Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Giving Joy and Grief to Church Leaders

In our seminar on church membership, Justin passed out a little checklist to help apply Hebrews 13:17, "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you." The checklist is summarized from Life in the Father's House, chapter 4.

Help leaders enjoy their ministry
  • Believe in Christ - 1 Thess 2:19-20
  • Walk in obedience to Christ - 3 John 3-4
  • Cultivate and preserve unity in the body - Phil 2:1-2
  • Pray for them - 2 Cor 1:10-11
  • Express personal love and loyalty to them - 2 Cor 7:5-7
  • Seek their counsel and direction
  • Receive their reproof with gratefulness - Prov 9:8
  • Believe the best about their character and decisions - 1 Cor 13:7; 1 Tim 5:19
  • Work beside them in ministry - Eph 4:12
How to bring leaders grief
  • Be indifferent about salvation and fail to examine ourselves regularly 2 Cor 13:5
  • Sin against Christ or fail to grow in him as we should
  • "Bite and devour one another" - Gal 5:15; sow discord among the brethren - Prov 6:19
  • Make no effort to affirm our love for them or know them personally
  • Seek counsel merely among friends or outside the church, especially when we do so in the realm of the ungodly - Psa 1:1
  • Respond to their loving reproof with insults or callousness - Prov 9:7
  • Distrust their motives and judge them unfairly or too hastily - 1 Cor 4:1-5
  • By being 'pew potatoes' who think our only responsibility for involvement in the church is to warm a seat

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