Leadership Summit – John Burke – Session 3

Tim Lemons —  August 7, 2008 — Leave a comment


  • Making and maintaining good soil is necessary to grow flowers
  • What kind of soil do people need to grow
  • 1 cor 3:6-9 – 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
  • We have a job – to create the right soil that encourages growth
  • Are you willing to get your hands dirty?
  • How many sexually active drunk atheist do you have in your church? :)
  • Does the soil your creating allow for questions and struggles?
  • 1 cor 12:27 – Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 
  • Matthew 9:11-13 – When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
  • Who did Jesus come for? Messy, dirty people. Who should we be for? Messy, dirty people.
  • Am I leading more like Jesus or the pharisees
  • How do we lead with a soil that creates growth?
    • Acceptance – come like you are.  
      • create an environment that sees people for who they could be, not who they are
      • Jesus sees dirty people as who they could be, Pharisees see them as dirty
      • Acts 15:10-11, 19
      • What barriers are there to grace – acts 17 – Paul turned their idol worship to God worship
        • two questions i get asked the most: How do you feel about gays? How do you feel about other religions
      • In every culture there are barriers to grace
    • Authentic confessing community
      • James 5:16 – Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
      • We can live for real not pretending to be better than we are. 
      • If we live this way, others will begin to live this way and we will become healing agents for each other
      • What if we invite people and they never change? Then you’ll be like Jesus – he invited Judas and he never changed
    • Constant Connection to God’s Spirit
      • John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
      • Romans 8:4-5 – n order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. 5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
      • It’s simple – Stay connected = spiritual growth
      • Set your watch to have an alarm go off every 60 minutes to remind you to connect with God through out the day

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