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Leadership and Servant Leadership - May 20, 2006

I. LACK OF LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH AND IN ALL AREAS OF THE WORLD.
   
A. What is a leader?
        1. Has followers.
        2. Power.
        3. Charisma
    B. Titles and position does not make a leader.
    C. A leader touches everyone by his or her actions.
    D. We are influenced by the actions of those around us.
    E. We must touch those whom God has put in our area of influence. (Acts 1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

II. YOU ARE A LEADER!
   
A. You are the salt of the earth. Salt make zest, thirst, and stops decay. .
 (Mat 5:13 KJV) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
    B. Your are the light.
 Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

III. GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A SERVANT LEADER.
(Mat 23:11 KJV) But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Luke 22:26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
    A. Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
        Rom 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
        1. SERVANT!
        2. CALLED!
        3. SEPARATED!
        4. I BELONG TO JESUS, HE CALLED ME!

IV. GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO BE A SERVANT LEADER!
 
A. We gave been given this position. 2 Cor 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
    1. We are ambassadors.
    2. Or authority is in heaven seated with Christ. (Eph 1:3 KJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Eph 1:20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
    3. It is not what you say, but what you do. Luke 10:19.
        a. Everything you do, do it for Jesus.
            1. A hospital visitor saw a nurse tending to the sores of a leprosy patient, and said, "I'd never do that for a million dollars!" The nurse answered, "Neither would I. But I do it for Jesus for nothing
        b. Put your heart into it.
        c. Do not judge people by the way they look.
            1. Be Christ like. Jesus looks at the heart.

V. Empowered Leader.
(Acts 1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
    A. Without the Holy Spirit everything we do is just a form, we just go through the motions.
    B. What we do as a servant leader, we allowed the Holy Spirit to work through us. John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; John 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
        1. Reprove.
            a. Sin.
            b. Righteousness.
            c. Judgment.
        2. Guide you into all truth.
        3. He shall speak.
        4. Show us things to come.
            a. Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

VI. The four works of the Holy Spirit in your lives.
   
A. Personal, (Person of Christ) 1 John 4:4
        1. He lives with in us Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (Gal 5:23 KJV) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
            a. The Holy Spirit is the root in us that makes the fruit to grow. (1 Cor 3:16 KJV) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (2 Cor 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
    B. Promise.
        1. There are more that 35,000 promises in the Word of God.
        2. Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
    C. Power. Luke 10:19, Mark 16:15-20
        1. His power never changes. Heb 13:8,
        2. He has all power in Heaven and Earth. Matt 28:18.
            a. What did He do with that power?
                1. He gave it to the Church in Acts 2.
    D. Presence. (Isa 41:9 KJV) Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Isa 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
        1. The Holy Spirit is active every moment of our lives. Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

"Nothing grows under a banyan tree." This South Indian proverb speaks of leadership styles. The banyan is a great tree. It spreads its branches, drops air-roots, develops secondary trunks and covers the land. A full grown banyan may cover more than an acre of land. Birds, animals, and humans find shelter under its shade. But nothing grows under its dense foliage, and when it dies, the ground beneath lies barren and scorched.

The banana tree is the opposite. Six months after it sprouts, small shoots appear around it. At twelve months a second circle of shoots appear beside the first ones, now six months old. At eighteen months the main trunk bears bananas which nourish birds, animals, and humans, and then it dies. But the first offspring are now full grown, and in six months they too bear fruit and die. The cycles continue unbroken as new sprouts emerge every six months, grow, give birth to more sprouts, bear fruit, and die.

Some leaders are like the banyan trees. They have great influence and their ministries are widely productive and beneficial. However, they do not prepare for the transitions which will allow for the emergence of other leaders. They only equip followers, not leaders.

Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I will shake the world. I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; and such alone will overthrow the kingdom of Satan and build up the kingdom of God on earth.

God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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