Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 7 Monday
Peter gives some instruction to the new elders and church leaders in 1 Peter 5:1-4 from the Remedy Bible Version:
“To the pastors and teachers among you, I call on you as a fellow pastor and teacher who witnessed Christ’s sufferings, and one who will also share in the glorious re-creation to be revealed: Protect God’s flock selflessly, like loving shepherds, serving as guides and guardians—not out of obligation or requirement, but freely—as God designed for you to do. Watch over it willingly, not seeking reward or payment, but eager to serve others; not like dictators exercising power and authority over those entrusted to their care, but modeling servant-leadership to your flock. Then, when the Chief Shepherd returns, you will be crowned with the glory of Christ’s perfection that will never fade away.”
Peter calls himself a fellow elder, pastor, and teacher when he gives this advice…do you think maybe it comes from a place of his personal experience?
Are there ways for these principles to apply to each of us, regardless of our roles in or out of the church?
Many times in the New Testament Jesus is referred to in the role of shepherd, the Good Shepherd, in our previous text as the Chief Shepherd. So, it is interesting that Peter, in this text, likens the role of an elder to a shepherd tending God’s flock.
What does that lead us to conclude about the significance of the role of elders in the church?
Are they literally tasked with being Christ’s representatives or envois to his church here on earth?
With that in mind, what are some of the qualities listed in the lesson that make good elder material? You will see many parallels to the effective leadership traits we discussed earlier.
- Patience (as a shepherd with his sheep)
- Humble, willing and eager to serve – no compulsion, guilt (nominating committee time), manipulation
- Nurturers and overseers
- Ready to function as examples rather than dictators
- Spiritual maturity, fully understood God’s methods and principles of love so they could foster the spiritual development of each new congregation
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