Today’s Reading: Acts 12:24-13:15 (additional reading: Psalm 137:1-9 & Proverbs 17:16)
The Antioch church proved to be the most influential and illustrious of all the first century churches because of men like Barnabas, Saul, Simeon, Lucius and Manaen (Godly precedent setters for the Christian church). Unless a church has the ability to attract and develop quality leaders it is merely surviving.
Ask the Lord to help you draw quality leaders who are committed to the great commandment to love and the great commission to make disciples.
The church of Antioch had prophets and teachers who were in close communion with the Spirit and the word of God. The preaching and teaching elders of the Antioch church were able to hear the Holy Spirit say, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I called them.” (Acts 13:2)
Godly leaders will frequently receive direction from the Spirit and the word of God regarding ways of increasing the qualitative and quantitative growth of other fellowships.
I read a useful article early today called “10 ways to know your not a leader” They were as follows:
- 1. You’re waiting on a bigger staff and more money to accomplish your vision.
- 2. You think you need to be in charge to have influence.
- 3. You’re content.
- 4. You tend to foster division instead of generating a helpful dialogue.
- 5. You think you need to say something to be heard.
- 6. You find it easier to blame others for your circumstances than to take responsibility for solutions.
- 7. It’s been some time since you said, “I messed up.”
- 8. You’re driven by the task instead of the relationships and the vision.
- 9. Your dreams are so small, people think they can be achieved.
- 10. No one is following you
What do you think about these points? Which areas do you need to work on in your life?