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29th April 2012
The Church needs leaders at every level – leaders who love God and love the church, who obey God, who desire to make a difference and are daring and diligent. The 'qualifications' for leadership are in one sense quite simple: it's not about Bible college, intellect, looks or being a gifted public speaker. Biblical leadership starts with leading yourself and leading your family.
All of the leadership attributes Paul writes about to Timothy are inward, character issues – matters of the heart, rather than external qualifications or appearances. When God picked out Gideon, He called Gideon a "mighty warrior", even though Gideon had been hiding away in a winepress and was the least of his family, the last person God should have chosen, by human standards. But God picked Gideon because He picked Gideon. He chose to love him, and He has chosen to love us.
We are all called to be part of God's mission. Desiring leadership is a good thing. The leadership attributes described by the apostle Paul are ones we should all be growing in. In order to reach our town and the surrounding areas and do all that God has called us to, we need more leaders – those who are temperate, self-controlled, leading themselves and their families well. Let's all step up, like the "mighty warrior" Gideon, and see what God will do!
Verses: 1 Timothy 3:1-7 (see also Judges 6:11-14)
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Posted by Paul Mann