Bible Integration

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Biblical Integration Paper: Group 1 Paul Cobb Anastasie Destouche Jennifer Kearns Paul Pirkle Mark Ricker Liberty University Abstract Servant-leadership is widely researched and discussed from a secular and Christian worldview (Fischer, 2010; see also Blanchard & Hodges, 2005). A Christian is called to follow God in all he does but life experiences can be conflicting in dealing with the spiritual and secular context; however, Christ wants his followers to operate within the context of the secular world. True servant-leadership is to emulate how Jesus led those around him - with complete selflessness and by serving others. Moreover, it is challenging for humans to be servant-leaders as they often desire…show more content…
Conversely, Greenleaf alludes to this inner strength does not come from oneself but from God. With God's strength, one can serve people no matter what the situation is (Philippians 4:13). Too, as one relies upon God’s strength, he will eventually lead effectively over a long period of time. For instance, as a leader goes through life, he gets stuck in a pattern that hinders his ability to be open to the different possibilities. Greenleaf (1996) writes that the "[o]penness to knowledge helps one achieve the state in which one sees a wide enough range of choices in a practical situation and is able to choose the best one" (p. 53). Consequently, the leader stays flexible in accepting truth from where ever it comes. So one can always openly rely on the author of truth as He does not change (Proverbs 3:5-8) Optimistic paradigm. Similarly, Greenleaf’s (1996) outlook reveals his attempt to provide an optimistic paradigm of servant leadership. Though positive, it is unbeneficial to the Christian leader as it highlights a leader’s main duty as serving his followers. This type of perspective conflicts with the biblical doctrine (Fischer, 2010; see also Blanchard & Hodges, 2005, Duby, 2009) found in the book of Mathew wherein one learns that the Christian leader is a servant of God foremost (Mathew 23: 8-12, KJV). This scripture reveals Jesus as the only master of His followers and He called them to follow Him
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