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Messages with tag - leadership

Sun, Mar 03, 2024
During the COVID pandemic, the term "essential workers" became common nomenclature. These were people with jobs that provided infrastructure for our country. Without their work, our nation would collapse. The church, too, has essential workers. Paul called them "deacons." They are doers, good stewards, and trusted teammates in ministry. They work behind the scenes so the work of God goes forth. This sermon highlights the historic service of deacons and several people who serve in this capacity at our church.
Sun, Feb 25, 2024
An group, organization, or institution without leadership is vulnerable. Good leaders guard and guide their people. They provide good role models. They elevate others. We need good, godly leaders. While the church benefits from several leadership roles, the elders provide the base. They guard the doctrine from perversion. They guide the people from division and moral corruption. They help the body of Christ grow up and stay fit. We need guardians of the ecclesia.
Sun, Feb 18, 2024
In pursuit of a "quiet life" for the church in Ephesus, Paul implores the men to pray without anger and women to learn without disrupting doctrinal instruction by the elders. To be clear, Paul wants every disciple to learn good doctrine and demonstrate good deeds. Unfortunately, privilege, presumption, and bad theology have threatened the church in Ephesus. This sermon will navigate a notoriously difficult passage-- filled with grammatical, linguistic, and cultural challenges--and address the disputable matter of gender roles in church leadership. While not everyone in the church is called to leadership, this passage reminds us that learning Christ (Eph. 4:20-24) is an inclusive calling.
Sun, Apr 02, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 46 mins 47 secs
The letter to the Thessalonians ends with a recital of house rules. He fires off the instructions to conclude this friendly letter to ensure the church remains healthy. These words address leadership, community, perspective, and discernment. These principles are still relevant for healthy churches.
Sun, Oct 23, 2022
In the Information Age, we do not have to look far to see people failing. Politicians lie. Athletes cheat. Actors abuse. CEOs intimidate. And it's not just THOSE leaders in the world who are guilty. Abuse, scandal, and deception dwell within the church. Every month another spiritual leader falls from grace. We can wag our fingers, shake our heads, and join the chorus of critics. Or we can look inward at our own wayward hearts. We too walk a perilous path. We must check it for pitfalls.
Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Duration: 45 mins 13 secs
We do not stand alone. As followers of Jesus, we band together, suffer together, and grow together. There is no other way. Jesus shapes us through godly mentors, faithful leaders, and loving believers. Timothy experienced this with Paul, who tasked his "beloved son" with raising up the next generation of leaders in the church. This investment in the lives of others is the greatest impact we can have.
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
Duration: 38 mins 13 secs
The early church threatened everything. Its followers did not set out to overturn the religious, political, economic, or moral standards of society. They set out to bear witness to Jesus as Lord. Their loyalty to the risen and ascended king, however, made them dangerous because neither lobbyists, legalists, nor morally lax crowds could persuade them to shut up and stop loving others in Jesus's name. The modern day church could learn a few lessons from their fearless proclamation of Jesus is Lord.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-5
Duration: 43 mins 6 secs
Leadership and pastoral ministry sometimes feel like they're at odds. Best practices and business principles have crept into the church, helping it run more smoothly as an organization, but sometimes at the cost of personal care. The local church is God's flock, he wants shepherds to care for it his way: more delight than duty; more generosity than greed; more service than aegis. This sermon is filled with pastoral confessions and biblical insights on spiritual leadership.
Sun, Sep 04, 2016
Duration: 38 mins 29 secs
Spiritual community forms us. God calls people to deep relationships to make them more Christlike. The weekly worship service (singing and sermon) is part of corporate discipline, but spiritual community also includes leadership, service, giving, caring, encouragement, counsel, and rebuke.
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