1st Principle: A Leader Not Only Teaches, But Is An Example!
Leadership Principles from the Book of Acts
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Acts 1:1 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:1 (NIV) — 1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
Acts 1:1 (NLT) — 1 In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach
Acts 1:1 (MSG) — 1 1 Dear Theophilus, in the first volume of this book I wrote on everything that Jesus began to do and teach
Development of the Leadership Principle:
There are so many leadership lessons in the Book of Acts that I will try to share some of the principles as we take a deeper study into the book.
I would like to take devotionals on Saturdays to share a few characteristics of biblical leadership.
My prayer is that this will help you to grow and develop in your calling and ministry. His Word gives us the leadership model that we need to follow!
In the first verses we see something very key in Jesus’ ministry, we note that He was not only a great teacher, but He was an example of everything He taught!
In the first verse we see that there is an emphasis on these two words, “do and teach.” Jesus not only taught, but his words came with authority. This spiritual authority came as a result of Words, they were not just empty expressions, but the great works were followed by his Words!
When He taught, the signs always followed Him. In Acts 10:38 it tells us, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
What a powerful lesson of Jesus’ ministry! His ministry was both action and instruction.
He possessed a balance between “knowing” and “doing”. Our Saviour, the great example of leadership was a living incarnation of what he taught. He continuously he practiced what he preached!
He had powerful “words and deeds” As Luke 24:19 tells us, “He said to them: What things? And they said: Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people;
There was a big difference when Jesus taught. In Matthew 7: 28-29 it says, “And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.“
As those who aspire leadership we must continue following the model left by our Lord Jesus Christ, His life continues through us, his church today!
Remember what 1 Peter 2:21 says, “For to this you were called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps. “
For us, it is not enough just to show the way, you need to live and practice the gospel daily.
We cannot proclaim something that we ourselves are not experiencing or have experienced personally. We are witnesses, not just informants!
God looks for men and women today who can prove through his exemplary life what it means to be a leader…
Paul put it this way in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” He called his followers to imitate him, not only obey the instructions given on them.
On another occasion he told them, “Brothers, be imitators of me, and observe those who walk according to the example you have in us” (Philippians 3:17)
It is easy to point the way, but how difficult it sometimes is to be an example of what we want to see in others.
The leadership of the Book of Acts was one that showed the Gospel through works and deeds.
Reflection & Practice:
How can I be an example leader?
What are some areas in which I am still lacking to be an example?
Why do you think many leaders ignore or don’t give importance to this principle?
Foundational Scriptures Of The Principle:
John 13:15 (NKJV) — 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV) — 11 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 John 2:6 (NKJV) — 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Philippians 3:17 (NKJV) — 17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NKJV) — 12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
2 Thessalonians 3:9 (NKJV) — 9 not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.
Acts 2:22 (NKJV) — 22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—
Acts 10:38 (NKJV) — 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Matthew 4:23-24 (NKJV) — 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
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