Who is the true shepherd? How should a leader lead? Who is to be Lord over the church, the pastor or Jesus? Is it true that those who follow Jesus are all kings and priests?

These doctrines of Jesus, which are written in the Holy Bible, have the true answer!

Revelation 1:6 (Jesus has)…made us kings and priests…

Luke 6:39-40 (Jesus asked)...Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.

Hebrews 7:28 ...the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God...

Hebrews 8:2 ...a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.

Hebrews 4:14-16 let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Matthew 23:8-10One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.  And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.

John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.

John 10:16 …there will be one flock and one shepherd.

1John 2:27 ...the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you...

Hebrews 8:10-12 (Jesus' covenant with His people)...I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

Ephesians 1:22-23 (paraphrased) ...(God) put all things under (Jesus') feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus...

Now that we know who the real Pastor / Teacher is, lets see what His assistants should look like.

Matthew 20:25-28 …the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

1 Corinthians 12:28 God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

Ephesians 4:12-13 ...for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ...

1Timothy 5:17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.

1Timothy 3:1 ...If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.

Titus 1:7-8 ...a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled...

1Timothy 3:2 ...the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach...

Titus 1:9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

One who is...

1Timothy 3:3-13 ...not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 10:12 But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2 Corinthians 10:18 For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

Remember...

1Corinthians 11:3the head of every man is Christ

Ephesians 5:23 ...Christ is head of the church...

Hebrews 3:6 Christ as Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

To...

1Peter5:1-5 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. Submit to God, Resist the Devil Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Acts 20:28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Is there only one minister with authority at your church or are you all co-ministers working together for the sake of the gospel? Who's church is it? Is the church man's or Jesus'? Does Jesus want His assistants to protect His church from the truth or from the lies of satan? Where should ministers of the gospel be shepherding Jesus' people, to Jesus or to themselves? Who should God's people ultimately follow, man or Jesus?

Acts 4:19-20 “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

Acts 5:29 ...We ought to obey God rather than men.

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