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12th February 2023 - Weekly Noticesheet

Living Humbly as leaders and followers 1 Peter 5

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This marks the end of our series on 1 Peter, where we have learnt a lot from his practical instruction and encouragement as to how Christians everywhere can live by Godly standards in the midst of a culture living by “worldly” standards. Peter finishes his letter with the blessing “Peace to all of you who are in Christ” (NIVUK). May you also know this peace as you practice living your Christian life counter to the culture around us.

Leaders are often portrayed as loud and outspoken, but Peter points to the need for humility, while recognising that it isn’t easy; in 5 v 6-7 he says “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (NIVUK). Leaders don’t know everything – which requires humility to admit, and graciousness for those who follow their lead.

We also need to be reminded what humility actually means, as false humility can cause people to undervalue their giftings and God’s calling on their lives. In ‘Mere Christianity’ CS Lewis wrote “humility doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” One application of this is to ensure we don’t diminish God’s work in our lives, but use our gifts and His calling to help and support those around us, even when it means stepping out of our comfort zone as we do so.

Suggested discussion questions for this week are: Can you think of examples where leaders have shown humility? What can we learn from these examples?

Are there things you should be doing, where false humility has stopped you from stepping forward?

Looking back over recent weeks, what have you done to act on a renewed understanding of God’s calling in your life?


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