For ten months we examined leadership lessons from books of prophecy
in the Old Testament. Last month we began a study of leadership lessons
from the New Testament Gospel of Mark. This month focuses on lessons
from the other three gospel writers.
Leaders create and communicate a vision. Quite simply,
leaders should know where they are going. Leaders must have a vision and
communicate the vision so followers can understand. God’s communicated
his vision through the words written by the “beloved disciple” John, who
states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
(John 3:16, NASB) Quite simply, the vision stated here and elsewhere in
the Bible is that Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God would die and rise
again to save the world.
Leaders determine a mission that fits the
vision. Jesus prepared His disciples to fulfill the mission; or
what we refer to as the Great Commission. “Go therefore and make
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I
commanded you . . .” (Matthew 28:19-20, NASB). This mission clearly
fits the vision of salvation for the whole world.
Leaders have a plan to carry out the mission.
The old axiom is true, “If you fail to plan, plan to fail.” Jesus did
not plan to fail. Luke’s gospel says when Jesus was preparing to leave
this planet, he told the disciples to stay in the city until they
received power from on high (24:49), a promise reiterated by Luke in the
book of Acts: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come
upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts
1:8, NASB)—a promise fulfilled in at Pentecost (see: Acts 2).
The Bible is the greatest source of leadership lessons that has ever
existed. I plan to spend the next three years presenting lessons as true
today as they were 2000-4000 years ago.