“Of all the verses in the New Testament that exhort Christians to honor their spiritual leaders, perhaps the strongest is this verse in Hebrews 13. No other verse, after all, uses the word “obey” to describe the relationship of Christians toward their church leaders… What kind of relationship does this verse depict between leadership and the rest of the church? What kind of authority does this verse give to local church leaders? What obligations does it suggest church members owe their leaders? What does it suggest about church membership? Why did the author of Hebrews include this verse for his readers?Dwight Gingrich
Check out this detailed exegesis of Hebrews 13:7 and the issue of church leadership by Dwight Gingrich. It is well-researched and a valuable resource. Click here to explore more resources and articles on his website.