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How to be a Good Christian Leader


How to be a Good Christian Leader

Do everything in Love. (1 Corinthians 6:14)



Christian leadership is a leadership that exemplifies Jesus Christ.

LEAD

  • Be a good role model of godliness and righteousness in your own life and encourage others to follow.
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
  • A Christian leader is one who follows Christ and inspires others to follow Him as well.

FEED

  • A Christian leader nourishes his flock. 
Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 8:3)
  • The Word of God is the only food that can produce healthy Christians.
  • Feed and nourish the sheep with the  Word of God.

COMFORT

  • Comfort the sheep, Bind up their wounds and Apply the balm of compassion and love.
bind up the injured and strengthen the weak. (Ezekiel 34:16)
  • Christians today, suffer many spiritual injuries. Christians need compassionate leaders who will help bear burdens.
  • Christian leaders sympathize with circumstances and exhibit patience, encourage in the Word, and bring concerns before God.

CORRECT

  • A Christian leader exhibits love by correcting or disciplining those under his care, even when it is an unpleasant experience.
Without an overbearing spirit, but with a “spirit of gentleness”. (Galatians 6:2) 
  • Correct and Discipline those in care when they go astray.
The LORD disciplines those he loves.  (Proverbs 3:12)

  • A Christian leader should correct according to Biblical principles. 
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.(John 14:6)

  • A Correction or discipline is never a pleasant experience, but a Christian leader who fails in this area is not exhibiting love for those in his care.

PROTECT

  • A Christian leader protects their people from false teachings of those who would lead them astray from the truth of the Scripture. Christ alone is the way of salvation.
 Jesus warned us: “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. (Matthew 7:15)
  • Predators are those who try to lure the sheep away with false doctrine, dismissing the Bible as quaint and old-fashioned, insufficient, unclear, or unknowable. 
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)


Under the plan God has ordained for the church, Leadership is a position of humble, loving service. Those whom God designates as leaders are called not to be governing monarchs, but humble slaves; not slick celebrities, but laboring servants.  Those who would lead God's people, must above all, exemplify Jesus Himself who gave us the pattern when He stooped to wash His disciples' feet, a task that was customarily done by the lowest of slaves (John 13). 

If the Lord of the universe would do that, no church leader has a right to think of himself as a bigwig.

Wanted: A Few Good Shepherds (Must Know How to Wash Feet) by John MacArthur
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Walking the Ancient Paths

This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
    ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
    and you will find rest for your souls.
    But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Jeremiah 6:16

Some of you are probably at a crossroad in your life. 
Closing a chapter in your life
Or in a new chapter in your life....

Beware of busyness without stillness 
1. Stand by the ways and see
Stop and look at the larger picture. Come back in real life and don't rush any longer.
Go back to The Lord.

Start with your Stop Doing List.
Stop, examine and Look.
Beware of knowledge without wisdom.

2. Ask for the Ancient Paths

At times, we assume we know.
We don't think we are lost.
We assume we would be able to find a way out.

Wisdom is acquired by asking.

"Where the good way is"
"Tov" - excellent, great, praiseworthy

What is the Ancient paths?
Ancient - "olam"
describe distance - far far away
describe  time - long long ago
It means eternal. Concept is timeless. Distant past and future.

Many directions 
Timeless word
Timeless God in timeless scripture.

This is the ultimate reality. 

Why ask Paths-plural?
Because God understands that from our perspective, life is complex. 
God has a timeless revelation for every contingency and turn of life.
God has a timeless principle or path that will help us walk in this way.

This is relevant and pertinent. It is not jut accumulating knowledge.
Knowledge is applied.

The deficit of wisdom starts from failing to apply knowledge and accountability.

Beware of talk without action.

3. "...and WALK therein..."
Walk is the way you conduct and direct your life. It is the way you make inspired choices and take decisive actions.

Truth doesn't change lives.
Teach them to observe, do, live all things.
It is Truth applied that changes lives.

Discipleship is the Walk of Truth in Our Lives.

Implications for discipleship today:
1. It's all about rooted ness.
Go back to the timeless scriptures.

2. Ivan Illich - the key to societal change 

He is an educator, caregiver and disciplinarian. 

Key to societal change:
reform or revolution?
Eternal: tell a story that is compelling and irresistible.

The scripture points us to Jesus.
It's all about Jesus!
It's fundamental and imperative!
Live it out!
Rev. Edmund Chan with Trisha Sebastian in the Global Discipleship Congress
Rev. Edmund Chan with Trisha Sebastian in the Global Discipleship Congress

3. When you are at a cross road in life,
Return to the CROSS road.

The Holy Spirit enlightens us to the Word of god.
The Holy Spirit empowers us to live out the Word of God.

It is a Redemptive calling
A Redemptive mission...
It's a love relationship!

When people pointed to your walk, is it congruent to the word of God?

Your purpose in life?

"But what about you? Who do you say I am?" - Jesus 

The Gospel is not Nothing, it is everything to us.

Rest. Look up to Him and allow Him to live His life to us.











Walking the ancient paths by Rev. Edmund Chan
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