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  1. John Chapter 13 12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Master and Lord: and you say well; for [so] I am. 14 If I then, [your] Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Years of study, attending Bible college, doing courses, getting qualifications, going to conferences and seminars, paying lots of money, all to be an officially recognized, elevated, prominent, powerful leader...but all the time "you just supposed to serve...humbly like Jesus". What happened? "We was corrupted, deceived, and exploited … heaps of us sabotaged by selfish desire". That's what happened. Thank God that He prunes the vine and chastises those he loves, in this case so that they remember His servant leadership example. The fruit of servant leadership may not be as popular as the alternative, which is selfish leadership, but it is eternal, unlike the alternative which is temporal, decadent, and futile. I'm praising God for His faithfulness in leading me out of bondage to and into freedom from styles of leadership that dominate, intimidate, manipulate, and seduce, all for selfish goals. A word in season from the Word for all seasons: Heb 4:10-16 (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (13) Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (14) Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
  2. When the word worship is mentioned in a Christian context I wonder if playing music and singing are the only things that come to mind. Of course there is a lot more to worship than music and singing. In addition to doxa referring to honour in Luke 14:10, five other Greek words used in the Bible variously translate into the English word worship as follows:
  3. Dear Lord, in Jesus Christ's name I pray. Welcome Holy Spirit, embody this nation, government and military. God bless Donald Trump, keep him protected, helped and leading your nation strong and free. God bless Justin Trudeau, bend his will to yours, humble him and teach him what he needs to know of You. Thank you Lord for the peace talks in Korea! This is an appreciated answer to so many pleading prayers! We pray for the same peace and understanding in Cameroon, please have mercy and save its people. Please forgive us of all our sins. Especially excuse evil where we oppose, mock and vilify You. Please Lord, we know not what we do. Bless and revive us Lord, thy kingdom come. Put us through the painful process of cleansing this world, nation, generation and church of backsliding, sleepiness, enemies within, blasphemy, watering down of God's truth, word and law. Prune and throw such chaff into the lake of fire. Have us accept and cherish your free gift of salvation and eternal life immediately through your Son's sacrifice in place of our sin debt. May we all pray for this in our life now! Heal, restore and revive your body of Christ saved to do good works in the Lord. May we be light, salt and disciples to this desperate world. Hallelujah, he is risen, he is risen indeed! I pray this sincerely for all lost, enemies and loved ones in Jesus Christ's name, amen! GregoryB
  4. Please pray for my church as it goes through transitions in leadership that decisions and appointments about a new senior pastor or other type of leadership will be in accordance to what is pleasing to the Lord. Thanks for praying.
  5. ****Please note this is not the OP/Subject just the introduction**** I’m going to start a series about Leadership on WCF and how it applies to Christians today. My hope is to encourage others to grow and mature in their walk with the Lord. I also would like to see people reach their full potential in leadership in reaching those around them for Christ and making disciples in fullfilling the Great Commission. Here's what we've discussed and looked at from a Scriptural perspective so far: ------------------------------------ *****This is the OP and subject to this thread below***** Leadership 5. The Law of E.F. Hutton When the real leader speaks, people listen. There is the motto that E.F Hutton, the financial services company, had years ago “When E.F. Hutton speaks, people listen.” There were commercials where the setting was a busy restaurant or other public place. Two people would be talking about financial matters, and the first person would repeat something his broker had said concerning a certain investment. The second person would say, “Well , my broker is E.F. Hutton, and E. F Hutton says…” At that point every single person in the bustling restaurant would stop dead in his/her tracks, turn and listen to what the second person was going to say. Thus the Law of E.F. Hutton. Margate Thatcher has a great quote: “Being in power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” If you have ever been in a church meeting with deacons/elders it is always interesting when a new pastor arrives. There is always a leader of the group. The head elder, chairman of the deacons, etc. and that person is who everyone looks to for guidance, leadership, and an agenda. If you see a disparity between who is leading the meeting and who’s leading the people, then the person running the meeting is not the real leader. New pastors grow into the position as they earn the trust and respect of those around them. The real test of leadership (legacy) isn’t where you start out but where you end up. Have you ever wondered what gave Samuel such credibility with others? When he spoke, people listened. Few descriptions offer a greater compliment than one given to Samuel’s leadership in 1 Sam. 3:19-20: 19 So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord. Samuel’s success began when he was just a boy under his mentor Eli. Why was Samuel successful? Samuel listened to God’s direction in his life. God spoke to Smauel during the night, then the lad spoke for God to Eli. (1 Sam. 3:11-18 – an interesting topic for another thread might be the idea of leaders not discounting the prompting of God’s Spirit through those under them.) Despite the hardness of God’s message to Eli, Samuel spoke the truth in love. This encounter began a long pattern for Samuel. Soon the Isralites sought out Samuel to speak words of direction for their future. They needed help to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant. They neded strategy against their enemy the Philistines. They eventually sought God’s (and by default his permission) to crown a king, like the other nations around them. The influence of the prophet of God kept growing. It grew so vast tht when King Saul failed in his leadership God used Samuel to remove Saul. Imagine having the authority to kick out even the reigning king and anoint God’s new chosen one! Samuel lived enough to give Israel two kings. Samuel exhorted, affirmed, corrected, prophesied, reminded, and taught the people. When he died, all of Israel gather to mourn his loss. (1 Sam. 25:1) Opening Questions: a. How did Samuel lead others? b. What are some examples of leaders who understood the Law of E.F. Hutton in the Bible? God bless, GE
  6. ****Please note this is not the OP/Subject just the introduction**** I’m going to start a series about Leadership on WCF and how it applies to Christians today. My hope is to encourage others to grow and mature in their walk with the Lord. I also would like to see people reach their full potential in leadership in reaching those around them for Christ and making disciples in fullfilling the Great Commission. Here's what we've discussed and looked at from a Scriptural perspective so far: God bless, GE ------------------------------------ *****This is the OP and subject to this thread below***** Leadership - 4. The Law of the Navigation: Anyone Can Steer the Ship, But It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course "A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others do." - Leroy Eims The larger the organization, the more clearly the leader has to be able to see ahead. That's true because sheer size makes midcourse corrections more difficult. And if there are errors, many more people are affected than when you're traveling alone or with only a few people. The disaster shown with the sinking of the Titanic comes to mind. First there were over 2,200 passengers and another nearly 900 crew on board. There were only 20 lifeboats on board the ship that could only account for about half of those onboard in the event the call to abandon the ship was made. Second the crew could not see far enough ahead to avoid the iceberg altogether, and they could not maneuver enough to change course once the object was spotted because of the size of the ship - the largest built at the time. The result was that more than one thousand people lost their lives. I like air planes. Occasionally you hear about the crash of four military planes flying together in formation. What is often the cause for the loss of all 4 planes? The reason for the loss of all four is this - When jet fighters fly in a group of four there is a designated pilot who is the lead plane and he/she designate where the team will fly. The other three planes fly on the leader's wing, watching him and following him wherever he goes. Whatever moves he makes, the rest of the team will make along with him. that's true wether he soars in the clouds or smashes into a mountaintop. Navigators do 4 things: 1. They draw on past experience. Every past success and failure can be a source of information and wisdom - if it is allowed to be. Successes help us understand what works while failures show us where assumptions/methods were flawed. Ultimately all wisdom is from God, God guides those who have been saved by His Holy Spirit, and our guide physically is His Word. Prov. 14:16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless. Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 2. They listen what others have to say. Particularly those who are experts in whatever field in question. "No matter how much learn from the past, it will never tell you all you need to know for the present." - John C. Maxwell Prov. 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Prov. 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. Prov. 15:22 Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. Prov. 18:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. 3. They examine the conditions before making commitments. Good navigators count the cost before making commitments for themselves and others. Proverbs 13:16 A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it! Proverbs 24:27 Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field; afterwards, then, build your house. Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 4. They make sure their conclusions represent both faith and fact. This usually means having a positive attitude and a willingness to take risks. It also means trusting in God sometimes even when the facts don't always point in the direction we'd like. Proverbs 16:1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. If a leader can't navigate the people through rough waters, he is liable to sink the ship. Opening questions: A. What are some examples in the Bible of the leaders who navigated through tough times and won? (A few examples come to mind like Moses, Solomon, Nehemiah... These might be a good starting point?) B. What are some examples in the Bible of leaders who refused to navigate through tough times and their people suffered as a result? Your thoughts? God bless, GE * Assume I'm using this source for all my posts on this thread: Leadership material from John C. Maxwell including the "21 Laws of Leadership" and "The Maxwell Leadership Bible - NKJ"
  7. ****Please note this is not the OP/Subject just the introduction**** I’m going to start a series about Leadership on WCF and how it applies to Christians today. My hope is to encourage others to grow and mature in their walk with the Lord. I also would like to see people reach their full potential in leadership in reaching those around them for Christ and making disciples in fullfilling the Great Commission. Here's what we've discussed and looked at from a Scriptural perspective so far: God bless, GE ------------------------------------ *****This is the OP and subject to this thread below***** Leadership - 3. The Law of Process: Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day Becoming a leader in Christ or strong follower of Christ is a lot like running a long, sometimes tough race. It is not a sprint but a cross-country race. If we hope to win the race (be the best Christ-follower) in a day we’re going to be disappointed. It’s really what we do day by day, over the long haul, that matters most. If we continually invest in our relationship with God, allowing God to change us over time, the inevitable result is growth. Although some individuals have greater natural gifts than others, nearly all the skills of leadership can be learned or improved. But that process doesn’t happen overnight. Leadership has so many facets: faith, respect, experience, emotional strength, people skills, discipline, vision, momentum, timing – the list goes on. While sharing the Gospel is the privilege of every Believer making disciples requires for the most part so much seasoning to be effective. Two questions: A. What do you think of the Law of Process? B. Can you think of some examples in the Bible where God has developed people for His purposes? (Hint: I plan on discussing Joseph and Moses but other examples are welcomed ) God bless, Jon/GE Source: Leadership material from John C. Maxwell.
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