Week of October 1: Becoming a Person of Influence by John C. Maxwell

In “Becoming a Person of Influence,” John C. Maxwell shares invaluable insights on how you can positively impact the lives of those around you. As a Christian non-fiction author, incorporating these principles into your writing can help inspire and motivate your readers to become influential in their own communities and live out their faith in practical ways.

Here are three primary takeaways from Maxwell’s book, supported by biblical passages .

Takeaway #1:

Maxwell emphasizes the importance of developing genuine relationships built on trust and integrity. As a Christian non-fiction author, you can encourage your readers to invest time and effort in nurturing relationships that honor God and reflect His love.

Biblical support:

  • Proverbs 3:3-4: “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.”
  • Ephesians 4:15: “But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.”
  • Romans 12:10: “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.”

Takeaway #2: Serve others with humility and compassion

Maxwell highlights the power of servanthood in becoming a person of influence. As a Christian non-fiction author, you can guide your readers to follow Jesus’ example of humble service and demonstrate His love to others through acts of kindness and compassion.

Biblical support:

  • Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
  • Philippians 2:3-4: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
  • 1 Peter 4:10: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Takeaway #3: Empower others to grow and fulfill their God-given potential

Maxwell teaches that one of the keys to becoming an influential person is to invest in the growth and development of others. As a Christian non-fiction author, you can challenge your readers to identify the gifts and talents in those around them, and support them in using these abilities to honor God and make a difference in the world.

Biblical support:

  • Ephesians 4:11-12: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”
  • Hebrews 10:24: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”

By incorporating these takeaways from “Becoming a Person of Influence” into your Christian non-fiction writing, you can help your readers understand the power of living a life that reflects Christ’s love and humility.

Grounding these principles in biblical teachings can strengthen your readers’ faith and encourage them to become influential individuals who make a positive impact in their communities and beyond.

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