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Leadership: Jesus style

September 22, 2010

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:19-23

When I sat down with this passage I had a completely blank mind, absolutely no thoughts.  I kept reading, praying that God would reveal his will, curious.  Usually I have an inkling, some notion or idea.. but this time nothing.  Good.  God often works wonderfully with a blank canvas.  Then I recalled a conversation I had earlier today with one of my amazing volunteers for the ministry I founded and head up, Global Scope Ministries, and I started to think about the wonderful work all the 18 volunteers are doing to oversee this growing and significant online ministry through various pages on Facebook. And I thought about my role as a leader and then I realised that I was reading an awesome and rich passage on leadership.

The first leadership lesson from the passage is : Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Absolutely central to my faith is the fact that Jesus died on the cross.  This is eternally enormous news.  He didn’t just talk about persecution and pain, he experienced it – completely.  In the same way I as a leader need to be where the most difficult decisions are, ready to lead amidst the action and not from a distance.  When I started The Bible page, I was it, just me diligently posting scripture each day.  And that hasn’t changed, across my pages, even though I have an awesome team helping, I still stay involved, still active at the grass roots of the ministry.

The second teaching comes from verse 21: As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you. Jesus knows that his authority comes from God.  One of the traps of leadership is believing that I have lots of authority, that I am somehow the source of my ability. But actually regardless of title or position, or my training, my true authority comes from God and I need to never forget that.  As a leader I need to rely way more on God and not on my own skills and abilities.  Yes God gives me those abilities, but I have to keep front and centre that God gave them to me.

It then reads: As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven. I love this!! Jesus encourages us to get out there and get on with it!  As a leader I need to make sure that my team have the authority and resources to get on with doing their jobs as effectively as possible.  I need to release them, to get out the way so they can do all they are called for.  But again, not through my authority, but through the authority given by God, powered by the Holy Spirit.

Praise God for this awesome passage!!

God bless,

Mark Brown

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15 Comments
  1. Hey Mark, I am jumping in here. God has been doing such incredible work and I am reveling in wonderful work after work… He said if I am faithful and do MY work well, He will provide all my need’s. I am proof that God keeps His word!!
    Thank You Father!

  2. Ms. M permalink

    Hi Mark!
    I enjoy your commitment to God and your words of wisdom.

    Can you tell me something…? Do you believe God has a name?? And that his name is Jehovah. The only one and true God. Jehovah.
    In Exodus and Psalms and in other scriptures.
    Why doesn’t anyone want to use his true name…???

    • Eloise Bowen permalink

      The names of God are many. Wonderful, Counselor, I am, Jesus, Father God, Mighty God, Jehovah Jirah, Lanb of God, etc.

      When God came to earth, being born of the Spirit and man, Mary and Joseph gave the babe the name of Jesus as they were instructed to do.

      • Actually, according to the original it is not Jesus. Keep in mind that the original text was not written in English, but in Greek. But to get the true name one would have to delve into the Hebrew, in which case it would be Yahushua, not Jesus. Some use the Aramaic version, which is Yeshua, but even that is not correct. Jesus is the English version of Yahushua, and He is most commonly known in that way.

        But if one wants to be true to the original, they would say Yahushua, which is actually more appropriate, since it has Yah in it. Yah being the short form for Yahweh, thus indicating that the Father’s name is part of the Son’s name, thereby being indicative of the oneness that they both share with one another.

    • Jehova is a derivative of the Hebrew word YHWH whose pronunciation was lost in the OT as the Jews feared it too holy to be uttered. Many believe that Yahweh is a better derivative and provides a more accurate pronunciation.

      Nonetheless, as Eloise accurately points out, the one true God is known by many names. Regardless of name, the important thing is that there is one true God who exists as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    • Actually, the letter J is less than 500 years old. And the consonant that is used in Hebrew for the first letter of God’s name is a yod, which when transliterated takes the form and sound of the letter Y. Moreover, there is no v sound in the original. The transliteration of the original is supposed to be w, as the consonant is waw. Some assume that it is vav, but they are wrong for doing so. Hence it is Yahweh, not Jehovah.

    • Actually, the letter J is less than 500 years old. And the consonant that is used in Hebrew for the first letter of God’s name is a yod, which when transliterated takes the form and sound of the letter Y. Moreover, there is no v sound in the original. The transliteration of the original is supposed to be w, as the consonant is waw. Some assume that it is vav, but they are wrong for doing so. Hence it is Yahweh, not Jehovah.

  3. Annette Pena Tejeda permalink

    This teaching on the forgiveness of someone else was very interesting and often puzzles me… Why would someone proclaiming to be a disciple not forgive someone? Would’nt that hinder their ministry or them? I don’t know about this scripture too much but it’s a big weight lifted when one forgives another and enables the one forgiven to move on and be all that God said they could be. Sometimes one has to examine oneself if perhaps theres some kind of pride there that keeps one from forgiving. Believe me it blesses me when i can bless someone else and do it wholeheartedly feels sooo good! lol!

  4. lucy ng permalink

    Shalom..Peace be with you!!Yes leadership Jesus style!These are the greetings when i see my christian friends.The others.Hindus , Sikhs ,Muslims use to hear these words of peace..One day a Hindu friend already migrated asked me whether your Peace be with you friends are still there?They recognise us from our way of greeting…following Jesus style!!

  5. Shiemier permalink

    I appreciate what ur doing for God! may God bless u always and continue 2 give u wisdom and strength.

  6. Heather permalink

    What does it mean when people tell you “peace be with you” ?

  7. lucy ng permalink

    Peace no war!!!
    iTS THE PEACE OF GOD !!!

  8. Greg permalink

    Hi Mark
    God Bless you for the way you allow yourself to be used by God to speak into peoples lives through this blog. I went to play the video today on leadership – Jesus style -but it said it was removed by the user – any chance to could put it back on – or put up a text version? I am very grateful for your help.

    • Greg permalink

      I can see it now – Ha – a miracle – I can see it now when I click on the comments link – all good GBU

  9. Stacy permalink

    It surprises me that no one has commented on the part “If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Do we really have the power to forgive or not forgive sins? Would that affect someone’s eternity? I guess I never heard this passage before, or at least never noticed, but that shocks me. Am I misinterpreting?

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