Sermon Notes 2015 02 15 PM

February 15, 2015 PM
Dr. Michael Catt – 1653
#6 in series

Great Leaders Are Seldom Overwhelmed,
They Are Overcomers (Part 2)

What does an overcomer look like?

1) An overcomer has the right ___.

2) An overcomer knows what they are ___.

How you see a situation is half the battle:
• NEARSIGHTED: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Prov. 29:18)
• FARSIGHTED: "A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth." (Prov. 17:24)
• COLOR BLIND: Leaders see through the eyes of others who have seen life from a different perspective.
• TUNNEL VISION: You can't be so short sighted, you miss the prize.

"If I were to try to read, much less answer all the attacks made against me, this shop would close for business. I do my best, the very best I know how, the very best I can. I mean to keep on doing it until the end." – Abraham Lincoln

3) Overcomers understand they shouldn't make major decisions when they are ___.

Mistakes that derail a leader:

     1) A lack of ___ (Didn't do homework.)

      2) A lack of ___

     3) A lack of ___

     4) A lack of ___

     5) A lack of ___

Actions that propel a leader:

      1) They ___ while others waste time.

      2) They ___ while others play.

      3) They ___ while others sleep.

     4) They ___.


4) Overcomers operate in the ___.

"It was because Nehemiah was not the fanatic to blunder into the delusion that faith is presumption. There are situations in which we can do absolutely nothing for ourselves, and then it is perfectly right to trust God to do absolutely everything: but in other cases, where there are reasonable precautions which we ourselves can take, we ought to take them. . . . Petition without precaution is presumption." – J. Sidlow Baxter

"Faith is not idle; it works while it waits. Faith is the master key of the Christian life. From start to finish...everything we get in the Christian life we get by grace through faith. Grace makes it available and faith accepts it. Grace is God's hand giving; faith is man's hand receiving. Faith possesses what grace provides. Grace is God's part; faith is man's part. It is our positive response to God's gracious offer. Everything God demands of man can be summed up in one word: faith." – Ron Dunn

5) Overcomers don't repeat ___.

20 Ways to Get Mentally Tough (
Here are a few I've gleaned from that list:
1) When you face a setback, think of it as a defining moment that will lead to a future accomplishment.
2) When you encounter adversity, remember the best don't just face adversity; they embrace it, knowing it's not a dead end but a detour to something greater and better.
3) When you face the naysayers, remember the people who believed in you and spoke positive words to you.
4) When you face critics, remember to tune them out and focus only on being the best you can be.
5) When you fear, trust. Let your faith be greater than your doubt.
6) When you want to complain, instead identify a solution.
7) When you feel lost, pray for guidance.
8) When you are tired and drained, remember to never never never give up. Finish strong in everything you do.
9) When you feel like your situation is beyond your control, pray and surrender.
10) When you're in a high-pressure situation and the game is on the line and everyone is watching you, remember to smile, have fun, and enjoy it.

Overcomers don't try to do ministry alone. They embrace the need for others. Anything worth doing will involve other people. Jesus had disciples. Paul had a team. Churches have staff and lay leaders. When looking for people to be co-laborers with you, look for three things:




"I believe that in all men's lives at certain periods, and in many men's lives at all periods between infancy and extreme old age, one of the most dominant elements is the desire to be inside the local ring and the terror of being left outside..." – C. S. Lewis

In the novel, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand's protagonist, architect Howard Roark, talks about a leader's vision: "Throughout the centuries, there were men who took first steps down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road was new, the vision unborrowed, and the response they received – hatred. . . . Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. . . . But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won."

6) Overcomers recognize the ___ that undermine many leaders.

If opposition causes you to grind to a halt, you can't motivate others!

Truth about testing: (John Maxwell, InJoy Life Club Notes)
     1) Testing always precedes promotion.
     2) The goal of every leader is to pass the test. "Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called." (Eph. 4:1)
     3) Self-promotion and human promotion can never replace divine promotion. (Luke 14:11)
     4) Just as products aren't used until they are tested, so it is with us.
      (James 1:2-4)
     5) God's heart is for His children to pass the test and grow.
     6) A test has no value if lessons are not learned.
     7) God has a heart for leaders who are willing to be tested. (Psalm 17:3; 26:2) Tests are for us so we can learn to depend on Him.

What do you need to remember so you don't forget?

God rules and overrules.
God ALWAYS has the last word.