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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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January 30, 2013 - A Good Checklist

By Doug Clay

First Timothy is the initial book of the pastoral epistles. The pastoral epistles are a guidebook or a training manual on how to do church. It is full of good advice and inspired instructions for teaching, selecting leaders and meeting people's needs.

One of the clear messages most of this book has to do with the qualifications of leadership in the church. You see, just because someone attends church doesn't automatically qualify them to serve in the church. Character and spiritual maturity is the starting point for someone who wants to be a church leader. Consider 1 Timothy 3:2-13 (NIV):

"Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.

"In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

"In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

"A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus."

Notice 10 critical characteristics church leaders should possess:

1. A life above reproach — Lord, help me improve in the areas that could damage my integrity.
2. Faithful to my spouse — Lord, help me love my wife as Christ loved the Church.
3. Living wisely — Lord, help me to master myself, so that I can serve others effectively.
4. A commitment to being hospitable — Lord, give me a welcoming spirit to those I meet and serve.
5. Able to teach — Lord, help me first to learn, so that I may teach others better.
6. Not given to drunkenness — Lord, help me to never defile my body or reputation.
7. Gentle — Lord, help me to always keep my power and authority under control.
8. Contentment — Lord, give me a generous spirit, and help me enjoy what I have more than what I don't have.
9. Stewardship of family — Lord, help me to always give family the proper priority.
10. Maintain a godly reputation — Lord, help me to always set the best example for people both inside and outside of the church.

This checklist should carry a lot of weight in any believer's life, at any level of leadership. Remember, giftedness must always be accompanied by godliness for true spiritual leadership within any arena of life.

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.



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