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Summary: 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... Part 2 of a 4-part sermon.

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FRUSTRATIONS OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP-II—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?

12 places where frustrations arise in spiritual leadership.

Frustration for spiritual leaders arises out of...

1. DESCENT ENCOUNTERS(:37a) From the mountain

2. SOCIAL ENCOUNTERS(:37b) Engage the public

3. ANONYMOUS ENCOUNTERS(:38a)

Unknown people

4. FORCED ENCOUNTERS(:38) Demanding people

5—Frustration for spiritual leaders arises out of

FELT NEED ENCOUNTERS(:38)

—Explanation:(:38)

:38—“And behold, a man from the multitude shouted out, saying, “Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, for he is my only boy,”

“My only boy”—Unique—Carry on the family name.

My very life is bound up in this person/event/circumstance.

—Argumentation:

Mat. 6:31-34—“Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ “For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom & His righteousness; & all these things shall be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

—Illustration:

Hospitalized/Depressed/Miserable/Felt Need is to escape/Need Encouragement & Listening ear/

Taken a major test/Worry & fret over it thinking you’ve failed/Really sought God’s power in it?

Mother or Father in nursing home/FELT NEED ENCOUNTERS

—Application:

?What are your FELT NEEDs?

?FELT NEED ENCOUNTERS leave you frustrated?

?You willing to accept the frustrations of spiritual leadership?

6—Frustration for spiritual leaders arises out of

IDENTIFICATION ENCOUNTERS(:39)

—Explanation:(:39) Sympathy/Compassion/

:39—‘& behold, a spirit seizes him, & he suddenly screams, & it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth, & as it mauls him, it scarcely leaves him.”

“Seizes”—lambanw—To take in hand; Catch, take or appropriate for one’s self.

“Screams”—krazw—‘To cry out harshly, often of inarticulate & brutish, animal-like sound’.

“Convulsion”—sparassw—To convulse, tear or rend.

“Mauls/Bruising”—suntribw—Break into pieces; Crush; Tear one’s body.

“Scarcely leaves”—mogiV from mogoV—‘to toil’—With difficulty.

The parallel in Mat. 17:15-17 tells us that the boy was designated as a “lunatic” or ‘moonstruck’ thus describing any mental illness or madness which was commonly assumed to be influenced by the moon. The word also used to describe various physical nervous convulsive disorders including epilepsy. BUT the boy’s problem was not merely physiological or mental but spiritual/demonic. Therefore his situation is far worse than any mere medical condition, & thus Jesus “rebuked him”(the boy/demon) causing it “come out of him”. Actually the demon may be exploiting & exacerbating an existing physical ailment.

—Argumentation:


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