Summary: In God Choosing Nehemiah and leading Nehemiah to choose Hanani and Hananiah we see a portrait of what a church leader should look like.

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Portrait Of A Church Leader

Nehemiah 7:1-2

Intro: A small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness

to the stand in a trial -- a grand-motherly, elderly woman.

He approached her and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know me?"

She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve

known you since you were a young boy. And frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a rising big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you will never amount to anything more than a

two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he

pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Williams, do you know the defense attorney?"

She replied, "Why, yes I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he

was a youngster, too. I used to baby-sit him for his parents. And

he, too, has been a real disappointment to me. He’s lazy,

bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. The man can’t build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the shoddiest in the entire state. Yes, I know him."

At this point, the judge rapped the courtroom to silence

and called both counselors to the bench.

In a very quiet voice, he said with menace, "If either of

you asks her if she knows me, you’ll be jailed for contempt!"

. Many times the people we think are great leaders are not what we think they are.

. We place people in areas of responsibility and leadership but we really don’t know who they are.

. Just what are the qualifications for leadership and specifically what are the qualifications for Christian leadership.

. Many times we appoint or elect leaders by the world’s standards and not God’s.

. I found an illustration that really highlights this concept.

. In my research for today’s sermon I ran across a fictitious letter that was written to Jesus about choosing leaders.

. Let me share this with you.

. Jesus, Son of Joseph

Woodcrafter Carpenter Shop

Nazareth, Galilee

Dear Sir:

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the 12 men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization.

All of them have now taken the battery of tests and we have run them through our computers. It is the staffs’ opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, educational and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking.

They do not have the team concept. We would suggest that you continue your search for persons with experience and proven capability.

Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper.

Andrew has no leadership skills at all.

The 2 brothers, James and John, place personal interest above company loyalty.

Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale.

We feel that it is our duty to inform you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau.

James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddaeus have radical leanings and registered high manic-depressive scores.

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