) and implies that this gives him a measure of authority, but this applies only to those who were actually converted through his ministry.As an example, we know of cases where members have asked leaders to "hold them accountable" for their spending.Another example would be cases where a brother has asked a friend to install software on his computer that blocks internet porno, and to keep the password secret.This seems legitimate, because the helper is not actually monitoring or supervising the other's browsing.The following verses reflect the clear teaching that leaders should be respected and obeyed when operating within their legitimate sphere of authority: You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. Of course the Bible's teaching on obedience does not mean the church can outlaw dissent when expressed legitimately.I urge you, brothers, to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it. When members conscientiously disagree with a direction advanced by leaders, they have the right to express dissent.They will launch an investigation of leadership errors or misbehavior and give members full opportunity to be heard."The scope of the authority is limited to the area of the authority given to them by God.
This is why, when scripture addresses those under delegated authority, it also addresses those in delegated authority in the same passage and reminds them of their responsibilities before God." We take this qualification to mean that, just as members are accountable to leaders when it comes to home church ministry, leaders are accountable to the elders or "overseers" (1 Tim. When Xenos leaders are out of line, members can contact the office to complain to a grievance board, to the relevant sphere leader, or to the elders.
Although the heart of leadership according to Scripture is servanthood (Mark -45), the Bible also teaches that legitimate leaders have authority, in the sense of a right to direct others. -18Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. ,13Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.