- The Heart of a leader
- The Mindset of a leader
- We can be like a fish out of water…We read scripture through the lens of our experience.
- The Early Church Met in Homes.
- Elders (from-Titus/Timothy) House churches don’t have “boards” or “board meetings.”
- Elders – were simply older people…who often oversaw stuff.
- Life Group Leaders – are elders.
- Timothy and Titus – The lists of qualifications are different…Paul wasn’t into engineering qualifications – bottom line: beyond reproach.
- Life Groups are THE HUB of ministry. Even in a church of 200 or more.
- For a House Church – 200 is huge.
- We need a place where you can go beyond “I’m Fine.”
- A church cannot grow to maturity with small groups.
1 Peter 5 – Be shepherds who are willing, eager to serve, not lording it over those you are entrusted too.
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. (1 Peter 5:1-3 NLT)
To Lead Life Groups Well:
1. Think Like a Shepherd.
- Shepherd the flock that is under your care.
- Shepherd your flock rather than using you flock to reach others you want.
- Meet the needs of those you have. Even the EGR’s (extra grace required.)
- Psalm 23 – Protects – Provides – Hides.
- It’s always about the sheep – not the shepherd.
- It means being willing to be misunderstood. (He makes me lie down.) Setting the standard and sometimes standing firm when needed. There will be times when you won’t be understood, liked, or appreciated.
- It means that I must be willing to adapt to their limitations (EGR’s). It’s not about idealism. It’s about where the group is. Heb 4 – Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses. Watch out for “gift projection” trying to make others just like you. Adapt to their limitations don’t put up with their sin! Don’t let people set up camp in sin. But when they are struggling give grace
- It means not letting one sheep destroy the flock. If one needs to be cut out. Cut them out (if needed). Maybe we need to quarantine the one who is poisoned. Don’t “just be nice” while the group falls apart.
- People grow while in relationship
- Connecting to your life group in the church
- Big Picture information – What’s needed…
10 Church Culture Committments:
- Things to do that will make a big difference – attitude
1. Maintain a breathless Awe over what God is doing in the Church.
- What God is doing is SUPER-Natural.
- God sometimes, for his own pleasure, does something beyond human ability.
- Huge Baptism #’s (JRC)
- Awesome camp numbers (realife)
- Recognize that we are a part of a mission and an amazing “work” that God is doing in the life of the church.
- Champion the Church
2. Maintain a gratitude for the People around us.
- Thank God & the people that are involved for being involved.
- Don’t take the leadership and membership for granted.
- Thankfulness creates joy-in everyone.
3. Serve The Lord with Gladness.
- It should be fun to serve The Lord.SZ
- A joyful environment creates connections.
- Without Joy life and Life Groups go from “Get to” -to- “Have to.”
- Sometimes one simply has to choose to rejoice.
4. Be prepared.
- Don’t wing it.
- Present excellence to God, so that God can move spontaneously.
- Look at the materials ahead of time
- Get to know the curriculum questions.
- Pray over the questions – meeting – members – personal issues.
- Don’t get so confident that you “go through the motions.
- Delegate tasks within the group
- Be aware of what’s going on in the lives of the people in the group (birthdays, etc).
5. Maintain an Expectancy Regarding what God will do.
- There are no throw-away Sundays…
- On any given Sunday God WILL do amazing things.
- How can we Pray for you ( ________) this week?
- What is God doing in your ( _________’s ) life this week?
- Lead people to see what God is doing and stirring.
6. Maintain a culture that Values people.
- Be aware of the people around you (situational awareness)
- Don’t get wrapped up in your own world and concerns.
- We want to be a church that LOVES people & is KNOW FOR LOVING PEOPLE.
- OUTSIDE PEOPLE EXPECT A BIG-CHURCH TO NOT CARE – DON’T FULFILL THEIR EXPECTATIONS.
7. Use the Inclusive WE, rather than the devisive “THEY.”
- Use Inclusive language – build community rather than schisms.
- Don’t seperate yourself from what is happening.
8. Don’t WHINE OR GOSSIP.
- Don’t sow discord. Build Unity.
- Make a committment to be “the last to know.”
- Make it uncomfortable for people to share gospel.
- Ask “Why did someone feel comfortable sharing “gossip” with you?”
- If people have a problem (Mt 18) go to the person with whom you have an issue.
- Don’t let the gossip “of Satan” create divisive attitudes.
- When people begin to complain say (I think “they” are doing an awesome job.)
- If it’s a problem – Tell people to GO THAT DEPARTMENTAL LEADER!!!
9. Let’s be Sure to Encourage people.
- T.S. Elliot – Most people’s lives are lived in quiet desperation.
- An encouraging word can change people’s live.
- Build a hope in people’s lives that “God Know’s and God Cares.”
- Prov 18:21 – Let your words nurish. Words have healing potential.
10. Let’s be know for What We Are For – Rather that What We Are Against.
- Shoot straight
- Maintain a clear and clean conscience
- Champion the Good News of the Gospel.
- Let’s engage people by letting people know WHAT WE ARE FOR.
A Message from Perry Noble – New Spring Church
- If you were start your own racing team, you would want to learn how to do that from someone with racing experience.
- You wouldn’t want to learn from someone who just read a book.
- There are amazing people of faith and experience in the Bible. If you could, who would you choose to talk to.
- Perry Noble, and many others including myself, would choose to speak to the Apostle Paul.
- 2 Timothy – possibly the last book that Paul wrote before he died. – Words of Mentorship from Paul, passed to Timothy before he died…
- Verse 7 is key – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful…
- There are times when one needs to fight.
- Paul doesn’t say to fight all the time.
- Paul says to fight “The Good Fight.”
- People / Christians fight over a lot of stupid stuff.
- What is “The Good Fight?”
- Church Attendance / Christian Community Attendance
- Maintaining a Marriage Relationship – fighting for it’s life – keeping the flame of relationship alive.
- Maintaining physical, and emotional purity (standard-wise) in the “Dating Game/Relationship Adventure
Live Like A Victorious Man
- David – Had Mighty Men 30 – 3 super Elite
- Jesus – Had Mighty Men:
- The Disciples – The 12
- Then 3 – Peter, James, and John.
- Do you have “Mighty Men?”
- Who are your Manly Accountability Partners?
- Jesus wants us to know him.
- If we make Jesus the object of our ministry, we will get Jesus.
- Make Jesus the object
- you will have something to say,
- and an opportunity to say it.
Nehemiah 6 – Now when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall and that there were no gaps left in it (although I hadn’t yet hung the doors in the gates), Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let’s meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono (Oh NO).” But they wanted to harm me, so I sent messengers to tell them, “I’m doing important work, so I can’t come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it to come down to you?” But the fifth time, Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same way, except that now he carried an open letter. So I sent him this reply: “Nothing that you say has happened. You are simply inventing this.” Later I went to see Shemaiah, Delaiah’s son and Mehetabel’s grandson, who was confined to his house, and he said: “Let’s meet together in God’s house, inside the temple itself. Let’s shut the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you; they are coming to kill you tonight!” But I replied, “Should someone (a Man) like me run away? Who like me would go into the temple to save his life? I won’t go in!” Then I realized that God hadn’t sent him at all but that he spoke this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. He was hired to frighten me and to make me sin by acting in this way. Then they could give me a bad name and discredit me. (Nehemiah 6:1-3, 5, 8, 10-13 CEB)
- WE are more than conquerers
- Don’t let religion make you a domesticated Christian.
- We are in a battle, like Nehemiah, for the work/mission of God.
- Many will try to distract us and discredit us.
Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall.
- He was rebuilding worship.
- He was rebuilding a defense of faith.
- Nehemiah wanted to bring back the Image of God – This is what God really looks like.
- Are you/I bringing back the image of God.
Nehemiah is being called out by his enemies and even his “part-time” friends.
- A man doesn’t run….
- Nehemiah doesn’t run…
- They tried to make me run with lies – but I know the mission that God gave me.
This is the question: Who are you on the day you are challenged?
What a Victorious Man Does:
1. A Victorious Man moves forwards
- Nehemiah moves forward, never backwards.
- When they come for Jesus – Jesus steps forward (I am he).
2. A Victorious Man faces his fears.
- This doesn’t mean he isn’t afraid.
- He grapples with his fear and overcomes it (through Christ).
3. A Victorious Man fights through his feelings.
- When I was a child…but now I am a man.
4. A Victorious Man fights for his future.
- He fights for the next generation.
5. A Victorious Man finishes.
- Let us finish the race.
- So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, (Hebrews 12:1 CEB)
- You were running well—who stopped you from obeying the truth? (Galatians 5:7 CEB)
What type of Man will you be?
Will you be victorious?
Who will you be when you are challenged?
Crash the Chatterbox (Part 1) – Steven Furtick – Sermon Notes
Premise: The voice you believe will determine the future you experience.
Isaiah 55:1-3 – “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. (Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV)
- Most Christians never stop to think about what they are thinking about.
- How to overpower the lies of the enemy with the promises of God.
- Part 1 is an introductory survey to the “Chatterbox Series.”
- Everything you see (in creation) started with something God said.
- We all hear thoughts that run through our head.
- Gen 1:1-3 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3 ESV)
- The cadence of creation is marked by the rhythm of call & response.
- When God speaks he is looking for a response.
- God has given us the ability to choose the thoughts we respond to.
- Learning how the thinks the thoughts of God is a most important skill to develop, and one the most important battles that we wage internally.
- The thoughts we struggle with don’t go away when we bcome Christians.