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SERVANT LEADERSHIP

April 23, 2014

Wednesday

 

1Peter 5:2-4
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

 

EXAMPLE

 

Peter Drucker offers insightful guidance to the church when he calls leadership a peak performance by one who is “the trumpet that sounds a clear sound of the organizations’ goals.” His five requirements for this task are amazingly reliable and useful for those who dare to lead churches:

(1) A leader works;

(2) A leader sees his assignment as responsibility rather than rank or privilege;

(3) A leader wants strong, capable, self-assured, independent associates;

(4) A leader creates human energies and vision;

(5) A leader develops followers’ trust by his own consistency and integrity.

– H.B. London, Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman

 

LESSON

 

Sheep spend most of their time eating and drinking, but if they become lost, they are helpless to find adequate food and water. Left to themselves, sheep will indiscriminately eat both healthful and poisonous plants, or overgraze and ruin their own pasture. And they need to be led to water that is not impure and stagnant, not too hot or too cold, and water that is not moving too rapidly since that will frighten them, and they won’t drink so then they die.

Sheep can’t clean themselves and must be sheared. Between shearings, sheep have to have nasty stuff cut away from under their tails or they would plug up and die. And their only defense against any enemy is to flee in terror and hope to get away. It is not surprising that Jesus compared the disoriented, confused, unclean and spiritually lost crowds of His day to flocks of sheep without a shepherd. They could not feed themselves spiritually, and had no one to lead or protect them.

 

Memory Verse: John 3:30

 

 

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