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Led by the Spirit - Part 5

SUFFERING                                     Page 4
V. 2 (cont’d.)

** Following the godly elder’s example, if we are to serve one another “not for personal gain”, what is the motive we are to have?

Eagerness! Towards the church, Ephesians 4:11-12 Towards the lost, 2Peter 3:9

Set Number 3 - “nor yet as lording it over..., but proving to be examples to the flock.”

V. 3 ** Can you think of a group of Jesus’ day that did lord it over those allotted to their charge?

Absolutely - the Pharisees! All see Matthew 23:1-7

** Back in 1Peter 5:3, if we are not to be like the Pharisees; what is our motive to be?

We should be driven to set the proper example for others to follow. cf. 1Corithians 4:16 and 11:1, Philippians 3:17 and 2Thessalonians 3:7-9

We should be able to say to our children, neighbors, co-workers, fellow Christians and spouses - “follow my example”. Remember, sheep are not driven, but led.

V. 4 ** As we now pick up the pace, what word of encouragement does Peter offer to the elder, and to all who would follow his godly example?

They will receive a reward if they are obedient to the call during these times of suffering.

** Who is bringing this reward to us?

Our gracious Lord and Savior! cf. Revelation 22:12, Matthew 16:27, 2Corinthians 5:10

V. 5 ** Having specifically addressed the elders, to whom does Peter now turn his attention?

The young men of the church and “all of you”. Here is our chance to behave properly while suffering, and to bring glory to God.

** With what clothing is the Christian to adorn himself during times of suffering?

“...clothe yourselves with humility toward one another...”

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