Understanding of Divine Power
Luke's understanding of the divine strength of Christian leaders provides a critical insight into shaping the value of spiritual leaders. God prepares leaders for special purposes and tasks in mind. Luke, in Acts 2, uses the Old Testament to draw attention to the importance of divine authority of leaders. Acts 2 underlines principles such as vision, motivation, and humility. The following pages will describe the role of divine proxy in personal leadership information for contemporary Christian leaders.
Luke wrote the third gospel as an account of Jesus & # 39; earthly life and act continues this story. The New Testament is divided into two equal parts: The first is the gospel that tells of Jesus & # 39; life on earth. Another beginning with the Romans concerns the establishment of churches after Jesus left. In the middle is the book in the Act of Apostles. The Act of Acts creates a transition from Jerusalem to Rome. By law, the New Testament comes from one person's story, Jesus, to the new church. The basis for this book was described by Jesus in Acts 1: 8 "… you will witness both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and to the ends of the earth." The Acts follow the following: The first seven chapters show the Church in Jerusalem, the next five centers in Judea and Samaria, and the rest of the book accompanies the gospel at the Roman Empire centers.
Vision of God's Kingdom At-Hand
Apostles record a number of points in which Peter speaks in Chapter 2 provides a good example of customizing the gospel to certain audience. The preaching of the Jews gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, he was heavily accused of quotes from the Old Testament. Although his main command was to tell them about Jesus, he referred to the prophet Joel and David – Bethlemite Sheppard anointed to be king.
"Since" in Joel 2:28 refers to the period beyond restoration. In Joel 2:25, the restoration is from the insect pest. But in Acts 2:17, "since" was replaced by "in the last days" to mark harmful thought about Joel by the fact that a new covenant does not abolish the old but replaces that the new covenant Old is fulfilled and its purpose realized. "Last Days" began with Christ's first coming and was fulfilled upon his return.
Joel's idea of the outflow of the Spirit of God was quoted by Peter in Acts 2: 17-21. To add the provision "… they will prophesy" (Acts 2:18) suggests that the idea prophesied by Joel was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, pointing out that God would respond to Jews and other Jews. Paul continues this announcement in 1 Corinthians 11: 10-11 by referring to the power of the woman as a consultation with a man. They emphasize that God will provide all spirits regardless of age, gender, race or status.
Joel 2:30 indicates that it will be a marvel in the form of cosmic events. Blood of war; fire and smoke detectors are all signs of God's existence (Joel 2:10, Isaiah 13: 9-10). Acts 2:19 shows pure geographical distinction of "wonders in heaven" and "signs in the earth." The author immediately follows this distinction by identifying who will be saved in Acts 2:21, "Whoever Calls on the Name of the Lord." This calls for worship closer to faith and answers rather than simple words, but separation of actions "above" and "below" indicates that those above will testify to God's wonders but only those below will be destroyed .
After confirming that the outflow of the Spirit should be for all who called on the Lord's name, the author of the law emphasizes that this promise came from the highest authority. "It is before we began with God's right hand and the beginning of the promised Holy Ghost …" (Acts 2:33). Paul also quotes: "There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the Christ Jesus Christ" (1 Timothy 2: 5).
Usually, the Old Testament offers little insight into life after death. The apostle Peter apologized to David's prophetic voice by revising Psalm 16 in Acts 2: 25-28 by redefining the text and changing the meaning of the holy to refer to Jesus. Peter also changed Psalm 110 to make a fake meaning of David's psalm of God's priest, King: "The Lord said to my Lord" (Acts 2:34). At the beginning of the reading of the psalm, we lead to believing that David talks about the wreath of Solomon's son. However, reading it in the context of Acts of Apostles, no other "Lord" refers to descendants alone but to anyone greater than David himself-the Messiah-and because of Jesus' resurrection, David and all God's gods would come to life after death.
God's Divine Identity
When God sent Samuel to Bethlehem to replace Saul, each of the sons of Jesse was rejected except David-youngest Samuel, who is said to anoint. (1 Samuel 16-17). 2 Samuel 7: 12-16 says that God was so pleased with David that he promised that the David would suffer forever. Therefore, many believed that the Messiah was a direct descendant of King David.
When most people envision selected leaders, they see leaders like the president and prime minister or leaders of the Great Army. History is filled with strong personality, but nobody is more familiar than King David. We can only see the self-esteem that David found when he had been chosen by God to lead. The Old Testament waved numerous examples of King David's divine power. When we think about David, we see a young man who left the battlefield in Shochoh to feed his father's father in Bethlehem, and returned to fight the Philistines, not with a strong army, but with a sling and stone. We see David on the roof, happily staring down to Bathsheba. We hear David's suffering when he cries to God for the grandson's life. We see David as he danced before the Lord by all his power and as he turns out of Jerusalem, a rebellious son chasing.
The Old Testament does not describe David as the ultimate character or perfect model of strength and confidence. He had striking weaknesses, but he appeared to us as leaders who lived dozens of crises by maintaining a passionate trust in God. Living after faith is not easy, nor David. While the Bible does not offer a magical formula to solve everyday problems, it speaks of the formation of principles for the contemporary Christian leaders. Particularly, Acts 2 states that Christian leaders have received divine strengthening of the vision, inspiring power and humility.
Basic Quality of Leaders: Vision
Merriam-Webster defines vision as a supernatural look that gives revelation or power of imagination. All successful leaders have a vision of what they must achieve. This vision becomes the energy behind everything that is running the organization. In Psalm 110, David foretold prophecy about the coming of Jesus as the Messiah's government Jesus as Lord and Savior, but also confirming the teachings of the disciples. When asked to describe the elected leader, nobody ever said he should be a great planner. The quality they know in the leader's mind is a vision, increased ability to describe the current situation and the desired future in a manner that encourages action. Vision includes insight, foresight and wisdom.
Insight gives authority to leaders who have it. A leader with insight believes that not only what he may do, but it must be done. "There will always be a point where the environment changes, competition changes, something is important, and you must realize this and take the lead role in meeting changes." (Farkas and Wetlaufer, 1998, p. 122). Insight involves optimism, trust and hope. Before people trust your insights, they have to believe in you – they have to know you're the same. Maxwell (1993) believed that you should "let them see your heart before they see hope" (page 154).
Foresight involves leaders the ability to see the consequences of the policies and strategies he advocates. The leader seems to understand how the policy will affect future generations. "[Foresight] is a clear picture of what the leader sees or does his group" (Maxwell, 1993, p. 149). This meant nothing about how the understanding was achieved, but below the limit of vision, it would be expected that this knowledge would be obtained with the guidance of leaders.
Wisdom gives the leader's balance and helps to avoid recklessness. Maxwell (1993) continued: "Vista should be greater than the one who has it" (page 148). Wisdom helps an optimistic leader to be realistic, it provides insight into the heart of things and adds a perspective to ordinary reasoning and experience. The visions must be defined by the leaders of wisdom. But there are subordinates who need to define the goals that bring the organization towards it. "[Vision] Performance must be the result of many who bring many resources to the job" (Maxwell, 1993, p. 148).
If knowledge comes through a study, wisdom comes from the Holy Ghost. Paul's prayer for Christians in Colosseum was that they "filled with his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding" (Colossians 1: 9).
Leadership Authority: Inspirational Power
God's leader is marked by power to encourage others in service and sacrifice. Spiritual leadership requires the spirit of filled people. The Book of Acts is the story of people who establish a church and led the mission. In Acts 2, God tells us that even the borrowers will be filled with "my spirit, and they will prophesy" (Acts 2:18). One can have excellent management skills, but without spirituality he is unable to spiritual leadership. This inspiration is obtained with prayer and moral courage.
Prayer can help us to focus on our spiritual lives what God is willing to offer to us in our times. These prayers offer us the saving grace of God. We can be aware of God's peace in the midst of fear and forgive God's love in the midst of frustration. These prayers help us to put faith in all aspects of our lives and relationships. We can not pray without faith, believing that God exists and that it pays for his search. Spitzer (2000) states that "faith and prayer can help to prevent a greater perspective" (page 156). Faith does not mean that something will happen to answer our prayers but rather to obey our response to what God is. This obedience requires that we open our hearts to God daily.
Obedient response to faith and prayer is what Christian leaders provide moral courage to lead without conviction. White (1986) stated: "The Holy Ghost is always ready to show us what to deal with and will never ignore us" (page 22). Ethical courage is this quality software that allows people to endanger or struggle without fear or development. Paul admitted to knowing fear, but he never stopped him. "I was with you in weakness, in fear and trembling" (1 Corinthians 2: 3). However, the key is that he was not home out of fear of the trip. Moral courage is an important virtue in various areas of life, including religion, religion and ethics. It is called in times when it happens is right to stand by the state of affairs.
The Hallmark of Leadership: Humility
Hostility is the least expected leadership quality. When we think of the presence of leadership, we think of self-esteem and charism – not humility. However, the humble brand of Christian leadership is. A humble man is usually considered unpretentious and humble: someone who does not think he or she is better or more important than others. In Psalm 110, David showed unusual humility to admit that it would be his outcome that would rise to the right hand of God and not to himself. Anger is not thinking much about yourself, nor does it care about yourself. Anger is simply not thinking about yourself. Among the consequences of humility are the embraced qualities of integrity and sincerity.
Honesty is what you claim to be and do what you promise to do. It would be easy for leaders to say what others want to hear instead of what they perceive or believe. We are all faced with opposing wishes. Nobody, no matter how spiritual can avoid this battle, honesty and sincerity is what determines what desires prevail. In 2 Corinthians 2:17, Paul wrote: "For we are not as many who spoil the word of God, but sincerely, but from God speaking to God in Christ." Paul refers to wrong teachers who had infected the Corinthian Church – themselves themselves and dishonestly – convincingly expressed their interest in making money. Paul, however, preached the gospel with integrity and sincerity and free of charge. Paul spoke of his mistakes and achievements with honesty, but some of us are ready to copy. However, two leadership qualities were honesty and sincere part of a gospel card (Deuteronomy 18:13). God wants his people to show a transparent and open character.
Christianity is often called a capital letter (Ecclesiastes 9:11, 1 Corinthians 9:24, Hebrews 12: 1). If this is the case, then Christian life should be regarded as a longline card but not a short sprint. Some Christians are tempted to drop the race because of persecution, others because the conflict between the flesh and the spirit is too demanding. However, a good runner always begins with the last few circles in mind. Just as a runner thinks to complete the line, Hebrews 12: 2 directs Christians to "look at Jesus who is the author and representative of our faith." By constantly looking at Jesus, their thoughts will strengthen holy passion. Acts 2:42 requires us to continue "close to the apostle's doctrine and society and to break bread and prayer." These verses emphasize the purpose of Christian decisions to continue to focus on what Jesus taught-especially those who have divine authority in leadership.
Wisdom, foresight and insight come together to provide the leader with a vision that is the basic quality of leaders. Moral courage is talking about what's right when better forces wish for other actions. And it is humility that gives God a clear vision into the hearts of Christian leaders. From God, to Jesus, to the first disciples, we stand in a straight line of inheritance of divine authority to embrace, motivate, and enlighten. Christian leaders were blessed with divine authority when they received the Holy Ghost from Jesus – "Peace be for you, as my Father has sent me, I also send you" (John 20:21).
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