David Murray

The Best Spiritual Gift, Hot Tub Christianity, Pro-Eternal-Life

0:40 Daily Devotional: What’s the best spiritual gift? (1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3) 4:44: Hot Tub Christianity Laid-Back Religion by J I Packer 10:34 Pro-Eternal-Life After Roe, How do we Stand for Life? by Lauren Mcafee. Free eBook: The Case for Life New Book: The StoryChanger: How God Rewrites Our Story By Inviting Us Into His Visit…

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Body Shame, Escaping Shame, Cultural Shame

0:38 Daily Devotional: Body-Shaming (1 Corinthians 12:14-27) 4:48 Jo de Blois goes to her garage to learn about how to escape from shame. 10:46 Douglas Murray highlights our culture’s confusion about shame. Our Shifting Definition of Shame by Douglas Murray New Book: The StoryChanger: How God Rewrites Our Story By Inviting Us Into His Visit thestorychanger.life for more resources…

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Church Divisions, Ark Arguments, My Vision for Pastoral Care

0:18 Daily Devotional: A Cure for Church Divisions (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) 6:05 What is your faith in? Ty Joseph reflects on a lesson he learned when his family visited the Ark Encounter. 9:07 My vision for pastoral care and counseling in my congregation. New Book: The StoryChanger: How God Rewrites Our Story By Inviting Us…

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Eating Together and Staying Together, Go Deeper to Go Wider, Pro-Lifers Step Up

0:21 “The Family that Eats Together Stays Together” 6:06 My Vision for a Deeper Church 10:34 Pro-lifers step up by raising $40,000 to help teen mother of twins who was “forced to give birth” to them. Here’s the Washington Post Article that started it all. Here’s a critique of the article. Here’s the Go Fund…

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Men with two heads, Jo falls off a ladder, Reformation in the CRC?

0:22 Daily Devotional: What is male headship (1 Corinthians 11:1-16) On Headcoverings by Barry York 5:37 What makes us fall? by Jo De Blois 10:55 Has Reformation started in the CRC? The CRC’s valiant stand and Calvin’s moment of truth by Steven Wedgeworth New Book: The StoryChanger: How God Rewrites Our Story By Inviting Us…

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Gray Area Decisions, A Fishing Disaster, No Father’s Day

0:30 Daily Devotional: How do I make decisions in the gray areas? (1 Corinthians 10:23-31) 4:47 A fishing disaster which taught me about prayer. 9:47 No Father’s Day. America’s Crisis is a Lack of Fathers

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3. Where can I learn about Christian leadership?

GOD TEACHES US ABOUT CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP THROUGH THREE MAIN RESOURCES

God doesn’t leave us to make it up ourselves but has generously provided resources.

GOD’S PRECEPTS

God’s Word is the primary and foundational source of teaching on Christian leadership.

The Christian leader must follow God’s general moral precepts (The Ten Commandments) and leader-specific precepts and commands (e.g. 1 Tim. 3:2; 2 Tim. 2:24).

GOD’S PATTERNS

God also provides us with models, or metaphors, of leadership: the servant, the shepherd, the captain, the father, the steward, etc.

These models come alive in the lives of Jesus, biblical characters, church history, and in our pastors and elders.

AND GOD’S PROVIDENCE

In God’s gracious providence, he has given leadership gifts to many outside the Church: We can learn from leaders in politics, the military, sports, business, etc., as long as we use the Bible first, most, as our framework, and as our sieve.

SUMMARY: God teaches us about Christian leadership through three main resources: his precepts, his patterns, and his providence.

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2. Should I desire Christian Leadership?

CHRISTIAN MEN SHOULD ASPIRE TO LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH

“If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task (1 Timothy 3:1).

Another version puts it: “To aspire to leadership is an honorable ambition”

NOT FOR SELFISH REASONS

Jeremiah said that if anyone seeks great things for himself, he should stop right there (Jer. 45:5).

• I want power
• respect
• fulfilment
• control
• redemption (trying to make up for past wrongs)

BUT FOR GOD’S GLORY

• I want to exalt God by my life and my lips

AND THE GOOD OF OTHERS

• I want to serve and equip God’s people
• see sinners saved
• prepare people for eternity
• see the Church reformed to make a bigger impact on the world

SUMMARY; Christian men should aspire to lead in the church, not for selfish reasons but for God’s glory, the good of others, and the success of the church.

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1. What is Christian Leadership?

A CHRISTIAN LEADER SERVES GOS AND HIS PEOPLE

• We lead by serving
• Serving God and then God’s people

BY MODELING GODLY CHARACTER AND CONDUCT

• We lead by example
• A Christ-like character and Christ-like conduct

BY COMMUNICATING GOD’S WORD

• Father, husband, elder, deacon – we lead by studying God’s Word
• We’re shaped by it and shape others with it

BY EXCELLING IN VOCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

• Whatever our calling we aim to excel in it

BY DISCIPLING GOD’S PEOPLE FOR WORSHIP AND SERVICE

• We equip others so they become God’s worshippers and servants

AND BY PREPARING THEM FOR ETERNAL LIFE

• Ultimate aim is more people in heaven

ALL IN DEPENDENCE UPON GOD

• We’re saved by grace and serve by grace.

SUMMARY: A Christian leader serves God and his people by modeling godly character and conduct, by communicating God’s Word, by excelling in vocational responsibilities, by discipling God’s people for worship and service, and by preparing them for eternal life, all in dependence upon God.

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Cultural Challenges, Pessimism to Optimism, Practical Helps in Depression

Do you struggle to live in a challenging multi-faith society? Do you battle pessimism? Or have you even slipped into depression? Let’s use God’s Story to change our stories. 0:48 Daily Devotional: How do we navigate living in a multi-faith society? (1 Corinthians 10:14-21) 7:53 Getting from pessimism to optimism by Jo De Blois 13:03…

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