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Peaceful and righteous governance is a blessing to us because of the coming of Christ:

Isa. 9: 6-7
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.

The Kingdom
Christ is the King
He established his domain, the Kingdom
He established those responsible – his body, the church-ecclesia
As his body, we need to walk together in unity, make peace and reconcile others to God and each other.

The Four Authorities
This is a simplified version of the 7 Mountains of Culture. We need to handle our responsibilities in all areas of life.
Sacred – Practicing The 7 Devotions
Social – Serving each other spontaneously and deliberate
Civic – In all areas of Governance, especially understanding how to build on a solid foundation
Market – Working and being gainfully employed

The 4 Core Ideals
These Ideals are extremely helpful as a framework (a way of framing our understanding). We can use these to help us do the work of the Kingdom in balance and harmony.
- Unity in Diversity
- Popular Soveriegnity
- Democratic Equality
- Scripture as rule of Law

The Three Communities we serve
For simplicity, we can look at the four authorities in the various commuities where we live, work and play.
- Natural community. All people
- Kingdom community. All believers
- Connected community. Those we are connected to

Skill Progression
- Call (to the role(s) God has for me)
- Commit (to those roles)
- Confirm (demonstrate competence in serving in the role)
- Commission (demonstrate competence in raising people who can do the role and impart to others)

Leaders must have godly character

Work should include good administration

Definitions For Simplicity:
Using Frameworks, Standards, Practices

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Scripture references
Note, there are many other associated scriptures, we have tried to list some of the more pertinent ones.


The Kingdom

Jesus is the King
Rev. 19: 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Jesus established his Kingdom within us
Luke 17: 21 …the kingdom of God is within you…

Jesus established the ecclesia, his body, to do his work
Matt. 16: 18 …on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it….
Eph. 5: 22 …Christ is the head of the church, his body…
I Cor. 12: 27 …Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it….
I Cor. 12: 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many…

Governance in the body is by agreement. Agreement is how we walk together. Some have special responsibilities.
Amos 3: 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Eph. 5: 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Heb. 13: 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

Peacemaking
When we walk together, there are conflicts, issues and sins against us and each other. These should be resolved
Matt. 5 23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Matt. 18 15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[d] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Matt 18 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[g]
Matt. 6 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Hebrews 12 14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.


The FOUR Core Ideals of Governance
These ideals from scripture, help us carry work in balance and harmony

Unity in Diversity
Romans 12 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a]faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
1 Cor12 12Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

Diversity that we cannot unite in, we must defend the truth and ought not tolerate godless behavior
2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
Titus 3 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.
Jude 3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
1 Corinthians 5 9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[c] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”[d]
Titus 1 10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach…13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith

Popular Sovereignty

Each should fulfill their own calling
Romans 12 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Our covenant with God determines our role:
1 Cor12 12Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

We are responsible for doing what God created us to do, fulfilling our role
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Romans 12 7b For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Each needs to be convinced about disputable matters
Romans 14 1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Democratic Equality

God intends all to become mature in Christ. And, though we may have varying responsibilities and with those responsibilities differing scopes of authority; in the Kingdom, we are equal before God and those with more authority ought not to use that authority to take God’s place in the lives of others.

Matthew 25 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Ephesians 4 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Galatians 3 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Revelations 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father
Ephesians 5 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Scripture as final Rule of Law

2 Timothy 3: 16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.
James 1:22-25 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it— he will be blessed in what he does.
2 Peter 1 19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.


Governance incldudes administration, the carrying out of plans
Who * What * When * Where * How

Plans:
Make it visible:
Habakkuk2: 2-3 Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.3For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.
Proverbs 21: 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage.
Luke 14 28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

Skill Progression
- Call (to the role(s) God has for me)
- Commit (to those roles)
- Confirm (demonstrate competence in serving in the role)
- Commission (demonstrate competence in raising people who can do the role and impart to others)
Other levels:
Master: Builder/ Equipper/Administrator
A person, demonstrating biblical leadership character, is ready to be entrusted with positional authority given to serve other. Sometimes this responsibility is broad and general, sometimes the responsibility is for specific areas, tasks, or projects, requiring specific skills.
Acting
When new works are in development, people often act in commissioned roles before they are confirmed. Those who act in roles should continue in a role by demonstrating competency, being confirmed, commissioned and mastering the role.
*Issue. An issue is a growth challenge that is unresolved and can seriously impede the function of the individual.

We ought to be deliberate in growing
2 Peter 3 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4: 14-15 “We are not meant to remain as children but to grow up in every way into Christ.”
2 Timothy 2: 15 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

We ought to be deliberate in growing by entrusting what what learn to faithful people who will teach others
2 Timothy 2: 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Hebrews 5: 12-13 “You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food. 13And a person who is living on milk isn’t very far along in the Christian life and doesn’t know much about doing what is right.” (NLT)
Colossians 1:28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
Titus 2: 1 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.

Appointing leaders.
Some hold offices and should have the character to lead:
We should require that our leaders demonstrate character

1 Timothy 3 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
8 In the same way, deacons[b] are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 In the same way, the women[c] are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Titus 1 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint[a] elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe[b] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

Definitions for Simplicity:

Framework: the basic conceptual structure

Standard: what a Standard is and how it differs from a Principle

Principle: A principle is a law or rule that has to be, or usually is to be followed, or can be desirably followed, or is an inevitable consequence of something, such as the laws observed in nature or the way that a system is constructed-the effective operation or use of which would be impossible if any one of the principles was to be ignored.. Examples of principles:
 a fundamental law or doctrine; a normative rule or code of conduct
 a law or fact of nature underlying the working of an artificial device

Standard: Put at its simplest, a standard is an agreed, repeatable way of doing something. It is usually presented in a published document that contains criteria designed to be used consistently as a rule, guideline, or definition. Standards help to make life simpler especially in efforts where cooperation is needed to ensure predictable outcomes.
Standards are designed for voluntary use and do not impose any regulations, though they may reflect the application of agreed upon principles.

Practice: how we actually live out frameworks, standards and principles

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