This week Pastor John preached a message to encourage and exhort the men of Normandy to rise into their God-given role as leaders, providers and protectors in their families, church and sphere of influence. We act like men when we reject passivity, accept responsibility and lead courageously (1 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Genesis 2:15-17; Ephesians 5:23-24; Genesis 3:1-13; 1 Peter 3:5-6; Nehemiah 2:17-18; Nehemiah 4:14).
Pastor John Bower concludes one of our ongoing series for 2014, The Gifts, with the gift of Leadership. John takes us to Romans 12 and shows us that leadership is to be accompanied with zeal. Godly leaders have a vision from God, are broken and submitted to God and others, and love like Jesus. The primary scriptures used in this message are Romans 12:6-8.
Pastor Joshua Sorrows talks about the biblical roles, requirements and expectations of elders. He draws primarily from Titus 1:5-9 to define and expound on the calling of elders within the church. In the Bible, elders are synonymous with pastors, rulers, and overseers called by the Holy Spirit to govern, teach, unify, and care for the local church. At Normandy, we support a plurality of elders to govern the church, all equal in authority, and tested over a period of time to determine their faithfulness and obedience to the call of God on their lives to lead. Joshua emphasizes that before elders are given any measure of authority to lead, they must, like all Christians, first go downward in submission and humility towards God and others in order to grow up into greater spiritual maturity. A leader's heart must be first and foremost submitted to God. Other passages that speak to the role of elders within the church are 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and 1 Peter 5:1-3. Additionally, Joshua uses 1 Samuel 16: 1-7 as a reminder that God is not looking for leaders with an impressive resume to lead His church, but "looks at the heart."