It’s often said that leadership equals influence. As an apostle, Paul was commissioned to influence people. He explained his approach and process this way:

“When I came to you…I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” – I Corinthians 2:1-5 HCSB

Sure, God had gifted him with great skills, however:

  • He didn’t rely on excellence of speech
  • He was determined to focus only on Christ
  • He went in weakness, fear and trembling
  • He wasn’t dependent on persuasive words
  • He wanted their…

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