Preaching Outline

1 Peter 5:1-4

3 Parts

1 Peter 5:1-2a

  • Elders are charged with shepherding their local flock.
    • Theological Principle: The work of the pastor is best understood as that of a shepherd, one who leads, guides, feeds, tends, and protects the sheep who are under his care. This charge is a continuation of that given to Peter by Jesus.

1 Peter 5:2b-3

  • Elders should pay attention to their character and intentions.
    • Theological Principle: More care should be given to a potential elder’s moral qualifications than to his skill at various duties. Peter’s concern with these moral qualifications echoes that of Paul in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.

1 Peter 5:4

  • Faithful elders will receive a great reward from the Chief Shepherd.
    • Theological Principle: The hope for future glory is strong enough to inspire endurance and faithfulness within those who are in Christ. Elders possess a unique hope as those who participate in the work of shepherding God’s people.

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