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Can Women Exercise Authority in the Church?
Thursday, August 29, 2013

In our discussion of male leadership in the church, we walked phrase by phrase through the text of 1 Timothy 2:8-15. We will do the same as we discuss God’s design for women. The biblical model is highly controversial in today’s culture. But if Christians are to reflect God’s nature, they must live by His wisdom rather than the world’s...

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John MacArthur on Identifying Your Spiritual Gift
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Recognizing and exercising spiritual gifts is a confusing and difficult issue for many believers. At one end of the spectrum are Christians who may attend a church for many years without ever recognizing any spiritual gift. That causes passivity in the church and can lead to a disabled body of believers—one with severed limbs and missing organs (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:14–25; Ephesians 4:11–13).

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Feminism and Exegetical Mayhem
Monday, August 26, 2013

No other passage of Scripture has been subjected to more scrutiny in the feminist debate over the role of women in the church than 1 Timothy 2:9–15. Entire books have been devoted to refuting the historical and traditional interpretations of this important passage.

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The Mindset of a Leader
Thursday, August 22, 2013

So far in our series on the roles of men and women in the church, we’ve laid out the guidelines for male leadership in detail. If you’re gifted to lead, by this point you have a good idea what your job is. But be careful not to jump into leadership and forget your place. You’re a sinner saved by the grace of God, just like everyone you’re leading. You have no reason to boast. Leaders who forget that wreak spiritual havoc in the church...

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John MacArthur on Blessings, Truth, and Charismatic Error
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

“Thou shalt not criticize” has effectively become the eleventh commandment of the modern church. Sadly, the allegiance of many charismatic leaders to that mindset has created a climate where false teaching thrives...

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Why Do Experience and Reputation Matter?
Monday, August 19, 2013

Leaders gain credibility through consistent victory. We naturally gravitate to people with the longest track records of success and expertise in the areas we need it most...

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Setting the Example, Part 2
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Imagine taking your family to a new church. The teaching is decent, so you keep attending. You get to know some of the elders, hoping to learn from their examples and grow spiritually. Meanwhile, your kids get involved in the youth ministry, and your family becomes immersed in the church. But as the weeks pass, you realize that big problems lie beneath the surface...

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John MacArthur on What It Means to Do Greater Works Than Jesus
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Many charismatic teachers look to John 14:12 to validate their teaching. They see it as a proof text for the notion that present-day believers can perform miraculous signs and wonders—even more spectacular than Jesus Himself...

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Setting the Example, Part 1
Monday, August 12, 2013

People skills are invaluable in leadership. Imagine how difficult it would be for a man to lead if he was timid and indecisive. Or consider the wreckage produced by a leader who is arrogant and brash. In either case, his private life might be orderly and disciplined, but his lack of ability in the public realm would hinder his leadership. The way a man deals with others determines how, and whether, they follow him...

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Personal Priorities for Godly Leaders
Thursday, August 08, 2013

A survey of today’s evangelical landscape can be a letdown. Biblical teaching is scarce and moral scandals abound. Too many church leaders have concealed sexual sin and financial schemes behind a thin façade of ministry. Eventually the world exposes their hypocrisy, shaming believers, discrediting the gospel, and defaming the Lord. In that setting, it is imperative that a true Christian leader have irreproachable character...

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What Is the True Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today?
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Pentecostalism is a charismatic movement that derives its name from the day of Pentecost described in Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the members of the early church. That passage remains a centerpiece of Pentecostal teaching to this day. It is ironic that such a “movement of the Holy Spirit” has always paid little or no attention to Jesus’ clear description of the Spirit’s true ministry in His church...

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God’s Standard for Leadership
Monday, August 05, 2013

Not everyone is cut out for leadership in the church. That’s why Paul in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 expands on his instruction for men by describing the categories and qualifications for church leadership. In verse 1 he says, “It is a trustworthy statement; if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.”...

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The First Step of Leadership
Thursday, August 01, 2013

In a reaction against sexism, our society practices what you might call reverse sexism. Women are given prominence over men, and men are beaten down as irresponsible dullards who can’t get anything right. Many men invite and deserve this treatment, caring only for pleasure and entertainment. Many women are glad to give it, thrilled at the chance to turn the tables on male chauvinism. And on it goes, as fallen humans live out the curse of Genesis 3...

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