February, 2012

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Join AHM Leadership Bible Study Program

AHM is committed in raising Christian leaders. Towards this end, we created a program for our partners called Leadership Bible Study. This program targets Pastors, and Christian leaders who have churches, ministries, and bible studies.  In this group, we also embrace Christian leaders who are members of the Board of Directors, and elders of their churches and ministries. This opportunity empowers these leaders to lead their organization, people, and fulfill their leadership responsibilities with leadership excellence.

Thus far, we have two Leadership Bible Study Groups. We have very limited seats in one of the groups. You can join this group (if you fulfill the above criteria) before its few seats are filled.  The good thing is that it is free for our partners. Nonetheless, first come first served.

If these seats are taken, don’t worry. We have a plan to create 3 more groups for this year. What you can do is form a group of 5 – 10 Christian leaders who are already in leadership position, and contact us.

This Program has six main themes that will be covered this year. There are five to ten sessions under each theme. The Program is run via teleconference. For details, you may contact us @ 703-895-4551

Knowing Jesus as a leader…

Maranatha1During the launching ceremony of one of our partners- Maranatha International Gospel Ministry, I preached about the leadership lessons we should learn from Jesus Christ. Many of us know Jesus as part of the Trinity, His divine sides, and healing power, and the miracles He performed to feed thousands of people. We are preached about these and more.

Nonetheless, little is mentioned about His leadership side. We have been barely preached about how He established a ministry, formed a team, and completed His assignment as a leader.

In this session, I tried to paint the picture of Jesus, in the mind of participants, as the greatest leader who ever walked in this planet. I enlisted some of the most important leadership lessons we should learn from Him and on how to apply them in our daily life, as we lead our Churches, Ministries, and organizations.

While we, who believe in Him scarcely know Him as a leader, the world have shown greater interest to figure out how a Galilean born more than two thousands of years ago still leads and influences billions without His ‘presence’. They are taking many leadership lessons from His life and applied them in their organizations. They are still trying to use His leadership approaches to lead the generation of the 21st century. Is it not embracing for those of us who claim Jesus as our Lord and prototype? We should have been first to exploit from His examples.

I cannot discuss the whole presentation here. The contents of the presentation was taken from my recent book entitled Redefining Leadership: Navigating the Path from Birthright to Fulfillment in Life! In this book, I took a couple of pages to explain the leadership lessons that should be taken from Jesus Christ.

Embracing Discernment

DiscernmentTo enjoy the full benefits of our redemption, fully restore ourselves, and become restorers, we need discernment. Discernment is one of the most important skills we need to succeed in this challenging world where the devil watches vigilantly whom to eat for lunch. “Stay alert!” says Peter, “Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NLT).

Some people may have the gift of discernment, as there are those who have the gift of faith to move mountains (1 Corinthians 13:2). However, many of us may not have the gift of faith where we need to hear the Word to develop faith (Romans 10:17). Likewise, we should also develop discernment with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus discerned people’s motive. The Bible says, “And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.” (John 2:25, KJV). He confronted those who were lurking to trap him. For instance, He said, “Why are you trying to trap me?” (Mark 12:15, NIV). Jesus was wise enough to avoid their trap by answering some of their crafty questions- designed to cause trouble against Caesar, wisely (Luke 20:25). Otherwise, they didn’t care about whether people pay tax to Caesar or not. They didn’t come to learn from Him or take His advices. They were there to make Him look bad in the sight of Caesar’s supporters, and get enough people who might testify against Him in the court of Caesar.</>

Jesus also instructed His followers to be wise. Jesus advised, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16, NLT). Unfortunately, many of us are just sheep among wolves ready to be slaughtered; doves ready to be trapped by the enemy and his cohorts. Of course, some of us are eaten by those wolves in sheep’s clothing. 

Finally, as we learn from Jesus His love, service, and commitment, we should also learn from Him discernment. Every great call and purpose in life faces obstacles, aborters, distracters from the devil and his partners in crime. Ignoring this fact in the name of being innocent and ‘dove’ is unwise. We should be wise like the serpent too. Of course, we must not strike others like the serpent. The problem is that most of us are either extremely innocent or extremely shrewd. We need to keep the balance. We are called to love, support, and help others, not to strike no one even our enemies. We are also advised to be wise. With the help of the Holy Spirit, constant prayer, and meditation, we can develop a personality that discerns.

This is time to stop living like this. We should grow up and discern things around us.