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SL3 - Proper Use of Authority

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Leadership and authority is to benefit the follower

1 Peter 5:1–4 KJV 1900
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
***Illustration of shepherds/under-shepherds and their authority
“Public servants”
Politicians
Policemen
Firemen
All were established for serving the people in different areas
***But sometimes they forget their position

Feed the Flock

Give the flock what is needed
Serve the flock
Fathers
The purpose of our leadership and authority is to properly train children
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Proverbs 22:6 KJV 1900
Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Psalm 127:3 KJV 1900
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: And the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Many fathers and mothers are raising their children for themselves
For their own goals
For their own financial support
For their own ease and comfort
Do fulfill their own dreams
But they should be raising them to simply honor and serve the Lord
Doctor, garbage man, preacher, farmer
It’s not for me!

Take oversight

1 Peter 5:2 KJV 1900
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
Not take ownership
It is not our flock
Not for us
This is administrative
For someone else
Authority was delegated to us for this purpose
Leading for others does not mean being a weak leader
Leaders should not always obey the flock/followers
Many times they do not know what is best
What they truly need
***Children - “Need candy”
Leaders often need to say no
But not for their own benefit
1 Peter 5:3 KJV 1900
Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
This is the danger
Being Lord’s over what is not ours
Leading for our own benefit
This leads to tyranny and self-will
Rather than the will of God
This leads to followers worshipping the leader instead of God
Matthew 4:10 KJV 1900
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
God will magnify leaders
But leaders should never take the place or position of God
This is idolatry
The “idol shepherd”
Zechariah 11:15–17 KJV 1900
And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, Which shall not visit those that be cut off, Neither shall seek the young one, Nor heal that that is broken, Nor feed that that standeth still: But he shall eat the flesh of the fat, And tear their claws in pieces. Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! The sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: His arm shall be clean dried up, And his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
Zechariah 11:15–17 KJV 1900
And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, Which shall not visit those that be cut off, Neither shall seek the young one, Nor heal that that is broken, Nor feed that that standeth still: But he shall eat the flesh of the fat, And tear their claws in pieces. Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! The sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: His arm shall be clean dried up, And his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
The “idol” shepherd is the shepherd who puts himself in the place of God
People at Lystra wanted to worship Paul
Acts 14:11–20 KJV 1900
And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
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Leaders have to actively fight this
They have to point toward God
They have to humble themselves
Show that they make mistakes
Apologized
Lower themselves
You can enjoy the praise
But the praise is fickle when not based on truth
They quickly wanted to stone Paul
Many times those that seem to worship will become the worst enemies
When John tried to worship the angel in the book of Revelation
The angel forbade him
Didn’t allow it
We must do the same
We can use our authority one of two ways
To minister
To control
Matthew 20:25–29 KJV 1900
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
The King of Kings made himself a servant and many followed him!
Rehoboam vs. Solomon
Solomon worked the people hard
But he enriched the nation
He led the people to prosperity
He did it for the people
Rehoboam took the bad advice
Threatened the people
Made them serve him
Apostle Paul
1 Corinthians 9:19 KJV 1900
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
Jesus
Philippians 2:7 KJV 1900
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Moses
Deuteronomy 9:13–14 KJV 1900
Furthermore the Lord spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.
Exodus 32:32 KJV 1900
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
Solomon
2 Chronicles 1:7–12 KJV 1900
In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
Pharaoh
He was a tyrant
Used people only for himself
Diotrephes
3 John 9 KJV 1900
I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
A leader is not supposed to love preeminence
Don’t fall in love with power
Don’t fall in love with a position
Jeremiah 12:10 KJV 1900
Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
Misused authority destroys churches and ministries
Jeremiah 23:1–4 KJV 1900
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord. And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.
The pastor’s job is to build, not drive away!
Yes, sometimes that will include rebuke or strong words
Proverbs 22:10 KJV 1900
Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; Yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
But always for the benefit of the followers
Don’t use people to build your work, use your work to build people!
Paul said this:
2 Corinthians 12:15 KJV 1900
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Give to people
Spend yourself on others
This is the proper use of authority!
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