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Summary: Week two in a four week series on the essentials for conquerors.

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08, February 2004

Dakota Community Church

The Essentials

The Essential Characteristics of Conquerors

WEEK TWO: COMPETENCE

Introduction:

None of us wants to be incompetent. We all want to succeed.

In looking at the different conquerors we have studied over the last weeks one thing becomes evident – they were all very competent individuals.

- David was a competent shepherd and king.

- Joshua was a competent leader of men. (Silent marching 7 days)

- Daniel was being put in charge of the entire kingdom.

- Joseph was ruling in Egypt.

Most incompetent people don’t know they are incompetent.

In fact, researcher Dr. David A. Dunning of Cornell University reports that people who are incompetent are more confident of their abilities than competent people.

Dunning and his associate Justin Krueger believe that skills required for competence are the same skills necessary to recognize that ability.

Krueger writes in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, "Not only do [incompetent people] reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it."

That is the way we are spiritually without Christ.

Our sin not only separates us from God, it blinds us to our predicament.

SOURCE: Hank Simon, Catch-22 of Incompetence, Belleville, Illinois. Citation: New York Times News Service, Belleville [Illinois] News-Democrat (1-18-00.)

Has anyone been watching the American Idol TV show?

- How many people are there who are incompetent singers but don’t know it?

- Their shocked faces and angry responses would be really sad if they weren’t so terrible.

How can we increase our level of competence?

1. Play to your strengths.

Romans 12: 3-6

3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.

Five Obstacles to Playing to Your Strengths:

1.) Overemphasizing balance.

It is possible to expend so much energy trying to improve your weaknesses that you wind up under producing in the areas that will lead you to conquer.

2.) Failure to distinguish between authority and ability.

Acts 6: 1-7

1In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3Brothers choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."


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