Qualities of a Growing Church: LEADERSHIP

Did you know that the Bible is the greatest book on leadership ever written? Jesus was the greatest leader of all time, of course, but there are also many other examples of great leadership in Scripture. Joseph was an excellent leader among his brethren but he had to learn some lessons early on. Nehemiah was one of the greatest leaders of history. Moses had to lead the most difficult crowd ever through a trying forty-year adventure through a barren wilderness. The apostles all had to learn some tough lessons but they came through in the end. Paul established great churches through great leadership all across the Mediterranean world.

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I Just Can’t Help It

”For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” –Acts 4:20

One of the greatest excuses in life is “I can’t help it.” I’m guilty of saying it often. We overeat, we overreact, we overdo it and we say, “well, I just can’t help it, that’s just how I am.” Even worse, we’ll say, “I just can’t help it, that’s just how God made me.” Here’s a new challenge: Let’s use the phrase “I can’t help it” in a good way.

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Jesus’ Touch – Our Treasure

When no one likes you, it’s easy to become bitter. When you’re untouchable, it’s easy to give up on life. Jesus always seemed to search out the unliked and the untouchable. When He found them, He would do more than like them, He would love them. And He would touch them! Mark commits only four verses of material to the conversation Jesus held with this particular leper (Mark 8:1-4), but the story is overwhelmingly moving. Can you just imagine it, an untouchable leper with running sores being approached by the Creator of the universe?

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