Thursday: Like a Roaring Lion
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Holy Spirit and the Word

As we have seen already, Peter wrote against the backdrop of persecution. The great-controversy theme wasn’t just abstract theology to his readers; they were experiencing it in a way that many of us have not, at least for now. Read 1 Peter 5:8-10 and Revelation 12:7-9. What do these texts teach us about the origin … [Click to read more …]

Servant Leadership – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought: Elders function as both pastors and overseers of churches. Peter calls for a spirit of humility and service of leadership. Lesson 7, May 13, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read I Peter 5: 1-4. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Servant Leadership
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Servant Leadership” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Clothed with Humility
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The Pharisee and the Publican

Society was very stratified in the ancient world in which Peter lived. The ruling elite had what today might be called a “commanding presence.” Around them were clustered people of lower rank, and the lowest rank of all belonged to a slave. Humility was the proper attitude of those of lower rank toward those of … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Servant Leadership
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Christ Washing Feet

Read 1 Peter 5:3 and Matthew 20:24-28. What crucial principles of Christian leadership are found in these texts? In Greek, the key word in 1 Peter 5:3 is katakurieuontes. The same word also is found in Matthew 20:25 and means to “exercise dominion” or to “lord it” over someone. Thus, the instruction to elders given … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Elders in the Early Church
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Early Church Elders

Look up the following texts: Acts 6:1-6, Acts 14:23, Acts 15:6, 1 Tim. 5:17, 1 Pet. 5:2. What insights do these verses give us regarding the challenges facing the early church and the role of its leaders? A large group of people becoming believers and joining the church is a great blessing from God. Yet, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Servant Leadership
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Servant Leadership

Read for This Week’s Study: 1 Pet. 5:1-10, Acts 6:1-6, Jer. 10:21, Matt. 20:24-28, Prov. 3:34, Rev. 12:7-9. Memory Text: “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV). Studies of growing churches almost always highlight the importance of effective leadership. This leadership takes its vision from God and … [Click to read more …]