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Be Respectful! (2 of 7)
Series: The Church's Stance While Awaiting Christ's Return
1 Thess. 5:12-13; Psalm 133:1-3
INTRO: Stephen Hawkins is one of the finest physicists in the world today, having a mind so brilliant that he has been compared to Einstein and others who have shaped the world with their keen intellect. Yet, with his mind in perfect working order his body is ravaged with a disease that has left him totally immobile - now he cannot even speak. Though nothing is wrong with his mind his body is horribly paralyzed by a disease that makes each part ignore the other parts, nothing works in sync, his mind is thus trapped in a useless nonfunctioning body.
Sadly, this is sometimes the picture of the church of Jesus Christ, called in the Bible the ''BODY OF CHRIST'' - Jesus Himself being the head of that body. As the Head, Jesus is always perfect. Nothing is wrong with the head but sometimes the body doesn't function well, the results can be crippling for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Paul in writing to the church in Thessalonica reminds them about the importance of church organization and the attitudes toward one another within the body of Christ while they are watching for His return.
One of the responsibilities of the church watching for the return of Jesus Christ is to maintain a healthy love and respect for its leaders and for its leaders to have a healthy love and respect for those they lead -- and in doing so Christ's body will function well and the Gospel of Christ will be promoted!
PROP.SENT: The Bible teaches us that it is important for the leaders and those they lead to love and respect each other in order for the body of Christ to be functional and coordinated.
I. ABOUT LEADERS IN THE CHURCH 1 Thess. 5:12-13a
A. Responsibilities 1 Thess. 5:12
1. The group of leaders being addressed here in Thessalonica is primarily the Elders and the Pastor.
2. There are 3 areas mentioned concerning their roles in the churc ...
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