Overseeing the Sheep

December 7, 2018 at 1:27 pm | Posted in I Peter | 2 Comments
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In the last part of I Peter Chapter 4, and into Chapter 5, we move from preparing for glory through “regular” persecution and suffering to preparing for glory through “official” persecution – intense suffering. When the intense suffering comes, it will be important to have properly prepared overseers (church leaders who recognize that they are under the authority of the true Shepherd and in authority over the sheep). This applies to the heads of families (fathers and husbands primarily) as well as church leaders.

1. The overseers will need to be personally involved with the Shepherd, and willing to share what He’s given them.

2. They will need to have a deep and abiding love for the sheep.

3. But they will have to have a desire to please the Shepherd, not the sheep.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

I Peter 5:8-9

Resist Satan with Scripture. Don’t discuss things with him.


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