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LEADERSHIP FOR TODAY by PASTOR JESUS FIGUEROA
LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES * WWW.JESUSFIGUEROA.ORG
He Did Not Come To Be Served
Jesus Is Our Model In Leadership
Introduction To Topic: The Leadership of Jesus, Our Example (Part 1)
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28 (NKJV)
Matthew 20:28 (NIV) — 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28 (MSG) — 28 That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”
Development Of the Principle Of Leadership:
The church today is surrounded by many needs, but seeing its condition it is very clear that one of the primary needs is having a competent and effective leadership.
This should lead us to ask, why is the church in this situation? and what does the Bible say regarding this dilemma? The Bible gives us the greatest and most utmost example that the church may have as a leadership model, and it’s in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Any study that is done on Christian leadership is not complete unless the life of Jesus is examined. When you study this topic, you will find that the way Jesus modeled leadership was by being a “servant”.
This principle of servant – leadership is sometimes unknown by many who want to be leaders in the church and Christian ministry. For this reason it is important and urgent that this truth be known, When it’s applied, we will see the result and fruit in our ministry!
It is interesting that the word “leader” is showed only six times in the version of the Bible in English King James and not even a single time in the King James 1960 version. The title leader is designated as a “servant” more often in Scripture. The Bible does not express “Moses my leader” but “Moses my servant” and this is exactly what Jesus taught.
The servant, more appropriately “slave” term when applied to men with a specific ministry for the Lord emphasizes two things: submission to the Lordship of Christ and Supreme Honor to have been chosen to serve in the ministry. This concept of servant expresses the absolute obedience of man to God and his unconditional acceptance of the divine will.
Today we have a great privilege to serve in our calling and ministry. When God calls us to leadership it is so we could do it with a servant’s heart. If for some reason we lost this value, we must return once more to the foundation and become true servants of God and His people.
Reflection and Practice:
How is it that I can be a leader with the quality of servant?
What are some qualities that I can develop to be a leader – servant?
Why do you think many leaders ignore or do not put importance to this principle?
Foundational Scriptures of the Principle:
Mark 10:45 (NKJV) — 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Luke 22:27 (NKJV) — 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
John 13:4-5 (NKJV) — 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV) — 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
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