Gardendale Nazarene

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Sunday Mornings | Gardendale Nazarene

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I exhort the elders among you as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of Christ
1 Peter 5:1a
In our previous sermon series, we ended the series with 1 Peter 5. In this chapter, Peter gives us a clear picture of what a shepherd looks like. Peter tells us,

"I exhort the elders among you as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory about to be revealed: Shepherd God's flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but willingly, as God would have you; not out of greed for money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you. Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world."

In this series, we will highlight these imperatives in order to become the shepherds that God has called us to become.

Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 (CST) as we worship our Lord! You can join us onsite at 1800 Decatur Highway, Gardendale, AL or online at

Pastor John

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