Summary: Character traits of leadership are necessary to be a leader in the church and in the Kingdom of God.
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Pastor James May
Leadership Training Lesson 1
Loyalty in the Life of a Christian
Section I What is loyalty?
1)Remaining true and faithful to a cause, a person, a promise, duty or obligation
2)Having consistency of action and steadfastness of purpose
4)Keep your promises and be trustworthy
5)Unwavering, firmly fixed, immovable and established
Section II How is Loyalty Exhibited?
1) You must have the heart of a servant. Develop the same attitudes that Christ had toward being a servant!
Philippians 2:7-8, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
2) There must be a consistency in your edification of those that God has placed in positions of authority over you and those around you.
Loyalty means that I will not listen to gossip or engage in negative talk about anyone. If I am loyal to you, I don’t want to hear about every mistake or dwell on your faults. I prefer to think of your good qualities and your character.
Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
How can I say that I am loyal to you and listen to someone tear you down?
3) If I want to be Loyal I must first learn to be open and honest in all my communications with God and my fellowman.
Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
Section III Who deserves your loyalty?
1) Your loyalty should always be directed upwardly first.
Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
God’s first commandment given to Moses on Mt. Sinai was, Exodus 20:3, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
So our first place of loyalty is to God himself and no other. No pastor, friend, family member or anyone else should ever take the first place in our lives.