Tests of A Leader – Humility, Sacrifice, & Vision

Tests of A Leader – Humility, Sacrifice, & Vision

Luke 5:1-11 I love these 11 verses and what it teaches about leadership. It teaches both what Jesus is looking for from his leaders and lessons on how we can develop future leaders. Here is a passage where Jesus is teaching eternal truths to a large group of people yet the focus is not on what Jesus taught but who Jesus was testing. Hear this; In God’s timing, the most important thing for you this morning might not be the…

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Tests of a Leader: Action & Obedience

Tests of a Leader: Action & Obedience

Leadership Lessons from Jesus Luke 5:1-11 I love these 11 verses and what it teaches about leadership. Both what Jesus is looking for from his leaders and lessons on how we can develop future leaders. Please notice that here is a passage where Jesus is teaching eternal truths to a large group of people, yet the focus is not on what Jesus taught but who Jesus was testing. Listen closely, when you come to church this Sunday or Iron Leadership…

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Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership

*Due to technical difficulties, we do not have audio for this lesson. Still, we hope that these notes in the blog to follow are a source of growth and encouragement to you!* Jesus’ Picture of Leadership When you think of leadership what picture comes to mind? This is important because what you picture is usually what you pursue. You have a picture in your mind about your future: Career, Family, Church, Community, Retirement. Those pictures are powerful and compelling. So…

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Rhythm and Routine

Rhythm and Routine

Rhythms & Routines I want to suggest that Rhythms & Routines are at the topic of our lives, very similar to a food chain. When the Wolves were taken out of Yellowstone National Park, chaos ensued. When they were re-introduced they effected everything. What happens in our Rhythm & Routines tumbles down into the rest of our lives. One thing Jesus wants to teach his followers is the necessity of healthy Rhythms and Routines. “Everyone ends up somewhere in life,…

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Vision: A Preferred Plan

Vision: A Preferred Plan

Here we see a 40 year old man who was invited to his son’s 5th grade class to explain his job and give them a vision of what they could do. But Crystal doesn’t have a vision for his life, instead he feels stuck, stuck in a depressing, inevitable rut. It’s not a preferred future but he feels helpless to change it. William Wilberforce was a British politician best known for ending the slave trade. He had a vision for…

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The Most Important Gauge

The Most Important Gauge

What we have in Mind “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13 The Apostle Paul uses all familiar military terms to close out his letter to those who live in a very pagan culture. Just knowing these are military terms helps you understand what Paul thinks of how you make progress in Spiritual Maturity. It will be a battle. Watchful – Like a Sentinel standing guard over your soul or others. Stay…

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Fatherhood

Fatherhood

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 & Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children obey your parents for this is right.” The 21st Century Translation reads “Parents obey your children for this is right. Children, do not provoke your parents to become angry.” Why do I say this? Notice the Text in Ephesians. The child’s world revolves around the parents. The child needs to adapt to a new set of circumstances, a new reality; that new reality is the Adult world. Why is this Important? As a child…

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Marriage

Marriage

Pictures of Marriage: People think in Pictures Marriage is more like a “workshop” where God works on your Soul, Marriage is intended to be much more Transformational than Pleasurable, not that it can’t be Pleasurable, just not Primarily about pleasure. Ephesians 5: 22-33 In Ephesians, Paul describes marriage as an object lesson to a more profound mystery. Marriage is a picture of how Christ loves his bride, the Church. Marriage and Mystery – vs. 31-32 Paul calls this union a…

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Restraint

Restraint

  My main question to you as a leader is: how do you respond to an emotionally charged moment? Take this classic scene from Secondhand Lions as an example: We will mainly be looking at this idea of Restraint from 1 Samuel 25. First, we meed to get a flow of the story so far. Chapter 19-26 is a series of pressurized leadership challenges for David. You get to see how David, as the leader, responds under pressure. We all know…

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Watching Your Soul

Watching Your Soul

  On April 14, 1910, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank, ending the lives of over 1,500 people. As most of you know, it was an accident that could have been avoided if just a few people had been more watchful. Captain Smith was trying to beat the fastest time crossing the Atlantic, so he was travelling to avoid collisions with Icebergs. Ironically, he was going too fast to avoid collisions. This sounds like the pace some of us…

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