[PC-USA] 2000-09-10 - Passages About Leadership

Some of us are leaders; others of us are responsible for voting for leaders. Let's look at some of what God's word has to say about what makes a good leader. Today my church votes on Nominating Committee members, and since they are responsible for nominating elders, this election itself is crucial. When we vote for people making this decision, we need to think of people who are discerning and wise. We should take the selection of leaders very seriously; God does.

Eph. 4:11-12 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.

Rom.12:6-8 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Mark 10:42-43 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant."

1 Tim. 3:1-3 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.

Hebrews 13:6-8 So that we confidently say, "THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?'' Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.

Jan

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