Tonight is the night that Jeff and I get to lead our monthly leadership study for the team at Ablaze Church. We meet the last Sunday of every month at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Tulsa. We meet there because Ablaze doesn’t have a permanent home yet.
We love doing this. Leading this study together. Not because we have all the answers. We don’t. But because we get to come together as a team and search the scriptures. We are all fellow sojourners on this road we’ve been called to travel. We are a community of believers, put together by God – for such a time as this. We have eachother’s back – and God keeps ours.
Tonight’s Topic? – Protecting the Leader’s Heart from the book Leadership From the Inside Out. We’ve added our own personality and gifts to the class – but it’s still mostly this book.
- A heart that Loves
- A heart that forgives
- A heart for the lost
1 Corinthians 13 – The Way of Love – from biblegateway.com
The Way of Love
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have(A) prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith,(B) so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3(C) If I give away all I have, and(D) if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4(E) Love is patient and(F) kind; love(G) does not envy or boast; it(H) is not arrogant 5or rude. It(I) does not insist on its own way; it(J) is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6it(K) does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but(L) rejoices with the truth. 7(M) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,(N) endures all things.
8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9For(O) we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but(P) when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12For(Q) now we see in a mirror dimly, but(R) then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as(S) I have been fully known.
13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I can’t wait.