A question from my Certified Lay Ministry curriculum --
Look up scriptures that use the words serve,
servant and stewardship. Share one
passage, and talk about the relationship between service and leadership. Note that the word ministry means
service. As a group, explore the
difference between this type of leadership and other understandings of
leadership in our culture.
few scripture examples:
1:38: Then Mary said, “Here am I, the
servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
12:26: Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there will my servant be also.
Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
Timothy 4:6: If you put these
instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of
Christ Jesus, nourishing the words of faith and of the sound teaching that you
Timothy 2:24-26: And the Lord’s servant
must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient,
correcting opponents with gentleness.
God may perhaps grant that they will that they will repent and come to
know the truth, and that they may escape from the snare of the devil, having
been held captive by him to do his will.
10:42-45: So Jesus called them and said
to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their
rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever
wishes to becomes great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to
be first among you must be slave of all.
For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his
life as a ransom for many.”
Peter 4:8-10: Above all, maintain
constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without
complaining. Like good stewards of the
manifold grace of God, serve on another with whatever gift each of you has
received. Whoever speaks must do so as
one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength
that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus
Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
that the questions requests a choice of one scripture and the use of it to discuss the
relationship between service and leadership, I instead chose two.
Mark 10:42-45 defines how Jesus viewed
To be a leader is to be a
We are to follow in the example
of Christ, who leads us in all things, but does so by being a servant.
When love comes into the equation, our love
of others and of God means that we place the needs of others above our own,
that we do not seek glory or privilege for ourselves, but we seek to love and
serve others, even to the cross.
4:8-10 speaks to the link between stewardship, service and leadership.
We become disciples of Christ, learning from
him a way of life, and then we become stewards of what we have been given, using
our gifts to change the world.
the phrase, “good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
We use what we have been given so that others
will come to know the grace of God.
use what we have been given in service to others so that God will be glorified,
is probably the biggest difference between servant leadership and secular
leadership. Leadership in our culture
means glory, fame, success, authority, and power. Servant leadership for Christ is counter to
all of those values.
Labels: CLM, Epistles, Gospel, Service, Stewardship