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Rick is currently pastor of Castle Hill Community church in Sydney, Australia, and has a new book out called Mentoring Matters.
We began the day with worship and prayer and our host Jonathan Dunning introduced Rick who skilfully guided us through the rest of the day.
The following notes are what I sketched down, hopefully they will refresh peoples' memories of the day who attended and for those who didn’t, well, enjoy and I would welcome comments from both parties, have fun and be blessed.
Our opening passage and indeed theme for the day was,
We read the following passage:
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' " 16From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
Grace & Truth both needed in the same measure!
From a theological foundation we need to see that Jesus presents himself to us and others as;
1. The revelation of the Character and nature of God.
2. Full of Grace & Truth
We need the character of Christ to live ‘in us’ and ‘through us’.
A word about the ‘Law’ – Law is a coercive power; Law is about compliance, judgment.
The hallmark of a leader is to lead with Grace & Truth. (Together)
Looking at several gospel narratives we began the conversation with Rick at the helm.
1. The woman at the well. John 4: 1 - 26
2. The Tax Collector. Luke 19: 1 - 10
3. Peter’s confession you are the Christ Matthew 16: 13 - 20
4. The woman caught in adultery.
A few of my thoughts from the discussion;
- Grace enables you to accept the Truth
- Grace opens the door to Truth
- Is there real truth without Grace?
- Grace and Truth are expressions of God’s love.
Question? How was Jesus full of Grace and Truth?
Close your eyes and ponder these thoughts anew.
Grace in Actions? Or vice versa?
Actions in Grace?
Truth in Actions? Or vice versa?
Actions in Truth?
Grace and truth are FUNCTIONAL AND POSITIONAL Characteristics of Jesus.
A conversation progressed about functional and positional aspects of leadership, Grace and Truth.
What do you think?
A great session around power, with contributions from many people, it was great to see, how we using what we have been taught in the previous sessions and put into place aspects of Grace and Truth when speaking about power.
- The POWER within is OK!
- The POWER OVER is the PROBLEM!
Quote: If a Mentor is truly expressing love toward a Mentoree, they will not attempt to wield power over them. Dr R. Lewis. Mentoring Matters. 2009. Monarch books.
If you constrain people against their will you are wrong, what is required is a change of HEART, not external compliance.
2 Timothy 2: 24. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
Paul knew that effecting a change of behaviour through coercive power is worthless, for it does not change the heart.
Rick says; "It is helpful for a Mentor to minimize the sources of power over Mentorees. I have noted that the accrual of power to the mentors stems from either personal power or positional power"
Quote: Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one shadows the other. Carl Jung.
Throughout the day we had plenty of time to chat with each other and also walk around the gardens at Bawtry Hall, I would like to thank Jonathon Dunning for organising the day and a special thank you to Rick for sharing his heart with us.
Hope you enjoy the blog and look forward to your comments, once again sorry for delay in this post.