When one desires to be a minister they desire a noble thing (1 Tim 3:1
). However the pitfalls of ministry are great and perilous. Many who claim the title of minister abuse their power in a fashion that robs their congregation of either their self-will or finances. 1 Peter 5:1-7
addresses these pitfalls and offers a way in which ministers are to conduct themselves. This way describes both the proper attitude and conduct that the minister is to have while executing their office. It also provides a reward and a hope for those who struggle with the things required of them. In this paper I will explore the expectations and rewards waiting for those who assume leadership positions in the church. Petrine authorship of the epistle is assumed and only briefly examined as it pertains to the passage. The emphasis of the examination is on the nature of an elder as described in the passage, and the implications for it has for ministers. As such, the questions about whether there is an office of elder or whether elders are the same as bishops are beyond the scope of this paper.
The paper can be found here:1 Peter 5:1-7 - Leading By Example
Blum, Edwin A. “1 Peter.” In The Expositor's Bible Commentary. Edited by Frank E. Gaebelein. 12. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1981.Elwell, Walter A. Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1989.
Eve, Eric. Oxford Bible Commentary. Edited by Barton, John and John Muddiman. vol. 77, 1 Peter. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Everett Falconer Harrison. “The Son of God among the Sons of Men Part 3: Jesus and Simon.” Bibliotheca Sacra 102, no. 407 (1945): 300-310.
Freeman, James M. “1 Peter.” In The New Manners and Customs of the Bible. Edited by Harold J. Chadwick. Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1998.
Hiebert, Edmond D. “Selected Studies from 1 Peter - Part 4: Counsel for Christ's Under-Shepherds: An Exposition of 1 Peter 5:1-4.” Bibliotheca Sacra 139, no. 556 (1982): 331-342.
Lust, Johan, Erik Eynikel, and Katrin Hauspie. “p????µ??.” In A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint, rev. ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2003.
Michaels, J. Ramsey. Word Biblical Commentary. Edited by Ralph P. Martin. Vol. 49, 1 Peter. Dallas, TX: Word Books, 1988.
Slaughter, James R. “The Importance of Literary Argument for Understanding 1 Peter.” Bibliotheca Sacra 152, no. 605 (1995): 73-92.
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. ed. Gerhard Kittel, Geoffrey William Bromiley and Gerhard Friedrich, vol. 7. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1976.