9 Principles Of Authentic Ministry Leadership – 2 Corinthians 6
From my reading in 2 Corinthians 6 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
Paul is a great example of authentic ministry leadership. Here are 9 principles we would do well to apply to our lives.
1. You Are Partnering With God
As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. 1 Cor 6:1
2. Preach With Urgency
For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.2 Corinthians 6:2
3. Live In A Way That Doesn’t Cause Others To Stumble
We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. 2 Corinthians 6:3–4a
4. Endure Hard Times For The Sake Of The Gospel
We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 2 Corinthians 6:4b–5
5. Prove Yourself Through Your Life
We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. 2 Corinthians 6:6
6. Faithfully Preach The Truth By God’s Power
We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. 2 Corinthians 6:7
7. Serve God Faithfully Whether You Are Honored Or Not
We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. 2 Corinthians 6:8a
8. Be Willing To Live A Life Of Tensions
We are honest, but they call us impostors. We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything. 2 Corinthians 6:8–10
9. Speak Honestly And Lovingly
Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. 2 Corinthians 6:11
Which of these principles do you need to work on in your leadership?
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