The Marks of the Christian Leader

February 18, 2018 Speaker: Jordan Gowing Series: Malachi | Restoring God's Favor

Topic: Sunday Morning Teaching Passage: Malachi 2:1–2:9

Does the Bible give us any expectations for those who serve in church leadership? Join us this Sunday at CrossWinds Church in Spencer.

Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. What comes to mind when you think of a “messenger”? Does a messenger bear any responsibility toward those who sent them and those to whom they are sent?
  2. Read Malachi 2:1–2. Why is a lack of concern with God’s Word so devastating on a personal and public level for the Christian leader?
  3. Read Malachi 2:2. What are some ways that we are tempted to be “unconcerned with the glory of God”?
  4. Read Malachi 2:8–9. Why is personal holiness so important for leaders in the church? Is this any different than non-leaders in the church?
  5. Read Malachi 2:2, 3, 9. What is God’s response to those who are unfaithful pastors or unfaithful leaders in the church? Does this seem harsh or an appropriate punishment? How might this teaching help those who have been hurt by unfaithful leaders in the past?
  6. Read Malachi 2:5. What is awe? Where does it come from? Why is it important for all Christians but especially leaders and teachers to remain in awe of God?
  7. Read Malachi 2:6–7; 1 Timothy 4:13–16; 2 Timothy 4:1–5. What is required of pastors?
  8. Read Malachi 2:6, 8. What is the end result of faithful leadership and unfaithful leadership in the church? How does this help us see how seriously God takes faithfulness in church leadership?
  9. Read Hebrews 7:26; 10:10. While the poor leadership of the priests in Malachi’s day cursed the people so God took them away, we enjoy Jesus the perfect priest. How has his leadership blessed and transformed your life like the leadership of a good priest should?

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