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Summary: WHAT MAKES A LEADER A LEADER?

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Sun. Oct.17/93 Lk. 9:57-62

FOLLOW THE LEADER

- The Game as kids

- Picking a leader for our country

What We Need

• A leader like Moses

Who refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, but was willing to go with God.

• Army generals like Joshua

Who knew God and could pray and shout things to pass rather than blow them to pieces with atomic energy.

• A Food Administrator like Joseph

Who knew God and had the answer to Famine

• A Preacher like Peter,

Who would not be afraid to look people in the eye and say, "Repent or perish"

And denounce their personal as well as national sins.

• Fathers like the Prodigal Son had

Who will watch for their sons and welcome them back into their lives without any strings attached.

• Mothers like Hannah

Who would pray for a child that she might give him to God, rather than women who are delinquent mothers of delinquent

children.

• Children like Samuel

Who would talk to God in the night hours

• A God like Israel’s instead of the dollar god, the pleasure god,

the selfish god

• A Savior like Jesus

Who can and will save from the uttermost to the uttermost

WHAT MAKES A LEADER A LEADER ? ?

• Dwight D Eisenhower

Leadership: The art of getting someone

else to do something you want done because he wants

to do it.

• Southwestern Advocate

A leader is an ordinary person with extraordinary

determination

BUT WHAT SETS JESUS APART FROM ALL OTHER

LEADERS ? ?

- This whole chapter deals with the question of His leadership.

v. 1 -- 12 sent out

v. 9 -- Herod

v. 11 - People

v. 18 - Who do you say that I am

v. 35 - Confirmation from heaven

v. 38 - Father of the demon possessed son

v. 49 - Others using His name

v. 53 - Samaritan’s not following Him

- When we come to v. 57 these same words had been said before. ----- Ex.19:8

 His credentials by today’s standards do not make Him a leader

. He was a member of a minority race, who at that time were an oppressed people.

. His native countrymen were under the rule of the Romans.

. Taxes were oppressive.

. They had no political freedom.

. He seemingly did nothing about these conditions.

. He came from the low-class uncultured people.

. He was born of a peasant women.

. His father was a common laborer.

. He was uneducated.

. He had no academic degrees or diplomas.

. Poverty was His lot all of His life.

. He never owned a home of His own.

. Lk. 9:58 Foxes have . . . .

. He never married.

. He was isolated from men of power and influence.

. He never traveled 200 miles from the place he was born.

. His own band of followers were ragged, rugged, unpolished losers.

. He served other people all of His life, and received little thanks for what He did.

. His friends let Him down and one of them even betrayed Him.

. In the end He became the innocent victim of a massive injustice.

. Instead of becoming bitter, cynical, angry, negative or a furious revolutionary, Jesus willingly died on a cross to pay the

penalty for my rebellion against God.

. As He drew His last breath he felt forsaken by God.

. He had every reason to give up, but instead

He changed the whole course of history.


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