Authority is better than you think and worse than you think. It is God’s good and dangerous gift.
GOD'S GOOD GIFT
Our modern world tends to undermine all forms of authority other than its own and replaces them with the sense that all responses are merely a matter of preference.
Church authority is how a group of individual Christians speaks in unison to the nations, “Here we are, a new nation and race. We represent Jesus and we have good news for you!”
Here are seven points regarding the keys of the kingdom, and how local churches exercise authority through their use.
What is the Nature of Pastoral Authority? — Perspectives from a Methodist, a Presbyterian, and a BaptistBy B. Merkle, K. DeYoung, M. O'Reilly | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.26.2016
We asked three pastors from three different traditions to answer the question: What is the nature of a pastor’s authority?
It’s time for the church to create space in its local assemblies for strong females who happily affirm authority while advocating for more opportunities for women to flourish according to their gifts and qualification.
We asked two pastors the question: Is it self-serving to teach on a pastor’s authority? If not, then how should you do it?
We asked three pastors to reflect on how the people of their nation—Brazil, Great Britain, and China—tend to respond to exercised authority.
What’s the difference between a Protestant understanding of local church authority and a Roman Catholic one?
GOD'S DANGEROUS GIFT
As a woman deeply thankful for the calling and care of elders, I’d like to offer four questions that may help you recognize if you are drifting into domineering.
Here are fifteen marks that will keep you from being a “9Marxist,” that is, a church leader who abuses their authority.
The greater the degree of authority, the greater the pain inflicted when it is abused. If it’s devastating in the world, how much more so in the church of Jesus Christ?
As a pastor who has also suffered abuse, how do I respond to the abused sufferers and anti-authoritarian people in my care in a way that’s biblical, loving, and true to God’s revealed Word?
Prosperity gospel churches are seedbeds for abusive authority.
How do we decide what to do when we gather together on Sundays? Well, quite simply, we don’t decide. God does—and God has.
It is not a pastor’s job to adjudicate the dispute; instead, the pastor’s job is to walk with his people through the implications created by the state’s justice system.
The church gives millennials the joys of intimate relationship and meaning, but not in ways most might naturally think.
Leadership in the local church is established by God for the blessing of his people. However, for leadership to be effective, it needs to be encouraged and supported by the members of the church.
When I first began attending my church, I’d never given much thought to church membership. And if I’m honest, it all sounded a bit dull to me.
How does a new elder earn that informal authority or trust that is crucial to leading a congregation?
Let’s ensure that missionaries who leave quickly fall under the authority of a Christ-governed healthy church wherever they are.
What we all need are not more authoritarian preachers but more authoritative sermons.