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Following Christ-like Leaders

Sun, Nov 14, 2021
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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. . . So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. - Hebrews 13:8-15 (ESV) American evangelicalism has recently had a leadership crisis. At the highest levels, there have been multiple revelations of abuse and misconduct. The stories of hidden sins and the chaos they have produced in their wake have rippled throughout the church. At the lower levels, the strain of regular ministry and the added layer of complexity through the pandemic have caused pastors to leave the ministry at an increasing rate. All of this may cause us to question how we should relate to leaders. This is not a new problem. The New Testament contains records of leaders going off the rails both morally and theologically. And it records the strain of communicating the gospel in times and places where the danger from sickness and struggle were real and deadly. The open and honest disclosure we find in these records give us a needed perspective on spiritual leadership - its place, limits, and focus. As the writer of Hebrews rounds the corner to close his address, he turns to the subject of spiritual leadership. Take a few minutes to read through Hebrews 13 as he addresses them. Notice how and who he calls them to look to.
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