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Jesus Offers Hope for a Harmonious Church

Jesus Offers Hope for a Harmonious Church

Apr 09, 2017

Passage:1 Peter 5:1-11

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: Hope Has a Name

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April 9, 2017                                                                                    Pastor John Welborn

Hope Has a Name

Jesus offers Hope for a Harmonious Church

1 Peter 5:1-11

 

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10

 

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom 15:5-6

 

“…love one another earnestly from a pure heart,” 1 Peter 1:22b

 

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

 

A church lacking in Harmony causes:

  • Greater Hopelessness in the Community
  • More Criticism from the Outside World
  • Less Advancement of the Kingdom
  • A Wasted Opportunity

 

  1. Shepherds Under Control

“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:1-3

 

  • Elder: Speaks of maturity, influence & wisdom.
  • Pastor: Speaks of care, leadership & authority.
  • Overseer: Speaks of supervision, administration.

 

“Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him…Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” Acts 20:17, 28

 

  • The Church belongs to God
  • Shepherds are Among the People
  • Shepherds are to Lead the People

 

  1. Sheep with Humility

“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”

1 Peter 5:5-9

 

 

“Submission is an act of faith. We are trusting God to direct in our lives and to work out His purposes in His time…the ‘mighty hand of God’ that directs our lives can also direct in the lives of others.” Warren Wiersbe

 

“For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly…” Psalm 138:6a

 

“Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.”

Proverbs 3:34

 

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12

 

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6b

 

“To see a harmonious church, we need direction so we can know to whom we should submit…we need discipline to restrain our hellish pride…we need discernment so we can recognize the adversary.” Charles Swindoll

 

  • Christ Over Everything

“And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory…And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:4, 10-11

 

“The designation of Jesus as the Chief Shepherd reminds the leaders that they are fundamentally servants, not autocrats…As shepherds they serve under the authority of the Chief Shepherd, doing his will rather than theirs.”  

Thomas R. Schreiner

 

“And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” Colossians 1:18

 

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18

 

 

A Church in Harmony has Shepherds Under Control, Sheep with Humility and Christ Over Everything!

 

Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:

  • Swindoll’s Living Insights: James, 1 & 2 Peter – Chuck Swindoll (2010)
  • Wiersbe Bible Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (2007)
  • New Illustrated Bible Dictionary – Ronald F. Youngblood (1995)
  • Preaching the Word – David R. Helm (2008)
  • Be all the more diligent to make your calling & election sure –C. Sproul (2011)
  • New American Commentary – Thomas R. Schreiner (2003)
  • MacArthur New Testament Commentary – John MacArthur (2004)
  • Strong’s Concordance – James Strong (1890)
  • Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009)
  • Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes – Charles Swindoll (1998)
  • The High Cost of Conflict Among Christians – net