1more LEADER

This 9-week series will redefine leadership from something that is reserved for a select few who “qualify” to “everyone” who has been called by Jesus to follow Him. 

1more LEADER, part 9
10/19/14
Dan Luck

Focus: Over the past 7 weeks we have been learning the Periodic Table of Leadership in the Kingdom of God as Jesus lived it out.  The basic elements of this table are in every Jesus-follower.  Given to you at the moment of faith, He calls you, yes, invites YOU to live these out as you follow Jesus! Main Text:  Acts 4:1-13

1more LEADER, part 8: Catalytic
10/12/14
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus: We underestimate the capacity to influence that God has given us in Jesus. Therefore, instead of focusing on one act of Jesus-centered love, we fixate on the expanse of the mission field in front of us.  And it keeps us stuck; immobilized. WE can’t follow Jesus where He is moving if we don’t move.  We can’t lead others to move where Jesus is moving if we don’t move.  And, We won’t realize the catalytic movement Jesus empowers if we don’t move.  

What if you would learn to embrace the limitations and accept responsibility for your walkable community?  Jesus humbled Himself, embracing the limitation of human flesh, and accepting responsibility for your sin--all in a well-defined place called Palestine in the first century.  (John 1:14) This is how the Savior saves the world!  Followers of Jesus have the distinct advantage of following a leader who is ALWAYS CATALYTIC!  As we follow Him we learn what it means to be change-agents, impactful persons in our place, influencers, to the Glory of God. Main Text: Matthew 10:1-8

 

 

1more LEADER, part 7: Responsive
10/5/14
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus: We make our plans.  And, most of the time, we will fight and resist anything that comes up against those plans.  We want what we want when we want it, in the way that we want it.  And because of that, most days, we are not coachable.  Therefore, we cannot react.  We find it difficult to change course.  Tightly gripping control, we are filled with tension and anxiety.  Jesus never did anything on His own.  He always took the situation to the One who was in control.  He always looked to and trusted His Father.  Jesus had an intimate relationship with Him.  Therefore, Jesus was never out of step with His Father.  Because He was so inseparably connected to His Father, we can be assured that whatever Jesus says and does is in harmony with God’s design and intention.    Followers of Jesus have the distinct advantage of following a leader who is ALWAYS RESPONSIVE!  As we follow Him we learn what it means to be obedient, awake, aware, dependent, perceptive, reactive, sensitive. Main Text: John 15:4-5

 

 

1more LEADER, part 6: Trustworthy
9/28/14
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus: We are swayed so easily by the opinions of men.  And, because we are so easily influenced by others’ needs and desires, our dependability suffers.  Jesus is a savior we can always count on.  Because He devoted Himself to His Father’s will to redeem His people, Jesus was not merely interested in making sure our needs were met.  He served His Father and not people.  On account of this, He can always be trusted.  He is not influenced by the fickle needs and desires of human beings.  He can actually be trusted to have our best interests in mind.  Followers of Jesus have the distinct advantage of following a leader who is ALWAYS TRUSTWORTHY!  As we follow Him we learn what it means to be faithful, dependable, steady, credible, honorable, mature. Main Text: John 10:11-15; Ezekiel 34:2-6

1more LEADER, part 5: Compassionate
9/21/14
Matt Wipperman

Focus: With so many needs, we can become compassion weary.  The volume of sorrow can lead us to put a filter on our hearts.  We feel bad, but do nothing.  We sympathize, yet don’t bring true relief.  Jesus is more than someone we can turn to for sympathy when we need someone to understand.  He is aware of our deepest need before we can even name it.  He cares by taking our suffering upon Himself.  He actually joins us in our pain and shares the experience.  Jesus goes beyond simply feeling bad for us.  Followers of Jesus have the distinct advantage of following a leader who is ALWAYS COMPASSIONATE!  As we follow Him we learn what it means to be humane, kindhearted, forbearing, merciful, tenderhearted, moved to action. Main Text: Matthew 9:35-38

 

1more LEADER, part 4: Selfless
9/14/14
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus: It is utterly impossible for us to do anything without some element of self-focus.  We rarely do something without any thought of how it will affect us.  As a result, we often resist the leadership of God.  Jesus faithfully followed the will of His Father.  He emptied Himself and became obedient-to death.  He was devoted to others.  And because of this God raised Him to the place of highest honor and glory.  Followers of Jesus have the distinct advantage of following a leader who is ALWAYS SELFLESS!  As we follow Him we learn what it means to be other-centered, secure, humble, generous, consistent. Main Text: Matthew 20:25-28; John 12:24-25

1more LEADER, part 3: Genuine
9/7/14
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus: So much of what we do or choose to not do revolves around our perception of how others will see us.  As a result, we often put on masks.  “The real me might get rejected,” we think.  Jesus knew who He was.  He understood the mission.  He wasn’t concerned with how people would receive him.  This freed Him to be the most genuine leader of all time.  Followers of Jesus have the distinct advantage of following a leader who is ALWAYS GENUINE!  As we follow Him we learn what it means to be authentic, real, vulnerable, true, consistent. Main Text: Matthew 9:9-13

 

1more LEADER, part 2: Engaged
8/31/14
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus: There are some moments in life when we’re detached.  We’re physically present, but for one reason or another, we’re really somewhere else.  Followers of Jesus have the distinct advantage of following a leader who is ALWAYS ENGAGED!  As we follow Him we learn what it means to be fully present, in the moment, attentive, interested, devoted, focused.Main Text: Matthew 26:36-46

 

1more LEADER, part 1
8/24/14
Pastor Jeff Meyer and Pastor Matt Wipperman

Sometimes words lose their effectiveness because they get used so often.  Sometimes words need to be redefined.  “Leader” is one of those words.  Today we recalibrate a familiar word so that it becomes a familiar designation for everyone.  In the Kingdom of God, is leadership reserved for a select few who have proven themselves?  Or, does every Jesus-follower bear the title and privilege of leadership? Main Text: Colossians 3:13-17