“A New Year With An Old Vision, Part 2”
January 8, 2006. Pastor Matt.
Last week we introduced
you to some of the new leadership. Today we are going to talk about what it means
to be a leader within His Church.
Q. What do leaders do? (to help spread the Word through the
(Let me show you
Read Acts 6:1-7.
those days, when the number of disciples were increasing…”
The early church
was growing. As we fulfill God’s calling for our church, it too will continue
to grow (gain new believers)
(As the church grows,
new needs will present themselves.)
(The church was
started with 13. There is no way it would have spread if only those 13 were doing
There came a time
in the life of the early church when people needed to step up.
HELP!!!! WE , the pastors, cant do this on our own!!
The church needed
table waiters. Enter the deacon.
A. Leaders serve.
The first deacons
recognized the direction/ needs of the church and did their part in making it happen.
Verse 3: Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility
over to them
They were people
who were totally controlled by the Holy Spirit. They were people whose lives
were surrendered to the will of God.
Why should leaders serve?
A. Because, as Christians, we are supposed to serve
In Luke 12:35-40. This is the parable of those who are waiting for Jesus
Jesus, when talking
about His return, makes note that those who are waiting for Him to return should “Be dressed ready for service” (verse 35)
We are to be waiting
for Him in the position of a servant.
A Christian waiting
for Jesus to return is pictured as someone who is about the business of a servant, serving faithfully until the Master returns.
We don’t know
when He will return, but until that day comes, we need to be about the business of serving others.
In Matthew 25:14-30.
Jesus gives another, yet similar parable of what a Christian is like who is waiting for Jesus’ return. It is the parable of the talents.
God gives every
believer ability that is unique only to them. An ability that they are suppose
to use in service for others.
In this parable,
it is a given that a Christian is a person who serves.
When a Christian serves, it is a natural indicator of someone who has put their life in His hands.
A person who has
Jesus in their heart is a person who has surrendered their whole heart to him. You
must surrender your whole heart to him to be saved. If your whole heart is surrendered
to him, you will become a servant.
Look what he will
say to us when we get to heaven:
(Matthew 25:23) “well done good and faithful servant!”
Have you ever
notices that new Christians are immediately given the desire to serve. (Maybe
it is out of the fresh awareness of the Gift God has given them and their desire to give back)
of us may need a fresh reminder of what God has done for us.
What is another reason why leaders are supposed to serve?
B. Because Jesus told leaders to serve.
Jesus is moments
away from being arrested and hung on the cross. His time of developing the disciples
into leaders has come to an end. One last teaching for the church’s first
13"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now
that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15I have set you
an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master,
nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if
you do them.
Jesus washes the
disciples feet. We are not better than Jesus.
We are not above Jesus. Jesus was a foot washer and we should be too. Jesus said watch how I lead and go and do the same.
Watch how I lead by serving others.
The disciples, James
and John wanted positions of power and authority. They wanted to be the bosses. Look how Jesus responds to them:
42Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles
lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants
to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For
even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Jesus said that
His world is different from the world around us.
The world around
us tells us shout orders and command people to do things because we are the boss, but Jesus’ way is the exact opposite.
If we want to lead,
we must lead by serving.
In reality, the
leaders are not the ones who want to lead but the ones who are already serving. Those
of you who already serve, are already leaders. Those of you who are faithful
in the little things, will eventually be faithful/ put in charge in greater things.
Those of you who are serving in bigger areas have already proven your service in the little areas.
This message is
not just for the new leadership. This message is for everyone.
Everyone has their
part in helping Westwood be a light to the Gentiles.
What can you do?
We are all given gifts and God wants us to use them to serve others.
1 Corinthians 12:4-31.
4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different kinds of
service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are
many, they form one body.
We already know
that a Christian is meant to serve others.
This is especially
true within the context of the local church.
The church is one
body with many parts. Reaching people for Jesus will not work unless we are all
doing our part.
Your new leadership
is going to lead the way by leading through service.
But, how is God calling you to serve?
Today I am encouraging
all of us to use the gifts God has given us to serve others.
Fill in the last blank with what God is telling you.
When this happens,
no needs will go unmet. No life will go unchanged.
Do you know Jesus?