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1 Peter 5:1-5
June 12, 2011
HERDING CATS VIDEO
Why would we show a clip like that?
Because this morning we are going to be looking at the Apostle Peter's admonition to the spiritual leaders concerning those under their care.
Thankfully, leading a church is NOT like herding cats, because you can't herd cats.
They are independent and difficult to manage.
However, we are going to see this morning that the apostle Peter relates pastoring and leading the church body to shepherding sheep.
Up to this point Peter has shown the recipients of this letter
1) Who they are in Christ
2) What they have in Christ
3) How to live in Christ
And now he is addressing the leaders of these churches in how they are to lead and how others are to respond to that leadership.
TEXT: 1 Peter 5:1-5a
Elders were men who were put in positions of spiritual leadership over churches.
When the apostle Paul went on his first missionary journey he would establish churches from the new converts to Christ and appoint elders.
In Acts 14:23 we see,
And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
You can find the qualifications of elders in both 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
Peter is referring to the churches that met in homes.
The early Christian church didn't know church structures and buildings.
Only after Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire did cathedrals and buildings start to surface.
In fact, we went into the first church building ever built when we were in Bethlehem; the Church of the Nativity.
It was begun by the mother of Constantine and was built in the early 300's.
So the church of the first two centuries met in homes and had elders who exercised spiritual oversight.
We know that elders we ...
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