by Stephen Whitney

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Leadership Qualities - Part 2 (4 of 4)
Series: I Timothy
Stephen Whitney
I Timothy 3:3-7

When you think of someone buying a luxury home with a price tag of more than $400,000, you expect the new home to be of high quality. Such is not always the case, wrote Julie Iovine in the
Chicago Tribune. The preliminary designs for the new home of Michael Eisner, the head of Disney, included one wall that was
so thin it would have buckled under its own weight.

The $40 million new home of one billionaire software developer had pine siding so vulnerable to decay it started to rot before the home was even completed. It is easy for buyers to mistake luxury for quality. Experts in the home building industry say that "most buyers agonize over the wrong things."

Tom Kilgerman, a Manhattan architect, says many buyers "find it boring to spend money on foundations and stud walls. They'd rather spend it on what they can see."

A builder of luxury homes said, "It appears that what sells houses depends on having a tub large enough for at least two people,
and probably more; flashy stairs . . . and other glitzy, totally unnecessary elements, as opposed to spatial construction quality."

As it is with homes, so it is with people. Too many people put
all their effort into their appearance and image, but do not pay attention to the quality of their character.

I Samuel 16:7 The Lord does not see as man sees: man looks at
the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (character).
Matthew Henry wrote, "God can tell what we are."

God is concerned that our character become like Jesus Christ.

Practical Implications
1. God has a specific idea about who is qualified to serve as a leader. The list contains 14 specific character qualities God
wants a man to have in order to serve as a leader in the church.
2. This list does not mention spiritual gifts because character qualities are more important than personal gifts. Our character
will determine ...

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