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Identifying Spiritual Leadership, Pt. 2

June 7, 2015 Speaker: Brent Small

Topic: Leadership Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:7–2:12

In this sermon podcast, Pastor Brent delivers four “qualities” of the personal care that spiritual leaders model when exercising spiritual leadership.

In his book on spiritual leadership, Oswald Sanders states that the local church will fall into malaise and confusion without godly spiritual leadership. Every local church is in desperate need of men who are in pursuit and modeling spiritual leadership so that it can fulfill its mission on earth.

The problem that churches often face is how to define spiritual leadership and identify who is actually manifesting it in the local church. Churches and church leaders must look to the New Testament to define spiritual leadership and be able to identify it. This then enables the church to raise up godly men who will become its spiritual leaders and insure that it will meet its objectives as laid out in Scripture.

As the Apostle Paul continues to remind the Thessalonians of his conduct towards them, he transitions from the godly methods that he used in ministering to them to the quality of his personal care for them. Spiritual leadership involves methodology but it also involves the personal way that the spiritual leader serves those in his charge.

In verses 7-12, the Apostle Paul defines and illustrates how he personally cared for the Thessalonian believers. He uses the metaphor of a mother and father to describe his personal ministry. In doing so, the Apostle gives us four qualities that describe the personal care of any spiritual leader as he exercises spiritual leadership.