Leading as a Disciple

A Way of Being

…courageous and vulnerable in the face of the unknown, trusting in the Holy Spirit at work within, among and beyond us.

Contemplative Process

Being open to transformation reveals our vulnerability and exposes us to the risk of the un-known. The courage we need to sustain such openness comes from “the grace in which we stand” Romans 5:2. This grace is “the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” Romans 5:5.The gift of the Spirit is our assurance that no matter what we endure we stand within the favour of God and can therefore look to the future with hope, trusting in the power of the Spirit to transform weakness, adversity and doubt into the fullness of life that we are offered in Christ.

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Scripture Passages

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

John 20:19-23

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Romans 5:1-5

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father! it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him

Romans 8:14-17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

2Corinthians 3:17-18

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8: 22-28

Questions for Reflection

  • What are the risks I experience in the exercise of leadership?
  • In what way is the gift of the Spirit a source of courage and hope in such situations?
  • How can I learn to trust more in the power of the Spirit to transform?

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Broken Bay

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