Last night I traveled to the North Carolina Baptist State Convention to hear Mark Dever. Dr. Dever is the pastor of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. A Duke graduate, Dr. Dever holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. Dr. Dever is also the president of 9Marks Ministries.
Dr. Dever made some observations on Christian leadership out of the book of Jude.
“It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones,to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.”
Here is an outline of his message,
1. Christian leaders should not be self seeking, but self giving.
2. Christian leaders should not self confident to the point of arrogance, but humble.
3. Christian leaders should not be troublemakers, but peacemakers, actively seeking to build and not blame.
4. Christian leaders should not be anti-Christian (non-believing), but solid/sound in teaching from God’s word with a strong commitment to Christ and the Gospel.
5. Christian leaders should not be immoral but disciplined, and self-controlled.
These were good observations/meditations on Jude. But there was one statement that Dever made, one statement that stuck with me;
He said that “all pastors must live in the tension between 1 Timothy 3:1 and James 3:1“.
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“Christian leaders should not be anti-Christian (non-believing)”
I thought this was an interesting point, because I once attended a church where one of the Children’s Sunday School teachers hadn’t given their life to Christ. No one had asked them, and they had never actually made that committment. They were just “doing good deeds”.