Joy that Gives

As we continued our series “Unshackled: Joy Beyond Circumstances” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church I walked us through Philippians 1:27-2:11, where the Apostle Paul shifts his attention from his present circumstances to the situation of the Philippians.

You can view the video and sermon outline of this message, “The Joy of Faith,” below. You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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Chosen Words Series Gfx_ThumbWe began a new series entitled “Chosen Words” this weekend at Eastbrook Church. This series tracks through John, chapters 13-17, and includes a 40-day devotional journey that you do not want to miss. This week, I started us off with a look at Jesus’ powerful display of and teaching on service from John 13:1-17. As you can find out by watching the message, sometimes actions speak louder than words.

One element that I didn’t include in my outline that was really important was the three characteristics of true service we see in Jesus’ life. Those are:

  1. Seeing things the way they really are
  2. Stepping inside of a situation
  3. Sacrificial love

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can join in with the “Chosen Words” devotional online.

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Humble Service

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I concluded our “Conversations” series with a message entitled “Humble Service.” I was looking at Jesus’ interactions with His disciples in the Upper Room from John 13:1-17, where He washes His disciples’ feet.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter.

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Ken Blanchard, “Lead Like Jesus” (#Exponential 2010)

Ken Blanchard, famed speaker and writer on leadership (think The One-Minute Manager) describes himself as a late-comer to the faith at the age of 50.  One of Ken’s latest initiatives is Lead Like Jesus, an effort to inspire and equip people to lead like Jesus. Here are some notes from Blanchard’s session at Exponential 2010.

Jesus was the best one-minute manager of all time.

Situational leadership was what Jesus did: enthusiastic beginners (directing), disillusioned learners (coaching), capable but cautious (supporting), and competent (delegating).

“Is there any time that there is more of a need for servant leadership than now?”

Part One: Leading like Jesus: the transformation of YOU (heart)

Question 1: “Are you leading to serve or be served?”

The #1 leadership style at play right now in most places is “seagull management”; most of the time the leader is above it all but every once in awhile they fly in, peck at things, dump on you, and fly away.

Servant leadership = “It’s not about you. It’s about your people.”

Question 2: “Are you a good steward?”

A servant leader says ‘thank you’ when you offer feedback.

What are you doing with what’s been given you on loan: people, resources, etc.

Question 3: “Do you believe every single person is important?”

The Shepherd role: in search of the 1 that is lost.

Reaching out to everybody.

Bob Greenleaf: “You have to be a servant first and a leader second.” → start with servanthood in your heart

Part Two: Leading like Jesus – the transformation of the mind

Aspect #1: Set good vision & values (leadership)

“We believe that a close encounter with Jesus transforms us, so that we can change the world. We want to make God smile.”

“Don’t try to be politically correct: it’s Jesus, it’s Jesus, it’s Jesus…”

Aspect #2: Turning the pyramid upside down to serve for implementation

Jesus washing His disciples feet → just as I have done this for you

“You [congregation] can do it – we [staff] can help” not “We can do it – you can help.”

Part Three: Leading like Jesus – Habits of Leading Like Jesus

“What does it mean to have abundant life?”

Joy, peace, and righteousness

If we detach from the vine (John 15), we are going to lose our energy

  1. Solitude – quiet, alone with the Father; to deal with grief, calling, pride
  2. Prayer – place for power of God
  3. Scripture – understanding the Scripture
  4. Small group – place to be vulnerable
  5. Unconditional Love of God – do not think that your self-worth is based on your performance plus others’ opinion

[This is part of a series of note-posts from the Exponential 2010 conference.]

The Great Must Be a Servant

Jesus called them [His disciples] together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.
Mark 10:42-45

How do we connect Jesus’ words on greatness with many of the current prescriptions on leadership today? For Jesus, greatness and being first means:

  • Being a servant of those around
  • Being a slave of all
  • Giving our lives for others

Does this mean not leading, or not exercising authority, or not wanting positions of power? Is it about power or about the approach to power?

Clearly, Jesus led others. He taught. He rebuked those who needed it. He set His agenda for ministry (in concert with the Father). Jesus was a leader, but His way of leading and exercising power was, to cite someone else’s wording, ‘downwardly mobile’. He focused on His Father’s agenda. He was often interrupted by people while working toward another goal.

For Jesus, leadership was all about following the Father and His will, and laying down His life for others as a servant.

What about us in the church today? Do we emulate Jesus’ model?