Table Talk | April 20-21

Kyle Patrick   -  

I hope this message finds you all well and carrying the joy and peace from our recent gathering. This weekend, we had the opportunity to delve into the essence of Christlike leadership and the significance of humility in our faith journey. Here are a few key takeaways from the sermon:

  • The Call for Servant Shepherds: Our leaders are encouraged to guide us with a servant’s heart, as depicted in 1 Peter 5. They are accountable not to their own desires but to Jesus, our Chief Shepherd.
  • Qualifications of Elders: We explored the historical context and qualifications for church elders, reflecting on the wisdom found in Acts 14:23, 1 Timothy 3, and Titus 1. Our pastoral team embodies these principles, serving as both elders and role models within our ministry.
  • Submission and Humility: The sermon emphasized the importance of mutual submission to church leadership and humility among all members. This aligns with Jesus’ teachings and fosters a harmonious and faithful community.
  • Humility in Action: We were reminded to ‘clothe ourselves with humility,’ drawing inspiration from the way Jesus led by serving others. Our leadership is committed to this humble service, continuing the legacy set by Pastor Tom and Pastor Jack.
  • Casting Our Cares onto God: An essential part of humility is entrusting our anxieties to God. By doing so, we are promised liberation and upliftment in His perfect timing.
  • Embracing Trust in Divine Timing: The sermon closed with a personal story illustrating the transformative power of aligning our timing with God’s plans and trusting His divine wisdom.

As we step into the week ahead, let’s carry these insights with us:

  • Practice humility in all aspects of life.
  • Support and respect our church leaders.
  • Trust in God’s timing and provision.

May these reflections guide you as you navigate the days to come, and may we all grow together in servant-hearted leadership and humble submission to God’s will.

Discussion Questions:
1. In 1 Peter 5, we learn about the role of church elders as servant shepherds. How can we apply the principles of servant leadership in our own areas of influence, and what are some practical ways to embody humility in our roles? (1 Peter 5:1-5)
2. The qualifications for church elders are outlined in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. What are these qualifications, and why do you think such emphasis is placed on character, family leadership, and reputation within the community? (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)
3. Discuss the concept of submission to church leadership as described in the sermon. How does Hebrews 13:17 help us understand our relationship with those who have authority over us in the faith community?
4. Pastor Todd highlighted the metaphor of God’s people as sheep in need of guidance and protection. How does this imagery shape our understanding of the relationship between church leaders and the congregation? (John 10:11-16)
5. Peter uses a unique verb in 1 Peter 5 to describe the act of clothing oneself in humility. Reflect on this imagery and share examples of how we can ‘clothe ourselves with humility’ in our daily interactions with others. (1 Peter 5:5)
6. Humility is closely linked to trust in divine timing. Share a time when you experienced the blessings of trusting God’s timing, even when it differed from your own expectations. (1 Peter 5:6)
7. We were encouraged to cast our burdens onto God. Discuss the challenges and benefits of letting go of control and allowing God to carry our anxieties. How does Philippians 4:6-7 speak to this practice?
8. The legacy of humble leadership within a faith community can have a profound impact. How can we honor and continue the legacy of those who have led with humility before us? (Hebrews 13:7)
9. Reflect on the statement from the sermon: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” How does this truth from Scripture influence our approach to leadership and service? (James 4:6)
10. Servitude and embracing humility were central themes this weekend, with Jesus as the ultimate example. In what ways can we model our service to others after Jesus’s example of washing the disciples’ feet? (John 13:12-17)