1 Peter 5:1-7
Therefore, I have a request for the elders among you. (I ask this as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and as one who shares in the glory that is about to be revealed.) I urge the elders: 2 Like shepherds, tend the flock of God among you. Watch over it. Don’t shepherd because you must, but do it voluntarily for God. Don’t shepherd greedily, but do it eagerly. 3 Don’t shepherd by ruling over those entrusted to your care, but become examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive an unfading crown of glory.
5 In the same way, I urge you who are younger: accept the authority of the elders. And everyone, clothe yourselves with humility toward each other. God stands against the proud, but he gives favor to the humble.
6 Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in the last day. 7 Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you.
Leadership happens when we are thinking about others. We often find God in the same way, when we stop “thinking”and start doing what our soul, and the Spirit, tells us to go and do. We need to get out into the world and do.
How does our Bible Study actually get in the way of our faith? How does it help?
Where have you seen grace in other people? How do you think you can find a place of grace?
God, you tell us we are your child. Help us to hear and share the stories which shape a life of service, generosity, open hearts, and strong minds. Amen.