Summary: Peter issues a call to the entire church to stand together resisting the devil whose desire is to rob your joy.
ILLUSTRATION: STAYING WARM TOGETHER
In what the news called "The Miracle at Quecreek", 9 miners, trapped for three days 240 feet underground in a water-filled mine shaft, decided early on they were either going to live or die as a group.
The 55 degree water threatened to kill them slowly by hypothermia, so when one would get cold, the other eight would huddle around the person and warm that person, and when another person got cold, the favor was returned.
"Everybody had strong moments," miner Harry Mayhugh told reporters after being released from Somerset Hospital in Somerset. "But any certain time maybe one guy got down, and then the rest pulled together. And then that guy would get back up, and maybe someone else would feel a little weaker, but it was a team effort. That¡¦s the only way it could have been."
They faced incredibly hostile conditions together¡Xand they all came out alive together. What a picture of the body of Christ.
The Close of 1st Peter: 1 Peter 5:1-11
A Call for Pastors, Ministers, and Deacons/Elders to Shepherd and Care for the Church
A Call for The Church Family to be Responsible
A Call for All to Stand Firm & Together
- Remembering God is In Control
Peter closes this 1st of 2 letters to a small, beat up, and worn down church by reminding them of their purpose AND their FOUNDER. WE CLOSE REMINDING OURSELVES OF OUR PURPOSE AND CALLING!
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH?
1. A Call to the Leadership
2. A Call to the Church Family
3. A Call to Stand Together
POEM: There is a small little poem titled "This Is My Church" that goes like this:
This is MY Church!
It is composed of people just like me.
It will be friendly if I am.
It will do a great work if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am generous.
It will bring others into its fellowship if I bring them.
Its seats will be filled if I fill them.
It will be a church of loyalty and love, of faith and service,
If I who make it what it is, am filled with these,
Therefore, with God¡¦s help, I dedicate myself to the task of being
All these things I want my Church to be.
Based on your testimony & example: WHAT KIND OF CHURCH DO WE HAVE?
I. A CALL FOR LEADERSHIP (VS. 1-4)
Remember the GRK language is a small language with words having may different applications.
A. READ VERSE 1
1. ’to the elders’ - to those in Called Positions of Leadership - some say ’a fellow elder’(Peter was all)
2. ’a witness of Christ’s sufferings’
a) As a Called Leader, Peter participated in the sufferings of Christ
b) ’witness’ also means ’martyr’ -one who bears witness by his death.
Application: There is a Cost of Leadership and it includes PAIN
3. ’will share in the glory to be revealed’-reminds us that the cost will be rewarded.
Peter, now having identified who this last section was addressed restated the calling.
B. READ 2-3: What is an Elder’s Responsibility?
1. ’be shepherds’ - to tend, care, feed, lead, guide, protect, and admonish
a) What does a shepherd do? Your Call is to do the same.
b)EVERYTHING a shepherd does is in the best interest of his sheep.