STANDARDS FOR BIKER CHAPLAINS
The Biblical Expectations of a Biker Chaplain
Those who are called to the higher level of service that Chaplaincy represents are held to a higher standard. As Biker Chaplains we are called to be present with those in need of spiritual care. In effect, to come alongside them in their need, listen and extend the love of God in our support of an individual, family or group.
In Hebrews 6:10-12 we are inspired to show the love of Christ to all;
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
As Chaplains, we commit to strive to
live according to the standards God has placed upon us. We understand that we bear a great privilege and a grave responsibility. We have been called by God to fulfill that role in our world. We commit to God, to our church, to our spiritual leaders, and to those whom we serve that we will be faithful and reliable in fulfilling our high calling as Chaplains of God’s Love & Truth.
BIKER CHAPLAINS UNDERSTAND THAT GOD REQUIRES US TO:
(Heb. 13:7, 1 Tim. 1:3-7, 1 Tim. 4:11-16)
Understand we are:
SPIRITUALLY CALLED (1 Cor 1:26-31)
“EQUIPPABLE” SERVANTS (Eph. 4:11-13, Romans 12:6-18)
SOUND DOCTRINE (2 Tim 4:3, Titus 1:9)
PASSIONATE AWE of Scripture (2 Tim 3:16-17)
RELIABLE LEADERSHIP (Luke 9:46-48)
As a Biker Chaplain you must have an Imitatable Faith.
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith (HEB. 13:7).
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work-which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm (1 TIM. 1:3-7).
Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 TIM. 4:11-16).
As Chaplains, we must live out our faith in our everyday lives. It is what our church calls Lifestyle Christianity. Having an “imitatable” faith means that we: have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; live and practice what we advocate in our hearts, homes, church, and world; regularly attend worship; spend time daily with God in prayer and reading of His Word; support our church through our service, unity, and giving; actively share the Gospel with those who do not know Christ; and love all people.
A Biker Chaplain must understand and
embrace that we are Spiritually Called.
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (1 Cor 1:26-31)
Ours is a unique calling. Few of us would be counted by the world’s standards as being fit for serving as Chaplains. Being a Chaplain requires understanding that our calling will put us in contact with others in just about every walk of life. We, too, must work out that calling, as it will test every Christian Fiber within us.
Our calling is to be compassionate and caring stewards of God’s love. We may be asked to preach or teach, but we will most commonly be called on just to be present with others in times of need.
- Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- Live and practice what we advocate in our hearts, homes, church, and world
- Regularly attend worship
- Spend time daily with God in prayer and reading of His Word
- Support our church through our service, unity, and giving
- Actively share the gospel with those who do not know Christ
- Love all people
- Always be lifelong learners of the Word of God
- Actively participate in training and spiritual growth opportunities in the church
- Actively attend and participate available training and equipping courses
- Vigilantly seek tools and concepts to improve our ministry
- Equip others for the care of God’s people
A Biker Chaplain must be an Equippable Servant.
He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ (EPH. 4:11-14).
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his [a] faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it
is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
[b] Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (ROMANS 12:6-18)
As Chaplains, we must be willing to submit ourselves to be trained and equipped to become better servants and shepherds of those we serve and those we meet. Through our knowledge, we equip others for their works of service; and likewise, we must be willing to be trained. This means that we must: always be lifelong learners of the Word of God; actively participate in training and spiritual growth opportunities available to us.
We should continually seek other’s knowledge and apply every good teaching God brings our way to our service; constantly vigilant, seeking new tools and concepts to improve our Chaplaincy.
ADHERE TO SOUND DOCTRINE
As a Biker Chaplain we must adhere to Sound Doctrine.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3)
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (Titus 1:9)
As Chaplains, we serve primarily for the opportunity to see lives transformed by the Truth of God’s Word. We are responsible for knowing, teaching, and guarding the Truth, and we recognize our accountability to God to impart the true doctrines from His Word.
In order to be servants of what is in accord with sound doctrine, we must:
(a) believe the sound doctrine of Scripture;
(b) understand the sound doctrine of Scripture;
(c) be able to communicate the sound doctrine of Scripture;
(d) live the sound doctrine of Scripture in our own lives.
… by actively seeking to;
PASSIONATE AWE OF SCRIPTURE
As a Biker Chaplain we must maintain a Passionate Awe of Scripture.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We are told that the Bible is not only the words of God, but it has great benefit to us. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
As Chaplains, we have an awesome privilege and responsibility of passing on eternal truths to the hearts and minds of other people. It is a responsibility that cannot be taken lightly or with minimal effort on our part.
We are committed to preparing ourselves for service to others: with thoroughness, with high standards; with prayer; surrendered to the leading of the Holy Spirit giving God glory and honor through our preparation and service.
A Biker Chaplain must provide Reliable Leadership.
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest. (Luke 9:46-48).
As Chaplains, we are the leaders and shepherds of many we come in contact with without ever realizing that their only exposure to Christian living is in the example we set. We have a responsibility to be reliable in our service to them and in our responsibilities as servants. As reliable leaders, we must:
(a) identify and mentor others to become “reliable” leaders as well;
(b) be prepared to serve at a moment’s notice;
(c) be prepared to lead, teach, speak or support others with the Word of God;
(d) be aware that every interaction may be the only chance you will get to show the love of God;
(e) lead by serving first, understanding that everything you do is being watched by others and you are being judged by them at all times.