Twelve Leadership Covenants
Introduction: What matters most in life is not what ladders we climb, churches we build or possessions we accumulate. What matters most is relationship, more specifically our covenant relationships. A covenant relationship is one that you can accept or reject, but you can't change it. In the Bible a covenant relationship was made God to man or man to man. Life-long relationships are vitally important and we must actively work on deepening or healing relationships in our lives.
Illustration: John Gray was a gardener who moved to Edinburgh in the early 1800s. He quickly settled in to a home, but could not find a job. He had to provide for his wife and son but no one hired gardeners in Scotland because the weather was too harsh and the ground too hard to plant. Finally, out of desperation, he joined the police force. He was partnered with Bobby. He and Bobby were inseparable companions. Then John became ill and it was discovered he had tuberculosis. Although he received medical treatment, he died soon afterwards and thus ended the friendship of John and Bobby. Or did it? The morning after the funeral found Bobby sitting on John's grave, mourning his friend. He would not leave and remained there day after day. For fourteen years Bobby, a Skye Terrier, left the grave only to eat once a day. Fourteen years after he began his watch, Bobby died of old age. On the grave now rests a plaque that says, "Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all."
I. FOUR IDENTIFIABLE ASPECTS OF RELATIONSHIP
A. FELLOWSHIP INTERACTION
1. These are built around your relationship to people in your local church. These are people you know and love. You have something in common: a love for Jesus and a love for the church. You participate in prayer, worship and communion together.
2. Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
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