Have you even been on a boat in harbour during a storm, and wondered if the mooring or anchor would hold …….? Have you ever had a time in life when the pressure was on and you felt everything was collapsing around you? I certainly have on both counts!
A Template for Christian Leaders
8 Rather, he must be hospitable,one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
In this extract from the text, Paul gets to the heart of what distinguishes leadership within God’s Church from the popular view of what makes a strong leader at work or in politics or at school or even in the home. It is all about being ‘anchored’ to the truth of the Gospel. No extravagant gestures; not ‘do as I say’, but ‘do as I do’.
Watch Out for False Teachers
The last section slams into the problems the early church faced with false teaching, especially where some wanted to impose the traditions of their past allegiance (such as the Jewish practice of circumcision) on all believers. Paul makes it clear that if these spurious ‘conditions of faith’ take hold then the church will be blown this way and hither by different factions; a recipe for anarchy and chaos.
Can we think of any customs in our own church – hidden or explicit – that might fall into this category? Speak out if so.
Make The Cross Our Anchor
The words below come from a traditional hymn. Look on the picture as you read these words to yourself
“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”
“Please Lord, keep us anchored in your love today and for evermore.”