January 15, 2023 Pastor Prep Notes
A Verse to Remember:
28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29 For our God is a devouring fire. Hebrews 12:28-29
Gospel Story: Mark 10:35-45 Follow Jesus’ Lead :)
Today’s Scripture: 7 Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. 18 Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do. 19 And especially pray that I will be able to come back to you soon.
Kingdom Leadership is synonymous with Jesus. It has to be. He’s our King above all Kings! So when the author of Hebrews encourages us to remember and obey our spiritual leaders, Jesus must always remain the ultimate focus of our reflection and the way we do life itself.
Keep Jesus the focus when Hebrews invites you to reflect upon and remember our spiritual leaders. The author’s list is likely found in Chapter 11. Remember the folks he asked us to remember? And why? Be reminded of their faith and what God accomplished because of their faith. What did their faith do? Their faith prepared the way for Jesus, for God to fulfill His plans for them and for us in Christ. That’s why we are to “follow the example of their faith”. Their faith and in turn their lives are consistent with Kingdom leadership. It leads us into relationship with Jesus.
Before re-reading Hebrews 13:8-9 look ahead to Hebrews 13:17-18, “obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say”… “give them reason to do what they do with joy and not sorrow”… According to Hebrews, along with the testimony of Scripture, God gives us spiritual leadership to “watch over (y)our souls”. Or as described in the Ephesians 4 Leadership Roles spiritual leaders have the grace of God to “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” (Eph 4:12-13). What person in search of the King and the Kingdom of Heaven doesn’t want this!
Unshakable Kingdom leadership is synonymous with Jesus. Cling to Jesus (see Hebr13:8-9). In our quest to find the spiritual leaders who will help us become the spiritual leaders that God invites us to become, keep Jesus the focus as you grow. Jesus with His disciples in Mark 10 is both revealing what spiritual leadership looks like and how we might become spiritual leaders ourselves (see Phil 2:1-13). Jesus makes possible Unshakable Kingdom Leadership, people—united in faith, the knowledge of the Son of God, mature in a way that is consistent and true to the “full stature of Christ”-God’s own Servant King. Wow. Thank you Jesus!