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Leadership and Influence: Part Four | July 8, 2007

This post will be the fourth and final installment of the series on “Leadership and Influence” here at World of Faith. Next week I will begin a new series on “Fulfilling your Calling.” I believe it is crucial, if we desire to be people of destiny, to do what we need to be doing in order to fulfill the call of God on one’s life, and so I will spend several weeks addressing that.

Last week, in Part Three, I discussed how leadership and influence tie into spiritual gifts, specifically the ascension gifts of Eph. 4:11-16 (NKJV), which says, “And He (Jesus) Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ – from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” The first point I made was that the purpose of these five gifts (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) are to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. This is ONE kind of leadership and influence. But, the kind of ministry implied in this passage, which the ascension gifts are to facilitate and help grow and develop, is ALSO a kind of leadership, because leadership IS influence, and if you are serving in the church, then you are influencing and leading others, rather you like it or not.

I also shared that the concept of “every part does its share” is also found in 1 Cor. 12:28 (NKJV), which says, “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.” There is a direct correlation between “every part does its share” and the gift of helps. This gift is not really a gift at all, and is more of a ministry, and is available for all to serve in it. Thus, anyone who is serving, and in the ministry of helps in a local church setting, are in fact influencing others and leading, at least by example, and if not in some more direct way.

The other gift-ministry that is mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:28, and that is directly related to the concepts in Eph. 4:11-16 is the gift of administration, or “kubernesis” in the Greek, which is essentially the same as eldership in the local church, or pastoral ministry. This is the other kind of leadership in Christ’s body.

Now, this week, I am going to discuss the result of godly influence and leadership, and that is a transformed world. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20 (the Great Commission), “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” They key phrase here is that we are to “make disciples.” What does this mean? Well, a parallel verse that is significant is Acts 1:8 (NAS), where Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” So, given this passage and others, one aspect of being a disciple is being a witness of the Gospel, that we are to testify of the things that God has done in our life through the power of the Holy Spirit.

But there is another aspect of being a disciple. The KJV uses the phrase “teach all nations” rather than “make disciples of all nations.” The Greek verb used for “teach” here is “matheteuo.” According to Thayer’s Lexicon, this word means to make a disciple, to teach and instruct. So, by being an example, and by tapping into our godly leadership and influence, we can literally transform nations and disciple the inhabitants therein, and that is the result of godly leadership and influence.

Next week I will begin the new series on “Fulfilling Your Calling.” Have a blessed week!

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