A Healthy Church: The Church and Its Leaders

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  • Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Speaker: Aaron Anderson
  • Series: 1 Thessalonians
  • Topic: Expository
  • Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–5:13

A healthy church that enjoys peace amongst itself will seek to honor its God-appointed leaders.

1.    A healthy church respects its leaders.

"This position of authority is not to be performed in a dictatorial or sinful way, but the elders are over the rest of the believers in the LORD. Their authority can be exercised only in so far as the LORD has given them authority to act. … Church leaders are not autonomous sovereigns but represent Jesus’ authority. They are commissioned by Christ to carry out their oversight of the flock according to his will and not their own." — G.K. Beale

2.    A healthy church loves its leaders.

"They should not regard him as a distant man, or as a stranger among them. … They are to “know” and regard him as their spiritual teacher and ruler; not to be strangers to the place where he preaches that word of life, and not to listen to his admonitions and reproofs as those of a stranger, but as those of a pastor and friend." — Albert Barnes

3.    A healthy church enjoys peace with its leaders.