Passage: 1 Corinthians 4:1-16
For both good reasons and bad, we distrust authority. And, of course, this attitude affects our view of leadership in the church. And sadly we see in the church a lot of the same abuses of power that we see in the world--TV pastors stealing money, Catholic priests abusing children, church leaders covering up pastoral abuse. All that makes Paul’s explanation in 1 Corinthians 4 of how we should view leadership in the church so important!
- In your opinion, what makes for an effective leader? How does your view of leadership and Paul’s view of leadership line-up? How are they different?
- The Bible is pro-leadership, pro-authority, and says that all of us should be submitted to it on some level. What does it look like for you to submit to Christian leadership?
- If you are assigned a leadership position, do you see that leadership position as service? Do you see your leadership role as a place of power over others for the benefit of yourself, or a place of service to others on behalf of Christ, for the benefit of others?
- Every leader is going to be criticized. How do you deal with criticism when it comes? Do you expect it? Explain your answer?
- Earthly leaders are just temporary stand-ins for Jesus; or, even better, instruments in his hand. Ultimately, he and he alone is responsible for your salvation. Being overly devoted to, or overly dependent on, an earthly leader is a sign of immaturity, not devotion. What do you think about that statement? Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer.