Serving


I cannot believe that I have went through so many courses, conferences, ordinations and never read Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders! It should be mandatory reading for every Christian leader!

I want to share, over the next few days, some quotes and thoughts from this masterpiece. Today I will share from a middle section of his book. He writes about essential qualities of leadership. He lists 8 qualities, I will share two or three quotes from his section on patience.

Patience:
A leader shows patience by not running too far ahead of his followers and thus discouraging them. While keeping ahead, he stays near enough for them to keep him in sight and hear his call forward.

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak. Romans 15:1

The evidence of our strength lies not in the distance that separates us from other runners but in our closure with them, our slower pace for their sakes, our helping them pick up and cross the line.

2 Peter 1:5-6 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control patience (perseverance), to patience godliness…
The word never means the spirit which sits with folded hands and simply bears things. It is victorious endurance…Christian steadfastness, the brave and courageous acceptance of everything life can do to us, and the transmuting of even the worst into another step on the upward way. It is the courageous and triumphant ability to bear things, which enables a man to pass breaking point and not to break, and always to greet the unseen with cheer. (Barclay)

Just a few thoughts from this chapter…stay tuned 🙂

Yesterday, while reading 2 Corinthians, I thought about the current state of preaching. I tried to read the epistle as a whole (you know, that method they teach you in seminary 🙂 )…I began thinking about the pastoral issues, leadership struggles and spiritual implications Paul was wrestling through in his passionate and urgent tones. Right off the bat, Paul has to justify his ”change of plans” (interesting–verse 17) Chapter 7 really demonstrates Paul’s sternness toward apparent sin within the Corinth church. He continues to weave correction throughout his letter, however, Paul again is explicit in dealing with sin and his authority to address it in chapters 10 and 11. Chapter 12:11-ff, Paul lays out his concern for the corporate body. Chapter 13:10, he states it one last time—‘I am writing this to you before I come, hoping that I won’t need to deal severely with you when I do come. For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to strengthen you, not to tear you down.’ Wow!!! It’s hard to imagine most contemporary pastors speaking like this to their congregations! Cultural and church trends in leadership tend to downplay confrontation, discipline etc.

Again, I just read this yesterday. I’ve just been thinking about the implications for me and my pastor friends. What do you think? If your pastor spoke harshly from the pulpit about known, current sin in your life and/or church, how would you react? Let me know….

Wow!!-Mind-blowing….

1. First of all, I LOVE being a part of something so much larger than myself!!–The Body of Christ!!–There is a call and position for YOU!! Come discover it with us!! And make us better too!!

2. I am LOVING all the reports pouring in from many churches!! Lots of people are now going to heaven instead of hell!! 350 at one church, 50 at one church, 32 at one church, 4 or 5 at our church, and on and on…..

3. The energy was CRAZY!!!

4. Worship was BEST EVER!!!

5. Every element built perfectly!

6. No radio spot, no mailer, no advertisement—we still had a great crowd with LOTS of regulars out!!

7. I broke a large sheet of glass yesterday!—I have the best job ever!!

8. iFaith is going to be a great series!! Already FIRED up for it!!! Invite people–we have invite cards (5000!!)

Feeling like Christ; I need to spend more time in prayer AFTER a great move of God than before..totally need to slip away today and pray.

9. Let’s treat this coming Sunday with the same anticipation, faith, and preparation as we did Easter. Let’s continue to invite and share the Gospel everyday!!

10. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, we are to show, preach and pray the love, hope and joy of the Gospel (Good news) to the lost!!

11. We WILL DO ANYTHING SHORT OF SIN TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM DYING AND GOING TO HELL!!!-That’s our sole purpose for being here!!! One body, many members advancing the Kingdom of God and destroying the works of the enemy!!

12. NO ONE CAN DO IT ALONE–we need one another. Drop your pride and repent and work in unity of the Body to see His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven!!

13. Praying for Sunday!! Praying for TC to grow to 200 every week!!–Only YOU can make that happen!!

First thing I read this morning was, Psalm 41–Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies.

Can’t imagine what God has in store for those that love His Word and trust His Voice an obey Him by loving others!!! Btw, stayed tuned for more on Bible study.

Tonight well over 20 peeps from TCChurch hit downtown and gave away blankets, coats, gloves, prayers, Bibles, toboggans, sweaters, socks, scarfs and chapstick. We obeyed. That’s the greatest part. God spoke, we listened and we did His Word. Our lives are changing as we obey Him. We were able to let some people know they are thought about and are still considered human. God is love. God is able.