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preaching article 5 Prices a Leader Must Be Willing to Pay

5 Prices a Leader Must Be Willing to Pay

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Feb 1, 2012


Jesus gave some INCREDIBLE advice in Luke 14:28–30!  Today, we will dive into five areas where we need to be willing to pay the price as a leader.

1. There Is a Financial Cost – Books cost money.  Conferences cost money.  Putting yourself in a position to be stretched and grown costs money.  AND one of the qualities that I’ve always noticed in leaders who were “getting it done” is that they were personally willing to pay a financial price.  (I actually wrote two posts on this last week—here is part one and here is part two in case you missed them.)

2. There Is an Emotional Cost – Leading in the church is one of the most emotionally draining things you will EVER do.  You will discover that you can go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows with one e-mail or phone call.  Your heart and motives will be called into question.  Critics who don’t know you (nor do they want to know you) will malign, misrepresent, and attack you.  On most days, you will feel overwhelmed and unworthy of your calling…and all of this requires that we be willing to pay the price emotionally.

3. There Is a Physical Cost – Laziness and leadership do NOT go hand in hand.  It takes blood, sweat, and tears in order to be developed to your fullest leadership potential…which means you get your butt out of bed and go to work!  And yes, REST is essential…but it isn’t possible to burn out if you’ve never actually been on fire.  There are seasons when lots of time, energy, and focus are demanded—period.

4. There Is a Spiritual Cost – The more influential you become as a leader, the greater the intensity of spiritual attack on your life.

(BTW…I’ve had shots taken at me for saying this, but it’s true.  I’ve experienced it personally…and in the Scriptures, we see in Acts 19 a demon literally having a conversation with seven guys…he tells them he knows Jesus and has heard about Paul, probably because he was causing such a disturbance, but then tells the guys he hadn’t even heard about them!!!  Like it or not…the enemy doesn’t pursue everyone with the same intensity.)

You will experience spiritual warfare.  You will encounter temptation on a level that is greater than anything you could imagine.  You have to be willing to fight the fight and pay the price if you want to be a godly leader.

5. There Is a Personal Cost – All of the things listed above come around to this…there IS a personal cost when it comes to leadership.  It will NEVER cease to affect you.  Jesus knew this when He was in the garden and yet still fully surrendered to the Father and went to the cross.

Galatians 6:9 is a promise we should take to heart as leaders.  Do not give up…do not throw in the towel.  At times, the price is incredibly high…but none of us has been asked to pay the price that the ONE we say we follow had to pay!  His assignment was MUCH tougher than ours…and it brought Him joy to fulfill it.

So…let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and keep doing exactly what He has called us to do, knowing that He is with us, has equipped us, empowered us, and that II Corinthians 4:7 is as true today as it was when Paul wrote it!

DON’T GIVE UP!!!



Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter Charisse live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

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John E Miller avatar
John E Miller
0 days ago
Mr Noble is a disciple of Rick Warren who calls Muslims "his brothers". That is apostasy. If you go on to you-tube and listen to exerpts from Mr Noble's sermons you will easily find statements that are contrary to scripture. What are we suppoed to deduce from his reference to Acts 19:13-17? These "seven guys" were Jewish exorcists, sons of Sceva, a Jewish Chief Priest. They were evil impostors who used the name of Jesus for their own prestige and financial gain. I am a little confused by this illustration. Are we to take from it that Mr Noble sees them as targets for the attack of Satan because there was something admirable about them? Is he likening himself to them and trying to tell us that he has had the same opposition?
Keith  B avatar
Keith B
0 days ago
Good thing for Perry that his aspirations really aren't to be a spiritual leader. All he does is show up once a week to give a speech...maybe insult the sheep in his care, and eisegete his message into a passage.
Jerry  Scott avatar
Jerry Scott
0 days ago
@John Miller - you missed the point! Noble argues that the demon did not target the 7 impostors but knew of Paul's ministry!
John E Miller avatar
John E Miller
0 days ago
Jerry Scott, sorry, but you're putting an interpretation on Mr Noble's words that distort their meaning. Even Mr Noble wouldn't stretch the words of scripture in that way, would he? In Acts 19:15
John E Miller avatar
John E Miller
0 days ago
Don't know what happened to my last post. It was truncated! The events recounted in Acts 19 are clear. The demon-possessed man acknowledged Jesus and Paul but ridiculed the Jewish exorcists and attacked them.
Nathaniel Hunsu avatar
Nathaniel Hunsu
0 days ago
@ k b How come all you do on this forum is to abuse and destructively criticise. I am afraid, I have never since a single positive comment from you. Even Jesus commended the church of Ephesus, despite her spiritualy standing. I wonder if there is a moderator for this forum. This forum is too prestigious for personal attacks, I thind there should be some censorship in place. Otherwise, let people learn to refrain from commenting, if their comments goes beyond the issue in the post to the writer.
Keith  B avatar
Keith B
0 days ago
Nathaniel--you should read this every day...I frequently comment on some excellent articles written by people that I respect as good pastors/theologians. I'm sorry though...I don't have a lot of respect for Nobles antics. He's a charlatan and we should not be looking at him as a guide to how to do anything in the church. He has publicly stated he doesn't care to get to know his flock. He has used "Highway to Hell" in the worship service. He frequently uses harsh language. He insults his flock from the pulpit. Recently in the Code Orange Revival he preached on a Messianic passage and applied it to Steven Furtick--as if Furtick was the Messiah! He just is not a pastorly sort of guy, and he does not practice sound exegesis.
Ron Hoffmann avatar
Ron Hoffmann
0 days ago
Ok, whoa guys! I'm aware of some of Perry's shortcomings - but have I missed something? Is he really as bad as 'k b' says he is? Where can I go to validate your charges? Please give us sites to read or hear for ourselves. (I'm assuming these accusations can be documented). Also, is it charitable to call Perry a "charlatan"? Is he really a fraud? I get the problem with some younger guys feeling the freedom to curse in the pulpit - it's reprehensible! (I've heard at least an older 'well-respected', famous pastor use language I taught my children was sin). I don't know, maybe I'm getting too out of touch with having a 'relevant' ministry. I've been at the same church for 20 years now, been in pastoral ministry for 35. It can get kind of discouraging to see all this stuff going on in the name of Christ. Bottom line: please guys, be careful when you make accusations. Give documentation when you do. And can we give one-another the respect of being civil! If you have to call someone out, please do it with some dignity and respect. There are ways of saying negative things without being accusatory and harsh. Oh, and did I miss something? When did Warren call Muslim's his 'brothers?' Am I that out of touch? I don't know any of you guys - but I appreciate your desire to honor Christ our Lord and King. Let's rep Him well!
Keith  B avatar
Keith B
0 days ago
He doesn't want to be bothered to be a pastor and know his congregation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOBZldF6Y0M ..... He lied about why he used Highway To Hell: http://pit.lefora.com/2011/04/19/highway-to-hell-and-the-elephant-room/ ..... He recently preached a sermon at the Code Orange Revival where he said a Messianic prophecy applied to Steven Furtick and Elevation Church: http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2012/01/is-steven-furtick-the-one-whom-the-prophets-longed-to-see.html ....that is a major concern.......He tends to go on rants and abuse the sheep in his care rather than loving on them. He just isn't what a pastor should be.
Keith  B avatar
Keith B
0 days ago
He doesn't want to be bothered to be a pastor and know his congregation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOBZldF6Y0M ..... He lied about why he used Highway To Hell: http://pit.lefora.com/2011/04/19/highway-to-hell-and-the-elephant-room/ ..... He recently preached a sermon at the Code Orange Revival where he said a Messianic prophecy applied to Steven Furtick and Elevation Church: http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2012/01/is-steven-furtick-the-one-whom-the-prophets-longed-to-see.html ....that is a major concern.......He tends to go on rants and abuse the sheep in his care rather than loving on them. He just isn't what a pastor should be.
Sterling Franklin avatar
Sterling Franklin
0 days ago
Wait...#4...how do you get that conclusion from that passage in the way you're analyzing it? The seven sons of Sceva left the place naked and bleeding because they were foolish magicians for hire and not Jesus-empowered believers. If there's something to take from the passage, perhaps (1) Know Jesus, (2) Never fight the enemy's kingdom in your own power or in a power not of Jesus, (3) You have authority over the enemy because of Jesus (and only through Him). Eisegesis leads to an Icy Jesus.
John E Miller avatar
John E Miller
0 days ago
Sterling Franklin, these exorcists tried to mimic the work of Paul who did everything in the name of Jesus. They had no personal link with Jesus but assumed that by using His name they could accomplish what Paul did. There are many charlatans doing that today. They say that they are preaching, teaching or doing miracles in the name of Jesus, but do not know Him themselves. If you look at the "God Channels" on your television you can see them at work. Their motive is money and the love of adulation. The message in the passage of scripture is simple. Only those who are born again and have personal communion with Christ are entitled to call on the power of His name.
John E Miller avatar
John E Miller
0 days ago
Ron Hoffman, in answer to your question, Mr Warren can be found on you-tube making these statements. It may take a little perseverance to find them, but they are there. Likewise Mr Noble's ministry and his beliefs about his ability and the shortcomings of most Christian believers is also available to view on you-tube and his church website. There are many who obviously believe that he is a man of great spiritual gift. I am not among this company. I do not know Mr Noble but can only come to a judgement about his beliefs and "ministry" based on what he says and writes.
Modesto Mercado avatar
Modesto Mercado
0 days ago
Brothers! stop! stop!, pray for your brother if you're not going to say something positive or don't like Noble's articles please don't read them. He is going to give account to the Lord everything he does and say, doesn't it says it in the Bible? Stop, the brother he is just giving from what he has learned, from his experiences. You know something? Pray for the brother, pray and fast for him so the Lord finish the work that he started on him and on you!!
John E Miller avatar
John E Miller
0 days ago
Dear Modesta Mecado, when a person broadcasts his views for the whole world to know and when these views are supposed to "explain the way of God exactly" (Acts 19:26), if they are not in keeping with the word of God, it is the responsibility of anyone who loves the word and the One who is its author, to raise questions and refute error.
Sterling Franklin avatar
Sterling Franklin
0 days ago
@John read my comment again. My qualm is with Perry's conclusion in Point #4, and my point is pretty clear if you read my comment. I wasn't replying to your comment.
Modesto Mercado avatar
Modesto Mercado
0 days ago
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Kevin Wenker avatar
Kevin Wenker
0 days ago
Well, you have a point, modesto - I won't read anything Noble writes anymore. Scripture says a little leaven leavens the whole lump - and Noble leavens his writings with just enough false doctrine and terrible exegesis to season it all.
John E Miller avatar
John E Miller
0 days ago
Apologies to Sterling Franklin. I mistook your meaning. My mistake entirely.
Sterling Franklin avatar
Sterling Franklin
0 days ago
haha no prob John; GBu
Dana Gatewood avatar
Dana Gatewood
0 days ago
Perry, thank you for your insight on the cost of leadership.
Al Tinnin avatar
Al Tinnin
0 days ago
I may be wrong but I took Mr. Nobles' point in 4. differently. I understood him to be saying perhaps the reason some don't face spiritual warfare is because they're not in the battle. The words of demon challenged by these seven, indicate that while he recognizes the name of Jesus and Paul(perhaps from battle), these seven guys aren't even on his "hit" list.
Fred  Thomas avatar
Fred Thomas
0 days ago
The illustration Mr. Noble uses is a real stretch, but the point is valid. Scripture clearly indicates greater spiritual opposition for leaders from Christ to the desciples.

So, what did you think?


Thank you.