A big “thank you” goes out to Burtonsville Baptist Church (MD), Franconia Baptist Church (VA), and Macedonia Baptist Church (DC) for their hospitality as I came to serve them each by invitation this week. They are Christ-filled churches that preach the Gospel and love all of the saints. I am grateful for the opportunities granted to speak before them.
For my friends at Macedonia Baptist Church, below are links to several resources I mentioned in today’s leadership seminar. Also below is the outline of today’s discussion. A link to Where Are All The Brothers? can be found at the tab above or here.
Thank you too to Nazareth Baptist Church (DC) and Bethel Outreach Ministries (MD) for joining Macedonia today.
On Scripture Memory: Andrew Davis, An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture (free pdf).
On the Gospel: Bryan Chapell, What is the Gospel? and Anthony Carter, What is the Gospel? (free pdf).
On Christ-Centered Ministry (2): D. A. Carson, The Cross and Christian Ministry, and D. A. Carson and Timothy Keller, Gospel-Centered Ministry.
On the Prayers of Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers.
A Seminar for Macedonia Baptist Church and Friends
January 21, 2012
Rev. Eric C. Redmond
Reformation Alive Baptist Church
10:15 – 11:05 Session 1: What Biblical Leadership Is and Is Not
11:15-12:00 Session 2: Important Marks of Biblical Leadership
12:10 – 12:40 Lunch
12:45 – 1:15 Session 3: How We Learn to Be Leaders
1:15 – 2:00 Session 4: Q & A on Biblical Leadership
I. Session 1: What Biblical Leadership Is and Is Not
A. The “Biblical” in Biblical Leadership
1. Biblical means that we want the Bible – God’s voice – to determine what it means to be a leader. This assumes things about the Bible and us:
a. The Bible is authoritative, being from the very mouth of God (2 Tim. 3:16).
b. You have a practice of meditating on God’s word for successful living (Psalm 1).
c. You rely on the word of God to guide your life (Ps. 119:105). You have a practice of studying the word (2 Tim. 2:15), of memorizing the word (Ps. 119:9-11), of reading through the Bible over the course of a year.
d. You see preaching as the word of God (1 Thess. 2:13).
2. In the Bible, everything is for the glory of God; so Biblical leading is for the glory of God (Rom. 11:36; 15:7; 16:27; 1 Cor. 10:31; Eph. 1:12; 3:21).
3. In the Bible, everything is for the joy of the one who follows God; so Biblical leading is for the joy of the leader and followers (2 Cor. 1:24; Col. 1:11; 1 Jn. 1:4; 2 Jn. 12).
4. In Bible, every part of the storyline from Genesis to Revelation is about the cross of Christ; so Biblical leadership is part of the storyline of the Bible that is given to reveal the Cross and to reflect the Cross.
B. Unbiblical Thinking About Leadership in the Church
1. Leadership is about reaching a milestone or place of honor.
2. The goal of leading is to keep the followers happy.
3. Real leaders know how to step up when there is bad leadership.
4. Successful Leadership in the world is transferrable to leadership in the church.
II. Important Marks of Biblical Leadership
A. Leading is a calling: God is glorified in calling who he wishes as leaders: He calls, he gives gifts, he exalts, he gives stewardships, he will judge (Ja. 3:1). Christ is called of God; the Cross is about calling leaders for the church Christ purchased (Acts 20:28).
B. Leading comes from one’s character: God is glorified in leaders who have godly character—character that reflects Christ (1 Tim. 3:5; Tit 2:5, 8, 10).
C. Leading is accomplished by serving: God is glorified by serving, because serving is what he has done for us in Christ (Mk. 10:45).
D. Leading depends on praying: God must transform you and the people you lead.
- You would be wise to pray for every leader over you and everyone immediately under you, by name.
- Find out how you can pray for them; set a schedule to pray for them through the month.
- Call and let those who look to you as a leader know you have prayed for them; ask if there is more for which you can be praying.
- Pray the prayers of Paul into their lives.
III. How We Learn to Be Leaders
A. Learn to accept correction so that you can grow in wisdom (Prov. 12:1).
B. Apprentice yourself to godly leaders (Ex. 24:13; 33:11; Acts 20:4; 2 Tim. 3:10-12).
C. Get rid of fear of people and be willing to accept persecution for being right (Num. 13:25-14:4, 11; Mt. 10:28).
D. Be willing to accept small accomplishments and occasional failure(s) (Acts 19:8-10; 1 Cor. 4:9-13).
E. Encourage those leading you (1 Thess. 5:12-13).
F. Know those under you (Prov. 25:2).
G. Keep short lists of others’ wrongs; major in love by overlooking faults (1 Cor. 13:7).
H. Other (Mt. 10:16; Eph. 5:15; Col. 4:5): Watch and learn from good and bad leaders. Learn everything in your field. Be willing to admit wrong and apologize.