Light & Darkness & New Testament Conversion

Spiritual Kingdom Equipping for Leadership

"For God did not give us a Spirit of
Timidity or Fear,
but of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind"

The Full Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this
dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly
  13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

1 Corinthians 13

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

these is love.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Leadership is not lording it over others, no.  Leadership is being an example of Jesus Christ in order that young Christians and others in life can learn about Christ.  If they have something here on earth to emulate they might believe.  Everyone needs leaders because people need an example of what they want to do or be.  Man was made in this way by God.  God created us in His image (Genesis 1), that means he created us to look and be (hopefully) like him.  Being like God is a spiritual existence here on earth.  I want to be like God because God is good and I am going to show you many ways that he is.
I want to give some special attention to something that love is not.  Love is not RUDE.  For some reason in life, people do not mind at all of being rude to other.  They enjoy disrespecting on television and dogging out even a friend.  What I would like is to examine the word RUDE for a minute.

Additional findings: short, uncivilized, uncouth, uncultured, uneducated, ungracious, unmannerly, unpolished, unrefined, wild are all rude.

Synonyms for the word RUDE
  • abusive
  • blunt
  • boorish
  • coarse
  • crude
  • ignorant
  • impolite
  • insulting
  • intrusive
  • obscene
  •  cheeky
  • churlish
  • crabbed
  • curt
  • discourteous
  • graceless
  • gross
  • gruff
  • illiterate
  • impertinent
  • gross
  • gruff
  • illiterate
  • impertinent

  •  surly
  • vulgar
  • uncivil
  • abrupt
  • bad-mannered
  • barbarian
  • barbaric
  • barbarous
  • brusque
  • brutish
  • impudent
  • inconsiderate
  • insolent
  • loutish
  • low
  • offhand
  • peremptory
  • raw
  • savage
  • scurrilous
Manners - ways of behaving with reference to polite standards; social component
Ethics - a system of moral principles
Discipline, Honor, Prudence = Good
Morals - of or relating to principles of right and wrong behavior
Etiquette - rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave
Principles - a rule or standard, especially of good behavior
Values - to determine or estimate the worth or value of; appraise

Love is:
  1. Patient
  2. Kind
  3. Envies not
  4. Boast's not
  5. not Proud
  6. not Rude
  7. not Self-Seeking
  8. not Easily Angered
  9. Angered not
  10. Records no Wrong
  11. no Delight In Evil
  12. Rejoices With The Truth

Galatians 5:22  The fruit of the Spirit are:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Patience
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. Self-control

Against these things there is no law.

Love always:

  1. protects
  2. trusts
  3. hopes
  4. perseveres

Love never fails.  And these 3 remain:

  1. Faith
  2. Hope
  3. Love

 2 Peter 1:5-11  For this reason make every effort to add to your faith:

  1. Goodness and to Goodness;
  2. Knowledge and to Knowledge;
  3. Self-control and to Self-control;
  4. Perseverance and to Perseverance;
  5. Godliness and to Godliness;
  6. Brotherly Kindness and to Brotherly Kindness;
  7. Love

In Romans 12:8 it says, “ If it is leadership, let him govern diligently” (NIV). Leadership means to rule, preside or stand over. A leader has a vision and gives direction and oversight to an organization.  Whereas the person with the gift of administration steers the boat, the person with the gift of leadership is more like the captain and tells the person at the helm where to steer it. A person with the gift of leadership has a deep passion to help people reach their goals. For the church it may be helping the congregation reach maturity in Christ, evangelize the community or reach out to those in need. A person with the gift of leadership gets a deep conviction of a need and can see the solution. They are able to communicate to the larger group the reason why things need to be done and why it needs to be done now.

A church is able to reach goals and accomplish much when it has gifted leaders. They are able to get things done. Like a conductor of a orchestra, a good leader will help make use of all the other gifts in the church and have them working in harmony.

Often with leadership comes power and prestige. This can allow a leader to be overcome with pride and exaggerate their own importance. It can also create rivalry and jealousy.  A leader can be so goal and vision oriented that they run over people that get in the way or do not have the passion they may have. It is easy to dismiss or worse, ridicule someone who disagrees with the leader’s point of view.  It is often easy for a leader to become over‐involved in urgent matters
that the real important issues like family, personal time and devotion to God suffer.

Ministry Opportunities
A leader can be a pastor, elder, teacher, on a board, department head or in the political workings of the church.  Para‐church organizations are looking for good leaders.

Further Training
Training could include: leadership seminars and conferences, management courses and becoming grounded in Biblical teachings on wisdom and character. It would be great to have a successful leader mentor you as well.
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