Monthly Archives: August 2010
I saw this short video on a Pastor’s blog from Cleveland and thought to share it.
I came across a great quote from J. Oswald Sanders in his book Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer.
“Here at the outset of this study of spiritual leadership, we will simply highlight Jesus’ master principle: True greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you. True service is never without cost. Often it comes with a bitter cup of challenges and painful baptism of suffering. For genuine godly leadership weighs carefully Jesus’ question: “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” (Mark 10:38b). The real spiritual leader is focused on the service he or she can render to God and other people, not on the residuals and perks of high office or holy title. We must aim to put more into life than we take out.”
I am reading a book by C.J. Mahaney titled Humility with a friend, and we were just reminded today as we talked about Jesus’ words, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).”
Because of the sacrifice of Jesus for my sins and my faith in Him, I can now serve others with genuineness and purpose. “Ultimately our Christian service exists only to draw attention to this source–to our crucified and risen Lord who gave Himself as a ransom for us all (Humility, 48).” I am a pointer. I would assume at this point our Pastor would give some helpful hunting illustration with regards to hunting dogs, but I am woefully insufficient for this task. I am inclined to compare this to bowling. If one bowls regularly and consistently, they will regularly use the arrows on the lanes. A consistent bowler will roll their ball for a particular arrow because they trust that this line will point them to the pocket, where they are more consistently going to throw a strike. We might look at our lives as those arrows. Are we pointing (leading through service) others to the pocket (Jesus Christ)?
How am I leading? We will be continuing this evening looking at the topic of leadership. We specifically are looking at the biblical account of Nehemiah and seeking to recognize what godly leadership looks like. As I have been studying this topic I have come across some helpful info on leadership that I will share with you.
One helpful resource I regularly use whenever I am looking in the Old Testament is a resource by Mark Dever titled, The Message of the Old Testament. In his section on Nehemiah, Dever shares eight aspects of godly leadership.
#1 A Godly Leader Prays (1:2-4)
#2 A Godly Leader Acts (2:1-6, 12-13)
#3 A Godly Leader Faces Opposition (4:1-3, 7-18a)
#4 A Godly Leader Cares (5:1-5)
#5 A Godly Leader Turns People to God’s Word (Ch.8)
#6 A Godly Leader confesses Sin (9:5b-37)
#7 A Godly Leader Leads People in Specific Commitments
#8 A Godly Leader Keeps Leading
Are these aspects evident in my life? The question is not AM I a leader, but HOW am I leading? How am I leading as a husband, father, pastor, friend? How am I leading in the context God has me, whether student, employee, or son/daughter?
These are aspects that have been identified from the life of Nehemiah as revealed from the bible. What aspects of leadership could be identified from my life if someone were recording the events? By God’s grace and for His glory, may these be recognizable in our lives as well.
More reflection to come later today.
Above I have inserted another “Page” titled Shepherding a Teenager’s Heart. As I listened to this audio I wrote these notes on my white board. I could not encourage you enough to listen to this teaching by Dr. Tedd Tripp. We are so blessed in our day to be able to listen to this type of teaching at the click of a button. Listen, learn, and let’s talk with one another how we can be the most faithful parents for the glory of God!
Why is water coming out of the bottle in the picture to the side? If you were sarcastic like me, you might point to the fact that the bottle is tilted and say “you missing that somehow?” However, why didn’t Kool Aid come out? Obviously it is because Kool Aid wasn’t in it and water was. So, the reason water is coming out, is because water is in it. Why am I taking your precious time with all this?
I would encourage you to listen to the message I put on the site above titled C.J. Mahaney and Conflict. As he helps us look to Scripture, and specifically James, to address the issue of conflict.
This message is incredibly practical for our homes, schools, church, and any where we are involved in relationships.
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…Matthew 12:34b.”
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life…Proverbs 4:23.”
Have you ever bowled with a watermelon? If not, plan to be a part of our Youth “Back to School” night at Vann Avenue where we will have some fun and enjoy some food as we celebrate (or dread) the coming of a new school year. If you are entering grades 7th through 12th, invite others and come enjoy this Friday, August 6th, from 6PM till 9PM.