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Under the old covenant God called priests and prophets as spiritual leaders. Later the Pharisees gave spiritual leadership. After Jesus Christ had inaugurated the new covenant, authority was given to the apostles, who in turn appointed leaders in the churches they founded.

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Priests as spiritual leaders

They were called by God

Hebrews 5:4 KJV 1900
And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
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The high priest represented the people in the presence of God

Hebrews 5:1 KJV 1900
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
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Priests taught and explained God’s law

Malachi 2:7 KJV 1900
For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, And they should seek the law at his mouth: For he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
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Examples of priests as spiritual leaders

The priest Eli was described as leading Israel; Samuel acted as priest on behalf of the people; Jehoiada the priest influenced Joash to serve God.

Prophets as spiritual leaders

They were called by God

2 Peter 1:21 KJV 1900
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
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Examples of prophets as spiritual leaders

Samuel led the people from idolatry back to the worship of God:

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Elijah; Haggai

Spiritual leaders in NT times

officially recognised teachers of the law; ; At a local level, elders had social and religious authority in local councils. Nationally, they were included in the Sanhedrin; ;

The failure of spiritual leaders

In the OT

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In the NT

; Jesus Christ taught his disciples the qualities required for spiritual leadership.

Spiritual leadership in the church

The apostles delegated authority

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The qualifications for church leadership

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Advice to leaders

Acts 20:28 KJV 1900
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
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