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gov-ern v. gov-erned, gov-ern-ing, gov-erns. –tr. 1. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; exercise sovereign authority in. 4. To keep under control; restrain. 5. To exercise a deciding or determining influence on. (The American Heritage Dictionary)

gov-ern-ment n. Abbr. gov., govt. 1. The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit. 2. The office, function, or authority of one who governs or of a governing body. (The American Heritage Dictionary)

Rom 12:6-8 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. NIV (the word rendered “govern” in the NIV is also found in 1 Thess. 5:12, 1 Tim. 3:4-5, 12, and 5:17)

All authority comes from God, the Father (Romans 13:1)

The Father appointed Jesus, the Son, to exercise all authority (Hebrews 3:1-2, 1:1-4, Matthew 28:18-20)

The Father sent the Spirit to anoint Jesus (Acts 10:38)

Jesus sent the apostles as his messengers (Acts 1:1-8, Matthew 28:18-20)

The Holy Spirit would be sent by Jesus’ authority (John 14:26, 16:7, Acts 1:1-8)

Preachers (evangelists) were sent out by churches (Romans 10:15, Acts 13:1-3, 14:26-27, 15:24, 15:40-41, 1 Timothy 4:14)

Preachers (evangelists) work with the help of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:7, 14)

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