1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
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.