by Steve Jones

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Series: GAP Leadership
Steve Jones

INTRODUCTION: Charlie, a new retiree greeter at Wal-Mart just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day he was five, ten, fifteen minutes late. But he was a good worker, tidy, clean shaven, sharp minded, a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their "Older Person Friendly" policies. The boss was in a real quandary about how to deal with it. Finally, he called him into the office for a talk. "Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic. You do a bang-up job but your being late so often is quite bothersome." Charley said "Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it." "Well good, you're a team player and that's what I like to hear. It's odd though, your coming in late. I know you're retired from the armed forces. What did they say if you came in late there?" "They said 'Good morning, general. Would you like tea or coffee today, sir?'"

I like that story as an introduction to our message today because it has elements of both service and leadership.

I'm in a sermon-series entitled "Gap Leadership" based upon Jesus appearance to the apostles by the Sea of Galilee recorded in John 21. This occurred during the 50-day gap from Easter to Pentecost. I call it Gap Leadership because the Apostles were tasked with leading the Jews in the transition from Judaism to Christianity. They were the leaders who "stood in the gap".

We Christians are also called to stand in the gap. We're leading our families, ourselves and our church from where we are to where we need to be to fulfill God's mission. John Maxwell says "Everything rises and falls on leadership." If you have a business, a sports team, a family or a church that's fulfilling its mission, SOMEONE is doing leadership.

I've identified five leadership characteristics that are taught and modeled in this encounter. Last week we talked ab ...

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