I Kings 14:16 – The
Sinner That Caused Israel to Sin
A. The very first earthly king in
the nation of Israel (after the kingdom divided) sinned and caused the
people to as well: I Kings 14:16 “And he shall give Israel up because
of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.”
I. Followers Follow Their Leaders Into Apostasy
Which Spreads to the Next Generations
1. His sin was that he feared the
people uniting with Judah if they went to worship in Jerusalem, so he introduced
idol worship and the people followed his sin (I Kings 12:25-33).
B. We must arrive at some truths from this lesson.
1. Followers are lead into apostasy
by their leaders, and that apostasy spreads to generations following.
2. How we can make sure that we do not follow
3. What leadership the church needs and
does not need today.
A. The sin of Jeroboam and the results
lead people astray long after his death:
II. How Can We Assure That We Do Not Follow
1. I Kings 16:1-2
B. This following of the ways of Jeroboam was
the downfall of the people of Israel (II Kings 17:20-23).
2. I Kings 22:51-52
3. II Kings 3:1-3
4. II Kings 10:29-32
5. II Kings 13:1-6
6. II Kings 13:10-11
7. II Kings 14:23-24
8. II Kings 15:8-9
9. II Kings 15:17-18
10. II Kings 15:23-24
11. II Kings 15:27-28
a. Notice the comparison of what
Jeroboam has done to Israel with what those in apostasy have done to the
C. Notice what the Lord said: Matthew 15:14.
1. Spiritual blindness defined:
D. We can see in the church today those who
follow what men who have said and have never studied what the Bible teaches
on certain issues.
2. Satan will help anyone be blind (II Corinthians
1. We are to be a Bible quoting
people, not doctrines of men holders:
2. Nor should brethren divide into sects because
they follow men, for this type of division is wrong (I Corinthians 1:10-13).
a. I Peter 4:11
b. Matthew 15:7-9
A. Ask the question: “Are those
in the lead following the Lord or their own path?”
III. The Leadership the church Does NOT Need
and Does Need
1. Notice Paul’s attitude:
B. To be able to recognize bad leadership we
have to know what the Bible teaches about leadership. EX. Some who
knows nothing about apples cannot tell a good one from a bad one.
a. Follow me he says - I Corinthians
2. A godly leader will never say to those he
is leading “follow me even though the Bible does not say this is right”
either by statement or implication. A godly leader will recognize
Acts 5:29. That is the warning God gives, do not follow men that
are not following God!
b. As long as I follow Christ is his qualifier
– I Corinthians 4:17. Cf. I Corinthians 11:1.
a. Colossians 2:8
3. Godly leaders show by their actions that
they know Christ is the head of the church, not themselves (Ephesians 1:22-23
and Colossians 1:18).
b. I Timothy 4:1-2
1. We must study (John 5:39 and
II Timothy 2:15).
a. In studying we must apply what
we learn, or our studying is empty and we will be as Paul wrote to Timothy
(II Timothy 3:7).
2. We must be ready to defend the truth
(Jude 3), and to give an answer when asked (I Peter 3:15).
A. The church does not need preachers
acting as they have “evangelistic oversight”. [Preachers are not
a replacement for elderships nor should they have sole authority in a church
with or without elders].
1. There is no authority for it
B. The church does not need men who control
things like Diotrephes (III John 1-11).
2. It is a dangerous arrangement.
C. The church DOES NEED elders who meet
the qualifications outlined in the N.T.
1. The church is to appoint elders
D. Congregations that do not have elders have
various presented problems.
2. The elders are to:
a. Oversee the local flock without
lording over them but by being an example (I Peter 5:1-3).
3. The elders are to meet the qualifications
outlined in Titus 1:6-9 and I Timothy 3:1-7.
b. Feed and protect (Acts 20:28).
c. Rule well (I Timothy 5:17).
d. Guide the flock (Hebrews 13:7).
a. Just as any other command in
the Bible, God does not want us to improvise and put unqualified men in
the office of an elder.
b. We infer, since God has allowed, men
to lead [WHICH SHOULD BE TEMPORARY] and thus we count on the men of congregations
without elders to take care of this business of the church (Acts 6:1-6).
c. If would notice the qualifications of
elders, we would not that many of these are things ALL CHRISTIANS should
be doing (Galatians 5:55-26 and II Peter 1:4-10). IS IT THAT
WE DO NOT HAVE MANY MEN QUALIFIED TO BE ELDERS, OR IS IT THAT WE DO NOT
HAVE MANY MEN QUALIFIED TO BE CHRISTIANS???
d. With elders in place congregations can
also seek to put qualified deacons [servants] in place as well (I Timothy
1. Christian men of all ranges of
maturity are making decisions.
2. Preachers are put into positions of leadership
like the “pastor system” of the Baptist church, that are often uncomfortable
for the sound preachers and lead to compromise for those preachers who
are not sound.
3. There is a lack of men who meet the qualifications
to be examples to younger men, and the protecting of the flock falls onto
younger, less able brethren.
A. Christians are to be examples,
thus every congregation has leaders in one way or another (Matthew 5:14-16).
1. The Christians who are examples
should exemplify truth and good character by walking in the light (Psalms
119:105 and I John 1:7).
B. Congregations need to try and train young
men up to be QUALIFIED elders, deacons, and gospel preachers (Acts 14:23).
2. They should act in humility and never
take an overbearing leadership role by becoming a Diotrephes.
C. Brethren need to be aware of the seeds
that Satan may sow among the flock.
1. Among you (Matthew 7:15-20).
2. Among you (Acts 20:29-30).
3. Among you (II Peter 2:1-3).
a. We must examine folks who come
among us and seek to keep the flock pure…
b. That does not mean that everyone is an
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