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The apostle Paul played an extremely important role in establishing the first century church (along with Peter and James). As a result, 13 of our 27 books of the New Testament were written by Paul. In Paul’s letters he provides an amazing testimony about his desire to receive approval from God for his work. At no time does Paul ever appear to care what others humans thought about him and his work because he only cared what God thought of his work.

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Today leaders receive high levels of pressure to be “people pleasures.” Sometimes good leadership gets confused with merely being charismatic and popular. However, the apostle Paul provides an example of how you should seek the approval of God and not the approval of humans.

I.     PAUL DID NOT SEEK APPROVAL FROM PEOPLE ON EARTH
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Today’s post concludes my biblical study on women and leadership. This has been one of the most difficult topics I have written on. Last week I wrote about Jesus’ relationship to women and women’s roles in the book of Acts. And the week before that I wrote about the Old Testament perspective on women and leadership.

Today’s post examines the most difficult of the three areas: Paul’s teaching on women and biblical leadership. A 2,000 word blog post can barely scratch the surface of this topic, but in this post I hope to provide you with a brief outline of all the important texts as well as some brief notes about hermeneutics and exegesis.

What Exactly Did Paul Say about Women and Leadership?Rembrandt’s Apostle Paul

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Continuing my biblical study of women and leadership I am examining Jesus’ relationships with women as well as women’s roles in the Book of Acts. Some of the observations might surprise you.

Jesus' Relation to Women and Their Roles in the Book of Acts

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I.  5 OBSERVATIONS OF JESUS’ RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN

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Women and their role as leaders within the church has always been a controversial topic. Some Christians land on the side of conservatism and place strong limitations on women’s roles as leaders while other Christians provide women the freedom to lead, teach, and take charge.

The Surprising and Often Forgotten Women Leaders in the Old Testament

Abigail appealing to David in 1 Samuel 25

Today’s post is the beginning of a series of blog posts looking at the topic of women and biblical leadership. This post examines some of my views on women’s roles as leaders in the contemporary church as well as a brief look at women in the Old Testament. 

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A leader must be a person of wisdom.

A Leader Must Be a Person of Wisdom

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Wisdom is too lofty for fools. Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say. – Proverbs 24:7 (NLT)

This verse provides a reminder that fools do not have wisdom but leaders do. In fact, when fools are around leaders they do not have anything to say because leaders live lifestyles different from fools. The wisdom leaders have has places them in a different position and social level than fools. Again, leaders must be men and women of wisdom.

What happens when leaders have wisdom:

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What difference is there for a nation between poor leadership and wise leadership? Does it make a difference? Can the people tell?

According to Proverbs 28:2 there is a definite difference between good and poor leadership.

Wise and Knowledgeable Leadership Brings Stability

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Proverbs 28:2 states:

When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability. (NLT)

Based on my understanding of Biblical Hebrew, here is a more literal translation of Proverbs 28:2:

By many violations of the region by officials;
But a man understanding and knowing thus has been made long.

Proverbs 28:2Here’s my examination of each of the words and their syntax in this verse:

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In his 600 page commentary on the Book of Proverbs Tremper Longham III describes a proverb as a “short, pithy saying that offers advice or an observation on the world” (p., 54).

A Leader Is Godly and a Godly Leader is Honest

Today’s blog post continues my series of posts examining the six times the Book of Proverbs mentions the word “leader” or “leadership.” Read the other posts here and here.

Today’s post looks at Proverbs 17:26 which states,

It is wrong to punish the godly for being good
or to flog leaders for being honest (New Living Translation).

Based on my understanding of Biblical Hebrew, a more literal word-for-word translation of this verse is,

Also, it is not good to fine the righteous
to smite leaders on account of their righteousness.

Here’s a breakdown of the words in this text and my examination:

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Among the many examples of servant leadership in the Bible Jesus provided the most vivid picture of what servant leadership should look like.

Jesus’ Example of Servant Leadership

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Within the framework of Luke’s gospel the message of servant leadership is provided. Luke’s thinking in his Gospel is very God-centered 1 with a strong theological emphasis on the poor, tax collectors, sinners, Samaritans, Gentiles, women, and outcasts. 2

Jesus’ Example of Servant Leadership

When some of the disciples had been arguing about which of them was the greatest (Luke 22:24) Jesus decided that it was time to teach one more lesson to he beloved disciples. He told them, Continue Reading…

Notes:

  1. Allison Trites, “The Gospel of Luke, Acts,” in Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, ed. Philip Comfort, vol. 12, (Carole Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2006), 14.
  2. Stein, Robert H. “Luke,” vol. 24 in The New American Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 49-50.

Do you know of an organization that lacks wise leadership and advisers directing that organization? If you do, then that organization will fail.

John Maxwell says,  “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” And, in a way, this is true.

The Bible attests to this, and I am sure that Maxwell’s thought was probably not original with him but instead was derived from his study of the Bible.

Without Wise Leadership a Nation Will Fail

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The book of Proverbs in the Bible mentions the word “leader” or “leadership” six different times. The first time the book mentions leadership is here:

Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers. – Proverbs 11:14 (NLT)

Sadly, there are nations in our world who do not have wise leadership. Some of the conflicts occurring in Ukraine reference this right now.

Proverbs 11:14 in HebrewBased on my own reading of the Hebrew text here are two thoughts about the language as I studied the literal meaning of this verse: Continue Reading…

As wisdom literature the book of Proverbs provides succinct and poetic biblical advice. Most of the proverbs are from King Solomon but there are other proverbs from King Lemuel and Agur.

In this blog post I will share six verses from Proverbs related to leadership.

Insights on Leadership from the Book of Proverbs

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In the book of Proverbs the word leader or leadership occurs six times. This is based on the New Living Translation and the NLT Comprehensive Concordance.

1. Proverbs 11:14

Without wise leadership a nation fails; there is safety in having many advisers.

This proverb emphasizes the necessity of a leader to have a team around him. He needs a group of people who share his values but also offer different strengths and perspectives on the work he is attempting to lead. Continue Reading…