Characterization of a True Church

A true church is one characterized by:

  1. Regenerated church membership (I Corinthians 14:22-25)
  2. Qualified leadership (Acts 2:42; 4:35-5:2; 6:1-6; 8:14; 14:23)
  3. Preaching and worship (Acts 2:42)
  4. Rightly administered sacraments
  5. Spirit Unity
  6. Holiness
  7. The Great Commandment to love
  8. The Great Commission to evangelize and make disciples

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 38-39

A Definition of ‘Church’

The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord.  In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and Communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness and scatter to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 38

Things Must Be Detailed and Clear to those Who Follow

The people who follow you don’t always see the bigger picture.  Therefore, you must make things as detailed and clear to them as possible so they will not be frightened to follow you to the destination while you yourself have written down in detail the intermediate steps to that destination.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page

Only Those Who Thrive on Ambiguity

But only those who thrive on ambiguity can start at ground zero and accomplish great things.  Those are the people who have learned influential leadership.  They have made visionary decisions to lead rather than maintain.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 233

Not All Leaders are Intellectual Giants, but…

Not all leaders are intellectual giants.  But all influential leaders have mental alertness and physical vitality.  Intelligence supported by a high energy level and governed by good character will guarantee exceptional leadership.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 183

What Characterizes You Leadership?

The point is, you don’t need to fear investment of any kind.  Investment represents a visionary decision to give freely, as often as you can, within the bounds of sound discipline and good sense.  Remember also that you set the tone as a leader.  If your leadership is characterized by love, humility and self-discipline, you will reap loyalty and devotion from the people you lead.  If they recognize that you invest your very life for their good, they will more readily follow your leadership and example.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 147

When a Leader Reveals Passion, Others Catch it

You can’t teach people to be passionate any more than you can teach them how to fall in love.  But when a leader reveals passion, others catch it.  That is why the ability to speak effectively remains one of the greatest assets of leadership, and why passionate leaders enjoy such success.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 129

Self-Control is a Form of Success Which Results in Further Success

Self-control produces a confidence and assurance that you are capable of leadership.  Of you can regulate your own desires, you can rely on your own future performance in leadership.  Your leadership practice will conform to the principles you endorse as right.  Self-control is a form of success from which further confidence naturally springs.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 118

Self Control Comes Down to Character

Self-control comes down to successful leadership of your own character.  Most people think of it as mastering bad habits: smoking, quarreling, drug abuse, excessive drinking.  But if you cannot control your whole self, you will never control the areas you perceive as “going wrong.”  Taking a visionary decision to reject compromise means putting your entire life under discipline.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 103

The Man Who Knows Everything Learns Nothing

Like scholarship, leadership requires openness not dogmatism.  The man who knows everything learns nothing.  Only a humble attitude sees the stage for knowledge and know-how that leads to success.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 93