3) The cross shapes our ministry
How does the cross shape our ministry? In a phrase, the cross shapes us into servant leaders.
This is completely antithetical to our concept of leader. When we think of a leader, we think of someone like Steve Jobs, who retired this past week, someone who comes out in this black turtleneck and introduces a new shiny product line and the next day, there are crowds lining up in front of Apples stores nationwide. We think of a leader as someone with a following, someone who is admired by the masses. And if you apply this to church leaders, it’s so easy to gravitate toward the pastors who can pack in the stadiums and whose books are read by millions. It must be a real struggle for those celebrity pastors to remain humble because church leadership can easily degrade into an ego trip. [Read more…] about 1 Cor 3:1-9 – Message Series 2 of 2: The Cross is the Paradigm for Christian Life and Ministry (pt4 of 4)