by David Cawston

David Cawston
John 1:12 & 13

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

Empowerment is a buzz word of the 90's.
Especially in the business arena.
Many companies talk about it but don't really do it.

Empowerment was a biblical concept long before it became and industry concept.

Definition: "To invest with legal power, to authorize"

Practical Application: Define, Train, Authorize, Release--Ownership

The basis of empowerment is trust
"You can't have empowerment without first having trust. If you don't trust the people you are working with then you must use control rather than empowerment."
Principle-Centered leadership Stephen Covey
God trusts us.
Jesus left the entire purpose of his coming in our hands.
The entire fulfillment is our responsibility!
Matthew 28:18-20
"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;"

He believes in us!

He commissioned us!

Matthew 24:14
"And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations, and then the end will come"
He trusts us!
He commissioned us!
He has empowered us!

I. Empowered to be Changed.

Illus. The newest member of a golfing foursome was a bit nervous on his first outing. Intent on making a good impression, the man teed up the ball, spread his feet, fixed his stance, and then took a healthy swing. The golf club removed about a pound of turf, but completely missed the ball. Completely embarrassed, the man again planted his feet, took another healthy swing and again totally missed the ball! Whereupon he looked up ...

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