Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited. We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come. Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. And I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
4 characteristics of balanced leadership
v7 Speak the word of God
While Elders have the particular responsibility of overseeing what is preached from the pulpit, both Elders and Deacons need to live in the Word of God. God’s Word must inform and instruct your decisions and actions. That means, of course, you must read it, study it, and digest it. It is the only way to know and interpret the will of God for you and for Hope Church. To follow God’s direction one must walk with God. While you have authority by virtue of the office to which you’ve been Ordained and installed, your full authority comes only from the Word of God.
2. Walk the Way of Faith
Your lips and life must match up. What you speak you must live. Exhibit a faith worth imitating. The writer was referring first and foremost to saints who had passed away – many of whom did so as martyrs. He’s building on the heroes of the faith mentioned in chapter 11. Remember how their faith influenced their life, their loyalty, and their death. But the principle applies to living leaders as well.
3. v17 Keep Watch over the People
Look after and care for their physical and spiritual well-being. The word for “Keep watch” refers to surveillance that does not go to sleep; always awake; a care and concern that never ceases. It’s important to note that when the apostle Paul listed all the trials, tribulations, and pressures of his life he included () “Besides everything else, I face the daily pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?”
4. v17 Prepare to give an account
Remember that, in the last analysis, it is not the judgment of your people that counts, but rather the judgment of God. – “Not many of you should presume to be teachers…because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” Increased responsibility means increased accountability. Jesus told a parable about a foolish steward and concluded, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” () Your speaking, your walking, and your watching will one day be judged by God. May you have led in such a way that He will say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant…Come and share your master’s happiness.” () Such are the responsibilities of a godly leader.
Today Andrew/Dean we commend and ordain you to leadership in the Warwick Church.
The stakes have never been so high as the days count down and the church, the kingdom of God thanks you for your willingness to serve. it will not be an easy assignment but God will supply wisdom, discernment and strength as you seek Him and how best to lead in His church.
The Bible instructs us that those who are called to leadership are to have hands placed upon them and thus be ordained by prayer into God’s service.
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