What about you? Are you a servant? A doulos? A slave of Christ? When he says go do you go? When He says speak do you open your mouth? When He commands you to do something do you obey? The servant of God remembers that life is not about you.
We see right off the bat is that there is a priority in leadership. Because as the leaders go, so go the church. If the leaders are weak, the church will be weak, and so the most important part of the church is the leadership.
Moral character, and how he is viewed in the church. No stone is left unturned when selecting a man who will be an elder. The point that I would like to drive home is that what is most important to God in the area of leadership is not all of the various roles and functions of a leader, but who he is as a man. So I will say it again, leadership is all about character.
1. Examine your gender
2. Examine your motivation
3. Examine your testimony
4. Examine your marriage
5. Examine your parenting
6. Examine what you are not
Anywhere you find God’s truth, Satan will be there to oppose it. From the very beginning this is true. In the garden Satan denied the truth of God by saying you wont die, you will be like God. The OT is full of false teachers. Think of the prophets of Baal, or all of the other false religions of the day that encroached on the people of God, think of the false prophets and those who set up idols to worship. In the NT, you had this develop mostly into the Jewish tradition of ritual and tradition. In the early church and beyond you constantly have those inside and outside the church purveying something other than what the Scripture teaches. Even today, the universal church is weak because false teachers have crept in unawares as Peter says and have infiltrated the church. Here is the simple reality—anywhere you have the truth of God, Satan will protest. So let me say it a different way, false teachers are everywhere.