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Leaders, spiritual

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Under the old covenant God called priests and prophets as spiritual leaders. Later the Pharisees gave spiritual leadership. After Jesus Christ had inaugurated the new covenant, authority was given to the apostles, who in turn appointed leaders in the churches they founded.

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Hebrews 5:4 NLT
4 And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was.
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Hebrews 5:1 NLT
Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins.
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Malachi 2:7 NLT
“The words of a priest’s lips should preserve knowledge of God, and people should go to him for instruction, for the priest is the messenger of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
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The priest Eli was described as leading Israel; Samuel acted as priest on behalf of the people; Jehoiada the priest influenced Joash to serve God.
2 Peter 1:21 NLT
or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
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Elijah; Haggai
officially recognised teachers of the law; ; At a local level, elders had social and religious authority in local councils. Nationally, they were included in the Sanhedrin; ;
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; Jesus Christ taught his disciples the qualities required for spiritual leadership.
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Acts 20:28 NLT
“So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders.
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