What does it take to last in leadership? How do you finish well? In this episode, we’ll look at 4 challenges from the Apostle Paul for being a leader who’s built to last.
(Episode legth: 19 minutes)
Main idea: A Christ-centered leader is built to last.
Challenge #1: Live in the gospel
When you see the wonders and beauty of the cross of Christ, when you let it wash over your heart and overwhelm your mind, then you’ll find your actions and thoughts conforming to the character of Christ
Keep drawing from the living water—the well that never runs dry—the grace of Jesus Christ
Challenge #2: Pass on the gospel
A public witness
A Christ-centered leader has a public faith
Intentionally invest your life in others with time, energy, resources
Get serious about passing on what you’ve been given
Invest in the right people
Paul calls us to invest in those who are 1) faithful now, and 2) will be able to teach others later
Challenge #3: Endure for the gospel
A dedicated soldier
We are not simply participants in a religion but soldiers in a battle
A disciplined athlete
It takes discipline—and lots of it—to follow Jesus
A hard-working farmer
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 ESV)
Challenge #4: Remember the hero of the gospel
You are not the hero of the gospel—Jesus is
“When your tank is empty, remember that the tomb is empty” —Tony Merida
The opening lines of the book of 2 Timothy show us two important foundations of Christ-centered leaders—they are called by God and formed by family. Listen to this episode to see how both of these effect your leadership some two thousand years after Paul first wrote to Timothy.
Episode length: 25 minutes
Main idea: A Christ-centered leader is called by God and formed by family.
Called by God
Paul viewed his suffering as an honor
Both Paul and Timothy, then, were called and set apart by God to lead
Formed by family
Paul served God with a clear conscience
Timothy was the result of a lineage of faith
Your faith was given to you so it could be given through you
The church is a family of faith
Were you called by God to lead?
Do you serve God with a clear conscience? When you think of how you live your life, spend your time, treat your family, or do your job, is there anything that comes to mind that would prevent you from saying that your conscience is clear?
Are you sure about your group’s faith in the same way? Do you know with sincerity if those in your group who profess to believe actually do? You can look at someone’s life, listen to their speech, and observe how they treat people and see if their faith is sincere. Do the people in your group who say they follow Jesus look anything like him?
Do you think of your group members and others you know at church like they’re your brothers and sisters, with all that implies?
We’re more distracted than ever, constantly feeling overwhelmed by the torrent of information that floods our eyes and ears each day. Arcade Fire’s newest album, Everything Now, captures the spirit of our distracted age.
In a surging song that sounds like several playing at once, frontman Win Butler holds up a mirror to the modern world with these words:
We’re infinitely content
All your money is already spent on it
All your money is already spent
Butler is warring against the Instagram age, mocking our contentment with endless streaming, infinite music, and never-ending social media feeds.
One of Eugene Peterson’s books on following Jesus is titled A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. His message is that discipleship to Jesus takes discipline and attention, and he’s right.
But how do we get people’s attention long enough to disciple them?