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Biblical Leadership Lessons from the Life and Ministry of the Apostle Paul

Updated on March 13, 2010

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.


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      Udeme Basi 6 years ago

      such a brief, straightforward material on Paul of Tarsus and contemporary leadership. I'm immensely blessed by it

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      ecoggins 7 years ago from Corona, California

      Carain, I am glad this hub was helpful to you. Thank you for your wonderful blessing on my life. I pray the Lord will bring it to pass.

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      Carain 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot. By telling us about paul's passion for souls, it shows that you too has the passion for reaching me and others. Bravo br. And may God streach your strengths wider.

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      MrTooree 8 years ago

      Great hub about Paul !!! Thanks !!!

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      shabuj 8 years ago from DHAKA TO BANGLADESH


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      ecoggins 8 years ago from Corona, California

      Thank you all for your encouragement. I appreciate your kind words and hope that many are touched by the example the Apostle Paul set for all of us.

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      UlrikeGrace 8 years ago from Canada

      I enjoyed this hub immensely Paul...very good writing and well laid out. No matter what areas of leadership a person may be involved in be it parenting, secular, or ministry...these are important foundational truths to incorporate. Thanks for the great hub.

      Blessings to you


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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      This is a very good hub about Paul and the leadership of Jesus. Thanks for writing a good hub. God bless.

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      RevLady 8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      An exceptional hub about an exceptional man, the Apostle Paul. May we all strive to follow his example as we perform our leadership responsibilities.

      Forever His,