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Gayle Erwin is an international treasure, a man who has allowed the Lord to use his life for many years as an author, pastor, lecturer, professor, and conference speaker.
Gayle has (as he puts it) "one string on his guitar," and that string is Jesus and His nature.
This podcast is on that subject. How does the nature of Jesus effect the way we live as pastors, and how we shepherd the flocks the Lord has committed to our charge?
In Gayle's classic book The Jesus Style, Gayle goes into great detail to show that the nature of Jesus is understood from these descriptions embedded in the teachings of Scripture:
1. Jesus came as a Servant (not to be served)
2. Jesus did not Lord It over others...
3. Jesus came as an Example
4. Jesus was Humble
5. Jesus came as a Child
6. Jesus came as the Younger
7. Jesus was Last
8. Jesus was Least
9. Jesus used No Force
10. Jesus possessed No Blind or Selfish Ambition
11. Jesus made Himself of No Reputation
12. Jesus was fully Human
13. Jesus was wholly Obedient
14. Jesus was obedient unto Death
Hopefully, this podcast will inspire pastors and leaders to undergo a new and fresh study of Jesus, that we might all make the Main One the main thing.
In Gayle's own words, in the preface to the book, he writes: "This is the Jesus I want to talk about, the Jesus who called himself a servant. For reasons I cannot understand, I have not, in my research, found the qualities of servanthood, which seem so self-evident and basic to who Jesus is, treated in any but a surface and brief way. I only know that the realization of them and even minimal incorporation of them into life has power that I cannot describe; I can only invite you."
“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42–45)