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Peter's Closing Comments (13 of 13)
THE BOOK OF I PETER
I Peter 5:1-14
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Last week's lesson came from chapter four, (vv. 12-19); dealing with the fiery trials the early Christians were enduring. We talked about the certainty of trials—that will come. We talked about what our attitude should be toward them; and then we discussed how God sometimes uses trials as a tool for chastening (vv. 15-19).
Tonight, we will conclude our study of I Peter with chapter five, (vv.1-14) with "Peter's Closing Comments." I have three points to our outline:
I. The Role of the Elder
II. The Humility of the Believer
III. The Threat of the Devil
I. THE ROLE OF THE ELDER (VV. 1-4)
Let me pause for a minute, and briefly take some time to discuss the word Elder. There are three words used to define the role of the one who leads the church: Elder, Bishop and Pastor. All of these terms refer to one and the same person. The word Elder in the Greek is the word Presbuteros. It refers to a mature or older man who has been elected to serve. That's why, in 1 Tim. 3:6, the very young were not to be ordained: "Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil."
When we see the word Bishop, it is the Greek, Episkopos, Overseer. Again, both of these words refer to the same person. In Titus 1:5, Paul tells Titus to "ordain elders in every city," and then in (vs. 7), he continues, "For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God."
The third word used for this position is the word Pastor: "And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). The word Pastor is the Greek word Poimenas, meaning, a Shepherd." In (vs. 4) of our text, Jesus is the Chief Shepherd. There is a different Greek word used here for the word Shepherd, or Chief Shepherd. It is the word archipoimen, meaning, Head Shepherd ...
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