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Humility for All
Jason Fullen
Don't Be Surprised, Part 7
March 29, 2015
1 Peter 5:1-14
Your greatest contribution in life will not be measured by your achievements. Peter provides a difficult, yet relational, counter-leadership model that has stood the test of time. However, this model can be a stumbling block for many of us. In this last talk of the Don't Be Surprised series, Peter redefines success to include not only the end result, but also our quality of service. Peter captures the essence of living like Christ no matter our position or our authority. Today, Peter will question our motives and our methods of achievement to show us the true measure of success.

For further thought and discussion:

  1. In 1 Peter 5:1-3, Peter speaks to overseers or those that give direction or hold authority. How is Peter's message different from the prominent culture of that day? How about our day?
  2. Peter is challenging the commonly held beliefs of leadership because of the way Jesus taught him. When we read 1 Peter 5:4, we see Jesus admonish or honor the manner in which we lead, not just what we accomplish. How does this impact our daily lives?  
  3. In verse 5, Peter turns to those that are being led and charges everyone to embrace humility. The end of the verse is a quotation of Proverbs 3:34, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." What makes this verse so sobering?
  4. 1 Peter 5:6-9 challenges those being led to "humble yourselves," and to fight the temptation to allow pride to win out and overtake humility.  Verse 7 provides the power to overcoming pride. Why do you think we resist this concept so much? 
  5. 1 Peter 5:10 remind us that this life is not the end and that eternity with Christ is the reward. How can this perspective strengthen our faith?
  6. A single message containing leadership and humility sounds impossible, namely because they seem to go in different directions. How can this message change the way people view Christ followers? How does it redefine success?

Song order:

  • Open Up The Heavens by Joel Houston
  • Oh How I Need You (Find You) by Stu Garrard, Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, and Paul Mabury
  • Christ Is Enough by Reuben Morgan and Jonas Myrin
  • Jesus, Son of God by Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin & Jason Ingram
  • Humble by Audrey Assad
  • For The Lamb by Chris Brown and Steven Furtick
  • Hosanna by Fraser, Brooke