Well, we could sum up, in just seven words, the weight of so many of our self-inflicted ills; “...ye have not, because ye ask not”. (Jms. 4:2). We find ourselves living in an age of tremendous prosperity; of comfort and ease; a season where it appears that in the Western world no one lacks for anything. Outwardly; materially, we are filthy rich, yet inwardly; spiritually, we are poverty stricken! Such is the temptation to find our comfort and take our ease in this world. Where is our confidence truly found? Is it found in God or in our material surroundings?
This sermon is a heartfelt call for the people of God to sense again their pressing need for God in everything and to cry out to the only one who can sustain His people in this critical hour. Oh, that we might discover again the secret place of prayer!
Part 24 – What Is Church Leadership?
Mention the words church leadership today and you’re bound to be greeted with a mixture of different responses ranging from the pessimistic, to the mundane, to the optimistic. Sadly, it is not without good reason that church leadership has gotten a bad rap over the last few decades. What is one to say when secular news outlets expose nationally the money racketing scams of some of the wealthiest Evangelical pastors in the US? When I say wealthy, how much are we talking about; hundreds; thousands; hundreds of thousands? How about tens of millions and in the case of one pastor by the name of Kenneth Copeland, a self-confessed billionaire! The world and indeed many outside the Mega-Church scene, look on in horror at this catastrophe of justice and cry out, how can a minister/servant of God, appointed by God to serve the people in Christ’s stead, profit off them to the tune of millions of dollars? Naturally, this is a scandal and an outrage!! Then there is the growing epidemic of Evangelical pastors being caught out in gross sexual immorality and being exposed nationally for an on-looking world to see? No wonder then, when one mentions the words church leadership eyebrows are raised. As a result of all these abuses, along with many more not mentioned, many of the poor sheep of Christ’s have had enough and have vowed to never enter a Church building again. Instead, they choose to meet at home with small groups of believers without the added burden of being under these types of pastors.
It is crucial in this final teaching part that we take a look biblically at the function and appointment of church leadership and what the proper response is to be of those who sit under their authority.
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