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LEAD2014 Here and Now #1 – The Mark of Christ-like Leadership

Pastor Peter Tan Chi, Senior Pastor, Christ’s Commission Fellowship

05/06/2014

The theme of LEAD2014 is Here and Now.

Pastor Tan Chi

When people think of Christians, what enters their mind? The world has ideas about Christians but many times they don’t know about Christians because we may have misrepresented ourselves.

A young lawyer was declined entry into a church in South Africa. He decided not to become a Christian. His name is Gandhi.

“I admire your Jesus but so many of you are not like Christ?”

He was asked how to evangelize India. He said

  1. To act more like Christ
  2. Do not water down the Gospel.
  3. To focus on love. Love is the essence of following Jesus.
  4. To study the culture and belief systems of other people.

Leadership is influence. A leader bring people from point A to point B. A leader is an influencer. When we lead people, what is the end result? The end product is to be Christ-like. We help people to be Christ-like.

Pastor Peter gave the toothpaste illustration. When we squeeze a tube of toothpaste, toothpaste comes out. What colour? It depends on what’s inside.

The main goal of leading is making people Christ-like. We can influence, inspire but only God can change and transform.

The Myth of Spiritual Leadership

  1. The myth of knowledge. Having knowledge is wonderful. But Bible knowledge = spiritual maturity.
  2. The myth of Service (Mt 6:1). It should be a by product.
  3. The myth of zeal (Rom 10:2). Being passionate <> spirituality.
  4. The myth of success.
  5. The myth of longevity (1 Cor 3:1-3). Being a long Christian doesn’t make a person Christ-like.
  6. The myth of spiritual gifts (1 Cor 13:1-3). We may focus on the wrong thing.

The Mark of Christ-like Leadership

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Jn 13:34-35.

Jesus gave us a new commandment. If we have once chance to ask Jesus one question, what will we ask? This man asked Jesus what the greatest commandment  is.

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Mk 12:28

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”

1. Love is a commitment. It transcends feelings.

It has to do with the will, not just the emotions.

When a baby cries, the mother will take care of her even when she is tired or not feeling well.

One man visited Pastor Peter one night. This man discovered his wife is having an affair. Pastor Peter asked him was he sure. He was. Pastor Peter asked him what he wanted to do. He said he was committed to love her. Pastor Peter warned them it will be painful.

2. Love is directed toward imperfect people.

“One another” in the verse refer to Peter and Judas. It’s very hard to love family because we live with them. It’s easier to love our pastor because we see them once a week.

1 Cor 13 says love is patience (love suffering).

It’s easy to love perfect people. But love is directed towards imperfect people. Sooner or later, we will disappoint one another by what we do, what we don’t do, what we say, what we don’t say.

3. Love is to seek the highest good

Love is not sentimentalism. There is a time for tough love.

A father sought help for his son’s drug addiction. The son stays in an expensive condominium. His father paid for it. His father love him but he didn’t know how to love him.

One of the toughest decision a Christian does is to remove someone who cannot perform. We tell it in love because to leave the person in the same place is not help him / her. We have to think for what is best for others.

4. Love often requires sacrifice.

By this all men will know we are disciples of Jesus, if we have love for one another.

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  1. 05/06/2014 at 3:19 pm

    Nice post. Feel free to share your inspirational posts at Godinterest (the Pinterest for Christians).

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