How To Relate To Your Pastor Part 3

Wednesday January 18, 2012

Ex. 18:13-21. Authority is delegated responsibility. It’s a demonic strategy to wear out the believers. Leaders need to be strong and rested. Their first responsibility is prayer, and the second is the Word of God. Matt. 16:16-19 Jesus is the Messiah. The church stands contrary to Satan’s kingdom. The believer is to bind what needs to be bound and to loose what needs to be loosed. Matt. 18:7-35 Jesus is talking about the church as a body. Satan tries to bring disunity by sowing offenses in the body of Christ. If you are the victim of an offense, there is a process to show love and to save the lost. First, you go to the person alone. If that person doesn’t listen, then you get 2 or 3 people to witness what is said. If the person still doesn’t listen, then it is taken to the church leadership. At this point, perhaps the person is not even born-again, so he or she needs to get saved. Discord is an abomination to God (Prov. 6:16), a faithful spirit conceals a matter (Prov. 11:13), and whoever covers a transgression seeks love (Prov.17:9). Loosing a person means forgiving them. Make the choice to forgive, get rid of offenses, win people not an argument, and clean up your own messes. You’re a believer with a believer’s authority.