The apostle Paul is a significant leader in the New Testament church. It’s thanks to him that we have so much of our biblical theology today. After Jesus, he’s the man!
And yet, despite his prominence and capabilities, he’s not a “Lone Ranger.” You never get the impression that he’s off doing his own thing. For example (one of numerous examples), at the end of his third missionary journey, Paul returns to Jerusalem. Paul greets everyone there, including the leaders, and then “report[s] in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry” (Acts 21:19).
If Paul worked within accountability structures and didn’t work in isolation from other believers and Christian leaders, why do I so often think I have to figure stuff out on my own, not relying on other followers of Jesus, including colleagues, friends, authors, traditions?
Remember even the Lone Ranger had Tonto and Silver! Without his horse and his sidekick he would not nearly have been effective!
We need colleagues, friends, etc.
That’s a good point, Rick… Even the Lone Ranger could not be totally alone!