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Whom Shall We Follow?

September 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Whom shall we follow? I am mindful in these times about how difficult it is for us to follow our leaders. In Titus 3:1 we are told, “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good”. Yet Paul speaks of the factions that arose in Corinth. In 1 Corinthians 1:10 he appeals to that congregation to agree with one another yet notes in vs. 1:12 that people have chosen to follow either Paul or Apollos, Cephas or Christ. As I come to you now as your new Senior Pastor here at FBCPV I believe that it is God who places a man in authority over a congregation. (Rom 13:1).


What then is our role? I believe that once the decision has been made, whether it is a new Pastor or a new Elder, we are to do more than just submit, we are to actively support them. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Paul says, “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.” So we are to acknowledge them and more. Hebrews 13:17 tells us to, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”


The important thing is that we are all to be co-workers in the field of ministry with our leaders and do all that can be done to encourage them, enable them and support them so that God may work through them for the good of the Kingdom. In Exodus 17:10 Joshua goes out to fight the Amalekites at the direction of Moses. As the battle raged, as long as Moses held up his staff, the Israelites would be winning. But Moses’ hands grew tired and when they were lowered, the battle would go against Israel. Aaron and Hur were with Moses and while they couldn’t wield his staff, they could stand to either side of him and hold up his hands all day long until the battle was won. Let us commit to holding up the arms of all our leaders in ministry.


In Ephesians 6:12 we are told that, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” When any church calls new leaders, it will be God who equips us and send us into the battle under these leaders. But we must be willing. May we be ready and willing to fight the fight and hold up the arms of all our leaders from morning til evening so that the people of God can triumph in His name.



Pastor Rich


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