Congregational approval

Acts 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

Whatever form of church government you have in your church you should be careful that God’s people enjoy and believe in what you are doing. Notice that The apostles make some decisions. They ask for the participation of the congregation. The congregation hears and sees the leadership of God’s men and is pleased.

Elder rule, pastoral leadership, a presbytery etc can often lead to certain people ignoring the congregation. We act like their thoughts do not count. That simply is not the example we find in this passage.

This passage is not normative. It is an example but it does give us an idea of how God’s men were leading soon after Jesus ascended to heaven. It might be good to at least take into consideration.

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