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Leadership 101 – 2-Part Series

Week 1 – Leadership 101

Sermon Outline:

ALONE WITH GOD

John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. [ESV]

TOGETHER WITH OTHERS

Luke 22:25-26 – Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves. [NLT]

Philippians 2:3-4 – Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. [ESV]

SELAH

Psalm 90:12 – Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. [NIV]

 

Breakout Session Questions:

1) Read Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, and Matthew 14:23. What do these passages say about the rhythm of prayer? How does time with God help you to better lead those you are called to lead? How can you be more intentional with your time with God?

2) Read Philippians 2:3-4. What does it mean to count someone more significant than yourself? Why is this an important quality for a leader? How can you be intentional to look out for the interests of others?

3) Personal Reflection: Rest is important. Do you have a Sabbath day, a day when you don’t work but you rest with God? If not, consider why you have not made this a priority.

Week 2 – Leadership 101

Sermon Outline:

Ephesians 4:14-16 – Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. [NIV]

Stay HUMBLE

John 3:30 – He must increase, but I must decrease. [ESV]

Colossians 3:17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. [NASB]

Act in LOVE

1 Corinthians 16:14 – Do everything in love [NIV] (1 Corinthians 13)

Protect your MORAL AUTHORITY

1 John 3:18 – Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. [NASB]

SERVE Others

Matthew 20:26-28 – It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” [NASB]

Breakout Session Questions:

1) Read Matthew 23:1-26. In verse 3, what does Jesus say to the people? What would the behavior of the Pharisees and scribes do the people they were leading? In verse 4, we read of the heavy loads that are put on the shoulders of people—loads the leaders would not be willing to carry. What can we glean from this as a leader? Verse 13 is harsh. What does it say? What does that mean? Verses 23-24 speak of the giving of the scribes and Pharisees. How does this poorly reflect a leader? Verses 25-26 speak of the clean outside and the dirty inside. What does this mean for a leader?

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I Have Prayed for You

When someone tells me they are praying for me, it means a great deal to me. This means that someone took time out of their day to pray for me, to speak to God on my behalf. How awesome is that? I think it’s important that we let people know we are praying for them. Jesus told Peter he was praying for him, and I imagine it was something Peter did not forget.

In Luke 22, Jesus spoke to Peter, calling him Simon. He said, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan commanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.” Calling him by his old name reminds us of where Peter once was—his old life—and I am sure it meant something to Peter too. But then Jesus says, “But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Then Jesus calls him Peter for the rest of the conversation.

Jesus was telling Peter that Satan wanted to get his hands on the disciples (that’s the first “you”), but that He prayed for Peter’s faith not to fail. Then He says, “When you have turned again” (when he has repented) to strengthen the other disciples. Jesus was telling Peter that he would slip, he would stumble back into his old way of life (which is when he denies Christ). But He also told Peter that He prayed for Him. He covered Him in prayer. That’s the best gift you can give someone. A prayer. Pray for someone today. Let them know you are praying for them. And ask God how He can use you to help answer that prayer.

“But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:32 [ESV]

The Cup of Obedience

Last night I was giving my son some medicine and it was really interesting. I handed him the cup. He looked at it for a bit. Then he asked me what was in the cup. I informed him that it as medicine for his cough and stuffy nose. Then he took the medicine.

It reminded me of when Jesus was in the Garden praying. In Luke 22:42, Jesus said, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Your will be done.” It just reminded me of when we are handed cups in life. Perhaps God does not hand us the same cup that Jesus was dealt, but we are still handed cups.

God has a purpose for our lives and when we decide to ignore that, and we think we know something better…. When we read His Word and we decide we are going to disregard it… It’s sort of like we are refusing the cup over and over again.

Pretty much, you’re handed the cup and you look at it….

“What’s this going to do to me? I don’t know if I like it. Do I really want to do that? I don’t know.”

Then you find something else, and say that it is better than His plan. Even when your plan is falling apart, you still think that your plan has a chance.

God says, “Here’s the cup.” You think your friends or family know better.

God says, “Here’s the cup.” You don’t think it looks good. There has to be something better out there for you.

Sometimes, God says, “Here’s the cup.” You then partake but you want more. You are not satisfied.

When we are in obedience with God, it’s not a one time thing where we accept Jesus and then we are finished. Every day we need to be submitting. Our lives are like a puzzle in a box, with all of those many pieces. We are not submitting every piece of our life to God. Sometimes we hand Him our leftovers. We like to hold back pieces. Every day is a new day where we must submit each and every piece.

What we need to do is to be in full obedience and accept God’s will for our lives. It’s hard and it’s something that we must do daily, but there’s no better way!

“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” – Luke 22:42 [NLT]