Therefore, the Holy Spirit used hupeiko and not hupotasso. John Calvin, in his comments on this verse, reminds us that such leaders deserve neither reverence nor confidence. In fact, it is absolutely necessary to the obtaining of truth. Wives are subject to their husbands Col. This verse does not contain the idea of authoritative figures ruling congregations. Did he show them his badge, reminding them that he was an Apostle? When there has been a disfellowshipping, loyalty requires that we back up the elders, not trying to second-guess whether there were sufficient reasons for the action taken.
It showed how Peter carried himself and what his attitude was toward his brethren. The Greek word hupotasso has a military and a non-military usage. While there is no prescription for how to do this in the Bible, our constitution lays out one biblically consistent way to accomplish it: The first elder was recognized by the congregation after being commended by the sponsoring church. Wives are subject to their husbands Col. So we implore you — our neighbors, our colleagues, our friends, every tribe and tongue and people and nation: Together, as a church, through what we say and through what we do, we implore you on behalf of Christ: Be reconciled to God! But eventually we have the opportunity to move beyond the system, to explore our own truth and to obey our own highest spirit.
A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason. Elders feel honored when you appreciate them and offer assistance to them. For example, when the people of Israel left Egypt, God used Moses and Aaron to give important instructions to the people. This alone should arouse our suspicions, considering that Christ-like leadership is servanthood. When rescuers finally found him, they saw three buildings on the island. All this inspite of our Lord's teaching that there will not be rank and authority in the spiritual Kingdom of God Matthew 20:20-28. Of course leaders must exhort with patience and gentleness.
You should obey godly leaders because if you cause them grief, you cause yourself grief. Later I was grieved to hear that several of our members went anyway. Yep, people need to worship God, read the Bible, and pray. In this way, Jehovah used Moses and the older men to direct the people. Learn from their lives — and then imitate them. This is outlined in the following verse: Acts 4:19 19 But Peter and John ed and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
Think of how Jehovah gave instructions to his people so that they could survive difficult times in the past. It is instructive that the apostle Paul frequently asked for prayer. But given that false teaching on a central issue had entered the church, it was the responsibility of every member to deal with it. Elders in Every Church - Part 1 In order to function properly, an organization must have some form of government. Yet, when David had a chance to retaliate, he said that it was 'unthinkable, from Jehovah's standpoint,' that he commit a disloyal act against one whom Jehovah had anointed. Hebrews 13:17 Their shortcomings are no reason to speak abusively of them. Another situation involved disciplining a widow in the church who married an unbeliever.
In a series of articles published in the Religious Historian, 1872-1874, under the caption of The Church of Christ, Brother Fanning systematically set forth the plain teaching of the scriptures on a number of subjects relating to the church, and at the same time he showed the fallacies of Catholicism and Protestantism. Children must obey their parents Ephesians 6:1-3. But to be effective, discipline has to be uniformly enforced. Go back to Scripture and see if these things are true. You are not fit to lead if you are not capable of guiding. They are as different as night and day. Consider the more important outcome of my way of life: God is glorified among the nations! He even gave his life for the sheep.
So the elders are the trainers, the training wheels, the organizers of the system. Pray for the effectiveness of the printed and audio sermons and the sermons on the web site. They protect their brothers from those who want to lead them away from Jehovah. Some members of the early Christian congregation did just that and became apostates. Today and next Sunday we will look at several biblical passages that shed light on this question. And be at peace among yourselves. Let's look at them: Again, we must assume these to be elders.
One must be able to prove his proposition by the very words of the Holy Spirit. As we will see next week, this discipline can and should extend to elders who clearly go wrong — for the Bible tells us that some elders will deviate from the truth, and should be disciplined. Honor Those Taking the Lead Congregation elders are appointed by holy spirit, yet they are still imperfect and make mistakes. The word itself ἡγουμένοι which is here used might, indeed, denote any persons who took the lead in the congregations; but the urging of the duty of submission to them, in virtue of their office of watching for souls for which they would have to give account, shows plainly that a special order is here, as elsewhere, referred to. It is assumed beyond a shadow of a doubt that verse 17 is talking about elders. But the constitution, with proper notice, can be changed by a supermajority of the members of the congregation, without necessarily having the agreement of the elders.
In many cases, these instructions saved their lives. Jude 12, 16, 19 Never would we want to pose a spiritual dan ger to others. God ensures that we will make this decision by giving us a heart willing to obey His exhortations. Keep Exploring Did you enjoy that? We will learn how he directs us and cares for our needs. All of these scriptures are saying the same thing, matching exactly what the writer of Hebrews wanted to convey.
The opinions expressed in articles, linked materials, and comments are not necessarily those of wickedshepherds. AdditionallyYou don't necessarily need to obey all elders, only those responsible for you or those whose property or business you happen to be on or in. It all comes down to each person doing what they can to keep everyone - themselves included - happy. I can point to the Scriptures that command that. They just start or join a new church! Now, you might be thinking of other scriptures that seem to teach that elders have the authority to rule. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.