Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Principle of Humility

Sub-title: The Ministry of Humbleness

Text:

1 Peter 5:1-7

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.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Introduction:

Have you thought about humility? What does it mean to be humble? How can we live in total humility? Will living in humbleness be a benefit to my family and myself?

Those are great questions ones that I will answer this morning. But, let me begin with the background of this text in 1 Peter 5. The passage addresses the elders or the senior pastors in the congregation. Or Peter could be speaking to the elder ministries in the area while God was developing the pastoral ministries in the church. But, we will not be addressing those concept’s. I will draw out of this text the principle of humility and how it can be such a great ministry. So, let us begin by answering the questions that we stated at first, and let me restate them, a little.

Outline:

  1. What does it mean to be humble?

1 Peter 5:5-6

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.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

Application:

  1. This humble attitude can be an encouragement to us in our families as we prefer them over ourselves.
  2. Personally, this can become a real strength as we daily obey God and place our lives under His teaching to follow Jesus Christ as Lord.
  1. How can I practice humbleness?

1 Peter 5:5-7

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.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Application:

  1. In our personal lives, God is waiting to explode the cancers out so that we can walk with Him in a real intimate way.
  2. The key is to be filled with the Spirit as stated in Ephesians 5:18.
  1. What are the benefits to being humble?

1 Peter 5:5b-7

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.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Application:

  1. Let us agree together to practice being humble so we can receive from God and so we can reach out to others.
  2. Remember the song, “Don’t worry be happy,”? How about this; ‘Be humble so we can be happy’.

Conclusion:

Pastor John Hagee said, God is not to be debated but to be obeyed!