Summary: Authority and Accountability
Friend or Foe?
Authority and Accountability
Leaders are involved with authority. One of the things that people instantly recognized about Jesus was that he had authority.
He spoke with authority
He acted with authority
He lived with authority
He taught with authority
And at his command even demons, wind and water obeyed him.
The misuse of authority is one of leadership’s main failings!
As leaders we need to be both “in authority” and be “under authority”
We cannot have one without the other.
Authority and accountability is a two way street
The centurion knew that he had authority over his 100 men as long as he himself stayed under authority. His men obeyed his orders unquestioningly, because they knew that if they disobeyed the centurion, his superiors would back him up, and his superior’s superior would do the same, all the way back to Caesar on his throne in Rome. All the power of Rome stood behind the centurion, as long as he stayed under the authority. If he stepped out of that obedience, he lost his authority.
Spiritual authority is exactly that:
Spiritual in origin and nature.
My authority comes from the fact that I am under authority.
“Spiritual authority is never there to make the rebel conform; its only purpose is to enable the obedient person to live a holy life. Therefore it rests on submission and obedience freely given.”
Menno Simons – Founder of the Mennonite Church
o Freely given … you can never be someone’s conscience and you cannot be God to him or her.
Rom 6:17 + 2 Cor 10:5
To listen intelligently
Not merely with the ears but with the conscience
God will not back me up in areas of my life where I am unsubmitted to His divine authority.
We must seek accountability.
True biblical authority is always invited never imposed.
This is how God works with us
When we invite authority we don’t give headship away
The more accountability we seek the more authority God will give us.
We need accountability at every level
There are two basic forms of authority
· Intrinsic authority – only God has intrinsic authority
· Delegated authority – given by another
Lets look at two examples:
1Sam 17:26 + 45-47
In verse 8 Goliath tries to make them own the battle.
This shows us that David at an early age understood Godly authority
This shows that David also understands human delegated authority.
There is no authority except authority that comes from God
o Rom 13:1
o Every authority other than the authority of God Himself is the delegated authority
o John19: 11
o The highest form of delegated authority is that of the word of God
o 2Tim 3:16
o Ps 119:89 – again David
o Ps 119:160
Lets look at 4 Key words for leadership
1Tim 3:5 (Manage)
Greek:: proistemi, pro-is’-tay-mee; to stand before, i.e. (in rank) to preside, or (by impl.) to practice:--maintain, be over, rule.
1Cor 12:28 (Administrate) – KJV Government
Greek:: kubernesis, koo-ber’-nay-sis; to steer; pilotage, i.e. (fig.) directorship (in the church):--government.