1 Peter 5:1 – 5
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1. Do you think of humans as inherently created to wield power (Gen. 1:28; Rev. 22:5)?
2. Do you agree that too many people try to get out of exercising legitimate power? How do you try to get out of it?
3. Under which conditions do you reject having power, and under which do you embrace it?
4. Do you agree that death-to-resurrection is the proper way of thinking about using power? What’s appealing about that, and what isn’t?
5. Do people under your authority see Jesus in how you handle power?
6. In what power environments do you need to be clothed in Jesus this week? Do you trust God will give you Jesus as you ask for him?