CELL NOTES 30/5/11
Which leader (e.g. world leader. local leader, church leader) do you particularly admire at the moment?
Paul to the leaders
Reading 1Tim 3 : 1 - 10
1 There are over 20,000 different Christian denominations world wide. Whilst there are principles of church order and leadership in the Bible, there is no one blueprint pattern.
2 As from the reading, the key factor in a leader is character, rather than any specific ability or gift.
3 Bill Hybels' principle of choosing staff by character – chemistry (do we get on?) and finally charism (gifting).
4 The kingdom is demonstrated by character and behaviour – not by how we do things. This will be of special importance in the changing times ahead.
5 In that we are all role models, and affect the lives of others we are all leaders.
6 Contrast the impact of a “religious” person, whose character is off-putting, with a known Christian whose character is very attractive.
7 There is, though a necessary leadership exercised within the church, and at times this baton is to be handed on. Paul was aware of this ( see 2 Tim 4 ; 6 – 7 & 2Tim 2 : 2)
8 As we approach such a time it is especially important to cherish the qualities Paul refers to and encourage those who hold the baton.
9 “If you find the perfect church, do not join it, as you will spoil it.”
10 Love the church – “That ragbag of saints, sinners and fatheads.”
11 Be ware of external threats to the church (e.g. the case of Dr. Richard Scott) and internal – from dissension over minor matters, exaggerated devotion to a tradition etc.
12 Internal is often more damaging – and yet something we can do something about.
13 Love the church – don’t fault find, speak ill of it or its members. Love the body of Christ, look for a mentor and be an example for others.
QUESTIONS OF APPLICATION
1) Read the passage. What hits toy most? What did the Lord say to you on Sunday? What will you do about it?
2 How do you feel about emphasising character as the most important aspect of a leader?
3 Whom do you currently influence, and who influences you?
4 How do you anticipate playing your part in the life of the church in the next 12 months?
5 When have you experienced particularly helpful leadership in your Christian life (e.g. from a friend, a cell leader, a church leader, in some other way)?