What They Fear
  • Rest In the Lord

RESPOND TO THE LORD

  • Set Him Apart - Sanctify Christ As Lord In Your Hearts
  • Be Ready To Answer

Have Hope Today And An Answer As To What That Hope Is For the Suffering Tomorrow

  • Keep Your Conscience Clean