1 Peter

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This was the last sermon of a 9 week journey through 1 Peter. What an awesome part of our New Testament!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

City Church Del Rio

Living Life in Humility, 1 Peter 5:1:11

Introduction—Today, as we complete our series through the book of 1 Peter, I want to recall to mind some of the great passages of this epistle.

1 Peter 1:3-43 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.

1 Peter 1:15-1615 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:2323 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

1 Peter 2:2-32 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:24-2524 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 3:15-1615 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

1 Peter 4:8-10Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:1616 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

1 Peter 5:6-7Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:1-11

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 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; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud

but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

  1. God is looking for humble leaders, verses 1-4
  2. In church, the need for leadership is great. As a pastor, I am always on the lookout for who might be a good fit for a place of service that we have as an opening or possible ministry either currently or down the line.
  3. I want someone who fits the description that Peter has laid out here. Someone who is humble
  4. Verse 1—Peter says I need you to come along side me. You have been a Christian now for long enough, it is time to be in partnership for Kingdom work.
  5. Elders are peacemakers, prayer warriors, teachers, leaders by example, and decision makers. They are the preaching and teaching leaders of the church.
  6. City Church will be an elder-led church when we finalize everything in our by-laws and constitution.
  7. For those of you who are here reading this text, you may be saying to yourself, I am glad I’m not an elder or shepherd or overseer, the 3 different types of ministers. But I say that if you have anyone under you care, this still applies if you remove the word elder and place you name in the sentence.
  8. You see, you can’t just get out of doing the will of God because this may not be directly addressing you, but it does indirectly address you.
  9. Verse 2, as leaders, we are to watch over the people in our lives because we get to, not because we have to. We do it because God wants us to not so we can gain some sort of credibility with God, but we do it with eagerness.
  10. In verse 3, Peter says that you should not take advantage of the position God has placed you in. He calls it lording over them. This is what I would call taking advantage of someone. No one is placed you your life to be your servant.
  11. Verse 4, one of those verses that always remind us that we will be accountable to God for they way we treat people. If we are ungodly and unChrisitian to those under our care, don’t expect Jesus to come in and tell how great you are for treat others poorly. Instead, be humble, willing, and eager to serve and please God, so He can say, well done good and faithful servant.
  12. All of us should be on a place to leadership not just in the church but in our families. We should pursue it with all humility.

Illustration—Hudson Taylor, who was a missionary to China, was scheduled to speak at a Large Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. The moderator of the service introduced the missionary in eloquent and glowing terms. He told the large congregation all that Taylor had accomplished in China, and then presented him as “our illustrious guest.”

Taylor stood quietly for a moment, and then opened his message by saying, “Dear friends, I am the little servant of an illustrious Master.”

We should be so humble as to live our lives in the same manner.

Application—Are you a person of humility? Are you at a place where you are struggling to be humble? It is hard to be humble in today’s context, because society has asked you to prop yourself up and place yourself on full display for the world to see you. We scream to the world, “look at me, look at me.” Humble yourself before the Lord today.

  1. Living your life in humility means waiting for God, verses 5-7

5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud

but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

  1. Verse 5, Peter is speaking to you who are young. Believe it or not, you can learn from those that are older than you.
  2. Sometimes we may not look like we know what we are doing, but we do. Sometimes.
  3. In the act of humility, we are to clothe ourselves in humbleness toward each other. That means, we are to get dressed in humility everyday so that when those people come against you, talk about you, or don’t even like you, you are ready to be a humble servant.
  4. I have said this before, but the same thing applies when we dress ourselves with the full armor of God. Peter says to dress yourself with humility.
  5. We are told why it is very important to be a person of humility. God doesn’t like proud people or boastful people. He opposes them.
  6. But if you are humble, God will show you favor.
  7. Do you want favor from God? Then live your life in humility.
  8. Verse 6, Peter’s great testimony of this entire letter, to me, is summed up in this verse 6.
  • Peter knew first hand how to be boastful and proud. He messed up a lot. He was always opening up his mouth only to stick his foot in it. So when he writes this verse for us, he manes it with all his heart.
  • Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. In the Old Testament, God’s hand represented both discipline and deliverance. We are to expect both as we live in humility. We need the deliverance of God, but we also need His discipline.
  • The reason we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God is for Him to lift us up in His due time.
  • I don’t know about you, but when we live in God’s timing, our lives are so much better. We are in total alignment with our Creator.
  • Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

9. Verse 7 is a verse that can give you all the peace you need from God. Give God all your anxiety because He care immensely for you. He cares deeply for     you.

10. He cares a lot about you and your situation or circumstance. All means-all of your anxiety, all of your worries, and all of your woes. Give it to the Master who cares for you.

Application—Are you waiting for your due time? Are you anxious? Please give it to God today, and see if He doesn’t care for you. Humble yourself before the Lord today.

  1. Living your life in humility will allow you to take a stand, verses 8-9

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

  1. Verse 8 is a challenge to us be on guard and awake. Too many times we (the church) are caught sleeping and unaware of what is going on in the world.
  2. Satan is the master at devouring Christians. What I mean by that is this: It seems when times are tough, Satan wins. We back away because it is too controversial to take a stand for fear of __________, you fill in the blank.
  3. Verse 9, gives us the confidence we need to stand.
  • We resist Satan. The way we do that is by making sure we are deliberately placing things in our lives that are ungodly. Media, movies, and music. I call those the 3 m’s. If you can refrain from getting involved in those three things that can be very harmful, you are resisting. There are some movies, media, and music that are what I call neutral, they neither are godly or satanic. There are just for entertainment, and there is nothing wrong with good, clean, entertainment. We need to to relax at times, so this can be a form of that.
  • We stand firm in our faith. We don’t compromise just because someone is offended at Jesus. Remember, it is Jesus they are holding a grudge against.
  • We have confidence knowing that we aren’t alone in our stance. The worldwide body of Christ is also suffering with us, but as we stand together, we gain our strength.

Illustration—Curt Schilling fired from ESPN for his stance against anyone of any sexual orientation using whatever bathroom they choose based on their feelings of who they are.

Application—Are you living a life that stands for something? Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord today.

  1. Living your life in humility brings great results, verses 10-11

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

  1. Lastly, as you live a life of humility, you will experience great results!
  2. In verse 10, Peter sums up his epistle: In the end, God, who is rich in grace, will restore you to give you strength, a firm stance, and steadfast.
  3. This verse is a promise of diving aide. You have Jesus by your side as you journey through life. He is in the restoration business. He will take something that world has discarded and make it fresh and new again.
  4. Verse 11, reminds us to always give all the credit to God. Let everyone know that it is all Him that gives us the power to carry on!

Application—If you aren’t getting the results that God wants you to have, don’t quit. Don’t give up. He will restore you! He will give you the strength to stand! Surrender your life to Him today!

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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