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Faithful: Being Faithful in God’s Service

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Focus: God calls believers to serve Him faithfully by ministering to others, especially in the body of Christ.
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Focus: God calls believers to serve Him faithfully by ministering to others, especially in the body of Christ.

Serve Like a Shepherd (1-4)

Following Christ’s Example
John 10:11–18 ESV
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
John 10:11-
Freely Loving Others (2-3)
Acts 20:29–31 ESV
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
To help the weak
Acts 20:35 ESV
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Freely Loving Others (2-3)
B. Freely Loving Others
So how do we lead as Christ led: literally by exercising oversight of the flock. Just as a middle eastern shepherd was responsible to lead the sheep to water, food, and shelter, so we are called to be guardians of Word of God
Acts 20:29–31 ESV
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
To help the weak
Acts 20:35 ESV
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
These are the works of God’s people! God put it simply: We are to love God, and love people.

Serve in Submission (5-7)

Humbly Accepting Leaders
God gives us godly leaders for our good and His glory.
Hebrews 13:17 ESV
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
If our church leaders follow in the footsteps of Christ, then their teachings should not be burdensome, because the commands of God are not burdensome ().
1 John 5:3 ESV
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
1 Timothy 5:19 ESV
Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
Humbly Relating to Co-Laborers
B. Humbly Relating to Co-Laborers
James 4:11–12 ESV
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Serve with Seriousness (8-14)

First we see the seriousness of the situation. The Greek means to Be Sober and Stay away. It means that in light of the events now under way that lead to God’s final judgment, the proper stance for Christians is not to let down their watchfulness.
in light of the events now under way that lead to God’s final judgment, the proper stance for Christians is not to let down their watchfulness.
Paul J. Achtemeier, 1 Peter: A Commentary on First Peter, ed. Eldon Jay Epp, Hermeneia—a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1996), 340.
Because of Our Adversary
We have an adversary that is not just the religious or political leaders that we face, our true adversary is the Devil. The opposition the Christians face from their non-Christian contemporaries is not something they can avoid by modifying their behavior or adapting their beliefs in such a way as to escape such opposition. Only by completely abandoning the gospel and the community shaped by it, only by submitting to the satanic forces that stand in total opposition to God, can they escape the persecutions they otherwise face. It is against the temptation to follow such a course of action that our author is seeking to strengthen his readers.
the opposition the Christians face from their non-Christian contemporaries is not something they can avoid by modifying their behavior or adapting their beliefs in such a way as to escape such opposition.80 Only by completely abandoning the gospel and the community shaped by it, only by submitting to the satanic forces that stand in total opposition to God, can they escape the persecutions they otherwise face.81 It is against the temptation to follow such a course of action that our author is seeking to strengthen his readers.
80 On this point, see Refoulé, “Bible,” 463.
This is not an option!
81 On this point, see Brox, 238; Nauck, “Freude,” 80; Goppelt, 341.
Paul J. Achtemeier, 1 Peter: A Commentary on First Peter, ed. Eldon Jay Epp, Hermeneia—a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1996), 341.
Because of Our Calling
Once again, Peter reminds them of their calling. These Christians, who have been called to join in the eternal glory in Christ, now calls them to suffer well.
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