The More Excellent Way

Series: Leading With Love
Presenter: Kevin Fitzgerald

This unit explains the ultimate fruitlessness of a leader serving and using his gifting without love. Paul proposes a “more excellent way” that builds up the body of Christ and advances God’s kingdom program.



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Remember It

1. Name three negative possibilities that may occur when a shepherd makes an idol out of doctrinal accuracy.
Pride of rightness, Doctrinal idolatry, Ministry idolatry
2. Why was Ananias and Sapphira’s generosity condemned rather than exemplified?
They were not genuinely concerned about the needs of the poor, but about their own image.
3. Identify some reasons why a leader would risk using his gifts without love.
To enhance his personal prestige in the sight of others. To further his agenda and to pad their resume.

Discuss It

  1. Discuss the phrase, “It is easier to be orthodox than to be loving.” Do you agree? Why?
  2. How valuable would you say the value of Proverbs 16:21b is in the life and ministry of a leader or teacher. “Sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness” (Prov. 16:21b). Is this always true? What if people simply refuse to heed elders; leading?
  3. What is your opinion of how you think the fighting Corinthians must have responded when they heard I Corinthians 13 read to them for the first time?

Apply It

  1. For the next week or two, pay careful attention as you listen to sermons, either on the radio or at your local church. Determine if they are delivered with love, with the listener’s best interest in mind. Try to assess if they are berating and/or harsh. Is the speaker on a “hobby horse” trying to impress his listeners with his theological knowledge? Is the speaker talking over the heads of his listeners? Finally, if you are a teacher or preacher, determine if your ministry needs any adjustment, based on your observations in this exercise.

Digging Deeper

Agape Leadership: Lessons On Spiritual Leadership From the Life of R.C. Chapman, by Robert L. Peterson and Alexander Strauch.

Replenish: Leading From A Healthy Soul, by Lance Witt/ Baker Books