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A comment on leadership…

Posted by on Jul 23, 2007 in elders, office | 3 comments

Once again, I’m going to base a post on a comment by Jeff. (No, Jeff, you do not get royalties.) As far as I’m concerned, this comment that Jeff left on my post called “Obey and Submit? (Hebrews 13:17)” was too good to leave in the comments:

I absolutely think that every denomination, church function, potluck or whatever organized by us needs to have someone in a position of authority controlling it or it will not function properly. It would be chaotic.

Every ship needs a captain to steer it. Every plane needs a pilot to fly it. Every machine needs someone to run, service, and maintain it. Every play needs a writer and director to produce it. Etc., Etc., Etc..

Everything we’ve created with our awesome abilities needs us, to a certain extent, to manipulate it or it wont function as it was supposed to. Everything we’ve made needs our direction to organize, control, direct and/or guide it or it wont work. Again, it would be utter chaos.

In the same vein, everything not man-made could function just fine without our exercising authority and control over it.

So…what does this say about OUR churches?

Jeff, I appreciate this comment, and I hope you will consider starting your own blog.


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  1. 7-23-2007


    Jeff said,”In the same vein, everything not man-made could function just fine without our exercising authority and control over it.”

    Jesus said,”I will build my church….I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever”.

    What a radical suggestion! A church under the authority of Jesus,controlled by Him, by His Spirit??

    What will we think of next????


  2. 7-23-2007


    My flesh would say thank you and accept any praise, but my spirit would convict me of plagiarism.

    I merely have a lifetime subscription to the “Spirits blog.” I am simply copying and pasting what I’ve read there. It is posted on my heart, your heart, and every believers heart. We can link to it by clicking here-[TEACH ME LORD!]- and disabling our pop-up blockers.

    “…to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. AMEN. (Rom. 16:27)

    Lord bless,


  3. 7-24-2007

    Aussie John,

    It is a radical suggestion indeed. I’m glad that Jesus is the one who made the suggestion and not me, otherwise I might not believe it.


    Great analogy and, again, much appreciated! May He continue to teach us all! (At least our connection to Him never crashes.)