1 Peter 5:1-4
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.