by David Burns

Strong Leadership: The Key To A Healthy Church
I Timothy 3
David Burns

In I Tim. 3 Paul gives Timothy, a leader of the church, some guidelines and expectations on church leaders. We've preached these and we've studied these and we've used these to tell someone why so and so is a bad leader, right? Let me tell you something today. I Tim. 3 is a great chapter that gives us an example of the kind of life our leaders need to live. But let me tell you what I have found in my 20 years of ministry experience. I've worked with guys who had a religious arrogance about them, saying or thinking that they are qualified based upon I Tim. 3, and yet there was little to no evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit in their lives. Many try to obtain the measure of I Tim. 3 by their own power. For example, in managing their own family well, they may rule it like an army drill sergeant. Then, let me ask you: how will they lead a church? Like an army drill sergeant, without love. No gentleness, no patience and they sit back on their constitutions and leave the church work up to the women in the church, because at home they leave all the tough stuff up to their wives!

The first sign of a Godly leader is that he/she is allowing God to break down the strongholds in their sinful nature.

Our sinful nature troubles us. We would rather not talk about it. We know we are sinners. We know that we ought not to do the things we do and that we don't do the things we ought.

We would rather hear positive sermons telling us that we aren't all that bad, and sermons that basically say, "Hey, everybody sins, so don't beat yourself up over it."

But what I have found is that my own sin not only is Satan's way of stealing my joy, but robbing me of God's power in me. If your life is plagued with sin, then God cannot use you. Next question: "Yea, but we are all sinners. Are you saying that God cannot use a sinner?"

God better be able to use a sinner because we are all sinners. But we limit jus ...

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