Responding Correctly to Authority

Artwork for Excellence in Ministry: Finishing Well—Doing What’s Best in the Challenges of Ministry

Few issues are more practical—and sometimes painful—than learning how to submit to authority. Children struggle to submit to parents. Students struggle to submit to teachers, Employees struggle to submit to employers. Citizens struggle to submit to laws. And congregations struggle to submit to pastors and elders. Submitting to authority was just as difficult in the first century as in the 21st century, which makes 1 Timothy such a practical letter. So, let’s hear and heed Paul’s teaching on how to respond correctly to authority.