Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Nehemiah. Part 17.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Leadership is the authority, ability, and capacity to direct, to guide, to lead, to motivate, to control in any group or organization where legitimate authority exists.

The objective of Leadership is to focus and motivate a group of people to enable them to achieve their goals and intentions.

It also involves being accountable and responsible for the group as a whole.

1. Provide continuity and momentum.
2. Be flexible in allowing changes of direction.
3. Ideally, a leader should be steps ahead of their team, but not too far for the team to be able to understand and follow them.

LUK 6:39-40, And He also spoke a parable to them: “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?” A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.”

PHI 3:17 Brethren [members of the royal family], join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

Someone has to lead you and communicate to you the word of God.

1CO 9:27… Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside.

Someone has to be responsible for the communication of what is in the Canon of scripture, and God has ordained the communicator of the word for this particular dispensation [the Church-age] to be the pastor-teacher, and he has been given maximum authority from God over his own local church.

HEB 13:7 “Remember those who rule over you, who communicate the Word from God to you; carefully consider the issue of their way of life; imitate their doctrine.”

HEB 13:17 “Keep obeying those [pastors] who themselves are ruling over you, and submit to their authority, for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will render an account. Keep obeying them, in order that they may do this [accounting] with happiness and not with groaning, for this is unprofitable for you.”

Pastors do not rule over you in the sense of telling you what to do, but in the sense of teaching you as leaders as to what God expects from you and how to execute His plan.

1TI 5:17 Those pastor-teachers who have ruled well with the result that they keep ruling honorably, they must be considered worthy of double honor,

The point is that there has to be discipline and authority as a result of the spiritual leadership if any believer is going to go on to the ultimate goal of glorifying TLJC.

It all begins with the authority of the living word, the Lord Jesus Christ. Then the living word, the Lord Jesus Christ, has delegated that authority in the written word which is the Canon of scripture.

As a grace-oriented believer, spiritual leadership is the result of the pastor who takes his authority, takes his orders, and receives his messages from what the word of God says.

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