Leaders You Can Follow - Lehi
THINK ABOUT IT: Leaders SOLVE problems.
CONSIDER THIS: Good leaders are more interested in creating more LEADERS, not more FOLLOWERS.
Titus 1:1-5 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, 4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.
Titus 1:6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
KEY TRUTH #1:A godly leader LIVES the Gospel in private before TEACHING it in public.
Titus 1:7-8 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
KEY TRUTH #2: A godly leader is easy to ADMIRE and hard to ATTACK.
Titus 1:9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
KEY TRUTH #3: A godly leader makes it EASIER to understand TRUTH and HARDER to believe LIES.
Titus 1:10-11 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
REALITY CHECK: You end up at the same DESTINATION as the person you FOLLOW.
Colossians 1:21-22 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—
GOSPEL TRUTH: Jesus is a LEADER worth following.
A LEADER’S QUESTION: What am I going TO DO about it?
- In your opinion, what makes someone a leader?
- Read Titus 1:1-11. Spend some time listing as many qualities as you can. Why are these qualities important for church leaders?
- The Apostle Paul makes a big deal about family relationships. What would your current family relationships tell others about your leadership?
- Read Colossians 1:21-22. What problem is being presented and what is the solution to this problem?
- As we live our lives certain problems pop up on a regular basis. What problem has your attention right now? What are you going to do about it?