BE SHEPHERDS OF GOD’S FLOCK
1 Peter 5:1-14
Key Verse: 5:2
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; …
Read verse 1. To whom is Peter speaking? Why does he address himself as a fellow elder? What does it mean to Peter that he is a witness of Christ’s sufferings?
Read verse 2a. What charge did he give the elders? What does it mean to be a shepherd of God’s flock (John 21:15-17)?
Read verses 2-3. What should be the attitude of a shepherd toward his task? What should be his motive? (2) How should he exercise leadership? (3) What does “lording it over” mean? How can he be a good example?
Read verse 4. When does a shepherd receive his reward? What is his reward?
Read verses 5-7. What attitude should a young man have toward his elders? Toward everyone? Why? What does it mean to be humble? How can one be (James 4:10)? How can one cast all of our anxieties on God?
Read verses 8-14. Why must we always be self-controlled and alert? How can we win the victory over our enemy the devil? What can you learn about Peter and the early church from his final greetings?