1 Peter 5:1-4
On May 16, 1998, Christopher Sercye was playing basketball with his friends in downtown Chicago when he was shot in the chest. Immediately, his friends rushed him to the hospital and left him outside while they ran in for help. The staff, however, refused to help him because they said it was against protocol to help those outside the hospital. By the time he was finally rushed inside, it was too late. He died shortly thereafter from his wounds.
I mention that story because sometimes the church can do that to people. It can refuse to help those who are outside. It can refuse to treat those who are not following protocol. Sometimes church leaders can even do this. So, with that in mind, Peter says in First Peter 5:1-2: “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you . . . to shepherd the flock of God . . .” In other words, care for your people like a shepherd would. Be gentle with them. Be caring. Do not leave them outside simply because they are not following “protocol.”
Have you ever wondered what an elder does? Come join us this Sunday morning as we talk about that. Have you ever wondered what he does when people are hurting? Come learn the answer to that as that is the theme of First Peter. It is all about the hurting and those feeling left outside. And, if that includes you, come see what it says. We meet at 9:15 at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. See you there! – Jeremy Cagle