NextLevel Online: Healthy Elders & Deacons

Session 7: Submission

What if I don't trust my leader. Am I still supposed to submit to them?


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline
  • Submission and humility are a Christian posture (1 Peter 5:4-7)

  • The church is a laboratory where we get to practice Christ-Likeness

  • The church is Christ’s (Ezekiel 34; Jeremiah 23)

    • Hebrews 13:17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
  • Be humble—you may not know the burden of leadership they carry.

  • When a leader’s character is in question we are to respond without partiality or prejudgment.

    • 1 Timothy 5:17–21Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.
  • We are to discipline the leader who has made a wreck of their faith or the doctrine. But all church discipline is restorative in its motivation.

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