If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17
Investing in God’s people from life to life
These pages are designed to aid study or investigation for Christian discipleship through individual Bible study, Cell groups, Home groups, or meeting one to one. The questions could be used alone allowing each person to use their own Bible.
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Where am I going in my leadership? What are the issues that I should be on the look out for? Questions such as these often pop up in a life on life ministry situation. If we are constantly encountering new situations, or are starting off and are not sure where to go, then we need some guidance over where to head. The Bible contains some excellent guiding texts that help leaders navigate a way forwards
As I have met up with people and groups of people over the years I have found that some guiding texts and phrases have been really helpful to give a pointer for where we are going, what issues might be important and what we are trying to achieve.
Here are some guiding texts I have used, in order of maturity of the people I am meeting with. These are by no means exhaustive, and it may be that seeing the range you could be motivated to ask God for a passage of Scripture that you could go out with. In each of these cases think about who this type of encounter is appropriate for.
When new avenues were opened to the gospel the Apostles in Jerusalem sent someone to investigate. Acts 11:22-23 (NIV)
Acts 11: 22News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.
Paul writes to his companion Timothy with advice about the Scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
2 Timothy 3: 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Paul writes to the Thessalonians (5:14 NIV) to keep eachother accountable.
1 Thessalonians 5: 14And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Jesus selected 12, He chose them for a purpose. This was later modelled by Paul who had his travelling companions on much the same basis. Mark 3:13-15 (NIV)
Mark 3: 13Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14He appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15and to have authority to drive out demons.
Paul encouraged one of his travelling companions to pass on what he had received. 2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)
2 Timothy 2: 1You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
LEADER’S GUIDING TEXTS