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The Catalytic Leadership of Paul (Galatians)

This fall I am going through the stories and letters of Paul in chronological order with some our network leaders at Gateway. We are trying to determine the characteristics that made him so catalytic so that we might grow in this as well. We are looking for the ways Paul sensed the moving of God’s Spirit in the following ways:

  • Miraculous methods of guidance
  • Performing miracles
  • Discovering receptivity and accepting suffering
  • Pursuing God and His righteousness
  • Reaching out to others and empowering others

Here is the revised order we are reading through and discussing:

  • Week One – Acts 7-16
  • Week Two – Galatians
  • Week Three – Acts 17, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians
  • Week Four – Acts 18, 1 Corinthians
  • Week Five – 2 Corinthians
  • Week Six – Romans
  • Week Seven – Acts 19-20, Ephesians
  • Week Eight – Acts 21-28 & Colossians, Philemon
  • Week Nine – Philippians, 1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy

Here are some of the week two highlights (Galatians):

  • Paul rebuked the Galatians (Gal. 1:6, 4:9, 5:12) and Peter (Gal. 2:11-14) boldly/harshly in defense of those who weren’t yet following Jesus.
  • Paul emphasized that he was mentored (Gal. 1:18-2:1) & mentoring others (Gal. 2:9).
  • Paul reminded the Galatians that we are “blessed by God to bless others” (Gal. 3:8-9).
  • Paul called the Galatians to a new life surrendered to Jesus and producing good fruit/results (Gal. 2:20, 5:4-6, 5:16-26, 6:7-9).
  • Paul’s message came from Jesus and was affirmed by the miraculous (Gal. 1:11, 2:2, 3:5, 3:14).

Questions to consider:

  • Who can we pass along the story of Paul and the principles of catalytic leadership this week?
  • How can we apply what we see in Paul’s life to our own life and leadership?
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Dr. Eric Michael Bryant serves with Gateway Church in Austin as the team leader for Central and South Austin and as part of the teaching team. Eric previously served at Mosaic in Los Angeles and his books include Not Like Me: A Field Guide to a Influencing a Diverse World and A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be. Eric coaches church planters and campus pastors, teaches on Post Christian Ministry, and leads a cohort for a Doctorate of Ministry in Missional Effectiveness through Bethel Seminary where he earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership.