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BOSS: MARK DEVER ON THE FOUR ASPECTS OF LEADERSHIP


B=Boss. The leader "reproves, rebukes, and exhorts with all longsuffering and doctrine."


There is a delicate balance in local churches between pastoral authority (Hebrews 13) and congregational authority (Matthew 18). The pastors must exercise his authority to preach and lead in order for the congregation to fulfill its authority of approving correct doctrine and rejecting false doctrine (Galatians 1:9).


O=Out Front. Dever talks about one of the most feared generals in WWII. That general was the German tank commander Rommel, the 'Desert Fox.' When a battle involving his forces would begin, the word would go out, "Rommel in the lead.' That message galvanized the troops of follow. Good leaders take the initiative.


S=Supply. Leaders supply or equip their followers to become leaders as Paul practiced in 2 Timothy 2:2.


S=Serve the Lord. Christ came not to be served but to serve. Servant leadership is described in 1 Peter 5:1-4. The leader gives away every ministry possible to others so he can focus on what God has equipped him to best do, serve his people by serving them God's Word


(Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, page 236).

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