3 Ways To Follow Spiritual Leadership Within Biblical Limits – Hebrews 13

From my reading in Hebrews 13 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

Rebellion is an American pastime.

Following leadership is scary, because we don’t trust our leaders. High profile spiritual leaders who have taken advantage of their flocks have not helped matters. The writer of Hebrews gives us 4 great ways to be good followers.

1. Imitate the faith of godly leaders.

“Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” Hebrews 13:7

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The lives of these leaders were observable. It was clear that these men taught the word and walked it out. Followers were told to not just imitate what the leaders did, but imitate their faith.

2. Follow your spiritual leaders about church matters.

“Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God.”  Heb 13:7a

We are to follow leaders in ways that involve church matters. Church leaders don’t have the authority to tell you what to wear, what to eat and what to do in your free time.

They do have the responsibility to lead the church, and if you get in the way of that, you are working against God. These men have the hard work of watch over our souls. It is a hard job worthy of respect.

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3. Make it a joy for them to lead.

“Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.” 

I know from experience, good followers makes leaders happy. On the other hand, people who are constantly fighting my leadership are annoying and detrimental to the team. When someone is unwilling to follow the whole team suffers.

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Don’t be the person to slow God’s mission down. Follow leadership in the church as long as they are being faithful to Jesus.

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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