Be Shepherds of God's Flock
Questions for Study 5
1 Peter 5:1-14
Memory Verse: 2:13
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I. To Elders (5:1-4)
1. Who does Paul address in verses 1-4? How are elders to be chosen? (Acts 14:23, 20:28; Titus 1:5-9) What life example are elders to live? (2-3; Philippians 1:1; and 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) How did Jesus give us an example of how elders are to be shepherds? (John 10:11-15) Are all elders always correct and always chosen by the Holy Spirit? (Mark 15:1; and 1 Timothy 5:19)
2. What did Peter witness? (1b) What was Peter doing as he witnessed Jesus' sufferings? (Mark 14:54, 65-66; Luke 22:60-62, 23:49) What can we learn from how God can use our failures in his will?
3. What was Peter sure of concerning his future? (1c) When will we share in the future glory? (Romans 6:4; and 1 Corinthians 15:42-49) Though the life of a elder is a constant spiritual battle, what awaits those who persist in it to the end? (4)
II. To Young Men (5:5-6)
4. Why might the young find it hard to be submissive to the older generation? (5a) What good can come from this kind of relationship for both the young and older generations?
5. What does it mean to clothe ourselves with humility? (5b) Why? (5c) How is humility a spiritual meter? (6)
III. Final Greetings (5:7-14)
6. What advice does Peter give in verse 7? (Psalm 94:19; Luke 21:34; Philippians 4:6-7)
7. If being self-controlled enables us to be alert as verse 8 states, what does a lack of control lead to? (Titus 2:11-12) What does the devil do when he finds someone who lacks self-control? What do all true Christians have in common per verse 9?
8. What is the promised outcome of the suffering we received? (10) Why do we know our future glory us assured? (11)
9. What does it mean to stand fast in the true grace of God? (12)
10. What did Peter call Babylon and who was there with Peter? What did Greek culture consider a "kiss of love"? Considering all that is in this chapter, what might you need to change in your life?