LEADERSHIP: CALLED TO CARE
1 Peter 5:1-4
“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.” (1 Peter 5:1-4, ESV)
"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…”
Protecting the Flock:
“28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.” (Acts 20:28-29, ESV)
Feeding the Flock:
"2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach…” (1 Timothy 3:2, ESV)
Leading the Flock:
“4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? (1 Timothy 3:4-5, ESV)
Caring for the Flock:
“13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:13-14, ESV)
“It is not enough merely to have an eldership: the eldership must be actively functioning, competent, and spiritually alive.” (Alexander Strauch, Author of Biblical Eldership)
“A Spirit-given desire for pastoral eldership will demonstrate itself in action! It cannot be held in! Before a man is appointed to eldership, he is already proving himself by leading, teaching, and bearing responsibility in the church.” (Alexander Strauch, Author of Biblical Eldership)
“5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” (Titus 1:5-9, ESV)
LIFE GROUP NOTES SESSION 7
LEADERSHIP: CALLED TO CARE
Being a part of a healthy church leads to a rewarding life, family, and purpose!
BIBLE STUDY NOTES
Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:19-25
How do you measure your spiritual health as a believer? How do we measure the spiritual health of the church? These two things go hand in hand and if that is the case, what part do you play leading the church to be healthy?
Where is your confidence? Where do you find joy? Our confidence must be in the finished work of Christ. How can we remember that on a daily basis and how can you share that with others as you stir them up and hold fast to the gospel yourself?
LIVE IT OUT
Select at least one activity below to complete before next week.
Memorize Hebrews 10:24-25 over the next few days. Reminding yourself that makings of a healthy body of Christ.
Intentionally set aside time this week to draw near to God in prayer. Pray for our church to be unified in Christian community, that we would be a place that people hear the gospel, are stirred up to good works, and are encouraged to put their confidence in Christ.
As you leave this study, make a plan of action for your spiritual life to begin to be rejuvenated through prayer, scripture reading, community and fellowship.