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Leadership: Follow The Influence (3 of 4)
Series: Ships of Faith
Introduction: Let's talk about leadership. I can almost hear it now. Some of you are saying to yourself, ''Well this doesn't have anything to do with me. I am not a leader and don't ever intend to be.'' If you are thinking of leadership in terms of an office or position like an elder or deacon or maybe some up front position like a teacher or song leader, you might be right. I am talking about all of those types of things today, but I am also talking about much more.
By leader, I mean anyone who exercises spiritual influence on somebody else, anyone who seeks to direct others to a closer walk with Christ or a mature faith or simply helping them make right choices for good rather than evil. This certainly includes all of those positions I just mentioned. But it also includes a lot of other roles in life. If you are a parent or grandparent, you must be a leader. Many of you have leadership opportunities among your friends and neighbors, perhaps at work or in some other relationship in life. Every one of you can and should be a leader-an influencer for Christ.
I want to ask and answer four simple questions about leadership today and in the process challenge each of you to dedicate yourself to being a person of influence for Jesus Christ. The questions are obvious: what, why, who, and how.
First, what is a leader? I have already hinted at the answer. Let me go a bit farther. Leadership is the impact we have on those around us. That's why I insist that every follower of Jesus is called to some level of leadership. Jesus said, ''You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine that the world may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.'' Elsewhere the New Testament says, ''Do not be conformed to the world'' implying that because we are followers of Jesus we should be leaving our fingerprints on everythi ...
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