“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many (MK 10:42-45).”
- I’m the boss
- I’m in charge
- I’m the pastor
- Do it my way
- If you don’t like it my way, then leave
- Jesus grants Peter authority to hold things loosed or bound (MT 16).
- Then Jesus grants all disciples (not Apostles) authority to hold things loosed or bound (MT 18).
- Then Jesus tells the Apostles (not the disciples) not to “lord it over” others and to be servants of all (MT 20).