In my last post I said we would look into what I meant by; If there are followers, there must be a leader. If there is a leader, there must be a cause. If there is a cause, there must be a leader. If there is a leader, there must be followers. So, without further delay... Read On!
1. If there are Followers there must be a Leader
a) Jesus came to "Seek and save the Lost". He had a clear mission with an obvious vision for the souls of people.
b) If you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, then you are a "Christian". Christian simply means, "Christ-follower" or "Follower of the Messiah". Therefore, Christ must be the Leader.
c) Christians, or Followers, make up the Church, not brick, glass and stone. Church means, "Called out ones" or "Assembled ones for a common cause". Christians, then, are simply Following their Leader!
2. If there is a Leader there must be a Cause
a) If Jesus is the Leader and His mission was to seek and save the lost and has commissioned His Followers to build the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, then the Cause is to build Christ's Church, to make more Christians, to assemble more people or, to lay more stones on the Foundation. Laying more stones on the Foundation perpetuates the Cause!
b) Jesus Gave Peter the Key(s) to the Kingdom. The Key(s) is that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God and believing in Him leads to Everlasting Life. Christians follow Jesus because they believe that He saved them from eternal separation from God... or 'death' for short. The Church, the Called Out Ones, the Followers of the Messiah now have purpose for existence!
c) The Church's purpose, then, is to proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God so that others will be saved and therefore become more stones laid on the Foundation! The more bricks laid on the Foundation, the more help there is to accomplish the Cause! What is the Cause? To proclaim that Jesus is the... you get the picture!
3. If there is a Cause there must be a Leader
a) As Jesus spelled out to Peter in Matthew 16 and in John 21, the church belongs to Him, it is His property, He is the final say and ultimate authority; He is the leader. But, Jesus knew He must ascend to His Heavenly Kingdom, therefore, leaving His Followers to grow His Kingdom on Earth.
b) Jesus knew that without a leader, people will quickly delve into chaos. It would only stand to reason that since Jesus' Cause is for people to come to know Him and for those who believe to proclaim that Truth, then it makes perfect and logical sense that Jesus chose to manage His Church with people. Peter was the first to proclaim the foundation of Truth that Jesus Is the Messiah, the Son of the living God, and shortly thereafter became the Leader of the Church after Jesus ascended into Heaven.
c) But... Peter was just the first among many millions of people to make that same proclamation. For over two thousand years, Jesus has raised up Leaders by giving them individual vision (see the last post) of how to accomplish the Cause. He calls all Believers to the Cause, but some He gives more clarity which leads to more responsibility which, in turn leads to more authority. In our next post, I will breakdown who receives more authority which leads to more responsibility which is based on more clarity of a vision to accomplish the Cause.
4. If there is a Leader there must be Followers
a) The Leader can not accomplish much of his vision without help. Followers work together to accomplish the Cause by developing the Leaders vision. Some Followers are equipped to work soully within the framework of the Leaders vision for that part of the Kingdom, some on the other hand, start to develop a vision of their own while helping the Leader accomplish his vision for accomplishing the Cause.
b) In that case,the Leader helps the Follower develop a clear vision for accomplishing the Cause in a different way or in a different place or with different people. Don''t forget, the Cause is the same, the only thing that changes is the way in which the Cause is accomplished. One more thing... different does not mean WRONG, it only means different!
c) The Follower then becomes a Leader with Followers of his own with a vision of how to accomplish the Cause by getting more Christians to place more stones on the foundation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God! Starting to see a pattern here??