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Biblical Leadership Lessons from the Life and Ministry of the Apostle Paul
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Leadership Begins with Knowledge
Early in his life before he was converted by Jesus on the road to Damascus, the Apostle Paul (then known as Saul of Tarsus) dedicated himself to gaining the best education he could. He studied to gain as full an understanding of God and his ways as he could given his circumstances. He proven himself to the point that he was allowed to study under the finest minds in Israel. Later, after he was converted by Jesus, Paul used his knowledge of God's Word to help convert other Jews and Gentiles.
Biblical Leadership is Fired by Passion
Secondly, biblical leadership is fired by passion. As Saul of Tarsus, the Apostle Paul served the God he thought he knew with zeal and passion. Although he was on the wrong path, what he thought he knew about God caused him to take up God's cause with all. After his conversion on the road to Dasmascus, the Apostle Paul did not throttle back his passion one bit, but rather poured his passion into the new, right direction.
Biblical Leadership is Motivated by Love
Thirdly, biblical leadership is motivated by love. Perhaps as Saul of Tarsus, Paul served God out of duty, but I think he believed that he served God out of love and dedication. He simply did not realize who Jesus of Nazareth truly was. Even so, after he was converted by Jesus on the raod to Damascus, the Apostle Paul was so motivated by his love of God and others that he was willing to do just about anything and endure just about any hardship to help others know Jesus. The Apostle Paul's new found love moved him to write what is now called the love chapter which says that you can follow God with all your heart and do good to all people but if it is not done in love it means nothing.
Biblical Leadership Endures Hardship
Finally, biblical leadership endures hardship. After his conversion on the road to Damascus, the Apostle Paul was so moved that he was willing to endure any hardship to complete God's mission. Leadership does not cower in the face of difficulty, but presses on to the desired end no matter how formidable the obstacle or circumstances.