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Summary: Part 4 of a 4-part sermon. Jesus experienced frustration in His healing of a demon possessed boy. Spiritual Leaders face frustrations in their various ministries. Where do these frustrations arise? Frustration for spiritual leaders arises out of...

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FRUSTRATION OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP-IV—Luke 9:37-45

Jesus’ frustration with unbelief was manifest in His healing of a demon possessed boy.

Spiritual Leaders face frustrations arising from unbelief.

Ministry produces frustrations for the minister.

Where do spiritual leaders encounter frustrations?

14 places where frustrations arise in spiritual leadership.

Frustration for spiritual leaders arises out of...

1. DESCENT Encounters(:37a)—from Mountaintop

2. SOCIAL Encounters(:37b)—People engaged

3. ANONYMOUS Encounters(:38a)—Unknown people

4. FORCED Encounters(:38)—Demanded

5. FELT NEED Encounters(:38)—Personal Perception

6. IDENTIFICATION Encounters(:39)—Empathy

7. DESPERATE Encounters(:40)—Nothing works!

8. DISAPPOINTMENT Encounters(:40)—

Powerless Christians

9. GENERATIONAL Encounters(:41)—Common to all

10. MERCIFUL Encounters(:41)—

God’s mercy to the faithless

11. DEMONSTRATION Encounters(:42)—

Real Power exhibited

12—Frustration for spiritual leaders arises out of

GREATNESS ENCOUNTERS(:43)

—Explanation::43)

:43—“And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. But while everyone was marveling at all that He was doing...”

“Amazed”—ekplhssw—struck with terror, of a sudden & startling alarm; but like our "astonish" in popular use, often employed on comparatively slight occasions

“Greatness”—Magnificence, Splendor, Majesty, Grandeur, Excellence.

—This miracle brought everyone to recognize God’s working in Jesus. They knew the demon to be evil. They knew Jesus to be good.

—Though God is great, He chooses to work within the prameters of human will.

*?How Great is God?

“Marveling”—Wondering, Admiring.

—The multitude’s marveling is not confined to the single event of the demon being cast out because they marveled at “all He was doing”. This past event simply brought another facet of Jesus’ ministry to light.

Getting others to experience God’s GREATNESS demands a demonstration of God’s power thru/in us personally!

—Argumentation:

Ex. 15:6-7—“Thy right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Thy right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy. “And in the greatness of Thine excellence Thou dost overthrow those who rise up against Thee; Thou dost send forth Thy burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.”

Jer. 10:6—“There is none like Thee, O LORD; Thou art great, and great is Thy name in might.”

Mat. 3:11-12—“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. “And His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

—Illustration:

Driving thru countryside/Variation in Geography , Flora & Fauna, People, Society, etc.

Book ‘Earth From Above’/Aerial photos/Helps one gain an understanding of God’s greatness

—Application:

?GREATNESS ENCOUNTERS leave you frustrated?

?You willing to accept the frustrations of spiritual leadership?

13—Frustration for spiritual leaders arises out of


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