How to Choose Leaders in the Local Church Day 3
By Moving in Progress 6:5-7
When God’s leaders are selected to meet a clear purpose and moving toward a definite plan, then we will see definite and clear progress in the body of Christ. When we select and place God’s leaders God’s way, then God’s plans are fulfilled.
There is no more amazing example of the antithesis to this than with Paul’s instructions to the Ephesians. Consider Paul’s instructions to the leadership of Ephesus in Ephesians 4:11-16.
Paul says that the building of the body, the perfecting of the church and the progress of God’s Kingdom hinges, in a large part, on what the leadership is doing to equip and serve. Paul gave these leadership instructions to the Ephesians in about A.D. 60-62. This means that leadership instructions were coming straight from the Apostle Paul himself. That means that the church in Ephesus, over the next several years and decades, must have been a strongly led, thriving church. Yet....consider....something....
In about A.D. 90-92, thirty years after Paul taught the Ephesians on leadership, a man named John saw a great Revelation. The original recipients of this amazing vision were seven churches. Within these seven churches was a church named Ephesus. Let’s consider what John wrote to them in Revelation 2:1-4.
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Only thirty years after the leadership training of the Apostle Paul, the Ephesian Church was stumbling and faltering. Could it be that the generation of leaders who stood in Paul’s time did not adequately equip a new group? It is critical that local church leaders are God’s leaders, placed to accomplish God’s purposes and God’s plans. It is in this light that we will see churches accomplish God’s progress.
An organization, institution rises and falls on leadership. The local church succeeds or fails by godly, God called, God purposed, God planned and God progressed leadership.