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Christological Hymn Demonstrating Leadership of Jesus

Christological Hymn Demonstrating Leadership of Jesus

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Christological Hymn - Philippians 2
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Christological Hymn Demonstrating Leadership of Jesus
 Running Head: CHRISTOLOGICAL HYMN DEMONSTRATING LEADERSHIP OF JESUSChristological Hymn Demonstrating Leadership of JesusWilbur A. ReidRegent University
Christological Hymn Demonstrating Leadership of Jesus
 AbstractPaul presents a Christological hymn in Philippians 2:5-11 that
is “one of the most theologicallysignificant passages in the New Testament”
(Norris, 2008, p. 5). It helps us better understandthe divinity and the humanity of Jesus, and also provides insights into effective leadership. Hischoice to relinquish his power and become a servant is an example of authentic and servantleadership that should be emulated by leaders today. The benefit of this selfless behavior isevident in the paradox of being exalted so that all will worship him.
Christological Hymn Demonstrating Leadership of Jesus
 Christological Hymn Demonstrating Leadership of Jesus
A common way of keeping teaching and tradition alive and passing it from onegeneration to the next is through stories and songs. While the gospels presented the stories of Jesus and his teachings, the early church also used hymns to tell the stories (Peterson, 2004). It isbelieved that the text that Paul uses in Philippians 2:5-11 is the text of a pre-Pauline hymn thatwas used in the early church to tell of the servant and divine nature of Christ (Robbins, 1980). It
is a “magnificent hymn, extolling many distinctive doctrines of the Christian faith. These include
the preexistence of Christ, His deity, His equality with God
the Father, Christ‟s incarnation, andtrue humanity”
(McLeod, 2001, p. 308). The purpose of this paper is to: (a) provide the contextof the Christological hymn, (b) examine the texture of the hymn, (c) examine the message of thehymn, and (d) compare and contrast the leadership model presented by Paul to current leadershiptheories and models.
A central theme in the teachings of Jesus was humility and service. Early in his ministry,he begins the Sermon on the Mount by turning conventional wisdom upside down by saying thatthe people that are poor in spirit, merciful, and meek are the ones that are blessed (Matt. 5:3-10).
Jesus told a parable about picking seats of honor at a banquet, and then concluded by saying “
Foreveryone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted"(Luke 14:11, NIV). When the apostles were arguing about who would be the greatest in thekingdom,Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it overthem, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead,

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