), I shutter at how many different models of church leadership I have observed. 5. Almost always, spiritual authority has been the justification for certain actions, responses, or efforts to silence critics and shame people for their pain. Workshops can be facilitated as whole-day or half-day events. Standard telescoping music stands are ideal. This principle is clearly seen in the Numbers 16 story alluded to earlier. For audio I prefer a lapel or Countryman microphone. The Greek word for deacon is diakonos. When we read a Bible translation and see ‘pastor’, the Greek word is poimen, which means “shepherd”. Entering our world as a vulnerable little baby and choosing poverty for circumstances rather than a palace, Jesus demonstrated that He wouldn’t take advantage of His heavenly position (Philippians 2:6). 5. However, we have the tension that authority is still needed in the church, and in a church comprised of imperfect people, oversight is messy. 3 and Titus 1). True followers who submit themselves to God’s authority will remove themselves from the influence of those who are simply blowing their own trumpet and seek out another leader where’s God’s authority is clearly evident. Select me as your speaker, and I will give you my best effort. For example, Paul’s disputes with the Corinthian church, and his persuasion of Philemon in the dispute with Onesimus, did not stand on Paul’s apostolic authority and demand compliance… he made an appeal. Spiritual Covering One of the concepts that usually accompanies delegated authority is that of a “covering” under which the follower, or disciple, is protected against temptation or evil attacks. When you win, I win, It’s as simple as that. 1. Spiritual Authority Please take a minute to read this letter I recently received from a 19-year-old girl. 4. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Guest Post by Dane Ortlund. For presentation/video audio I can supply my own speaker for groups under 100 people. Snail mail can be sent to the address listed below. Deﬁ ne spiritual authority. There is also some evidence of deacons being a specific role or office in the church, and being listed separately and after the treatment of elders in 1 Timothy 3, we can conclude that deacon is not interchangeable with elder. Surprisingly, it is very rarely applied to ministry settings. Not so with you. We’ve also generally been taught that those who reject authority are under condemnation. Do I want the blog to fail? 725 Newgate Ln Apt C, Prospect Heights, IL 60070. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. The deacons were some kind of ministers, but beyond that, the nature and role of deacons, and its relationship to the elders, are speculative. Do you know what that means? 4. I’ve spoken broadly on personal & global mission, leadership, team building, and numerous Biblical subjects over the last 20 years on four continents and numerous states and provinces in the USA and Canada. And this can be brief, because the primary concern in all three letters is false doctrine. Your Spiritual Authority. Discuss the nature of rebellion against spiritual authority. He speaks from his heart and lives what he preaches. In 2008 we moved back to North America and bought our first house in Kentucky, USA. Luke has a true gift in communicating God’s truths with clarity and passion. Luke Kuepfer’s high-energy presentation of the material was delightful, articulate, and profound! I will be turning 39 in a little over a month, and as I survey my history of church and theology (Catholic upbring –> aggressive atheism –> new Christian evangelical convert –> charismatic –> Reformed –> whatever I am today, Vineyard maybe? This concept maintains that as long as the disciple is submissive and obedient to his discipler God will not allow attacks from Satan. To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.