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02. Kingly Power and the Scarlet Letter "A"

Ron Kelly
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Are you subject to authority? Pastor Kelly shares why accountability is so crucial.

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Ron Kelly

Senior Pastor, Village SDA Church, Berrien Springs, Michigan

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  • December 8, 2018
    11:30 AM
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Let's pray. Lord our lives are yours by creation by redemption and by our surrender. Please speak to us now help us to hear and obey may we find joy in that obedience and freedom empowered initiated. By you now Lord bless the words that you have given me I pray make them live may they be words from the word and give us hearts all of us. Especially me to be people of proper submission in Jesus name I pray Amen. In white rights and evangelism page 165. Fearful the perils are before those who bear responsibilities in the Cause of God perils the thought of which make me tremble but the word comes in quotes my hand is upon the wheel and I will not allow men to control my work for these last days my hand is turning the wheel and my Providence will continue to work out the divine plan irrespective of human inventions and the great closing works he writes We shall meet with perplexities that we know not how to deal with but let us not forget that the 3 great powers of heaven are working that a divine hand is on the wheel and that God will bring his purposes to pass. I want to encourage you as we take up our 2nd in the series of kingly power that God will take the work into his own hands in the meantime we do not need to take it into ours. And that's what I want to talk about this morning now I'm going to pick on Americans for a while partially because I am one. But what I say about Americans will be very likely true of all human beings. So I'm holding in my hand a story from the Associated Press dated October 23 1909 it's a story of a woman by the name of Jan Davis Jan was a 60 year old skydiver and Jan didn't like a rule you see there something that Americans do in these expiring extreme sports it's called BASE jumping. And it's an acronym which I'm not going to try to cite from memory but they find a spot that is connected to earth but far enough up to where their parachute will open when they jump. And it just so happened that Jan like to jump from El Capitan in Yosemite. Now the problem was in the 1980 S. The park rangers had established a rule in Yosemite that actually allowed base jumping during certain times and in certain places if you wanted to you could get your adrenaline rush by going to the edge leaping off the side and at a certain point time open your chute. But people broke the rules so many times about when and where to jump that the park said you can't do it here anymore so what is it about people that as soon as someone tells them they can't do something that's the only thing they want to do. Now if you can identify with that I hope the rest of the sermon will speak you know the sad part of the story is is that people continued breaking this rule and till finally there was a young man who actually jumped landed successfully but while being chased by the Rangers drowned in the Merson river which was overflowing now Jan thought to herself with 4 other people I'm going to make a protest and my protest is I'm going to go up there and jump now what you need to know when the jumpers jumped 3200 feet from the top to the bottom where they would land but every jumper that was caught forfeited their parachute equipment and were fined $2000.00 and were put in jail. Now going to jail wasn't a big deal and I suspect she must have been a fairly well to do women because she had jumped 3000 times in her life she was the 1st woman to jump from it was to fall in South America if I'm naming the right falls No Angel Falls in Venezuela and so she must've been a woman so mean so the $2000.00 wasn't a big deal but she did have a fog attachment for her own skydiving equipment so on that day as she summited the launching point she had borrowed somebody else's equipment. And number one wet and took several I don't know 3 or 4 minutes to float down number 2 when it took 3 or 4 minutes to float down expecting to be accosted by is that the right word when you've broken the rules have been just apprehended by the Rangers and finally it was her turn. And she stepped back from the edge and took a run and leaped now on the forest floor was her husband can who had actually done skydiving work in association with the James Bond movies and he was photographing it all. And pretty soon the $150.00 spectators started saying pull the cord. Pull the cord. It only takes about I believe it only took about 20 seconds. And never was the cord pulled her husband slumped over the camera that he was for taking pictures and. So what did happen. Well where you pull the shoe on her equipment was different than where you pull the chute on her borrowed equipment and there was no backup chute. 60 year old JAN DAVIS. Protesting a rule losing her life there was one more parachutist at the top and he walked down off the mountain I need to ask you at the beginning of this message are you accountable to anybody do you know what it means to submit to authority or you are the only authority in your life. I think that America is fast approaching the same sentiment that is written in the last chapters of Book of Judges that every man did what was right and by the way that includes the women too in their own eyes. We find ourselves in a unique position today as members of a global church that has processed a division of topic and said as a whole although not unanimously that this is how we feel about it. It was processed again by representatives $309.00 in Battle Creek in the month of October and this is what we're going to do about it because it appears that our formally held sense of unity is no longer in decision making is no longer at some level the currently held sense of our practice but the body at large has not come quite to the place where we're willing to surrender our theology of process and our nobility of person and our sense of collective accountability now whether you like the decision or not is beside the point. We could be talking about any one of a number of things. The absolutely add actual subject matter over which the division has found its initiation its genesis. While it may be the issue to some we have left that issue behind as we have decided that independence of spirit and independent thought is the forum for the day now and just in this last week I've had 3 very interesting things that have happened to me item number one is that I had somebody from this faith community this actual church send me an e-mail and in the process of their email they describe them working with someone in the southwest Michigan territory here and in the process of their dialogue and they must have both been they actually were both 7th Day Adventists one had worked very high up if you want to refer to it that way in the administrative circles of our church it appears to me from the e-mail that was sent that somewhere along the way they lost the simplicity of a child's faith and had a very jaded experience because in the experience between the village member and this other individual they happened to pull out of one of their files are often one of the stacks in your house a picture of our general conference President wearing a Nazi S.S. uniform and the person who provided the cartoon the character thought it was very funny but the person that received it did not think it was funny and actually challenged the individual who provided this caricature of leadership it doesn't appear that the village member persuaded the other member but nonetheless there was a proper engagement that suggested that we ought not to speak evil of our leaders do you remember when Paul was being interrogated before the Sanhedrin. And he said it's in all good conscience that I stand before you here today and the High Priest motion to someone standing by him to strike him and he hit him in the mouth and Paul said God will strike you you whitewash wall. For going against the law. And the man standing next to him said Do you speak such about the high priest and Paul said oh I didn't know it was the high priest you see in the books of the Old Testament in the Pentateuch numbers I believe it says you shall not speak evil against a ruler The 2nd thing that happened to me this week was that I listened to a presentation by one of the groups in our community that like to meet on a semi-regular basis and the message was entitled A time to speak out we don't have no problem in my understanding of Christian governance with somebody speaking out as a matter of fact I do it every Sabbath and I'm doing it right now the problem was is that the way the dialogue was picture framed was that we were at a Martin Luther moment and it wasn't that we were to Martin Luther moment against the oppression of civil authority or a pasta a general church we were at a large Luther moment because of some of the leaders of our own church. That was soon as you picture frame a disagreement where you're Martin Luther. What does that make everybody else I want you to think about it it's exceptionally unfair and accusatory and even if you feel it you ought to be careful about where you say it. For fear that your influence my empower people who are quite so committed to this body of faith. When I think about the elements that are raging inside of our church at this moment I'm convinced that the devil would like nothing more than to tear this place apart Satan is an accuser of the brother and the white rites and 888 and when he can set the leaven of disaffection to work in human hearts he is exalted when he can divide the Brethren he has a hellish Jubilee. I think if our brother could see as I have seen how much wrong is done in speaking evil of our brother there would be an entire change in the way we treat one another you do not understand yourselves. You misinterpret words and deeds you measure them from your own finite standpoint your imagination lead you astray your feelings your tongues which are not sanctified are employed in a service and a work that is anything but holy and Christ like so how many of you want to sponsor a party for the demons and call it a hellish Jubilee provided substance for and sustenance courtesy of the 7 they have an acim self. Sober words sober subject matter. When it comes to considering where we are in our societies experience we've come to a place where truly consumerism and capitalism has found the ascendancy and everyone is a customer and nobody is accustomed to being held accountable. You don't like how something turned out at Wal-Mart recalls or Meyer It's no problem take it back it's always the customers way although L.L. Bean in the last year has abandoned its policy of absolute guaranteed returns why because it appears that our society has become so. So dishonest. They are no longer doing business with people of integrity it's gone. When it comes to the moments we're at right now it appears to me that the church is stuck waiting for a prophetic voice to point the way. The church is in a position where it seems that even men and women of high rank and office have allowed the roots of bitterness to grow in their heart and thus they like the Democrats and the Republicans are no longer able to talk M. pray through their problems thus we look almost as important as the structures of worldly governance and by the way on that note I want to make sure you understand the difference between representative government like administers practices and political governance when our president elder Mitchy was elected back in September to be our conference President so many delegates were elected from this constituency to go up there and represent this church they voted yes or no for a recommendation from the nominee Committee he was overwhelmingly elected. This is good there is accountability leaders hold of already by merit. Appointed term of office. But they do hold authority beyond that. You see what a leader does in a religious setting that's different than in a political setting is that a leader in a religious setting receives the affirmation of the body is prayed over the laying on of hands and then is vested with a duty to fulfill the spiritual governance of that conference or that union or that division or that General Conference our worldwide church the best they understand in connection with other men and women. But what a political leader will never do or almost never is go against the voice of the people. But what the church is confused about right now is thinking that the voice of the people is the final authority for the people of appointed leader. But like in a hall so in the church the leaders are actually duty bound to actually exercise divine Parag and tears and voices prophetic voices of authority to help keep this church on the straight and narrow and while a political leader feels duty bound to announce what the largest of the constituent say a political leader is a man or a woman who prays and knows in the end that their 1st allegiance has it's best they can understand it is to God. Because sometimes the people you represent actually experience something we call spiritual degeneration maybe even apostasy actually the people we represent you represent I might represent sometimes go astray. God holds leaders responsible in a different way this is why James would say that not many of you think to be teachers and he wasn't thinking reading writing and arithmetic for you will be judged more strictly there's something about the influence of a leader there's something about the authority of a leader there's something about the ability to shape the general culture of the body they're leading that gives a leader a certain responsibility a certain prerogative and a certain authority right now we're reaping the bitter fruits of a generation of Americans and not just Americans maybe 2 generations who have not been held accountable by parents by teachers or by ministers. You know what Paul said he said multiple times in his letters to the church says you need to walk worthy Paul wasn't confused about what the power of grace could be to live a sanctified life Paul wasn't confused about the dynamics of accountability Paul wasn't confused about Victory in Jesus or the into well in spirit Paul would tell us that we ought not to be behaving as the Scripture was read by our 4th grade teacher is ordinary people the New American Standard says as mere man and other words when the universe looks awed they're looking to see the practical outworking of the Spirit of Christ in His people so they don't look just like everybody else on the face of the planet so their culture their leadership their governance their homes their churches their schools are all beautifully wonderfully different. We're living in an age in which we are bearing the bitter fruits of not being careful about our theology. We do not believe what the rest of proud of this and believes about conversion I'll talk more about this in February when I begin a different series the rest of process them because I'm believes all you have to do is make an act we have since in verbiage to the name of Jesus and that's enough no moral changes required in the behavior there is to be no fruits worthy of repentance which by the way is a direct scriptural quote but John the Baptist warned the people coming to him for repentance that they ought to actually be able to show that their profession is matched with a practice you see when you baptize a person before they experience some Victory in Jesus especially over agree just sin soul destroying body destroying sin you write a fatal loop into the spiritual software of their future walk with God. And they remain perpetually dis functional. We actually expect that the people who down into this watery grave will have tasted and seen that the Lord is good at breaking chains of addiction. This is the right and the prerogative of every new convert and since we don't believe that baptism is where you get your salvation the journey of preparation is simply about digging a nice foundation for a spiritual skyscraper not a shanty box to live in. Yes we're living in a strange day. Americans are very much liberty loving but we're coming close to the tipping point I suspect where people are going to say maybe it's time to start talking about the things that protect civility and society. And why is not backwards at all about the dynamics of proper authority if you are a dad or a mother and you are not exercising your authority God forbid what you will reap in a harvest down the road and God forbid what all of us will have to live with through your dereliction of duty. It's not accidental and happenstance all that every other week or so we hear about a young person usually a boy who has gone into some school or movie theater or nightclub and started randomly and viciously taking the lives of people know these things didn't come from nowhere the scripture says you reap what you sow. And while parents should not take total responsibility for the actions of their adult children for sure they are to lay a foundation and it does include accountability and it doesn't clue the proper exercising of authority interestingly writing in the review and herald July 25 she writes to absolve the minister as perfection because he has not displeased anyone by reproving errors not only brings a snare upon the minister but it brings disaster upon the people. He who does not hurt the spiritual self complacency of the people is almost defiled by them why a devoted faithful servant of God who lays bare as the errors of the church members is supposed to be defective because he does not see what they suppose are their personal merits he reproves Rahm's which really exist in this is counted and in dignity and his authority in instruction are cast aside and trodden under foot. Taken by Moses more and open him up to the Book of Numbers Numbers Chapter 12. So I never got around to telling you the 3rd thing that happened to me this week I was visiting with the minister. In this community and sharing with them what God had laid on my heart to present. And when it was all said and done the person said to me. They agreed with me. At least they agreed with me generally but they said I'm not too sure about some of the maneuverings that have been used to arrive present administrate of positions and he was speaking to several lines up the authority chain in the administering Now I want to tell you something the word maneuverings is a pejorative word that means it is dripping with negative overtones. If somebody accused me of maneuvering then I'm starting to look like a slick operator and by the way I'd like to know Dad when your child accuses you of having kingly authority how are you going to defend yourself I'd like to know principle when your student accuses you of having kingly authority how are you going to defend yourself what's going on in this church right now is that we have lowered ourselves down to the ordinary activities of unregenerate people and in the process the Devils working very hard to make sure that no authority is exercised. So that we can total chaos and he can come in with his grand scheme to save the world which will include a new focus on religion Numbers Chapter 12. Miriam wasn't sure about the maneuvering at the very top either it says in verse one that Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman that's the poor a she's actually a Midianite but she's darker skinned Miriam doesn't like her and Miriam doesn't like the new calculus for administration in the camp. It was a Cushite woman whom he had married for he had married a Christian woman and they said Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses Now I'd like to know how astute you are this morning what does that sentiment suggest what kind of emotions and suspicions are written into that sentence has the Lord spoken only through Moses has he not spoken through us as well and the Scripture has this very short little commentary and the Lord heard it and I want you to know something if there was anybody in the camp who would know about Moses maneuverings it was his big sister and his big brother. And it can be a little hard to overcome that place but God had clearly spoken to Moses and they had the inside track but I want to remind your friends that Jesus themselves said by every word we speak we will be justified by every word we speak we will be condemned Miriam didn't like the fact that Jethro was in the camp and Moses was getting advice from someone else her insecurities rose up her jealousies Rosa speaking in patriarchs and prophets the author writes of fear that his that's Jethro's influence with the great leader exceeded there. She goes on to write that had Aaron Aaron had failed when entrusted with responsibility giving evidence of weakness of character were talking about the golden calf. By its base compliance in the matter of the idolatrous worship a sign a but Miriam and Aaron Listen to this next phrase blinded by jealousy and ambition lost sight of this the question I want to ask is do you think Miriam and Aaron knew they were blind. And do you think anybody else who might get their ideas twisted about someone who holds authority or. Or if there's any other situations maybe even in the 21st century where somebody might become blinded by jealousy ambition and not know that they are blinded. If ever there was an age for humility inside our interactions inside the church is today had Aaron stood up firmly for the right he might have checked the evil talking about Miriam and her gossip but instead of showing Miriam the sinfulness of her conduct he sympathized with her listen to her words of complaint and thus came to share her jealousy so what is it about this intervention that seems to require an almost divine encounter in the now. Why does God and His celestial throne Why does God come down and put a rapid stop to this well I encourage you the Sabbath afternoon to read chapters 13141516 what you'll see is is that even with this kind of divine imperative against criticizing Moses they still have one chapter after another of rebellion this score a date in a Byron after court date in a Byron gone they're all sad about what they did in the next day they're blaming Moses for for taking out these godly men Moses you take too much upon yourself I want to assure you today any leader who excepts in the name of Christ to lead a religious organization for a modest amount of money is doing it for hopefully most of the time's right reasons and while there are some who had her in for self-aggrandizement and personal ambition God has placed accountability in the system it's for you it's for me it's for anybody above or anybody else we serve. So God comes down communicate his discontent he is angry because he knows souls will be destroyed in eternity for the influence of these leaders he knows there will be people missing in heaven because the natural heart is inclined to this kind of behavior and when you see it done by those for whom God's favor has been upon him maybe hands even laid upon it legitimate it's that which needs no encouragement and no fertilization God tells Miriam if your father had but spit in your face you'd be unclean 7 days. Put it outside of the camp now for those of us that are into the feely mode that doesn't seem particularly nice. But if you understood the people salvation was waiting in the balance that might have been and actually was the nicest thing that could have been done to check a disease which is cancerous to the soul and destructive to eternal hope the manifestation of the Lord's displeasure writing and patriarchs and probably was designed to be a warning to all Israel to check the growing spirit of discontent and in SCIBOR did nation. If Miriam's envy and disaffection had not been signally rebuked it would have resulted in great evil the judgment visit upon Miriam should be rebuked all who yield to jealousy and murmur against those upon whom God lays the burden of his work now take your Bible and turn to the book of 1st Timothy 1st him of the chapter 4 verse one. And I want you to see that we are warned that in the end of the age the devil will come with a deceptive power unequal to what those before us or greater I should say have experienced 1st him of the chapter for looking at verse one. The spirit explicitly or expressly says now you have to remember this will be Paul's last written portion of the Scriptures. Well actually Book 2 will be but his letters the time of the year the end it's about over he's going to die. And he wants the young preacher to understand something the spirit explicitly or expressly says that in latter times some will fall away from the fate paying attention to deceitful spirits and to doctrines of demons. Now he goes on to describe a situation where a religious institution will rise up and say that you shouldn't marry and you can't be certain foods don't be confused those certain foods that can't be eaten are foods that God has legitimately said could but aside from the main apostasy that's written there in chapter 4 there is clearly an understanding that we're dealing with a master mind whose ability to deceive to blind. Is beyond anything we understand and what I want you to see is that in the last days. And this phrase the Elegy in the Greek is unique in the New Testament to is one place there will be deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons and I don't know of anything that any more deceitful than the human heart the worships its own ideas. We are living in an age like during the 1st advent of Jesus where their idols are no longer carved out with hands. The Idols of Christ day and the worship of those idols was the worship of pride of opinion so I'm asking you today can you do justly in the name of Christ walk humbly in the name of Christ and love mercy or is your opinion the only opinion could you be wrong even about you since we read earlier that we don't even understand ourselves now turn over a 1st John chapter 4 little bitty book towards the back of the Bible 1st John chapter 4. First John chapter 4 beginning with Verse one. Beloved do not believe every spirit. But do what friends. Test the spirits to see whether they're from God. Because many false prophets have come out into the world so let's do our own little test could we do that turn back to the book of Luke Chapter 9 and let's do a test right out of the Bible the so be a practice Luke Chapter 9 we'll do our own little practice test. I'll set the picture. Jesus is traversing through some area he's probably on his way to a feast the Samaritans don't like the Jews. And when they go into a town to make arrangements for him it doesn't work out verse 52 he sent messengers on ahead of him and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans Luke 952 to make arrange for him but they did not receive him because he was travelling towards Jerusalem and when his disciples James and John saw this they said lord. Do you want to command fire to come down from heaven and consume these people good spirit or bad spirit not too hard to figure out is it and by the way that word for Spirit in the New Testament is the word pneuma you all came to church today riding in cars they had pneumatic tires there was air in them in other words the breath of God that brings life and so Jesus actually says in verse 55 he turned and rebuke them and he said you don't know what kind of spirit you are of. So I want to play for a little bit with this word pneuma or breath I want to test the spirits so let's do something unpleasant. I'd like for you to think of that person I don't want you to ever name the person I don't want you to talk about the person the Sabbath afternoon but I'd like for you to name that one person in your life that every time you see them you'd really rather they not breathe on you because they have chronic Hello ptosis. Is there anybody in your world in your circle that you know this is a problem I'm not talking about when somebody eats too much Italian food and the garlic was a little too heavy I'm talking about people that it seems for some reason no matter how much they brush their teeth or chew on gum they've got something wrong with the hygiene in their body somewhere and they have bad breath you know I want to make sure you understand something. James puts it this way a fresh well does not produce brackish water. Have you ever read that in the book of James It's not that hard to test the spirits. As I said in the 1st service some people's Christian experience is flavored by chewing on other church members or the preacher and it ought not to be so I can assure you that the Pharisees had theological orthodoxy that meant that they had the tenants right Jesus would even say do as they say just don't do as they do because the Pharisees had a bad spirit they had bad breath. So what do we want for our collective church I mean it's interesting that the Bible describes Jesus breathing on them and them receiving the spirit what do you want and what are you giving other people and what do we have collectively a corporately how are we relating to each other and what kind of honor are we paying to those who pick up the so often unappreciated in unrecognized sacrifices of trying to make something go in August 28th 1963 Martin Luther King on the Mall in Washington D.C. said that is something that I must say to my people who are on the Warren threshold which leads to the Palace of Justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred and could the people say amen. We must rise above the ordinariness of regular Hooman human interacting King went on to say we must forever conduct our struggle on the high plain of dignity and discipline and by the way friends Moses was kept out of the Promised Land to was any do you know why. Well you say well of course pastor he struck the rock when he should have talked it yes that's exactly right but here's how numbers 27 describes it Moses said Go up into them out and see the land that I'm going to give you and he tells them why he's not going in for in the wilderness of sin during the strife of the congregation you re belled. Against my command So let's come back to our original question are you accountable to anybody or do you chafe when somebody holds you to a test of spiritual integrity. When my wife and I were married in the early days when we had no money and we old lots of bills we had that $50.00 a month spending arrangement I tell people that my wife never felt so pour after we got married and I never felt so rich. So consequentially you know who the spender was and you know who the Savior was now what we've discovered through the years is that when I find those shelves and they're full of 75 percent off I might buy a 1000 rolls of toilet paper. Finding a place to put it might be a problem. What we discovered was was that for me buying created a degree of security for her it was saving but you know she also learned something about me and that is that when I got on the Internet and I started looking at motorized vehicles whether they had 2 wheels or 4 she noticed that the longer I looked the more likely it was that I was going to want to buy it was somewhat of a principled violation of our agreement and I hated Oh I hate it when I'd be sitting there looking at my next dream vehicle. And she'd walk up behind me and look over my shoulder to see what I was looking at. Can anybody hold you accountable do you resist or even worse resent authority and the wife says you cannot afford to allow any in Christ like spirit to embetter your spirit against your brother and. When we look at the Bible we find that Paul charges Timothy to be a good soldier when we read the Spirit of Prophecy we find out why using terms like generals and captains when we sing in our hurt him books we sing Stand like the brave and like a mighty army moves the Church of God All of those embody a mentality of structure discipline and authority with accountability but it appears for all the metaphors of military battle in Scripture and saw there is a unique phenomenon that is on Adventism right now and it is this that it appears to the Western culture Adventism is not in a battle. Except with itself. And THAT my friends Jesus said will never work because a house divided cannot stand. Paul commanded the young pastors to reject a factious man. Paul directed that they were to speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority let no one despise them Titus Chapter 215 Paul understood the authority rightly exercised was for the save guard of the body. And THAT my friends is still what the already properly conducted should do it is not authority that turns your kids away from Jesus it is authority without affection it is not authority that is a problem it is an overreach of authority and the smore any what God has put on my heart to bring to you is this. The in a society that resist authority and hates accountability God's church will submit to the word to each other in the proper way and to those God has placed as leaders among them and that is not a subject of mindlessness and not us objection or submission of mindlessness that is a mutual submission to a belief and a commitment to love and pray and serve each other and to trust in the God of heaven Paul wrote to an Islamist and said I could command June but I'm asking you so I want to leave you with these 3 things from the book of Hebrews Hebrews Chapter 13 this is how Paul and his book and yes I do believe he wrote it 3 times for some reason when we come down to the end of the book he mentions leaders verse 7 remember those who lead you who spoke the word of God to you your versions may say rule over you if you've got a new King James Version or some others considering the result of their conduct imitate their faith Paul gets it we should get it there's something about excellent leadership that is worthy of emulation it ought to be repeated it ought to be done we ought to be the best group of people in America raising the most balanced leaders who know how to serve with all their heart and exercise authority with kindness and compassion but with resolve. 7th Day Adventists Holmes ought to be structured in such a way that the children know how to bay that respect is paid to each other and that order is maintained our schools and our churches should be the same and nothing could be changed as we moved up through the ranks from conferences the unions the divisions or our General Conference that's verse 7. For 17. He says Obey your leaders and submit to them for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account let them do this with joy and not with grief for this would be unprofitable to you. And then in the 2nd to the last line he says in verse 24 greet all of your leaders some of you maybe have never had the experience of actually having to stand in somebodies way to be unappreciated in misunderstood maybe for actual good causes and you've walked into a room and you can feel the ice. How many times I've walked up to people that I know don't appreciate who I am as a person or what I'm doing for the church and held out my hand to them acting like it was the easiest thing in the world for me to do I can't count but that is what we have to do because if you lead with sanctified reason your feelings will eventually come along behind you and get into line. We don't have to agree theologically on everything but I'll tell you one thing theologically we have to agree on. That the prayer of Jesus depressed together is a mandate that the prayer of Jesus to be one like the Father's Son the Holy Spirit is a directive It's a command and that it takes work. And we need to let the love of Jesus shine in our hearts in 1st into the Chapter one verses 3 or 4 this is what Paul wrote to him Make sure you don't lose this because of the and lose this you've lost it always says the purpose of the commandment the purpose of the come out I'm going to distill this book down into 3 sentiments 1st I'm of the Chapter one Verse 3 and for the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart you lose that you've lost it all Paul right collages chapter 3 Love is the bond of perfection above all put on the bond of perfection because it's going to be strained in this church ma'am it's going to be stretched it might get close to breaking but love is the bond of perfection it won't break down number 2 a good conscience sometimes your conscience tells you you shouldn't said that sometimes your conscience tells you you shouldn't be thinking that. Sometimes your conscience says you did the right thing let it be you lose the ability for your conscience to be plucked by the hand of God and you might as well be on your own you've started the road towards the unpardonable sin and the last thing Paul writes to Timothy the love from a pure heart a good conscience and a faith on feigned it's not fake it's real. And I want to tell you when you've got a childlike faith in God you might be a David being hunted by a saw but you know well you can still write songs in the night and people will be repeating them singing them and praying them 2 and a half millennia later. So where we at friends house your prayer life are you praying for your leaders are you praying for your kids' teachers are you praying for your kids principle are you praying for the people who give watch over yourself yes Paul in his book saying great the leaders. Because it's sometimes it's hard for them the emotional price tag they pay to be a leader is high so just acknowledge them when they come into the room just shake their hand and that'll do something for We've been called the much more than that yes the new scarlet letter in America is authority if you actually try to exercise it you could be branded as attempting to overreach and have kingly power I'm appealing to you today in the name of Christ if you're a parent you need to properly exercise your authority and let us pray for every other person from the parents to the presidents to quote Edmund Friedman in his book a failure of nerve that everyone here would understand there is a journey of stewardship for some and it involves an exercise of authority it comes from Christ and without exercising it we will be at a tremendous loss of quality of family life Jesus himself submitted to the journey as father picked out for him he was a man of true authority he spoke with authority his disciples were recognized because they spoke with authority to do. Acts $413.00 but he laid it all down in the name of this father's direction trusting at the outcome even though he would suffer and you may suffer too. That the outcome in the end. Would be to bring many sons and daughters to glory hallelujah May we walk in his way may we show a completely different beautiful and noble conduct of governance in our homes and our houses of worship and May the world take note that we're not acting like mere men we're not behaving like ordinary people we have the presence of Jesus in the conduct the governance the discipline and the direction of this church Amen. Father. The battle in heaven with the fallen Lucifer was over the lines of authority who held what properly and God ordained constituted Parag gives him power real battle still rages Lord in every human heart really with the fallen nature naturally don't want to think that we're wrong or have somebody suggest that we ought to examine ourselves action and motive and thought I read I'm praying Lord for another humility to pray for each other for another humility to believe the best about each other or for enough to military to come to you and explain that that's not the case and we need a divine treatment of the heart. To give us enough humility Lord when it's not quite right to follow you in the making of it rain. If it means a dialogue an uncomfortable unnatural appointment. May we do it. If it means confronting our own negative cycles of thought borne of insecurity or jealousy. Or pride of opinion. I'm praying Lord molasses in this local church and blushes up through the ranks of Adventist leadership so that to the world we are not divided but we are one in hope and doctrine and one in charity. There will be responsible and honest enough to own our own feelings and know when they're right and wrong. And bring them to you to be made right in Jesus name I pray Amen. This media was brought to you by audio post a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermon leave Visit W W W dot audio Verse dot org.

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