Basic Christian Leadership (Biblical Models of Church, Gospel and Ministry)

by Glen H. Jones

John Stott chooses an unusual text to illustrate the principle of Christian leadership. Using the quarreling and immature church described in 1 Corinthians, he points out that God demonstrates His power through a weak message (“foolishness”), weak converts (“not many of you were wise”) and a weak evangelist (“not with words of human wisdom”). Yet God used these weaknesses in transforming the lives of many in Corinth.

Paul’s power came through the Holy Spirit and the Word. The apostle was mighty in the Scriptures. He believed in the inspired record; he preached the Word as a message from God; and he had no reservations about the authority and authenticity of the Scriptures that he preached. This was the power of his leadership.

In the last chapter Stott makes four observations about the godly pastor: He is the servant of Christ, he is the steward of holy revelation, he is the scum of the earth, and he is the father of the church family. “The common denominator of all four is humility….”

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