The Season of Ordinary Time
JULY 12, 2020
1 Peter 5:1-7
1And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.
5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
As we focus on Peter’s first letter over the next few weeks, go further in your study by watching the Bible Project’s overview of 1 Peter. This video breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Peter offers hope to persecuted Christians and guides them with practical instruction on living life consistent with following Jesus.
Following the weekly gathering, you’re invited to respond to the service by engaging in group discussion with those gathered with you. There are also additional activities if you’re looking for more ways to respond!
When we recognize our identity as God’s special possession, we begin to sense that there is a better way to live in our world. But formation into this other way does not happen by accident or alone. We long for shepherd-elders who have seen suffering and the resurrection power of God. We need connections with those whose lives exemplify the Jesus-centered life.
- Spend a few minutes in silence examining your life with God. Are you stuck in your discipleship? If so, how? Do you know someone who has overcome the same struggle? Are you willing to submit to them for the sake of your spiritual growth?
- How have you been stuck in the past and how did God help you overcome? Who helped you and how did they help you? How are you sharing your story so others can ask you to show them the way out? Are you willing to walk through someone else’s struggle with them?
Want more to do?
In the story of the Bible, God is depicted as a generous host who provides for the needs of his guests. In this week’s passage, Peter calls us to care for the flock that God has entrusted to us—to watch over it willingly, not grudgingly. This requires us to take on God’s nature of generosity. Unfortunately, humans tend to live from a mindset of scarcity and hoard God’s many gifts. In this video, the Bible Project explores God’s plan for overcoming our selfishness by giving the ultimate gift of himself in the person of Jesus.
Take the following portion of this week’s text and “transpose” it into a prayer for someone the Spirit brings to mind. Challenge yourself to come back to this prayer throughout this week considering how you might even participate with Christ in answering it.
Care for the flock
that God has entrusted to you.
Watch over it willingly,
not for what you will get out of it,
but because you are eager
to serve God…
Dress yourselves in humility
as you relate to one another,
for “God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
So humble yourselves
under the mighty power of God,
and at the right time
he will lift you up to honor.
Give all your worries
and all your cares to God,
for he cares about you.
OTHER WAYS TO RESPOND
The Sunday Worship Service is the start to a week of continued worship service. God’s kingdom-values are revealed to us each Lord’s Day so we can respond by more faithfully living out those values in our home, work-place, market-place, and all our relationships.
If you would like some practical ways to love others well, specifically during this season of special circumstances, click below to find opportunities.