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08
Feb
18

The Chief Shepherd

Peter encourages elders to be shepherds over God’s flock who lead well. They are to lead like Jesus, whom Peter describes as the Chief Shepherd. This is what Peter wrote:

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. – 1 Peter 5:4 (NIV)

There is a reward for elders who lead well. Being an elder for a congregation is a tough job. The New Testament says that elders who teach will be judged more strictly. This is why the Scriptures say that an elder is worthy of double honor. Elders are to reflect the leadership of Jesus. He was humble. He had the heart of a servant, even though He was Lord of all. If anyone could have lorded His leadership over everyone, it was Jesus. Yet He didn’t. He served people instead of subjugating them. He sacrificed for people instead of demanding that they serve Him. The elders of a congregation need to look like the Chief Shepherd so that when He returns they will receive the reward that is due them.
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07
Feb
18

The Shepherds Of God’s Flock

In 1 Peter 5, Peter turns his attention to church leadership. He writes:

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:1-3 (NIV)

God is looking for elders who will watch over His flock with willing, servant hearts. He wants the elders of His church to serve as examples of what it means to lead like, love like and look like Christ. If elders aren’t following Christ, then how can people follow them? If elders won’t shepherd the flock, then the flock will be in danger. If the elders only desire exalted power, God will bring them down. Being an elder is a tough job and we need elders who will do it well.
06
Feb
18

Continue To Do Good

In 1 Peter 4, the Apostle Peter talks about those who suffer persecution for following Jesus. Persecution is inevitable. God, Peter says, will have the final say when He judges the world. God is able to use our suffering for good. He grows our faith in Christ through participation in His sufferings. Instead of retaliating, we should do something else. Peter wrote:

So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. – 1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)

We should continue to do good. If you suffer for your faith, don’t throw in the towel. If you suffer persecution for Jesus, don’t give up. Keep your eyes on Him and continue to do good. Let God have the final say as you continue to do good. Continue to love your neighbor and your enemy. Continue to serve the poor and needy. Continue to pray for those who persecute you and forgive them. This is how we continue to do good and look more like our Leader, Jesus.
05
Feb
18

The Outcome

One of the hardest things about which to preach and teach is the topic of hell. We don’t like thinking about it and we don’t like talking about it. But God’s Word talks about it and warns us that hell is real. Peter wrote:

For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” – 1 Peter 4:17-18 (NIV)

Jesus said that the road to eternal life is narrow and the gate to enter Heaven is small. The road that leads to destruction is broad and the gate is wide. In other words, few find eternal life and many are on their way to destruction. So what are followers of Christ to do? We have to sound the warning! Just because hell is real, and it is, doesn’t mean that anyone has to go there! We can warn those who are doomed that they need to fully obey the Gospel of God. We don’t do it arrogantly or with condemnation in our hearts. We’re no better for we were once on the road to destruction. We must quickly warn them out of love and compassion because Christ will return and then it will be too late.
04
Feb
18

Jesus Frees Us To Receive The Promise

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:1-14.

02
Feb
18

Bearing The Name Of Jesus

No one wants to suffer, right? No one wants to endure hardship and persecution. Sometimes we bring suffering on ourselves because of our sinful actions. Sometimes we suffer persecution because of our faith. Peter says that if we suffer because of our faith, we should praise God. He wrote:

If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. – 1 Peter 4:15-16 (NIV)

The reason we praise God because we bear the name of Jesus is because it is the only name by which we are saved. When we stand before Him in judgment, we who have been clothed with Christ in baptism will be judged “Not guilty.” Those who are not bearing the name of Jesus will be condemned. When we come to Christ, we are given a new name – His name. It is a beautiful, wonderful and powerful name. It is the name above every other name. By God’s grace through faith in Jesus, it is our name now.
01
Feb
18

Sticks And Stones

Peter tells us that we are blessed when we suffer for Christ. He wrote:

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. – 1 Peter 4:14 (NIV)

Jesus said the very same thing in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. He said:

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)

You know you’re living for Jesus when people insult you. The world mocks what it doesn’t understand. They call us Jesus freaks or they say that we need a religious crutch because we’re mentally, emotionally or spiritually weak. They say we’re all hypocrites. Maybe we are fanatical about loving our Savior. Maybe we are weak and we need Jesus to give us strength. Maybe we are hypocrites because we’re not perfect. At least we admit it. Don’t give up on your faith because you’re insulted for it. Great is your reward in Heaven.



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