Apostolic Church of Des Arc

Know Them That Labor Among You

Primary Text

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

Background Information

Biblical leaders are stewards, not lords.

  • Matthew 20:25-28 – Servant leaders after the pattern set by Jesus Christ. 
  • 1 Peter 5:2-3 – Not lords over God’s heritage.

   Earthly view of leadership:

  • Focused on making demands.
  • Motivated by force.
  • Hierarchical positions.

   Biblical view of leadership:

  • Focused on accepting responsibility.
  • Motivated by love.
  • Functional roles (may overlap).

Ministry roles are relationships based on what already is.

1 Corinthians 9:2 –  If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you…

Ministry relationships are created by God.

  • Acts 20:28 – The Holy Ghost made them overseers.
  • Jeremiah 3:15 – God gives pastors after his own heart.
  • Ephesians 4:11-12 – Ministry relationships are given by God.

Points to Consider

Recognize the leaders God has put in your life.

Know them – Acknowledge, recognize, have regard for, appreciate, etc. Like John 1:10.

  • Like John 1:10 – Acknowledge, recognize, have regard for, appreciate, etc.

Recognize them by what they are doing, not title and position. Recognize how God is using them in relation to you.

  • They labor among you. They are working to serve, not demanding to be served.
  • They are over you. They have accepted stewardship responsibility, as one who must give an accounting.
  • They admonish you. Admonish is literally “put in mind.” They encourage and warn by giving information and reminding.

Avoid the extremes. Take the middle road of respect.

  • Avoid excessive judgment and criticism.
  • Avoid excessive admiration.

Be at peace among yourselves.

This is one of the best ways you can help leaders focus on what God called them to do.

  • James 3:18 – Peace is necessary to bear fruit.
  • Romans 12:18 – Live peaceably “with all that lies in you.”
  • Hebrews 12:14 – Follow peace with all.
  • Ephesians 4:3 – Endeavor for unity.