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Consider the Outcome of Their Way of Life

Posted by on Sep 2, 2010 in discipleship | 3 comments

Consider the Outcome of Their Way of Life

Scripture says as much (if not more) about the “way of life” of leaders as it says about the teaching of leaders. Consider the emphasis and importance that we place on teaching in the church today. We should place as much or more emphasis on our manner of life – our conduct.

Here’s just one passage to consider:

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7 ESV)

As I think back about the time I spent in Ethiopia, I’m continually reminded about the way of life of the two men that I traveled with.

For example, although Danny was concerned about his lack of experience, he taught strangers (who turned into friends) in a prison. I saw Dave Black live with and work with others in spite of the terrible experience that he and his wife (BeckyLynn) went through just days earlier.

Now, the question that I must ask myself is this: Am I learning from their example?

And, the question that I ask other leaders: Are you teaching with your lives as much as with your words?

And, the question that I ask others: Are you learning from those who are following Christ and demonstrating that by the way they live their lives?


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  1. 9-3-2010

    And what if the outcome of their way of life is NOT worth imitating?

  2. 9-3-2010

    “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

    What if their way of life is only visible in the 45 minute chunk of time that is called a sermon? What if the outcome of their way of life means that you never get to observe it? What if they’re false prophets? What if they have such a hyper-restrictive set of church membership requirements that you can’t qualify and church membership is a prerequisite for baptism and the Lord’s Supper in their church? What if they confront you and tell you to stop blogging? What if they don’t respond to the visitor card you dropped into the offering plate when you checked the box that said you wanted to be baptized? What if you question them about the lack of leadership in the church and they tell you their church has less need than any other church in the world? What if you have no leaders?

  3. 9-3-2010

    Steve,

    This may seem oversimplified, but for me the answer is obvious. If someone is not teaching according to Scripture OR not living a life worth imitating, then that person is not a leader and should not be followed – regardless of that person’s title, position, education, etc.

    -Alan