Sermon Notes 2017 07 09 AM

July 09 2017 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1794
#4 in series

COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP
Confronting Difficulty and Division
1 Corinthians 1-3

“Paul was no stranger to the difficult conversation. There are times and situations when a leader must engage in tough, abrasive conversations with followers. Avoidance is simply not an option; the issue at hand is too important to let slide.” – Richard Ascough

1) Commitment to __

2) Commitment to __

3) Commitment to __

I. THE COURAGE TO CONFRONT

II. THE CANCER OF DIVISIONS

In Corinth, the church was divided into cliques based on styles and personalities (“each one of you is saying…”):

III. THE COURAGEOUS LEADER'S COMMITMENT TO TRUTH

“How can we argue about our little doctrinal differences or the meaning of this or that symbol when we think of what our Lord went through to save us; His suffering in the deep shadows of Gethsemane; His loneliness and the abandonment of His disciples; His sweat, like drops of blood; the traitor’s kiss; the binding and mocking, the spitting and hitting, the bloody scourging, and the crown of thorns; the weight of the cross as He carried it on His shoulders; the exhaustion and collapse; being stripped of his clothes; the hammering of the nails; the impaling of the feet and wrist bones; the slow loss of blood; the struggle for every breath; the darkness; the moment when He was forsaken by God; the thirst, the final breath…” – Ray Steadman