The essence of authority is defined in the person of Jesus Christ, the head of the church and must be displayed in patterns of the church. The scriptures are the authoritative words spoken by Christ. We must pledge to give our utmost attention to His Word and view all things in light of it. The practice of submitting to the authority of Jesus Christ is the ultimate issue of a rising or a falling church.
Authority in the Church
We live in a culture that displays an increasing contempt for authority of all kinds. Contemporary ideas and attitudes are light years away from what the bible has to say. In these stories we learn that God’s plan for leadership in the church is not that one individual should dominate the next -- autocracy. Nor is it one man, one vote -- democracy. It is certainly not ‘every man for himself’ -- anarchy.
Instead the biblical pattern is ‘servant leadership’ -- a plurality of godly men responsible ‘for’ not ‘to’ the congregation. This is not a matter of marginal importance. The church cannot and does not make progress beyond the spiritual maturity and sensitivity of its leaders.