Organizational leaders possess the important task of appropriate and accurate communication to followers. Organizational leaders have the opportunity to investigate and learn important concepts from a disciplined reading of the Scriptures to participate with followers and observe the organization participate as a dynamic contributor to the culture in which it exist. We will examine the role of exegesis and its fruits. Second, we learn about the importance of participation as a community of faith. Third, we will offers three questions you as an organizational leader can put forward in your investigation of Scripture to influence your own leadership.
The proper exegesis of the Sacred Text produces a God glorifying exposition of the Sacred Text which leads to the community of faith’s engagement in the world by means of the Sacred Text. Osborne (2006) states the hermeneutic process represents a tri-perspective approach of logic, creativity, and guidance by the Holy Spirit. Osborne (2006) states “exegesis means to “draw out of” a text what it means, in contrast to eisegesis, to “read into a text what one wants it to mean” (p.57). The reader approaches the Sacred Text in a logical manner to personally interact with the text under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The disciplined reader determines to understand as best as possible the meaning of the text in order to properly honor God who inspires the Scripture and instruct his or her listeners. Osborne (2006) states exegesis is not the goal of the disciplined reader; proclamation is the goal. Osborne (2006) argues, “God’s Word speaks to every generation, and the relationship between meaning and significance summarizes the hermeneutical task” (p.29). Lloyd-Jones (1971) stated proclamation involves the speaker communicating the message of God to the community of faith. What is the nature and goal? Lloyd-Jones (1971) argues, “It does something for the soul of man, for the whole of the person, the entire man; it deals with him in a vital and radical manner” (p.64). This leads to the third point. Proper exegesis produces God glorifying exposition which leads to engagement. The community of faith properly engages in the world based on the proper meaning of the text and the goal of glorifying God. The community of faith discerns the living God at her center and not the impotent “replacement Trinity” (p.31). The community of faith subsequently engages her context and world in manners that correspond to the meaning of the text and reflect the glory of God.
The community of faith participates in the disciplined Scripture reading characterized as relational, nutritional, and liturgical. Peterson (2006) states disciplined reading of the Sacred Text requires the initial acknowledgement of person to person interaction. Peterson (2006) states a personal God who is “relational to the core” reveals information which the community of faith participates in through reading (p.27). The community of faith reads the Sacred Text as a participatory activity between the Godhead and his image bearers. The readers engage in the text individually and collectively for the purpose of being shaped by God to accomplish good works (2 Timothy 3:16, English Standard Version). Peterson (2006) proposes exegesis as the means by which the community of faith sees and appropriates the text to produce a proper response. Borrowing from Peterson’s metaphor regarding consuming the sacred text, the reader approaches the text as a meal. The reader observes the whole plate and systematically engages with the food so that he or she enjoys each bite. The Godhead inspires writers to craft texts to serve as nourishment for the community faith to accomplish good works. The text properly read, understood, and applied produces an appropriate orthopraxy that glorifies God and serves humanity. Peterson (2006) states the reader participates in the reading of the not only in isolation. The reader participates, liturgically with men and women globally who are being relationally and nutritionally shaped by the Sacred Text. Peterson (2006) states the community of faith is in a flux between “sanctuary” and the world (p.73). The community of faith meets corporately in the presence of the Holy Spirit to receive instruction, encouragement, and exhortation by the Holy Spirit through word. The community of faith proceeds from convocation to dispersion in a diversity of vocations and contexts to accomplish good works for the good of humanity.
Disciplined reading offers appropriate applications for the development of organizational leaders. Organizational leaders confessing Jesus Christ will approach the Scriptures with three substantive questions.
Lloyd-Jones, M. (1971). God’s Way of Reconciliation, Grand Rapids: Baker Books.
Osborne, G. (2006). The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, Downers Grove: IVP Academic.
Peterson, E.H. (2006). Eat this Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.