June 11, 2017 AM
Dr. Michael Catt – 1790
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The Need for Spiritual Leaders
“He chose me because He could find none more worthless, and He wished to confound the nobility and grandeur, the strength, the beauty and the learning of this world.” – St. Francis
I. DEFINE THE PROBLEM
“When times are good, leadership goes almost unnoticed. But when times stink, like they do now, well, that spells opportunity for leadership to come along and pull things together.” – Steve Tobak, article in Money Watch, October 3, 2011
Courageous leadership requires...
II. DETERMINE THE PERSON
“The true spiritual leader is concerned infinitely more with the service he can render God and his fellow-men than with the benefits and pleasures he can extract from life.” – J. Oswald Sanders
III. DECLARE THE PRINCIPLES
J. Oswald Sanders noted that “the overriding need of the church…is for a leadership that is authoritative, spiritual, and sacrificial.”
• Authoritative – Someone who knows where they are going and can inspire confidence.
• Spiritual – They can’t be fully explained in terms of natural gifts, skills, or talents.
• Sacrificial – Giving ourselves for something greater than self.
What defines courageous leadership?
Dr. John R. Mott had 9 tests of a leader that should be considered today:
1) Does he do little things well?
2) Has he learned the meaning of priorities?
3) How does he use his leisure?
4) Has he intensity?
5) Has he learned to take advantage of momentum?
6) Has he the power of growth?
7) What is his attitude toward discouragement?
8) How does he face impossible situations?
9) What are his weakest points?
“The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt
“It is not won by promotion, but by many prayers and tears…humbling before God; by self-surrender…it is not gained by seeking great things for ourselves, but rather, by counting those things that are gain to us as loss for Christ…a real spiritual leader, whose power is recognized and felt in heaven, on earth, and in hell.” – Samuel Logan Brengle, Salvation Army
“Our culture today is crying for pragmatic solutions, easy formulas, three-step, four-step, or twelve-step programs to answer every human need. . . . Scripture, not the corporate world or the political arena, is the authoritative source we need to turn to in order to learn the truth about spiritual leadership. . . . Of course, for the Christian, biblical principles must also be taken back and applied in the corporate realm, in family life, in politics, and in all of society. Biblical principles of leadership are not principles for the church only. In fact, Christians ought to be the trend-setters for all secular, corporate, and political leadership, rather than thoughtlessly borrowing from the world whatever seems to ‘work’.” – John MacArthur