1 Peter 5:2-4
“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”
-Apostle Paul entreats the elders to voluntarily serve the congregants as overseers, not as authoritarians & extortionists but with humility as Christ taught us. Church leadership & follower-ship go hand in hand for there must be good leadership to ensure the flock submit to the elders, as we are all united in the body of Christ & if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it or if one member is honoured; all the members rejoice with it (1 Cor 12:26). Elders are also obligated to display good conduct & firm faith following the example of Christ our Chief Shepherd. In this way; one glorifies God in such orientation as to seek the crown which is yet to be seen & does not fade away but an assurance through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord & Saviour.
Our Father who at in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread & forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power & the glory; forever & ever. Amen
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