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From The Minister’s Desk                                          3 Sept 17 

How Does Jesus Govern His Church?    
  
First, let’s think and reflect for a moment about our government. Start with 
the lowest level of government, the city you live in. Whether you are 
knowledgeable or not as to how you are affected by the government, whether 
directly or indirectly, the impact is very real. Sometimes the government 
makes demands on our time, like jury duty or military service. Most times the 
government makes demands on our pocketbooks, like sales taxes and our paychecks 
like income taxes and we fulfill those demands. Yes, you have heard people 
complain, as well as you yourself about these and many other demands put on us 
by our elected officials.

It is also easy to forget about the good that comes from a well-organized and 
functioning government. Schools, roads, policing, public safety and many other 
services and benefits that makes it possible for us to have jobs, go to work, 
care for our families, raise our children and to gather together with God’s 
wonderful people for worship services. Unless you have travelled to or even 
watched TV and saw how a poor or dysfunctional government affects the lives of 
people, you may or may not learn to appreciate good government. But whether you 
pay attention to or is aware of government or not, it makes a big difference in 
the quality of our daily lives. 

Now, you should know that the church has a government of its own. This is no 
accident or after thought. Scriptures teaches that Jesus himself has instituted 
a government for his church, found in the bible and only in the bible. This 
government is how Jesus governs and manages his people. His government makes
demands on us also. His government makes demands on our time, our pocketbooks 
and our lives as a whole. His government calls us to give of our money and 
resources as well as our talents to His service and it too makes a big difference 
in the quality of our daily lives. Yes, you have heard people complain, as well as 
you yourself about these and many other demands put on us by our Lord’s government. 
The Lord’s governance of the church is to be a well-functioning government, but 
like our civil government, the men, women and children of the government do not 
always adhere to the standards set for the governance by the one who heads the 
government, Jesus Christ. A lot huh? 

Whether you are a young Christian or a mature Christian you need to know what the 
bible, our law manual teaches about church government. Just as the civil law says 
“ignorance of the law is no excuse,” we must know that the same applies to the Lord’s 
law. This knowledge will help you seek and live a more fruitful life, always praying 
for the officers and workers in the church and help you serve the church more capably. 
Above all, it will help you to have a renewed appreciation for the wisdom and the 
glory of the church’s only Head and King, Jesus Christ.  

Consider and meditate upon these proclamations; “For the kingdom is the Lord’s and he 
is the governor among the nations.” Psa.22:28 and “For unto us a child is born, unto 
us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall 
be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of 
Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the 
throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment 
and with justice from now on even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform 
this.” Isa.9:6-7 Joyfully live under His rule. 

LGG