Living a Life of Humility (1 Peter 5:1-14)
Part of the All In - Tested By Fire series, preached at a Sunday Online service
1 Peter 5 (Listen)
5:1 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.
All In - Tested By Fire
Living a Life of Humility
I Peter 5:1-14
Do you practice humility on a daily basis?
Who is the most humble person you know?
*Humility opens the door to every opportunity worthy of God!
*You younger men, likewise, yes subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Vs. 5-7
*After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. Vs. 10
I. Shepherds' role in leading lives - vs.1-4
A. Eagerly lead God's people
B. Present an example to follow
C. Serve with a purpose to glorify God
II. Believers' actions in living life - vs. 5-7
A. Yield to authority
B. Maintain a humble attitude
C. Decisively surrender to His care
III. Prepare to face the adversary - vs.8-14
A. Stay alert - He attempts to destroy
B. Resist him - Faith conquers fear
C. Await His grace - He meets you in the battle
Are you ready to be tested by fire?