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Leadership.1 The Purpose by Caleb H.
September 29, 2008, 5:40 am
Filed under: Leadership

by Caleb Hancock

The purpose of leadership is what?

To show off your giftings? To impress others? To get things done?

Nope.

According to scripture, the primary purpose of leadership is to serve others for the glory of God.

Take a look at Mark 10:42-45:

42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

So, while our culture might state or demonstrate that leadership is a lone-wolf, out for yourself endeavor, Jesus in Mark flips that purpose on it’s head.

Let us look at this account in another gospel text.

Luke 22:24-27

24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. (emphasis mine)

If we are to be leaders as Christ was, we must serve others. This leads us then to: How do we serve others?

I submit, that the best way that you can serve others is to proclaim with your mouth and demonstrate with your transformed life the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Namely, that we are sinners who deserve, rightly, to be punished by God. But in His mercy and unmerited kindness, he chose to bruise His Son in our place on the cross. Therefore, through faith and repentance, we have the punishment of our sins paid for by Christ, and the righteous legal standing that Jesus merited imputed to us. This is amazing grace!

Us serving others would be impossibly grotesque and futile in our view if God had not changed our hearts. We would see Christ as a pushover and Christianity as weakness. But for those that are saved through the cross of Christ, serving others becomes the outpouring from being transformed by the gospel.

“The gospel is both the means and the motivation for growth in godliness” – Mike Bullmore

So men, if we are to be leaders, let us apply the amazing, timeless, true, transforming reality of the gospel of Christ to our own hearts daily. Then, for God’s glory, and the good of others, let us remind and tell others about this truth and live out lives that reveal the work that God has done in us. Let us serve in leadership, in whatever role that is, as Christ did.

Points of Application:

  • Everyone: serve diligently and humbly in your local church where God has gifted you and where there is need.
  • College Students: serve your peers and fellow students by initiating conversations in light of the gospel with a humble and joyful and genuine heart.
  • Employees: serve your employer as joyfully as if God himself had asked you to do whatever task they have delegated to you, motivated by a desire to serve them.

In these ways, we will be fulfilling the purpose of leadership, passionately and humbly serving others for God’s glory.

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Introducing… by joshcan
September 25, 2008, 12:05 pm
Filed under: News

One of the chief qualities of masculine, godly leadership is the call to take responsibility. As men and as leaders, we also bear responsibility before God over the spheres to which He calls us. Which is why we would like to introduce The Thought Initiative.

The Thought Initiative is a new series of posts to help us stretch and use our teeny weeny, lazy brains. The goal is to help us men think in ways we would not normally think—and about things we would not normally think. As men, let’s think. Let’s use our minds and bring our brains into submission to Christ. Ultimately we will give an account for what we think about and how we used it to spread His glory.

So that’s the purpose of The Thought Initiative. To initiate thought. Specifically, it will look at philosophical, doctrinal, theological and social issues. So when you see a Thought Initiative, put your thinking caps on and get to work! Fill up that comment box!

Expect one every Thursday.

So what do you think about that, huh?



If it ain’t broke, make a chair for it by Travis Evans
September 17, 2008, 1:42 pm
Filed under: Culture

By: Travis Evans

In 2006, Lunar Design released a collection of chairs titled Habit Forming. The collection is made up of two chairs, “Clothes Hanger” and “Hampered Seating”.

These quotes about the chairs say it all as to why we should be alarmed about such creations:

Clothes often find their way to nearby furniture rather than to the clothes hamper or the closet because of convenience and, over time, force of habit. Rather than focus on design solutions that seek to mitigate the effects of so-called bad habits or change the individual with the bad habits, the goal was to create designs that honour, celebrate and playfully interact with those habits.

and

[The chairs] demonstrate that design can literally turn bad habits into behaviors worth keeping or adopting.

Yes, heaven forbid that a man stop being lazy; it’s a trait to be honored, celebrated and playfully interacted with. [Note the sarcasm.]

Look, it’s like your mom always said, “Put your clothes away, boy.” Laziness in your room (and concerning your clothes) does not stay in that one area only. It lives in every aspect of your life. Feed it a little here and there, and it will penetrate all that you do. These creations aren’t helpful; they’re counter-productive and downright sloppy. Men, these chairs speak volumes of our culture and particularly of what society thinks it means to be a man. How do you respond when you see an item like this?

Read more about these chairs here.



Leadership Series Preview by Caleb H.
September 15, 2008, 6:22 am
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

by Caleb Hancock

In anticipation for the new series beginning in two weeks on biblical leadership, here is a post that hails from a sermon by John Piper. (The entirety of this sermon can be found here) This will serve as an excellent overview of what we will explore these next few weeks together as we explore and learn to personally apply what scripture reveals to us about how God has transformed our role as men, our role as leaders, our role as servants.

Christian Leadership as Servant Leadership

“God has called men to bear the primary responsibility for leadership in relationship to women…men are held accountable first by God for taking the initiative to do what can be done to make things the way they should be in the relationship(.)”

“Jesus purges Christian leadership of everything that makes it ugly and builds into Christian leadership what makes it beautiful. He purges it of self-exaltation; and he builds into it the reality of servanthood. He says, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled” (Matthew 23:12). That’s the end of arrogance and self-exaltation in Christian leadership. And he says, “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:26). That’s the key to beautiful leadership that builds up others.

But what a mistake it would be to say that because Jesus elevated the concept of servanthood he cancelled out the concept of leadership. We know from what he said and what he did that this is not true.

What he said was this: “Let the leader become as one who serves” (Luke 22:26). But he never said, “Let the leader stop being leader.” Nor did he say, “Serving makes leaders less than leaders.” He simply said, “When leadership is appropriate, let it be a servant leadership.”

And what he did was to give himself as an example of what he said: at his lowest point of servanthood, with the towel wrapped around him washing his disciples’ feet like a slave, no one in that room doubted who the leader was. He was the one they would follow. On his knees—and, if they understood, they would be on theirs! Servanthood does not nullify or cancel out leadership; it transforms leadership. When Jesus hung on the cross seemingly weak and utterly helpless, he was leading a great host into glory.

So what Jesus does for us is this: he shows us and he teaches us that if a man takes up the mantle of leadership according to Genesis 2, he must not seize it as a right for himself; he must accept it as a responsibility given by God. The language of leadership is the language of responsibilities not the language of rights. It’s the responsibility of servant leadership, not the right of lordly domination”

Because of the gospel, we are forgiven of all our self-seeking and self-worship, AND we are transformed in order to take up the call that God has on our lives as men to be leaders, the servants of all. So get excited as we jump into this new series in two weeks!



Manspeak book study… by bigplew
September 12, 2008, 9:35 am
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by Mike Plewniak

Lust = craving sexually what God has forbidden.  Do you battle lust?  Probably (definitely) every one of us would say “yes”.  In some way or form, there is a daily and probably hourly battle with our thoughts and our desires.  Thankfully, Jesus Christ is fully aware of our temptations.  Hebrews 4:15 — “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are yet without sin.”  That without sin is important.  Because in his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus has represented us and has won!  He did it without sinning.  And now we are credited with his righteousness, his perfect obedience.

Not only did He purchase our forgiveness and righteousness, but He has ransomed us from being slaves to sin, He has given us His Spirit inside of us to live for God, to be free, to enjoy God and true pleasure.

So, let’s battle lust and impurity so that we can enjoy God fully!  Thankfully, to help us do this, Josh Harris has written this wonderful little book, Sex is not the problem (lust is).

So, beginning in 2 weeks, we will be reviewing this book chapter by chapter.  If you do not have a copy of the book, you can buy one here, or you can pick one up at the CCK bookstore.  This little resource is a gift from God, so let’s take this opportunity to use it, to grow, to bring God glory, and to enjoy Him!



Sports…for God’s glory? by bigplew
September 11, 2008, 6:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

by Mike Plewniak

CJ Mahaney on how to glorify God while playing sports.  A must for all guys — from football, baseball, ESPN  watchers, frisbee golf, you name it.  You can download the message here.

Also recommended is the new book by Stephen Altrogge, Game Day for the Glory of God.  I just got this book and hope to review on manspeak before long.



What’s our role, part 1…. by bigplew
September 10, 2008, 11:31 am
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by Mike Plewniak

What are men supposed to do and are we doing it?  This blog is devoted to encouraging men to take up their God-given responsibility to be leaders, in whatever context God calls them to do that.  We have a vacuum of biblical leadership in the world today.  Leaders are often selfish, ambitious (not for God’s glory), manipulative, controlling, passive (often in the home and with kids), and seldom look to God for what He has said and declared for their role.  So, to help us understand what our role is, i wanted to take a couple days and review the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  This statement was put together by the CBMW.

Before their affirmations, they begin with this rationale behind why this is so important and the effects of a lack of biblical manhood and womanhood.

Rationale:

We have been moved in our purpose by the following contemporary developments which we observe with deep concern:

1. The widespread uncertainty and confusion in our culture regarding the complementary differences between masculinity and femininity;

2.  the tragic effects of this confusion in unraveling the fabric of marriage woven by God out of the beautiful and diverse strands of manhood and womanhood;

3. the increasing promotion given to feminist egalitarianism with accompanying distortions or neglect of the glad harmony portrayed in Scripture between the loving, humble leadership of redeemed husbands and the intelligent, willing support of that leadership by redeemed wives;

4.  the widespread ambivalence regarding the values of motherhood, vocational homemaking, and the many ministries historically performed by women;

5. the growing claims of legitimacy for sexual relationships which have Biblically and historically been considered illicit or perverse, and the increase in pornographic portrayal of human sexuality;

6.  the upsurge of physical and emotional abuse in the family;

7.  the emergence of roles for men and women in church leadership that do not conform to Biblical teaching but backfire in the crippling of Biblically faithful witness;

8.  the increasing prevalence and acceptance of hermeneutical oddities devised to reinterpret apparently plain meanings of Biblical texts;

9.  the consequent threat to Biblical authority as the clarity of Scripture is jeopardized and the accessibility of its meaning to ordinary people is withdrawn into the restricted realm of technical ingenuity;

10.  and behind all this the apparent accommodation of some within the church to the spirit of the age at the expense of winsome, radical Biblical authenticity which in the power of the Holy Spirit may reform rather than reflect our ailing culture.