Wednesday, December 11, 2013

3 keys to leadership

There is a lot that can be said about the appearance of Jesus to Peter on the sea shore after his resurrection. As leaders I believe we can take three key thoughts for helping the people in our groups draw closer to Jesus and each other. You remember Jesus asking Peter if he loved Him and you remember Peter saying yes three times, the third with vehemence.
Jesus was calling Peter to love him and the people he was going to be leading. As leaders we have to be drinking from the well spring of Jesus love on a daily basis. Just as Peter repeatedly affirmed his love for Jesus so must we each day. We cannot be like the man who responded to his wife's request that he tell her he loved her, "I told you 30 years ago on our wedding day. If anything changes I'll let you know." Love to be lived must be expressed. What is true of our relationship with Christ is also true of our relationship with our group members. It is imperative they know we are leading them because we love them not because we hold a leadership position.
True we are leaders and leaders - well - lead. Because we are living everyday loving Jesus we have a direction for our group. We want them to love Jesus as much as we. Our example speaks volumes. They cannot know how much we love Jesus until they see how much we love them. As the young boy told his Mom when she reminded him he was not alone because Jesus was always with him, "I know, but, I want somebody with skin on." We are the love of Jesus to our group members.
Jesus makes it clear to Peter that he is in charge of the follower’s nutrition. As we select our series and as we prepare our lessons we must not forget that the follower of Jesus feeds on the Word of God. There are a lot of great lessons to be learned that do not come from studying the Word - and they have benefit for your group. However, non is better for them in the long term than the scriptures. As milk is one of natures total nutrition foods for the Word is "God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).
Love them
Lead them
Feed them
(I am grateful to Pastor Clinton Browning for the core concept in this Lifter)

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