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OBEY THOSE WHO RULE OVER YOU. HEBREWS 13:17. OBEY THOSE WHO RULE OVER YOU Hebrews 13:7,17. How do elders rule over the church? “No authority…just examples” How about “ obey ” and “ rule ” in Heb. 13:17 ? How are examples appointed ? Acts 14:23

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obey those who rule over you hebrews 13 7 17
OBEY THOSE WHO RULE OVER YOU Hebrews 13:7,17
  • How do eldersrule over the church?
  • “No authority…just examples”
  • How about “obey” and “rule” in Heb. 13:17?
  • How are examplesappointed? Acts 14:23
  • “example” in 1 Pet. 5:3= “pattern” in Heb. 8:5
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OBEY THOSE WHO RULE OVER YOU Hebrews 13:7,17
  • “Benevolent unilateral decision-makers”

1.1 Peter 5:3 notlording it over those that God put in their care

  • “Lording it over” =imposing one’s will on the unwilling
  • Acts 19:16 evil spirit “overcame” sons of Sceva
  • Psalm 19:13sin “have dominion”
  • Numbers 32:29 invading army “subdued” the land
obey those who rule over you hebrews 13 7 172
OBEY THOSE WHO RULE OVER YOU Hebrews 13:7,17
  • “Benevolent unilateral decision-makers”

2.This use of authoritynot in the kingdom of GodMatt. 20:25-28; Titus 1:7

3.Authority of Elders – 1 Peter 5:2-3

  • Not under compulsion but willingly
  • Not for money but zeal 2 Cor. 8:8
  • Not for power but leadby servingMatt. 20:25-28
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OBEY THOSE WHO RULE OVER YOU Hebrews 13:7,17
  • “Authority in the word” Matt. 8:5-13
  • Authority of all teachers not just elders
  • Word is authority for all saints
  • Word is authority for matters of faith, not matters of judgmentRomans 14
  • All saints (& elders) to submit to this authority
authority of elders in the kingdom
Authority of Elders in the Kingdom
  • Same work in nature as all saints Heb. 12:15 looking diligently (“episcoping”)
  • Same goals of character to reach 1 Tim. 3:1-13, Gal. 5:21-22
  • Examples 1 Thess. 1:7
  • Differentindegree& trust of brethren in spiritual judgment
  • Churchcommitstoyieldto elders inspiritualmatters of judgment
authority of elders in the kingdom1
Authority of Elders in the Kingdom
  • Preacherdoes not receive this deference
  • Eldershave no special authority in judgments of nonspiritual matters
  • Church is involved in church decisions with deference to expert (building, finances, etc.) 1 Cor. 16:15-16
  • Elders to be spiritual experts
  • Acts 11:30 is a spiritual matter (see 2 Cor. 8:4)
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