The life of Jesus is an example to all of us of how to effectively lead people. However, Jesus' approach is often rejected. Jesus’ methodology and results are plain to see for anyone who desires to learn. In a relatively short period of time, Jesus assembled a core group of people who would start a transformational movement that would continue till this day. How would you have assembled such a group? Would you make it easier or harder for people to follow you? Think about it for a minute. If I wanted to build a team of people who would go on to make such an impact, how would I recruit such a team? Many prominent leaders today use rhetoric to draw followers. Such leaders spend hours learning persuasive language and jokes that would get any crowd laughing. Such an approach seems extremely effective short-term. You can grow a very large group of followers using this approach. However, such leaders leave their followers defenceless as they don’t have the knowledge needed to live fruitful and productive lives. So, what can we learn from Jesus about leadership? Firstly, true leaders always start with the end in mind. This is vital because if you ...
In today's cultural climate, the two words that seem to be synonymous are ‘judgmental’ and ‘Christians’. Christians’ being labelled as intolerant; it’s becoming harder for us to be heard. This inevitably leads to two camps. There are those that would much rather stay out of anything ‘controversial’ and those that take a much more violent approach. For example, by bombing abortion clinics and targeting gay bars all in the name of Christianity. The very people they have been called to reach they instead condemn through hateful acts, in so doing they wrongly judge that the imago dei that Christ died for are not worth saving. The first group, staying silent seems easier as they fear the push back that can cause them to remain locked away in the haven of their Church buildings. However, when Jesus called us to love our enemies (those who belong to this world), I don’t believe that either of those approaches is what He had in mind. So, how do we love those that are hostile to our faith and remain faithful to the teachings of Jesus simultaneously? Arguing well will be pivotal to us loving those we disagree with. Oxford learners dictionary defines the word ...
If you’re anything like me then you will probably often find yourself worrying over what the future holds. Having recently experienced the passing of my Dad the transition hasn’t been easy. I still have questions about what it truly means to be a man. I’ve got a lot to learn and have plenty of memories of my Dad's life that has left a mark on me. With important decisions ahead of me to make, I long to hear from God a simple yes or no. Is this the right job? Have I met my future wife yet? It would be easier for God to just give me answers up front, it would ease my doubts and the apprehension that often tries to grip me. Then, I read Paul address to the Church of Colossae saying, “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honour and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to ...