Love Promotes Others

Series: Leading With Love
Presenter: Kevin Fitzgerald

Part 5 of 6 on Leading with Love, this segment address three negative character qualities a leader must avoid: envy, boasting, arrogance.



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Remember It

1. Describe some of the dangers of envy in the life of a leader.
It makes one resentful of another’s good fortune. It covets others gifts, possessions, and positions. It is suspicious and critical of another’s popularity.
2. What are some potential sins of leaders in the area of boasting?
Building monuments to themselves. Having a “significance obsession.” Being preoccupied with their own advancement (and agenda). Defending their own importance.
3. According to William Graham Scroggie, boasting is what?
Boasting is always an advertisement of poverty.

Discuss It

  1. Elaborate from your own personal experiences (without naming names) any observations of damages caused by an envious ministry leader.
  2. What are some positive character traits that would serve as an “antidote” to a boastful, self-absorbed ministry leader.
  3. Compile a list of possible benefits for a leader who is humble as opposed to one who is arrogant.

Apply It

  1. Contemplate the enormous potential destruction that envy, boasting, and arrogance can cause in a local church. Survey briefly each chapter of I Corinthians. As you do, compile a list of the problems, divisions, and conflicts you encounter. See if you can connect envy, boasting, or arrogance as the source of any of the problems.
  2. Memorize Col 3:4. Do you see ways in which boast in yourself is “life” or is Christ your life?

Digging Deeper

If You Bite and Devour One Another; Biblical Principles for Handling Conflicts, by Alexander Strauch