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Church Membership 101 - Leadership (4 of 5)
Series: Church Membership 101
INTRODUCTION: President Ronald Reagan used to love to tell jokes about communist Russia. Reagan's jokes often pointed to the disparity between the leaders and followers under the Communist system and the resulting strain in relationships.
Here is an example. Two men, an American and a Russian, were arguing. The American said, "In my country I can go to the White House, walk into the president's office, pound the desk and say, 'Mr. President! I don't like how you're running things in this country!'" The Russian said, "I can do that too!" "Really?" "Yes! I can go to the Kremlin, walk into the general secretary's office, pound the desk and say, "'Mr. secretary, I don't like how Reagan is running his country!'"
In ANY organization, it's important to know the relationship between the leaders and the followers.
We are in a sermon series entitled "Church Membership 101" wherein we're talking about the responsibilities of church members. We have said that the church is important because it is called of God and it is the Kingdom of God therefore we are to take our responsibilities to the church seriously. The first responsibility is weekly corporate worship, or what we generally call, going to church. The second responsibility we talked about was the responsibility of church members to contribute financially to their church.
Today I want to address a church member's responsibility to leadership. That responsibility can be summed up in one famous phrase that we're going to break down into three parts.
Isaiah 3:6-7 "In those days a man will say to his brother, 'since you have a coat, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!' But he will reply, 'No! I can't help…don't put me in charge!'"
Ezekiel 22:30 "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none."
Matthew 9:36 "When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."
You might have heard the phrase, "too many chiefs, not enough Indians." The idea is that there are too many people trying to put themselves forward to lead, but not enough people willing to pitch in and follow their lead and do the work. This has not been my experience either inside the church or outside the church. My experience has been that there are plenty of Indians but not enough chiefs. In other words, there are not enough leaders. There are not enough men or women who have paid the price to equip themselves and prepare themselves for leadership and are willing to accept leadership responsibility.
And I don't think my experience is unique.
-The prophet Isaiah describes a time-period when no one wanted to be put in charge of anything, "I can't help. Don't put me in charge."
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