Elders and Members Sojourn Like Jesus – 1 Peter 5:1-5
5 Therefore, I urge elders among you, as your fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and one who is also a fellow partaker of the glory that is to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not with greed but with eagerness; 3 nor yet as domineering over those assigned to your care, but by proving to be examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.
Here’s a general principle we must grapple with if we are to understand the tension between leaders and followers. Those in authority are tempted to abuse. Those under authority are tempted to rebel. Peter understands this dynamic.
How can leaders and members of a local church live together in a way that displays the gospel? In a sojourning church, elders shepherd sacrificially, and members follow humbly.