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Biblical Entrepreneurship – Part 2

This is the second article in the series dealing with Biblical Entrepreneurship. In this article, we will focus on one of the main components of being a Christian entrepreneur. The topic of today is service.

A business that is based on biblical principles must be grounded in service. Focusing on servicing your customers’ needs will set your organization apart from your competitors. To truly have a customer-focused business, your company must have a ministry philosophy. In order to get a clear understanding of ministry, you can model yourself after a great person, Jesus Christ.

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Biblical Entrepreneurship – Purpose

The next pillar we must examine in biblical entrepreneur is purpose. Biblical entrepreneurs must know who they are and why they are creating their organization. The creation of your enterprise is the by product of the purpose and destiny God the Father placed inside of you.

Purpose is the reason and why something or someone is created. Fulfillment of your God given purpose must be the main focus of your life. Discovering the reason for your birth will unlock the door to manifesting your potential. Let us use a light bulb as an example. The purpose of a light bulb is to illuminate an area. The light bulb has the capability to be used many ways to produce a result but in the mind of the creator if the light bulb is used in any other way then it’s original purpose it is being abused. It is only being used properly when it is manifesting it’s reason for being created which is illumination.

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Biblical Entrepreneurship ? Kingdom Influence in the Marketplace

The last section of biblical entrepreneurship we must discuss is influence. Influence is the foundation of power. External power is cultivated by increasing your influence with people and industries. As biblical entrepreneurs, we must use our influence to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom, to encourage ethical practices within our industries, and to promote a righteous lifestyle within individuals.

 

How does a person create influence? It is a by- product of trust. Trust is created when people believe that you have their best interest in mind when you are encouraging, correcting and making decisions. Trust is also developed when others see that you are consistent in your words and deeds. Integrity and having others’ best interest in mind produces trustworthiness.  You must be worthy of receiving people’s trust.

 

Another component of influence is wealth. A person that has wealth and assets has the ability to influence governments, industries, and people. The Bible declares in Ecclesiastes 10:19 that “money answereth all things”. A biblical entrepreneur has the capability to have her wealth to speak for her within the marketplace to promote righteous business practice. Ecclesiastes 7:12 also proclaims that “money is a defense”. Biblical entrepreneurship encourages paying employees descent wages therefore defending the enterprise’s reputation in the eyes of consumers, employees, and government officials.

 

Now let us deal with empowering people to transform their lives in order to become righteous individuals. Biblical entrepreneurs are trailblazers and standard bearers of being holy within their industry. Christians within the global marketplace are to model godly character in all transactions. Their deeds will be able to testify that righteousness is the only way. Biblical entrepreneurs must display a lifestyle of holiness so they can spread the Gospel of the Kingdom to those whom they interact with. As believers in Christ, our characters must line up with our words if we are to be effective in spreading the Gospel. The purpose of creating influence is to promote the good news about King Jesus coming to earth with his kingdom so people’s lives can be changed.

 

Jesus the Christ used His influence to change the religious climate within the Roman empire. Jesus’ ministry changed millions of lives by displaying a new standard known as Kingdom Authority and Righteous. Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom instead of doctrines of traditions. The Gospel of the Kingdom transforms lives and man made doctrines keeps people in bondage. To be a biblical entrepreneur we must use our influence to change the standard within our industries by living Kingdom principles.

www.stephenowens.com Stephen Owens is a man on a mission to impact and empower the lives of striving entrepreneurs and those within the role of leadership. Stephen’s primary goal is to help transform the lives of business leaders around the world and their organizations. Stephen understands the trials and tribulations of starting and operating an enterprise. He is compelled to aid individuals to be effective in the market place.

Stephen was the founder and president of Alpha Lending & Investments, LLC. This Cleveland, Ohio based company focused on securing financing for commercial real estates investors and business expansion. Stephen’s experience is working with entrepreneurs and organizational leaders, has helped him gain an understanding of the obstacles and frustrations that many of them encounter.

In 2006, Stephen released his first book, The Revolutionary Change: Unlock the secret to producing change in your life. This book was birthed out of his experience of transforming his life. He wrote this great work for those individuals that are ready to reposition their lives for outstanding growth and achievement.

Stephen is a sought after Speaker and Seminar Teacher as well. Some of the topics include: The seven laws of entrepreneurship; The effective organization; Unlock the change within you workshop; and The young entrepreneur. The material that Stephen shares fans the fire of the entrepreneurial spirit that is needed to grow an organization to world class status. Website: www.stephenowens.org

Biblical Entrepreneurship

Biblical entrepreneurship is one of the next moves of God. This is the third dimension to the marketplace ministry movement. Marketplace ministry was first exposed when those within the charismatic movement began declaring our covenant rights about prosperity and wealth. The next component was uncovered with the faith at work declaration. This teaching shared the “know-how” of displaying our faith in practical ways within the marketplace. These two components were two-thirds of the circle. The last component is biblical entrepreneurship. Marketplace ministry has followed the biblical pattern within scripture. The pattern is as follows: promise – requirement – manifestation.

When researching the moves of God within scripture we find out that God usually begins a new thing with a promise. Then the promise is coupled with a requirement. The requirement generally deals with a lifestyle issue. After the lifestyle issue has been met the manifestation of the promise will occur. God initiated the marketplace ministry movement when He uncovered our rights to the Abrahamic covenant, which promised prosperity to Abraham’s seed (natural and spiritual). Inspirational teaching from Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland and others has exposed us to this promised.

Next the requirement component was exposed which taught us the fundamentals of living holy in the marketplace. There are books such as God @ Work by Rich Marshall and The Day of the Saints by Dr. Bill Hamon that has helped us conceptualize our roles. Now the promise must be manifested. This is the season for biblical entrepreneurship. The Christian entrepreneur will grab the promises of God along with the requirements of God and build an asset that produces wealth for the glory of God.

There are three fundamental concepts to being a Christian entrepreneur. They are purpose, service and influence. Biblical entrepreneurship is a holistic approach to starting an organization. Christian entrepreneurs must understand that God must be placed at the center of every business activity.

These three fundamental concepts are the keys needed to open the doors to true entrepreneurship. The concept of purpose focuses on the “why” of the entrepreneur. The second concept of service will help the entrepreneur understand that service will take the organization to world-class statues. The last concept of influence encourages the entrepreneur to use his or her resources to communicate the gospel of the kingdom to a dying world.

Christian entrepreneurs strive to have biblical principles as their companies’ standards. The desire of this type of entrepreneur is not centered on wealth and power but on completing God’s will for his or her life. These individuals will build their lives and companies on biblical truths.

Christians that have the calling to purse entrepreneurship need practical teaching on how to live out their faith in the marketplace. They must also be encouraged to seek God so His presence and power can be manifested in their organizations. Our leadership within the Body of Christ has to be aware of the things God is doing in the marketplace.

Biblical entrepreneurship is God’s next move in advancing His kingdom within the marketplace. God has set the stage so we can move into this third dimension. Now is the time to equip believers to minister within the marketplace

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