- Apostolic Leaders confront misconceptions in doctrinal error through proper biblical teaching and biblical interpretation.
Jesus in Mark 7: 1-23 confronts the Pharisees and Jews concerning their custom of ceremonial washing. The problem was that they considered this tradition and custom, which was prescribed by the rabbis (initially starting during the intertestimental period and contained within the Mishnah and Talmud) to be superior to the requirement of God for a clean heart and clean hands (spiritually). Notice verse 21-23 Jesus explains that from their heart preceded the issues, which defile a man not from the absence of washing their hands.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
The Gospel writer Matthew gives a similar account of this event in his writing in Matthew 15: 1-18. As Apostolic leaders we cannot be afraid to address doctrinal error and areas where there is an inconsistency or synthesis with the text of scripture correctly interpreted.
- Apostolic Leaders want to see the people transformed not just warehoused.
In his epistle to the church at Roman in chapter 12: 1-2 Apostle Paul urges that we should be transformed by renewing our mind so that we could prove (demonstrate, model, be the epitome or example of) that which is good, acceptable and the perfect will of God. Apostolic leaders must be concerned about more than just warehousing people to fill seats and collect offering. Our concern must be to discipline them, so that they mature into purpose and fulfill their individual calling and purpose.
- Apostolic Leaders point the people back to Christ. (Paul follow me as I follow Christ)
Apostle Paul is quoted on several occasions 1 Corinthians 11: and 4: 16 he admonishes the Corinthian church to follow (imitate, emulate, and model his behavior and pattern of life) as he followed Christ. Thus, we may receive from this that admonition that we are to point the people back to Christ. Our heart should not be to amass a multitude of people to follow us and never point them back to Christ. Our only assignment is to lift Him up that men may be drawn unto HIM not to ourselves. It ever fails that when men draw people after themselves we are setting both those who follow and ourselves up for a huge disappointment because ultimately as mere men and women we have frailties, faults, proclivities, uncrucified areas in our lives which must be kept in check dailey. Its imperative to never become arrogant, conceited or arrogant as if though we hung the stars, moon and sun or as if though we eat breakfast with the angels but to be humble and to give the credit to Him who enlisted us as His agent in the earth to advance His Kingdom.
4. Apostolic Leaders are not afraid to stand alone to fight against injustice against Gods people. They would rather fear God than fear man.
Apostolic leaders are bold and have the courage to speak out about things that other men and women are afraid to speak on. In Matthew 10: 27 Jesus tells the disciples that which he speaks to them in the ear preach on the rooftop. He goes on further in verse 28 to say “And fear no them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Therefore, we must be bold enough to stand when everyone else is cowering down and submitting to unrighteousness we must have a heart to stand and fight. David who was a type of and precursor to Christ embodied this principle also when he fought the giant Goliath. He realized that even if he had to fight alone if he had God on his side it was more than the world against him. We must take this same approach that if and when we are called to an assignment, that though we may face opposition, rejection and abandonment we are determined to stand, and to finish our course, despite any challenges we face.
5. Apostolic leaders confront sin in their own lives and in the corporate Body of believers.
In 1 Corinthians 5:1-10 Apostle Paul confronts the issue of sin in the Corinthian Church. He boldly and unapologetically confronts the issue of fornication in the church and even points out that their sin was even greater that what had been reported among the Gentiles. A certain man in the church had been perverted enough to have had sexual relations with his fathers wife (5: 1). Apostle Paul further goes on to say that they should deliver the mans flesh to satan so that his soul could be saved. We must boldly confront sin in our own lives and in the lives of others so that when we meet our God our report will be well done good and faithful servant. Do not be afraid to confront sin when God shows it to you. Of course, we should do it in love but remember our obedience to address sin could be the thing that saves someone’s life.
6. Apostolic Leaders confront division in the Body.
In 1 Corinthians 1: verse 1-9 Apostle Paul opens this chapter with a greeting which illuminates the original intent of God for the Corinthian church. He encourages them and speaks into their life telling them who they were. However, in verse 9 he transitions to admonish them to be on one accord in speech and action. He says that it had been reported that they were divided into factions and had become personality drive. In today’s contemporary contextualization we would say, “ My pastor is better than your pastor” or “ my church is better than your church” or my denomination or your denomination is better than yours”. This factious thinking often leads to division, schisms, silos, politics and turf wars in the church. Apostolic leaders confront this type of thought and encourage the people of God to be fitly joined together as we know that God is not the author of confusion or division.
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