Month: April 2017

One Powerful Leadership Tool You Can Implement Today

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In this generation we are looking for authentic, real engagement and connection. We are hungry for real relationships, because we have seen fake and know that it doesn’t deliver. Do you want to help facilitate life transformation in the lives of people around you? Are you interested in keeping people engaged in vision or on track with a mission? Are you hoping to connect with someone in particular? If your hope is to lead, or facilitate influence, then you’ve got to have this tool.

I am interested in seeing your success. I want you to make a difference in the world. I believe that your leadership can change your environment and improve the world we’re living in today. Our leadership makes a legacy. But if we can’t engage people or keep them connected, how are we going to facilitate change? You have got to have this one tool in your arsenal. Please understand that your ability to implement this tool will become a catalyst for the change you know you’re called to bring about.

I’ve seen teams fall apart. I’ve also seen teams overcome deficiencies and all odds going on to meet deadlines, accomplish goals, and achieve vision. What was the difference? They engaged in this tool: vulnerability. You see, we want authenticity because we live in an inauthentic world, and in order to achieve that, we have to be willing to share where we are. Two generations ago, we needed our leaders to be perfect. Today, we’re well aware that no one is perfect.

You see, there was one perfect person: Jesus. And he engaged in perfect vulnerability that led to deeper, more authentic relationships with those around him. He showed vulnerability when he cried at Lazarus’ funeral (John 11:35), when he asked the disciples for help praying (Matthew 26:40), and when he cried out to Father on the cross (Matthew 27:46).

In these moments, Jesus modeled for us a willingness to be vulnerable with where He was at, but also remain hopeful about what was going to happen. This is the perfect mix of weakness and strength. We call it “humility.” We don’t need the shows of perfection; we need the space to be humbly honest about the desperate situation we’re in so that we can grow in expectation that our perfect Father would respond with a resurrection. It’s like Paul said, “His power is made perfect in weakness” (1 Corinthians 12:9).

Too often, however, we attempt to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps so that we can feign a semblance of strength in front of our peers and teammates. What we see in Jesus, however, is a willingness to share his weaknesses and struggles with the team. At the same time, He could stay perfectly in tune with Truth that allowed him to draw the hope and expectation of Heaven into the hopeless situation He faced.

What’s your desperate situation and how can you be both vulnerable and strong? I believe by sharing the honest struggle you’re having and asking God and your teammates to enter into it, you’ll see a major breakthrough.

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Covenant Sermon Series: Our Covenant with God

We’ve recently had a new sermon series on Covenant Relationships. We are spending a month learning about how the ideas behind “covenant” help us understand our relationship with God, with each other and with the world. To help provide more background, and because it’s well-done, we showed this video on Covenant made by Bible Project. Here are excerpts from the sermon on Our Covenant with God.

  1. Sermon in a Sentence: God invites you to a covenant in which He is faithful and you are washed, protected, and brought into the family as you submit.
  2. I recently watched a group of 10 year olds playing basketball. Mercy wasn’t under the covenant. It’s poetic irony. Mercy brings us under the covenant, but she wasn’t responding to her name. She wanted to win desperately, but wasn’t willing to follow her coach’s leading. Instead, she kept throwing up air balls. 
  3. God invites you to a covenant. Every covenant has an introduction, historical background, stipulations, and blessings and curses depending on whether both parties keep the covenant. 
  4. In which He is faithful.  God is a faithful partner even when we are not. Let’s review the four covenants we mentioned last week. Noah. I’ll keep the world a safe place. I’ll never destroy it again. Abraham. I’ll bless you so you can be a blessing. Moses. I’ll lead you to the promised land as you follow my ways. David. I’ll be a faithful king and bless you among the nations. In each one of these circumstances, the people were unfaithful, but God remained faithful and true to His Word and Promise. 
  5. And You are washed, protected, and brought into the family. In Ephesians 5:25-32 we read all the things Jesus has done for us. He gave himself for us. He washed and cleansed us. He presented us without spot. He wants the best for us. He nourishes us.
  6. As you submit. This is our half of the covenant. The word mentioned in Ephesians 5:22, 23, and 32 is a combination of a preposition meaning “under” and a verb meaning “plan.” God wants to see us “under the plan.” It’s controversial. But it’s the way God made it. He is looking to be a husband to us. And in turn his expectation is that we would be a wife “subjected to” him. Are you willing to be “subjected to him?” What would it look like in your Finances? In your physical health? Can you imagine if submitted to God’s plan for your business?
  7. Do you ever remember getting a great present or kind gift. Perhaps, you didn’t know how to use it. you had to follow the manual. The user manual wants you to get the best out of the equipment. The world tells us we understand enough to figure it out. How’s that been working for you?
  8. God has ordained, appointed, determined, set an abundant life for you and all you need to do is put yourself in submission to it. Memorize James 4:7: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Proclaim the covenant you’re under. See if God doesn’t come to the rescue. We must be willing to submit ourselves to the covenant or we will not receive its benefits. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

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ROI: Sow Leadership, Reap Legacy


We are continuing on in our series on Kingdom Return on Investments. Here are top quotes and ideas from the installment on sowing our leadership.

  1. How is anything going to be better and different? What can anyone do? How will we deal with the issues the world is facing? How do you get any change to happen in your life? How about a lasting change? The answer is leadership.
  2. “Leadership is influence.” – Maxwell
  3. We have influence in a person’s life. Maybe it’s because of: job title, friendship, family, social media, service.
  4. When someone knows you have their best in mind, they are even more willing to give influence in their lives.
  5. Real leadership is not just barking orders and telling people to get in line. It’s about taking people to a destination. A lot of businesses or bosses just think it’s about using people to get something done. For this kind of leadership, you’re inviting people to go further than you. You’re setting them up for a success beyond yours.
  6. Leadership is hard. Don’t give up. Everybody on this earth is afraid. The difference is we know: 1) how the story ends, and 2) that God is on our side. Do you know you’re supposed to be the leader? How has God shown you? God showed Moses by meeting him and challenging him to walk into a situation he had tried before and failed at (Exodus 33:1-6)
  7. To lead, you have to go out to find God.  Never leave the tent. Do you have at least one person you take to the tent with you? Serve the leader (Exodus 33:7-11).
  8. God is searching for a people to lead this church, this city, this generation. ask and expect big things (Exodus 33:12-23).
  9. Jesus invested his all in you. He invested in His life into you. That’s what communion is all about. He’s planned a legacy for you. He said you’d do greater things (John 14:12).

Three Important Application Points

  1. Show what you know, Serve (spiritual) Children: Moses prepared Joshua to take Israel into the Promised Land. Invest your time in serving the younger generation and showing them how to be intimate with God. You’re learning to love God. Have that show up in your leadership. Somehow Moses infused Joshua with this yearning (Exodus 33).
  2. Give what you have, Invest Resources: David prepared Solomon, and they’re remembered forever. Invest your money in things that will last for generations (1 Chronicles 22).
  3. Release what you expect, Tell a story: Jesus prepared The Disciples To turn the world upside down. Invest your stories in the people you care about (Luke 18:1-6).

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ROI: Sow Fruit, Reap Peace and Stability


We are continuing on in our series on Kingdom Return on Investments. Here are top quotes and ideas from the installment on sowing our spiritual fruit.

  1. Jesus can sleep in a storm because of the peace that dwells inside of him. Jesus’ life operated from a place of peace. Because he had this fruit at work in his life, he was able to sleep and in turn affected the situation around him rather than being affected by the situation (Mark 4:35-40).
  2. There’s a battle for your mind. We are to be renewed in our mind. The fruit of the Spirit are how that happens.
  3. The Scripture talks about peace. Bible Concordance on Peace. Primarily, there’s one aspect I want to point out to us: peace means being joined together, being whole. Peace is God’s gift of wholeness. Peace begets Peace.
  4. Our beliefs dictate our behaviors.
  5. The ultimate peacemaker is Jesus and what He did when He died on the cross for us. Think about Ephesians 2. He brought peace to those who were close and those who were far (Ephesians 2:13-14). He joined them together. We’re joined together with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice.

Three Application Points

  • Physical Fruit: Choosing to exercise self-control in a situation that you normally wouldn’t. You have to retrain your body to walk in self-control. Yesterday, I was walking through this market and I saw these beautiful chocolate covered strawberries. They were dipped in powdered sugar, and I’m not even kidding, they were the size of my hand. I said no. I exercised self-control. Something in my brain clicked.
  • Mental/Emotional Fruit: 40 Days of Negativity Fast. You have to retrain your brain to walk in peace. We’ve been doing some of these in our lives. There’s so much negativity in the world today. We need some positivity.
  • Spiritual Fruit: Declare peace. Come home to peace. Share the story from the small group book. (5 minutes). There are those who are overcome by circumstances and those who are overcomers. God says, you’re an overcomer. Read Romans 8. The peace that Jesus cultivated within him because of his closeness to the Father, was the peace that was spoken out over the storm. What storms are you facing? What does it look like to declare peace in those storms?

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