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We are continuing with the series “Gifts of The Holy Spirit” today.

It is important to remember that a positive response on our part as believers to the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential if we are to truly be God’s people. 

Today we are discussing The Gift of Administration.

Text

1 Corinthians 12:28 (ESV)

28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

Scripture Reading

Romans 12:1-8 (ESV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 

2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Gifts of Grace

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 

4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 

5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 

6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 

7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 

8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Introduction

Leading a group of people is a difficult task, it calls for a lot of tact.

When a person has a gift of leadership, everything that person does will have visible assurance, natural authority, clear direction, and confirmation by events.

A leader will make mistakes, but his or her qualities of leadership are greater than can be expected from natural abilities.

This gift of the Spirit is called administration, or leadership.

  1. Four New Testament words come under this gift of the Spirit.
  1. Proistamenos Romans 12:8 (ESV)

8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

This is one who takes the lead.

It means to stand before or to stand over.

The person who has this gift is at the head as one who establishes rules and gives directions.

A leader is a manager, someone who conducts like a conductor in an orchestra.

Those who have this gift are leaders in all areas of life, especially the church.

B. Kuberneseis 

1 Corinthians 12:28 (ESV)

28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

This is the word for government.

It is the same word as “master” found in Acts 27:11 (ESV)

11 But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.

This gift enables one to be direct.

C. Hegoumenos.

This word means to be before, to lead.

It is the word for commander or ruler, as seen in Matthew 2:6.

In Hebrews 13:7, 13:17 and 13:24, it is used for church leaders.

It means the chief person.

D. Diakonos.

This is the word for “deacon,” one who serves.

The possessor of this gift is someone who helps others find their proper place in life.

A deacon does the right thing without confusion, and a deacon’s leadership leads to growth through control.

If you are interested to know the biblical requirements to be a deacon, we can go through that at another time.

2. Some qualifications relate to this gift.

  1. Let’s first consider what’s not a qualification.

Leading is not being a boss, it is being a servant.

Church leaders are never to be power mongers.

The gift of administration does not express itself in dogmatism or dictatorship.

B. Second, what are some of the qualifications.

Paul used the term for pastors and deacons in 1 Timothy 3, where he discussed the qualifications for leadership.

He said that a leader must be “above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent bu gentle, not quarrelsome, not a love of money.

He must manage his own family well.

He must not be a recent convert.

He must also have a good reputation with outsiders.

Have a read of 1 Timothy 3:2-7 that’s what it says, and that’s also written in our church constitution.

Labour or work is another qualification in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 

Final Instructions and Benediction

12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 

13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

The book of Hebrew identifies the gift with service in Hebrews 13:17 (ESV)

17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

It is also used for a wealthy person helping the poor in Romans 12:8 (ESV)

8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

C. Third, we need to consider how to arrive at the qualifications that are identified with the gift of administration.

We must possess these qualifications in order to receive the gift, not the other way around. 

They are evidences of the gift or the use of it.

3. There are some responses that relate to this gift.

How should Spirit filled believers respond to spiritual leaders?

Here are three passages of Scripture that suggest some responses. 

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13(ESV)

12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 

13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

This passage has two words to describe believers’ appropriate response to leaders, “respect” and “ very highly” or Highest regard.

This makes for a beautiful relationship and productive work.

Regardless of the leaders ability, he or she must have the proper response in order to fulfil the role of administrator.

B. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV)

17 pray without ceasing,

We all must be praying for our leaders.

Leadership is a lonely role and at its best is difficult.

Christians should constantly pray for their leaders.

C. Hebrews 13 has three words that describe believers’ appropriate response to leaders.

Verse 7 says, “Remember.” Christians are to care for their leaders.

Verse 17 says, “Obey.” People obey when they agree to do what is asked of them and when they believe their duties are correct and profitable.

To obey is to submit or yield.

Verse 24 says, “Salute.”

This means greet them with dignity, honour, and respect.

Conclusion

The gift of administration benefits all humankind.

The more the gift is used and the greater the scriptural response to it, the greater success will be realised.

As you reflect on this gift, search your heart and determine your spiritual relationship to it.

Until next time

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