To humbly subject ourselves to such spiritual authority as may be placed over us under the headship of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Authority of Christ
Christ is the head of the church and He must have first place in everything.
Col 1:18 – He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Christ mediates His rule of the church through godly elders who are properly qualified according to Scriptural principles. The church can only function properly when the elders lead like Christ would lead and the church submits properly to them.
Heb 13:7 – Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
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.