Does God Reward Pastors?

1 Peter 5:4

In this lab, John Piper shows why it is not selfish for Christians to seek a reward.

Principle for Bible Reading


A “ground” is an argument or reason for another statement. One way to remember this is that the ground is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.

Study Questions

  1. Does minding rewards in our service of others contaminate love?
  2. Peter seems to suggest that pastors should shepherd with the motive of the unfading crown of glory in mind (1 Peter 5:1–4). But Paul says that love does not seek its own (1 Corinthians 13:5). Is Peter advocating something against love? How do you reconcile these two texts?
  3. What promises of God can you cling to in order to love people better this week?