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Summary: Learning how and when to accept and use your calling.

Tonght let’s concentrate on ---

Surrendering to our purpose---Releasing our calling

It’s God’s purpose for your life---You can kick and scream---God’s purpose

So lets look at couple of different leadership lessons from the BIBLE—

First lets look at what we must do to be effective in our calling---

JOHN 3:29-31

We must decrease---Christ must increase---

Agendas sometimes trump the power of JESUS—

People so hell bent on getting their way---that Christ GETS in the WAY

Programs sometimes trump the power of Jesus

Churches get locked into doing it the same way over and over

Churches should ask:

Why do we give here---we always have

Why do we do this----we always have

Why do we believe like this----we always have

PROGRAM---is something we’re programmed to do---Programmed to believe

JUST THE WORD MAKES ME SICK

Baptist and Methodist disagree on baptism---Neither believes it will save you

In most church....Pastor becomes the focal point---

That’s fine---When pastors start enjoying that---BIG PROBLEM

Certain staff people---or a name---or an association---trumps the power of Jesus

There were 2 main leaders in JESUS’ day---

The Gentiles---Matt 20:25

The rules like owners of Slaves—using fear and authority

How did Jesus say one should lead---Matt 20:26-28

The Pharisees- Matt. 23:27-28

They held people to a different standard---

The most religious people---always are hiding something

The more they brow beat someone---the better they look

How did Jesus say they should lead---Matt 23:11-12

So We see how we should release our call----

WHEN DO WE RELEASE IT?

LUKE 13:10-17---Jesus shows----

USE YOUR CALLING WHEN IT”S NEEDED

Being a leader doesn’t mean you always have to lead—

Having a calling doesn’t mean you’re always operating in that calling

MANY PEOPLE WANT ME TO OPERATE AS THE PASTOR ALWAYS—

Sometimes I’m operating as a dad, husband, friend, guy

People that are always “in character” drive me crazy-

A great leader doesn’t always lead---

A great leader leads when a leader is needed

Many Christians are serving out of a slave mentality---They’re quick to quote the rule—or the law

GALATIANS 4:21-29 – people serving out of a slave mentality

Kids in slavery....HATE THE FREE KIDS

Lets look at 2 more verses on being effective leaders & how to release our calling

Phillipians 1:27

What are the 3 keys we should follow from this verse:

1. Have conduct worthy of the GOSPEL

I believe the church has been cripple by “thou shall not’s”---

But we always have to check ourselves---HAVE CONDUCT WORTHY

2. Be of one Spirit-So many “churches that are divided against it’s self

We should all be working toward the same goal---enlarging the KINGDOM

Congregations hoping theirs is the biggest---fastest growing

If we all have a KINGDOM view---yours is the biggest ---ONE SPIRIT

3. One mind--- Phillipians 2:5-11

We should remember that we should be HUMBLE to those in need

But confident of Who we are in CHRIST---

THE ONE MIND---I’m just on of MILLIons of Christins

But don’t be fooled, I am righteous and truly holy

LAST VERSE---1 Corinthians 3:9

1. Fellow workers

2. God’s field

3. God’s building

We must Surrender to God----Release our calling---RECAP ROMANS 8:28

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