1 Peter 5: Shepherd the Flock of God
1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed:
2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.
13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son.
14 Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Things to think about…
1.1Peter 5:1-4 certainly apply to myself and CBC's other elders. For any future Elders, it will also apply to them. These are very sobering verses. But to be honest folks these verses apply to us all in some measure. We should all aspire to shepherd (or pastor) others with grace and truth. In this way we should be godly examples to others in the church. Who are you ministering to? Are they becoming more like Christ because of your example?
2.1Pet 5:5 - Younger people are called to submit and be respectful to those who are older in the congregation. My counsel to the older people is that you make sure you are worthy of respect and are in fact a godly example for those who are younger. Make sure as you grow older you are growing more in grace, not growing in grumpiness!
3.1Pet 5:6&7 speak of a simple trust we should all have in Christ. Look at the purpose clause "Because He cares for you". Don't ever doubt the love our Lord has for you. Just because it doesn't always feel good doesn't mean it isn't good. Keep trusting!
4.Look at this devil. He can't stand us folks. He seeks to destroy us. We are not alone. In fact as Peter says, our brothers and sisters are suffering the world over. My question would be, are we really suffering for Christ in Australia? If not, why not? If we are not, perhaps it's because we are not opening our mouths wide enough to warrant any suffering for Christ.
5.Who do you think Babylon is in 1Pet 5:13? In all likelihood it refers to the city of Rome. The actual place of Babylon in Peter's day as well as our own is that it would be a city in ruins as prophesied by Jeremiah, Jer 51:37.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
For Cell groups
"The point of it all" – reading Micah 6:1-8.
1.If others were to describe God based on your character, how would they describe Him?
2.The hills, rocks and mountains were God's courtroom Micah says. They have seen the witness of Israel. Israel asks what would God be happy with, Mic 6:6,7. What is the irony of this statement that Jay spoke about on Sunday?
3.God the Father has paid for our sin by sending His son, our witness now is that we owe all to Him as Slaves for Christ. In what ways would you like to honour Christ over Christmas and in 2020?
4.Pray our community especially as we lead up to Carols and the Christmas Day services. May many enter into the rest of Christ during this season. Invite everyone along to these services!
1.Earthquake in Albania overnight – 20 people confirmed dead - searching for people in the rubble.
2.Pray for people who are away sick or on holidays
3.Pray regarding continuing fire danger again this week. Qld, SA and NSW. High fire danger alerts still around.
4.Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia.
5.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.
6.Ministries as they finish this term – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.
7.More Sunday school, RI and Recharge Leaders next year.
8.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
9.Sunday's messages. "A Day like no other"" 2Pet 3 in the morning and Dr Ron Neller from Creation Ministries International – 6pm Sunday night.
10.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
11.Church finances to meet our expenses.
12.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Scotty Dunn had a successful operation – now recovering at home.
2.More people wanting to join as members at CBC.
3.Stanthorpe drought relief target $1500 has been achieved.
4.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Dan and team.
5.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.Aitchison group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.
3.Recharge Youth – Last Friday night 7pm – High Schoolers.
4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children Sunday mornings.
5.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.
6.Final Men's breakfast – This Saturday 30th November after the morning service. $20 7AM-9am 5 ways espresso café, 600 Sherwood Road. Payment due next Sunday.
7.Creation Ministries – Sunday 1st December. Dr Ron Neller "From Evolutionist to Creationist!" Invite a friend 6pm.
8.Carols service 22nd December – 6pm. Invite family and friends.
9.Christmas Day service – 9:00am – Wednesday 25th December.
Q. 6. What is the first petition?
A. "Hallowed be your name."
Bible Reference – Matt.6:9; Luke 11:2.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3