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Natural versus Spiritual Leadership

Using 1 Corinthians 2:1-4, please explain the comparison and contrast of a spiritual leader or natural leader. A spiritual leader is: confident in God; also knows God; seeks God's will; humble; follows God's example; delights in obedience to god; loves god and others; depends on god. A natural leader is: self-confident; knows men; makes own decisions; ambitious; create methods; enjoys commend; seeks personal reward; independent. Use Acts 6 to support explanation.

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I'll use Hebraic terminology which I am more comfortable with.

Here's our text:

"And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of Elohim. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Yeshua the Moshiach, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the ruach and of power."

What you have already written about the contrasts between the spiritual and natural leader is well done. Let me further add to that with these insights.

Sha'ul was an exceptionally talented rabbi. He was taught by Gamaliel (Act 22:3), one of the greatest sages of his generation. Gamaliel himself was taught by his father Simeon, who was taught by his father Hillel. This is the famous Hillel who headed one of the two major Schools for Torah learning in his day. So, Sha'ul was no slouch. He would have been incredibly talented and very clever. In fact, he implies this in Galatians 1:14. In other words, he was promoted quickly through the ecclesiastical ranks within Jewish society.

Therefore, we don't want to misunderstand what we read in 1 Corinthians 2. We ...

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