Building and maintaining trust is essential anyone is a position to lead others: parents, supervisors, mentors, coaches, and more. Over the last several weeks, we’ve considered the importance of trust through “circles of proof and circles of access“, understanding “hindrances to trust“, building “pathways to trust“, and strategies (part 1). Today, we finish this mini-series.
Next week, we’ll begin a few mini-series on peer “counseling”. But don’t let that word throw you. At its heart, biblical counseling is simply helping others who are stuck or wayward from the path.
For this final video on leadership and trust, consider these discussion prompts and Scriptures.
- The Lord often delegated, delayed, or dropped some ministries and directed His followers to do the same. Elaborate on the common reasons you see for these decisions. (Exodus 18, 1 Samuel 15, Psalm 130, Mark 1:35-39, Luke 10:1, John 11:5-39, 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 and chapter 12, etc.)
- Why and how did the Lord Jesus frequently talk with individuals “informally” (as opposed to a message to groups of people)? (Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 19:1-10, 24:13-35, John 1:45-51, 4:1-42, 5:1-15, 8:1-11, etc.)
- The Lord and other godly leaders also gave detailed praise in public for faithfulness. Given the context of those events, what are some godly reasons for public praise? (Proverbs 31:31, Matthew 25:21-23, Luke 7:9, John 1:47, Romans 13:7, etc.)
- Scripture admonishes us to be cautious in disciplining others. Based on these Scriptures, when and why should we correct others in private and when should we correct them in public? (2 Samuel 12:1ff, Matthew 16:23 and 18:15, Galatians 6:1, Ephesians 6:4, 1 Timothy 5:19, etc.)
- The Apostle Paul planted and trained several churches and, therefore, followed up with them to praise or correct as appropriate for their faithfulness to Christ. What are some of the lessons all believers should draw from Paul’s “inspections” of the Church? (consider the context of Romans 1:8 and 2:24, 1 Corininthians 1:11 and 5:1, Galatians 1:6, Ephesians 1:15, Philippians 1:27, Colossians 1:4, 1 Thessalonians 3:6, 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4, etc.)
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