Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Christ For The Nations- Session #3- Becoming A Next Generation Leader Worth Following

CLARITY PREPARES YOU TO BECOME A LEADER

1 wrong thought caused an entire generation to miss the promised land. (Numbers 13:25, Joshua 2:8)
Clarity enables you to see what God sees. To lead people in the Kingdom of God, you must know God & be able to discern His thoughts. The Bible is a revelation of God's thoughts. (ROMANS 12, 2 Cor. 10:4-5, Isaiah 55, Jeremiah 29:11)

Key thought-To be a leader worth following, you’ve got to know who you are. All great leaders know their strengths and their weaknesses. We’re a bundle of both. Leadership is not ignoring one in favor of the other. It’s being honest about them. Good leaders don’t try to be something they are not. They are self-aware. Jesus defines himself 18 times by saying, “I am…” He didn’t let other people define him. He defined himself. If you’re going to be a leader, you must know who you are.

COURAGE ESTABLISHES LEADERSHIP

KEY THOUGHT- As a leader, you have no idea what hangs in the balance of your decision to act courageously. The leader isn’t necessarily the first to identify an opportunity. The leader is the one who has the courage to seize it, initiate, to set things in motion, to move ahead.

A. DAVID’S leadership was established in an environment of uncertainty and fear. (1 Samuel 17:10-11)
*whenever there is fear, there is opportunity. Whenever there is great fear, there is great opportunity.”

B. David’s leadership was established through his courage, not his talent or his calling.
-killing Goliath did not make him a leader, but it marked him as one.
-the incident in the valley of Elah didn’t equip David to lead, but it certainly equated.

C. David was courageous, but he was not careless.
-there is a difference between acting courageously & carelessly. That difference is preparation. (1 Samuel 17:40)

D. David’s courage empowered others to act courageously.
-When David killed Goliath, there was an immediate reversal of momentum on the battlefield. (1 Samuel 17:51-52)
-David, through one act of bravery, gave an entire army something they severely lacked: courage to engage the enemy.

CHARACTER IS THE FOUNDATION OF LEADERSHIP

You can lead without character, but your won’t be a leader worth following. Character provides next generation leaders with the moral authority necessary to bring together the people and resources needed to further the Kingdom.

Key thought- All Leadership is built on trust!