Saturday, September 27, 2008

Christian Leader

Artikel ini merupakan rangkuman dari buku "No Time for Neutrality: A Study of Joshua" oleh Daniel K. Campbell. Ini sebuah bacaan yang baik untuk para servant leader di ICF agar bisa diintegrasikan dalam pelayanannya di fellowship ini.

Title: Christian Leader
Source: "No Time for Neutrality" by Campbell Christian Leader
1. A true Christian leader maintains continual fellowship with God - not only in public, but in private, where nobody else sees. They talk to God. They listen to God. They search God\'s word for insight and guidance.
2.A true Christian leader trusts and obeys God, expecting Him to do the impossible. By faith, a true Christian leader steps out into the impossible, knowing that nothing is impossible with God.
A leader does not allow themself to be pressured or rushed into hasty action. If you feel pressured to make a decision or to take action prematurely, stop! Resist that pressure. Consult with the Lord. Seek wise counsel from other Christians. God does not require us to make major decisions without adequate opportunity for prayer and consideration.
Consecration precedes conquest. Whatever task you undertake, prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually for that task. Then pour everything you have into that task, and carry it out with complete singleness of mind.
Whatever your leadership role, acknowledge God as your Commander-in-Chief. The battle is His, not yours. He will fight your battles for you - if you allow Him to do so.

3. A true Christian leader must be able to take orders as well as give them. Those who cannot obey are not qualified to lead. And the One whose orders are to be obeyed above all others, withoug questioning or hesitatiion, is God Himself.
Never compromise or flirt with sin. Compromise with evil will destroy a Christian leader. It will create disaster in your spiritual life, your relationships, your business life, and your ministry. It will ruin your reputation. It will affect the behavior and infect the faith of people around you. Sin is a deadly disease and it is extremely contagious. Wherever you find sin in your life, root it out, destroy it, deal with it fully and decisively.
Never underestimate the enemy or overestimate yourself.

4. A true Christian leader keeps committments. God honors us when we honor our committments - even commitments we have entered into foolishly or which we have been tricked into, and even committments which are costly to us. God honors the Christian leader who is reliable and dependable, and whose word can be trusted.

5. A true Christian leader is persistent. They persevere to the end. They never give up. A Christian leader never compromises God\'s truth. Be zealous for the purity of the faith. There is always a price to pay when we surrender our convictions.
Never judge other people\'s motives or prejudge a case on the grounds of circumstantial evidence. Gather all the facts. Avoid forming hasty judgements on the basis of an emotionally charged account of the situation.
Discuss controvercies frankly, openly, and humbly in order to clear the air and reach reconciliation. Such confrontations must be conducted in a spirit of meekness, not spiritual superiority.

If wrongly accused, respond calmly and gently, praying for God\'s help to respond in a way that is both honoring to Him and empowered by Him. Here, the wise counsel of Proverbs 15:1 is indispensable: "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."

6. A true Christian leader looks not only to the present, but to the future. He builds not only for his own lifetime, but for eternity.

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