Biblical Perspectives on Leadership and Organizations by J. Lee Whittington

By J. Lee Whittington

Biblical views on management and companies hyperlinks biblically-based ideas to the examine of organizational practices by way of interpreting subject matters together with factors, significant paintings, and non secular management from a biblical viewpoint built-in with findings from modern research.

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Paul’s most significant cultural conditioning came from the Jewish heritage he received from his family of origin (McNeal, 2000). 32 Biblical Perspectives on Leadership Because his father was a Pharisee, Paul absorbed the comprehensive worldview and political and religious orientation associated with Pharisaism. He spent his early years studying with the celebrated rabbi Gamaliel (Acts 22:3). Like his father, Paul became a member of the strictest of Jewish sects, the Pharisees (Philippians 3:5).

In a vision, the Lord appeared to Paul to affirm his work and encourage him to “not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man 38 Biblical Perspectives on Leadership will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9–10; emphasis added). With this encouragement, Paul stayed on in Corinth another 18 months. The Spirit empowered Paul’s ministry, and also guided his missionary journeys. In Acts 16, Luke states that Paul was “forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia” and that “the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them” to go into Bythinia (Acts 16:6–8; emphasis added).

This confidence gave him boldness, courage, and a fearless tenacity in the face of those who opposed him and the gospel message he was called to preach (MacArthur, 2002). The empowering presence of the spirit also gave Paul the strength he needed to persevere in the face of afflictions. He wrote to the Corinthians that he carried the “treasure” of the gospel in an “earthen vessel that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7). This indwelling presence allowed him to be “afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8–9).

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