Spiritual Maturity in Leadership is Essential!

The relationship of Law and Gospel, not understanding this will cause false teaching and or a weak church. If you do not get this, you do not belong in leadership. If you are not maturing in the faith, then do not be a leader.

 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:…”

Philippians 2:5-11

Nothing is more distressing than a church filled with people who do not have respect for those who are in spiritual authority over them. Conversely, nothing is more discouraging to a congregation than immature and irresponsible spiritual leadership. Many churches move away from Christ and their call and thus go under every year mainly because of pride, arrogance, bitterness, envy, and strife, the opposites of what God calls us to–the opposites of maturity (Phil. 2:5-11).

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DO YOU CREATE YOUR OWN GOD?

(Someone sent this to me, but I am unable to find the author, so it is anonymous)

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3

Some people take this do-it-yourself thing to far.  They create their own God.

Do you decide who God is my taking a poll?  Is He a being we can make up as we go along?  This create your-own is increasingly popular today.  It is extremely dangerous.  It robs us of knowing who our heavenly Father really is-as Scripture describes Him.  He is the One “who made heaven and earth”, and “the only true God”.

God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, and truth.  Examine the Scriptures, find out who God really is and establish a relationship through Jesus.  Trust and obey the one true God.  The infinite God cannot be measured by finite man.  The gods of this world are empty and vain.  They cannot give peace to one’s heart.

Bible Reading: Psalm 146:1-10, John 17:1-26

Spiritual Maturity Builds Churches PIII

The Importance Of Our Motivation and Inspiration

Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53: 12

I live in the Los Angeles area, the home of a basketball team called the “Lakers,” even though there is no lake. Anyway, they are one of the top teams in the league, with several championship wins, and usually have two or three exceptional star players. During the end of the regular season in 2004, the Lakers were losing. They had to win two very important games with teams I had never heard of (what can I say, I am just not much of a sports guy when it comes to “foreign” teams), or they would not be in the finals. Then, for the key game, one of their star players, Kobe Bryant, just did not show up. The team was down and unmotivated. Their coach, Phil Jackson, took the rest of the twelve players into the locker room and told them that each one of them had the capability to win. Together, they could win without that star player, or any star player. Then he told them, you have become lazy, relying on Kobe and Shaq and not stepping up yourselves. Then he said, “you all must step up and perform.” They went out, and won.

Do you “step up?” What motivates you in the Christian life?

What is your source of inspiration outside of the Scriptures? Do you just rely on others, or do you and can you “step up” in your faith, reaching out to others to win the game that Christ has put you in? The key to stepping up is motivation. Coach Jackson is a skilled motivator, which is why he has a lot of championship rings. We do not need the ring when we know who we are in Christ and when He is our motivation!

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

Most of us will look to our creeds and confessions for motivation, and for good reason. But, I want to extend further into our personal responsibility. That is, how can we take our faith so seriously that it becomes more personal and real, and all our thoughts, ideas, directions, goals, and inspirations go in the direction of serving our Lord? How do we take our faith to a deeper level, “step up” so it is ours and personal, and not just because this is what our families are and do, and not just because we are part of a good church, school, or work? How do we “step up” so that our faith is solely because of what Christ has done for us and nothing else?

The key is in allowing the work of the Holy Spirit in us. However, we have a responsibility to respond, to grow, and to build on what we are given. It takes trust, faith, and the surrender of our will, our dreams, and our ideas over to the LORDSHIP of Christ. We must acknowledge that He is Lord of us because of His love for us, and that His ways are better than ours. Christ is our King; so, let us live our lives in response to what He has done for us!

© 1992, 2005, Richard J. Krejcir, Ph.D. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership, www.churchleadership.org

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