Advice for church leaders
Helping Christian leaders
1Church leaders,5.1 Church leaders: Or “Elders” or “Presbyters” or “Priests”. I am writing to encourage you. I too am a leader, as well as a witness to Christ's suffering, and I will share in his glory when it is shown to us.
2Just as shepherds watch over their sheep, you must watch over everyone God has placed in your care. Do it willingly in order to please God, and not simply because you think you must. Let it be something you want to do, instead of something you do merely to make money.5.2: Jn 21.15-17. 3Don't be bossy to those people who are in your care, but set an example for them. 4Then when Christ the Chief Shepherd returns, you will be given a crown that will never lose its glory.
5All you young people should obey your elders. In fact, everyone should be humble towards everyone else. The Scriptures say,5.5: Pr 3.34 (LXX).
“God opposes proud people,
but he helps everyone
who is humble.”
6Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, and he will honour you when the time comes.5.6: Mt 23.12; Lk 14.11; 18.14. 7God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.
8Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, prowling around to find someone to attack. 9But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith. You know that all over the world the Lord's followers are suffering just as you are. 10But God shows undeserved kindness to everyone. That's why he appointed Christ Jesus to choose you to share in his eternal glory. You will suffer for a while, but God will make you complete, steady, strong, and firm. 11God will be in control for ever! Amen.
12Silvanus helped me write this short letter, and I consider him a faithful follower of the Lord. I wanted to encourage you and tell you how kind God really is, so that you will keep on having faith in him.5.12: Ac 15.22,40.
13Greetings from the Lord's followers in Babylon.5.13 Babylon: This may be a secret name for the city of Rome. They are God's chosen ones.5.13: Ac 12.12,25; 13.13; 15.37-39; Col 4.10; Phm 24.
Mark, who is like a son to me, sends his greetings too.
14Give each other a warm greeting. I pray that God will give peace to everyone who belongs to Christ.5.14 Christ: Some manuscripts add “Amen.”
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