In the last few blog articles I have posted we have been discussing the direction the church which Christ died to save is going in regards to leadership. I have written about my concern for our teaching the next generation so that men are qualified to be elders as the New Testament defines elders. I am going to write today about something else we are starting to see more of in the church today.
The point I want to make regards the preacher of the congregation. In many places it is becoming the preacher’s job to organize the business meetings and run the meetings if anything is going to be done. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, however it can lead to a situation like the denominational world has with the “pastor” running the whole show and that is not what God intended. We see no example of that in the New Testament as the church was established. In this way we become less different than the rest of the world and become more like the world. The question we need to ask is do we want to have the same organizational structure as the denominations around us where the “pastor” is THE authority figure in the local congregation. I don’t think so. If this was desired by God we would have examples of the full-time preacher making unilateral decisions, but we don’t see that in the New Testament. We see the men preaching the gospel setting up elderships wherever they go, as long as there are men qualified. That last phrase needs to be looked at as well. These men in the first century saw to it that men were taught the gospel and were educated in the ways of truth well enough to lead once the preachers had moved to the next city. I believe this is an important example for us to learn from. Teaching the gospel to our own family is the most important thing we can do. As fathers this shows us to be “able to teach”. (1 Tim. 3:2) That is important to God as well. He wants to see us educate our families in regards to His word so that the soul receives the nourishment it needs to thrive. I think we need to get back to the proper organization God wanted for His people. We need to do our part to help that to happen. Have a blessed day in His service and check back tomorrow toes what we discuss.