by Dave Gustavsen

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Leaders Who Crash (1 of 2)
Series: (Dis)Qualified
Dave Gustavsen
2 Samuel 11:1-27

Today and next week, we're doing a 2-part series called ''(Dis)Qualified.'' So today I'm going to talk about leaders who crash, and then next week I'm going to talk about leaders who last. And I'm going to build this around the story of one of the most well-known leaders in the Bible: King David.

If you're wondering why I chose to address this topic, it's because over the years, I have seen way too many leaders who start well, and then self-destruct. I've seen it in business leaders and government leaders and teachers and coaches…and I've seen it in pastors. And I've watched what happens when they fall-not only what happens to them, but how the damage ripples out to their families, and to the people they lead, and beyond.

So I thought, ''Okay, when leaders crash, are there some common elements that tend to be there… and is it possible to spot those things in ourselves before the crash happens…and what does the gospel have to do with all this?'' So that's what this series is about.

Now: you might be thinking, ''I'm not a leader, so this doesn't apply to me.'' So let me respond to that in two ways. First of all, sometimes, part of the reason leaders crash is because of the way their followers act. So there are lessons here for all of us as followers-because we're all following someone, right? But besides that: all of the things that drag down leaders can drag anyone down-even if they're not in a formal leadership position. And maybe your crash wouldn't affect as many people, but it would be just as devastating to you and to the people around you.

So…let's talk about a famous leader who crashed. We're going to be in the book of 2 Samuel, chapter 11:

1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

2 One ...

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