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Sermon: NATURE OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP

The Church has been deceived into seeking leadership light from the world as though the Word of God has no superior precepts on leadership. Much of modern, mundane leadership techniques is ungodly. Some of the modern best practices are adulterated inferior analogues of ancient biblical principles.

God has not left us ignorant of what is pure quality leadership. Sociological research and management innovation may produce temporal leadership principles that are, far-reaching and pragmatic but Scriptural revelation offers superior spiritual guidance to leadership that will endure forever. The kingdoms and treasure of this world shall bow to and become the Kingdom of God and of His Christ (Rev 11:15; 17:14; 21:24).

Leadership for the Church should be spiritual not political or commercial. *By spiritual is meant that it is in accordance with Christ and God’s Word.* It should be *pastoral* in style and divine in agenda: serving the Lord’s saints, to enhance their service to the Lord (Eph 4:11-14). Thus Spiritual Leadership has a clear temporal goal of growth in grace but there is also the eternal hope or vision of glory which determine the necessary mission and operational means for Spiritual Leaders (Eph 5:25-27; Col 1:24-29; 1Tim 2:3-4).

The polity of Christ’s Kingdom is heavenly and spiritual, “not of this world” (Joh 18:36) and “not as the Gentiles who know not God” (Mat 20:25-28; 1Th 4:4-6); therefore Spiritual Leadership does not seek its interest but shows compassion.
– Spiritual leadership is not commandant leadership but servant leadership; not taxing leadership but tending leadership.
– Spiritual leadership does not dictate and devastate like the bramble (Jdg 9:15) but motivates and edifies by example (Joh 13:13-15; 1Tim 4:12; Tit 2:7); not monarchical but collegial.
– Spiritual leadership is not about ingenuity after modern Gentile techniques but sincerity after Christly precepts and sanctity after God’s pleasure and purpose. Matt 20:25-28; John 13:12-17; 1Cor 9:19; 2Cor 4:1-5; Act 15:6, 22; 1Pet 5:1-4; 1Thes 2:7-12.

*Spiritual leadership derives from the Scripture and Christ and directs toward Christ and the Word of God.* It must be done in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 2:1-7); to the glory of God (Col 3: 17, 23); and for the benefit of everyone (Col 1:24-29), but not for personal interests (Phil 2:19-21).

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