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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How To Be A Sending Church Like Antioch – Acts 13:1-25

From my reading in Acts 13:1-25 in the One Year New Testament.

Two days ago I did an article “Lessons From The Church In Antioch.”

But what Antioch is best known for is commissioning some of the first missionaries.

One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.” Acts 13:2-3

Be A Fasting and Praying Church

Antioch was sensitive to the Holy Spirit. They spent enough time in prayer to really hear what God wanted them to do.

How much do your church leaders pray?  After the decision was already made they fasted and prayed before laying hands on and sending out the missionaries.

Be Generous With Your Leaders

If you are a kingdom minded church, often your best leaders will be sent out.

A church that tries to keep all of it’s leaders for itself is selfish. Antioch was a kingdom focused church and was willing to give up some of it’s best leaders pursue their calling.

Be A Supportive Church

Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas on their way well. A good sending church should be intentionally about sending people off well, and support them with prayer and fasting.

I believe that one of the reasons that the gospel has not spread to all nations yet is because there are not enough “Antioch” type churches.

My prayer is that every church would find ways to play thier part in sending people to the nations.

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