A LIVING HOPE: Profile of a Good Shepherd 1 Peter 5:1-4

TUESDAY 6/30/20
 
This week we are looking at the profile (characteristics) of spiritual leaders in the home and the church.
Throughout the scriptures the Lord gives us a picture of a shepherd caring for – tending – feeding- guiding and protecting his flock of sheep, showing us the necessity and responsibilities of spiritual leadership (the shepherd) and the characteristics and needs of the family and the church (sheep).
 
Characteristics of Actual Sheep!
Slow to learn, stubborn, tends to wander off from the protection of the shepherd, no sense of direction, unpredictable, restless, demanding, dirty, panics, requires discipline, and even suffering at times learning to obey!
 
Do you see any similarities in ourselves – our families – Christians – our churches?  Are there any characteristics that might apply more to yourself or your situation (family/church)?
 
Give the characteristics of an effective spiritual leader in the home (marriage/family).
 
In the Church.
 
In closing today, read Psalm 23 – apply to your life and pray through it.
 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY 7/1/20
Profile of a Good Shepherd 1 Peter 5:1-4
 
Peter writes in verse one to exhort – honor – respect elders.  Why would he write this to us, the church – then and today?
 
Why would this be important?
 
An elder is someone older, maturing, and with wisdom.  (wisdom being the main characteristic)
 
Think of someone who has been in your life or is in it who impacted your life with wisdom.  (Normally wisdom comes with time and life experiences)
 
Describe the individual (or individuals).
 
Elders were the spiritual leaders of the church and Peter identifies himself as one.  A pastor today would be considered a teaching elder and a shepherd.  The word “elder” would also apply to other spiritual servants of the church. (and can also be a model for spiritual leaders/servants in the home).  Titus 1:5-9
 
Peter also identifies himself as a “witness” and that he will also share in the Glory of Jesus Christ.
 
Peter had to learn to stand firm in an evil world in the thirty years since the crucifixion and resurrection.  Think of his short-comings years before and how the Lord brought him to the point of sharing wisdom and writing these letters to the churches.
 
What keeps us from listening and seeking wisdom?  Ask yourself.  How close is your personal relationship with the Lord?  Are you walking with Him and growing in Him?
 
Spend today praying for a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ and that He will give you the wisdom you need for this life.
 
 
 
THURSDAY 7/2/20
Profile of a Good Shepherd 1 Peter 5:1-4
 
As you read verses two and three today, apply it to the shepherd of a church and to the spiritual leader of the home.
 
Describe how each of the following should be carried out in the home and the church.
 
Feeding/Teaching
Acts 20:28
 
Leading/Caring For
John 15:3-7, Proverbs 3:5-6
 
Be An Example
John 13:15, Mark 10:42-44, 1 Timothy 4:12
 
As you close in prayer today, read the “Fruit of the Spirit” – Galatians 5:22-23.  How important is it that we pursue these characteristics as a shepherd and part of the flock?
 
 
 
FRIDAY 7/3/20
Profile of a Good Shepherd 1 Peter 5:1-4
 
After reading this passage today and concentrating on verse four, what should our motivation be?
 
Read 1 Corinthians 9:25 and James 1:12.
 
Verse four says “you will receive the unfading crown of glory” – eternal – unending – unchanging!
 
Spend time thinking what that means to you and pray for a Desire to Please Christ Alone!
 
 
 
SATURDAY 7/4/20
 
Spend time today in prayer for:
  • Protection for the health of our members, their families and friends, and our nation from Covid-19.
  • Pray for our country!  Pray for the presence of God to overcome all of the evil and chaos!
  • Pray for spiritual leaders in our cities, states, and in Washington D.C.- that the Lord will give them wisdom               and boldness.
  • Pray for spiritual awakening across our country and throughout the world.
  • Pray for the message tomorrow (Sunday) on Humility (1 Peter 5:5-7).
  • Pray for an uncommon unity and a growing desire for the Lord among the people of First Baptist Church!
  • Pray that the distractions and changes will not hinder our spiritual growth but drive us deeper into the Arms of       the Lord!