December 10, 2017: SOAP #2929:  2Timothy 1-4 Scripture:  2Timothy (NIV) 2:24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the [...]

December 10, 2017: SOAP #2929:  2Timothy 1-4

Scripture:  2Timothy (NIV) 2:24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth

Observation:   When I became a part of the US Navy, I was issued the 'Blue Jacket's Manual' with all the basic information I needed to be a US sailor.   As I advanced, I was required to take extra courses on leadership.   If I would have become an officer, I would have needed to go to OCS (Officers Candidate School.)

It is interesting to note that God has not provided a separate manual for church leaders as for members.   Whatever our status in the church, our manual is the Bible, The Word of God!   Leaders and followers alike all read the same Bible!   'The Scriptures are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.' (First Fundamental Truth of the Assemblies of God)

Application:   Every leader in the church should realize that every follower is reading the same Bible and can see how they qualify as a leader.   The better the leaders know the Bible, the better the Holy Spirit can work leadership qualities into their lives.   Every follower in the church should know the scriptures well enough that they do not follow bad leaders.   The better they know the Bible, the better they will be able to recognize true spiritual leaders.

Prayer:   Holy Spirit, help me to be a kind teacher who does not become resentful.   Help me to be both firm and gentle in dealing with those who oppose me. May I bring joy to the Father's heart.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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