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Follow the Leader

The health of a local fellowship depends on each member's submission and responsible participation.

Introduction

A church fails for one of two reasons.

The first reason is poor leadership—the failure of those whom God has called to lead, to lead well, to lead biblically, and to lead in an exemplary fashion. Many a church has found itself destroyed because leadership did not live up to biblical expectations.

Second, churches fail because of a lack of congregational support. All the leadership in the world can't lead folks who won't follow. Leaders must lead well, but they need people to follow well, too.

Today, by way of Hebrews 13:7–24, we want to look at the responsibility of membership—what it means for the person in the pew who hears and benefits from the ministry of a local assembly. If we're going to disciple the church to impact the world, every part of the body must be dynamically involved in the process. The church only develops properly when members play their part. If we fail to do and be what God has called us to do and be, we will never disciple the church or impact the world.

Relate properly to your leadership.

First of all, each member is to relate properly to the leadership of his or her church. That means three things: remember your leaders, obey your leaders, and greet your leaders.

Hebrews 13:7 says, "Remember those who led you, who spoke the Word of God to you, considering the result of their conduct, and imitate their faith." The writer asks that you simply remember those who have led you. Don't take good leadership for granted; don't hold that lightly.

First Thessalonians 5:12–13 says, "And we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, that you esteem them very highly in love because ...

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Tony Evans is founder and President of The Urban Alternative. He pastors Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas. His most recent book is Kingdom Man.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Relate properly to your leadership

II. Use your gifts

III. Support strong family structures

Conclusion