Saturday, March 13, 2010

Christian Leadership in the early Church

The story of the resurrection in Matthew 28:1-20, provides an overview of the strategic importance of Christian leadership in the early church, and thus the spread of Christianity. Observations, as well as an exploration of the text with cultural and social analysis of socio-rhetorical criticism of Robbins showed numerous strategic plans and plans that were also used, as Jesus instructed his disciples in the 19 ° to the Head and make disciples of all nations. "

This papergives readers a deeper insight into the strategic importance of Christian leadership. With a cultural analysis plot of a farewell speech in Matthew 28, the strategies have been used for Jesus to fulfill its purpose on this earth, are highlighted. Finally, this essay readers with insights that sees shows by the beginning of the first century church, which they use in organizations today to remain viable for the future!

As leadercontemporary organizations continue to look for the most recent books sustainable strategies able to define their roles, and who continue to struggle with the effects of change, and continues to strategies that help them in their efforts to make their business afloat try to keep what they can from the first churches of the first century?

Christianity begins with Jesus, a Jew, during the Roman era, in the end, east of the Mediterranean. Stories MatthewTracing the route of the journey of Jesus' during the 1st Century. It begins with the birth of Jesus (Matthew 2:1) and does not end with his death (Matthew 27:50), but his resurrection, and then a command to his disciples (Matthew 28:19). During his talk Matthew looks at the patron-client relationship was between Jesus and the Father (Mk 15-16), stressed the benefits that Jesus obtained the interaction with the Father (Matthew 26:64). Referring to numerousChallenge-response episodes of Jesus and the people of low and high level of the social scale (Mt 21:12-17, 9:9-10, 8:2-4).

Matthew account of the nature of leadership is Jesus in vivid parables that Jesus used to teach people and adjust to his fathers kingdom (16 mt: 11, 18:12-14) intertwined. He describes a compassionate, loving care and always Jesus who would not allow the religious laws of the time that he could not heal people, do not subscribesocial status agenda, but was willing to mix with the outsider "to win souls for the kingdom of God (Matthew 9:20-29). In an era marked by strict Jewish traditions, Matthew presents Jesus against the tide of what is considered acceptable in order to fulfill the will of God, "For the Son of man is to save what was lost" (Matthew 18 : 11).

To better understand the complexity of the strategies Jesus employed a look at the existing culture is beneficial. 1. CenturyRome was a dynasty of growth until Ramstad, combined with the cruelty of superiority, and could suddenly lurch from civilization, the strength and the power of fear, totalitarianism and license. Koester, in his article "From Jesus to Christ" paints a picture of a very beautiful with the inequality in the center. On the one hand, some people were very rich, while others lived in abject poverty. It appeals to a very rigid hierarchy in which the emperor inHead of economic and social pyramid, the more it falls on the base of the pyramid, life becomes more difficult. Rome was not religious, selfish, and encourages his religion, they were not intolerant of other religions. According to White, "Rome was incorporated in its pantheon of deities, and the Italian tribes from Asia Minor. In the provinces, were the great gods territorial, like Saturn in North Africa and the Lord accepted among Jews as the" rightReligion "for the fact that their rituals, though barbarous, were consecrated by ancient tradition."

Josephus 'account' of the period describes a series of prophets and their followers, who were swept away in some cases, or dispersed by the Romans. This period saw the birth of a leader was able to reform the traditions of the time, in order to create a better world.

First Century Mediterranean societies are analyzed from different points of view, social and cultural. Robbins hasRange of perspectives through which we can glean an understanding of time. Matthew 28 contains manipulatiounist Gnostic substantial healing and reformist discourse. Gnostic manipulatiounist readers respond better to help to understand the culture may, within that period. Public displays have been used to set the standards of purity and codes of honor. Under the desecration of Jewish tradition was an issue outside and was treated with great contempt. A significant new Jesus traditionsthat time and led to the advent of Christianity. Its authority is found in verse 18: "All power is for me in heaven and on earth," and go to the call subsequent to his disciples in verse 19 "and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Strategic Design:
Jesus 'last mission' before his death, was collecting his team strategically atop a mountain (Mt 26) in his last message to present counter-culture. OfHis family identified Jesus with a collection of the principles of counter-culture (Malina and Rohrbaugh). Obligations within the family is included patron-client relationship with Jesus and obligations with our brothers and sisters in dyadic contracts (Robbins, 1996, P79). As part of this assembly, Jesus will restore its identity as the highest authority, resulting later in his last call in Matthew 19. Matthew 28 begins with the visit of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went tothe tomb (Matthew 28:1). This model recalls the strategic principles that Jesus and his father engaged in the discourse. Even in death, Jesus ignores the Jewish tradition, which shows little reference to the testimony of women (4.219 Joshua, d. Yebamoth 15:1, 8-10; 16.7; Ketubot 1:6-9;), which was a reflection of the wider Mediterranean cultural context of Roman law (Gardner 1986:165; Kee 1980:89). In the second stanza, "and behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for aAngel of the Lord descended from heaven and rolled away the stone and sat upon it "(Mt 28, 2). Roll away the stone can be seen as the ultimate insult to the authorities of that day. And 'the Jesus challenge the authoritative their work "hold a stone in the body of Jesus." absolute power of God unleashed (Matthew 28:2-3).

From the perspective of a revolutionary earthquake is representative of God's plan to destroy the world, to create a new order. From reformist responsemeans the conquest of evil supernatural (Robbins, 1996). The appearance of an angel which means the birth of a new order. "This is the angel sitting on the stone is a dramatic statement of triumph supernatural, when the stone was probably disc-shaped, of course, is not a place for him" (Kostner, p.5). Triumph over death. The appearance of an angel has many similarities with the biblical theophany (Exodus 3:2-6, Genesis 32:24-32). God has revealed a strategic focus on the guards,allowing them to witness his power, but in the same direction, the Angels allowed to speak only to women. Women exhibit a healing response to the message of the angels (Matthew 28:7-8). The testimony of women to others is the mirror image of the Gospel to overcome gender-based restrictions (Thompson, 1985) p. 233. A new order in which the boundaries of gender inequality in the tradition of that time will be deleted, now created. The purity of the code rewritten. From aGnostic perspective, they suggest that salvation can manpulatiounist in the world, and evil can be overcome if the right resources, improvement techniques, learn to deal with their problems. "(Robbins, 1999, p.73). Dyadic The contract must be executed again, Jesus meets with his disciples the Great Commission to provide (Verse16-17). Jesus resumes his position of authority:" All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. "(verse 19) and then to his disciples:" Go to paymentFor this reason, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, baptized in the name of the Trinity. "Jesus is now elevated to the level identical to that of the Father and the Spirit (28:19):" All nations can mean all the groups of "peoples" rather than the modern concept of nation-states "(McGavran and Arn 1977 : 38) exists in many countries a variety of different races together, "the command, therefore, means different nations and races.Strategically, it has its purpose, then explains how the goal of implementing "teaching them to observe all things is what I have commanded you ..." and leaves, finally, with the promise "and here I am with you always, until the end of the world."

The understanding of Matthew 28 and the cultural issues within that period constitutes a point of reference for contemporary organizations. The text responds to growing critical questions that organizations not only that, but to stay, can helplife ... What? Who? How? When?

A clear objective is to establish strategic importance is fundamental. Jesus 'goal' was to win souls for the kingdom of God he meant a redefinition of rules in the field of culture at that time. It has led to changes in place that were not easily achievable. It also meant challenging the satanic power (Matthew 4:8-9), to remain faithful to the relationship established with God Jesus recognized the need to establish a relationship withGod the Father, as a team to help carry out its purposes. We stayed on earth, he founded a group of followers, these dyadic contract allowed him to successfully execute divine purpose of God, Jesus had a plan to achieve its purpose. The violation of the inequality that existed, could succeed strategically standing under the religious leaders of that time to win. After his defeat last show of authority to his death, Jesuscommanded his disciples to make more students, by teaching and baptizing them with the promise that he had always with them. The importance of the "end of the world" as it is the promise that his son would return man in his kingdom, after the good news is indicative of all nations to achieve. (24:14).

The strategic design of Jesus is one of acceptance, forgiveness and repentance. His role on the ground, while the level of humility that is so necessary, and now has shown. Although hecalled "ten thousand angels to destroy the world and freed him:" It was better to work with his father and a team strategy to win souls for the kingdom of heaven. The dyadic relationship between Jesus and his disciples of Christ was part of the plan in its strategic plan. This relationship was established as a prelude of what was to happen, Robbins explains that it is mutual, "the man of honor chooses a different act for a number of matters in progress ..." (Robbins, 1996, P79). The actJesus has a tremendous impact on contemporary organizations; His actions are the plan for today's enterprises operate. He showed an example that an honest relationship dyadic, which must be in place for organizations to move forward. As seen in the first century, in which Jesus makes a sociological formula was developed to define the formula of the Christian community in which all men are created equal. E 'on this basis that the Christian organizations are now ablecontinue to indulge in that success. The Christian movement, however, is research over the years continues to grow because the foundation to grow and share Christ found in the place. The design was adopted, the plan was more than Jesus, the call is simple, contemporary organizations have a solid foundation upon which to build and construct with Jesus as the center of his speech.

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