I want to talk about Spiritual leadership. I had this friend in college. We were in the same fraternity. I thought.. Tom would be the greatest Young Life leader in the world. I am going to give him the songs, skits and talk and he will be the greatest Young Leader ever! Would you take him to run your club? Why not? He is dynamite!
The point is that we can bring kids to club, Bible study, etc.. (or our meetings or to us) and not to Christ.
Examples: Jesus Mark 1:35-38 (God first, prayer, witness); Abram Genesis 12 etc., Moses, David
One of my staff years ago when I was a regional director told me that his campaigner kids wanted an adult in the area to run their Bible study. Okay, who would you want to lead your Bible study? Would you want Jesus to? Jesus in us in the answer.
When you want to build a quality into a person or group, you build an environment wherein that is a virtue. Example. The Navigators and Scripture.. After the meeting I wanted to get some help on Scripture memory. The meeting was so full of Scripture, and love and commitment. Powerful.. Never a talk on Scripture. Just intense searching, intense application, intense openness. They held it like it was a precious stone.
Frankly, Spiritual leadership is your top priority. Whatever is in second place, I can't remember. How do we do it? Something that is absolutely what we aim to do?
Acts 6:1-6.. Were they wrong? Is this value or principle relevant to us? Who are the people in your area responsible for Spiritual leadership?
1. Spiritual leadership begins with the understanding that nothing is accomplished a part from the power and work of the Spirit of Christ... the second important thing next to spiritual leadership in Young Life is..(pause).. I forget what the second thing is. It is so far less in importance.
The importance of knowing that we can do nothing a part from the power of God. John 15:5, Acts 1:1-8. To me this is one of the most exciting times in all of Scripture or any time in the history of the world. Jesus has died and is raised from the dead. Acts 1:1-5, "1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”
It would have been so exciting to be with Jesus during that time of instruction. So fired up. There would be nothing you wouldn't know. You would be absolutely convinced. Not a doubt would remain. If you ever wondered, you would just go up and look at the nail prints in His hands or ask to see the spear wound in His side. You would be fearless to go out and tell everyone the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
But after you are fired up, He says to go to Jerusalem and wait. Can you imagine. It would be like Knute Rockne the legendary coach of Notre Dame giving one of his famous pep talks before the game. He fires the team up to a pitch and instead of opening the door so they would run out on to the field, he tells them to wait and the game will be played in a couple of days. It would seem stupid!
Why did Jesus tell them to wait. Because without the Holy Spirit they could do nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Acts. 1:1-8 club, contact work, committee, camp assignment team... no power in them to change anyone.
-It is in Spirit.. it is Christ in us.
-Draw to Christ.. not to us or Young Life.
-Acts 1: 1-8 Why did Jesus have the disciples wait when they knew everything they would need to know? He told them to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit. Without Him the best training in the world would have amounted to "no results".
The first key to Spiritual leadership is faith because that is what links us up to God and acknowledging that He does it. The "second mile" .. not a miracle but is seen as one! For some people it would be easier to part the red sea than to serve someone in an unnecessary way.
Is it possible to draw people to you and not to Christ?
Is it possible to draw people to club and not to Christ?
Is it possible to draw people to campaigners and not to Christ?
Worship and not to Christ? Fellowship and not to Christ?
Would you use a lukewarm believer as an area director? What about a regional director? Would you use a non believer as an area director? Would you use a lukewarm person?
We communicate in 750 ways other than verbal. They will become our attitudes and practices. This is why God is so careful of those in leadership. I the Old Testament He was careful who He lifted up to represent the "holy duties." Es. 44:9 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: "No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live amount the Israelites."
We must teach knowing Christ in what we do and do not do.
"23 They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean. 24 “‘In any dispute, the priests are to serve as judges and decide it according to my ordinances. They are to keep my laws and my decrees for all my appointed festivals, and they are to keep my Sabbaths holy."
Give ten percent. Each campaigner unit give ten percent to Gene in Uganda for example. Giving reminds one of who is the Lord.
Love the the lost Mark 2:13-17. He tells Levi right after He asks him to follow Him that He wants to meet his (sinner) friends.
Luke 6. You will never know how to lead others until you learn how to lead yourself. Attitude, disciplines... Sabbath, Quiet time, obedience, supervision of others. Build your life. i.e.. Life applications.
-Great Commandment in every meeting.
-The wheel in every meeting and encounter.
-Build an environment where in it is a virtue i.e.. the wheel, the great commandment.
-Cast out idols in your area of influence. All that is not of God. i.e.. breaking the Sabbath, lack of faith. Is. 56:9-12
-Work in a club as long as you are in Young life. Paul and Jesus were too busy too.
-Build an atmosphere where people feel "warmly accepted and empathetically understood."
-Be a pacesetter. 2 Kings 2:12 (This is how Elijah's power was described by his disciple at the end of his life on earth. Note 1 Kings 17:1-6 This is the first glimpse of Elijah and how God is molding Him to trust Him alone). Zech 8:23, Acts 4: 13-14. "We communicate in over 750 ways other than verbal." David leads the people to worship. 1 Chronicles 15. 2 Chronicles 15 is How to build a strong area or region. "And David inquired of the Lord.." 1 Samuel 23: 1-6, 1 Chronicles 14: 8-17.
-Ask questions that would let them know what is important. i.e. What is God teaching you? How is your relationship with the Lord? Are you satisfied with your times of Prayer?
-Challenge to the point of faith so they will have to know God. Numbers 13, 14
-Focus on the hidden life
-Focus on vision Acts 1:8
-Mark 1:35 If Jesus had not built His life on listening and obeying His Father...Is that what people would be taught by your modeling?
-God's word: 1 Chronicles 15, Acts. (Philip and Ethiopian) Is His word important to you? How would that be demonstrated? Is it to be obeyed? Do you do anything without checking it with the Scriptures. How do you read it. Mark 14:1-2
-Fellowship: Is fellowship important to you? How would that be demonstrated? 1 Thessalonians show how he constantly demonstrates. Two questions: How are we doing with the Lord. How are we doing with the Lord.
-Witness: This is drawing people to Christ. Is drawing people to Christ important to you? How would that be demonstrated. Romans 9:1-3., echoes through the Scripture, Ezekiel "take up the hedge, Is "who will go for me". Mark 1:5-38 examples: Do you always talk about reaching kids for Christ, new areas, etc. Are unbelievers, new areas etc. always prayed for. Testimonies. Do you demonstrate God's love for the lost? Mark 10: 46-42, Luke 5: 27-32.
-Obedience. Is obedience to God important to you? John 14:21. How would that be demonstrated? Jesus (He set the pace in His own life." "Always does what His Father says.
-Christ the center: Mark 14.. "Extravagant", Does it pay to be extravagant in our love and devotion to Jesus Christ? Deut 10, Col. 1 "the visible expression of the invisible God..(keep reading)., John 15:5, Col 2:3, Col 1:5, John 16:24, Col 1:27; 2:7-8; 2:10;2:17;3:3,4; 3:16,27......... Who wouldn't want to be extravagant with all that we have and are with a God like that????? Does your own devotion lead people to put Christ at the center of all their devotion, time and effort? Do people think He is a great man to be acknowledged before each meeting? Is he a dead great man? a memory? to be respected and revered like Abraham Lincoln.. Is He alive?
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