Bible “overseers” are supposed to be like officials in football

I believe the Bible shows that Christian leaders should monitor and give humble oversight to worship gatherings, not dominate or control them. When Christians meet without the freedom to say and/or do what Jesus tells the to, the Spirit will be quenched.

I love it when Christ-followers gather and wait for Jesus to speak to people and prompt them to say and/or do what He says. To say that a Christian gathering can’t be led by the living Jesus (without human control) is to express doubt in His resurrection.

When Christians meet, they should be free to hear and obey the living Jesus. Any elders (mature Christians) present should observe the meeting, overseeing it and offering humble, loving correction if anything is said or done that disrupts the Holy Spirit’s leadership.

The Bible sees Christian leaders as plural, working as equals in a Spirit-led team, not as individuals. It calls them “episkopos” (overseers), meaning “those who look intently.” Their job is not to control a Christian gathering with human authority, but to observe and monitor it, (like officials in football observe and monitor a game). In a worship gathering, the goal of Christian overseers is to focus people’s attention on the living Jesus, not on themselves, as they closely watch in case they need to humbly correct anything that begins to shut down the Holy Spirit’s control of the meeting.

Powerless forms of godliness are lullabies that continually lull Christians into spiritual sleep. Christ in you is the present day “hope of glory,” not a done deal to be kept tucked away in the back of your heart until you die. If you believe you’ve maxed out your relationship with God, you won’t grow any closer to Him.

Christianity, without ongoing awareness of the presence of the living Jesus, is incomplete. An incomplete view of Christianity causes us to settle for less than God has for us. There’s much more than we perceive. God’s grace is complete, but my humility has plenty of room to grow. See: James 4:6.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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1 Response to Bible “overseers” are supposed to be like officials in football

  1. Sonny says:

    Amen! We have observed many times a zealous group will start growing and soon a wolf, or wolves, shows up with his goats to “But” anyone who does different. With prayerful harmony and seeking God’s will from our “Wonderful Counselor” the local ekklesia has the Power, wisdom and knowledge to select humble men to shepherd the flock. Some from divided denominations who have regulated this awesome work to hired hands, clergy, reverends or boards, just don’t know any better. Without these key people in the humble positions plans will fail. Men in their wisdom and eloquence rob the cross of power. We see the imperative Paul displayed in his writing on the “Shepherds”, Elders, of the flock. Peter said this; “Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness” ;1 Peter 5:2 NAS

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