In a previous post I put forth the question, "Is Leadership A Healthy Christian Aim?“ I argued that "serve" not "lead" is the overwhelming Biblical ideal for the believer. Yet “serve” is trampled in the Christian marketplace by the ever-pervasive call and challenge to become, to shape, or to produce “leaders." "Well, Steven," one might … Continue reading Christian Leaders Or Christ’s Servants?
"What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth." (1 Corinthians 3:5-7, ESV) We've been studying 1 Corinthians in … Continue reading Glorifying The Football Instead Of The Quarterback
"I am among you as the one who serves." Luke 22:27b This could be considered the statement that defines Jesus' ministry. His "mission statement," if you will. To me, these are the most frightening words ever spoken by Jesus. Why do they scare me so? Because He expects these same words to be the defining … Continue reading The Most Frightening Words Ever Spoken By Jesus
Ligon Duncan III on how who we are in Christ impacts what we do for Christ: "...God comes to Joseph with guidance from the angel. Notice what the angel calls him, "the son of David." Joseph was a humble man, a carpenter. He was not a great land magnate, or a great merchant. He was … Continue reading My Identity Motivates My Ministry