Life in the Father's House Memorial OPC, Fall 2008
Lesson #4, "Relating to Church Leadership" Pastor Matthew Judd
1. Name some of the most prominent and faithful leaders in the Bible.
2. How well did the people follow them?
Terminology used for Leaders (fill in next to the → what that makes you):
Overseer → Minister/servant → Teacher →
Elder → Slave → Messenger →
Pastor/shepherd → Watchman → Leader →
Steward → Preacher/herald → Example →
Acts 20:28-31 "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made
you overseers, to shepherd the
after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.30 "Also from among yourselves
men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.31 "Therefore watch, and
remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.
Take heed Shepherd (feed)
Oversee Watch (protect and warn)
Ephesians 4:7,8,11-16 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.8
Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high. He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men..." " And He
Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the
equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the
unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the
fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may
grow up in all things into Him who is the head - Christ - 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by
what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of
the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Equip Mature Provide/encourage
Edify (faith, knowledge) Protect
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over
you in the Lord and admonish you, 13and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace
Labor Over Admonish (warn, instruct)
1 Peter 5:l-5a The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of
Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you,
serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over
those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the
crown of glory that does not fade away.5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders.
Shepherd (feed) Oversee
Hebrews 13:17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those
who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Watch Give an account
Recognize they are Grow via them Flourish under them
Christ's gifts to you
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Know them Esteem them Be at peace with them
Recognize their position Love them
1 Peter 5:5a
Submit to them (Be fed by them) (Open your life to them)
Obey them Submit to them Be a joy to them
1. In what two ways can lawful and legitimate authority get off track?
2. Without in any way minimizing the need for faithful, exemplary, inspiring leaders, why is it
necessary for there to be faithful followers?
3. Evaluate the following quote from Leon Morris:
"It is a matter of fact that we are often slow to realize to this day that effective leadership in
are set over us, small wonder if they are unable to perform the miracles that we demand of
4. How can you bring joy to the leaders in your Church? In what ways can you bring grief to
them? (see pages 86-92)