Motivation 1

Series: Elder's Motivation
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

God is concerned about the elder’s motivation for serving as a leader among his people. To persevere as a shepherd to God’s flock an elder needs to be rightly motivated by the love of Christ and the value of God’s flock. Join Alex Strauch for this two-part series.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. Why is right motivation necessary to a church elder?
Shepherding people is hard work and emotionally trying. Without godly motivation, one will not last. Also, God is concerned about right motivation for all who serve Him.
2. What deep truth is Paul teaching the Corinthian believers about his life and service from 2 Corinthians 5:14-15?
His sacrifice and sufferings for Christ can be explained by his deep appreciation for Christ’s love for him. Christ gave His life for Paul, and now Paul must live for Christ.
3. What is Paul’s prayer wish for his converts?
That they may know intellectually and experientially the vast and incomprehensible nature of the love of Christ.

Discuss It

  1. Have you personally experienced or grasped the meaning of “to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge”? Explain.
  2. What motivates you to want to lead God’s people? List or discuss several reasons.

Apply It

  1. List as many wrong motivations as you can for wanting to be a church leader.
  2. List as many right motivations as you can for wanting to be a church leader.

Digging Deeper

Read 2 Corinthians carefully in light of right motivations for giving your life to serve God’s people as a leader. This is the most autobiographical letter of Paul’s. He tells us much about his motivation for serving the church in Corinth.