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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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