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Servant Leadership

*The notes below are more of an added resource than notes to follow with the audio.

1. The Servant-Leader does not lead like worldly men.

  • “And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. And He said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors. But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant. For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’” (Luke 22:24-30, NASB95)
  • When we ask God to put us in ministry we really do not know what we ask. We do not know what cup we will drink or what baptism – whether it be the cup of suffering or the baptism of fire. We do not know.
  • The point is that we do not seek these things for status or a special place of authority. The rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over their countrymen. But t is not supposed to be that way in the kingdom of God.
  • Leaders serve.
  • Isn’t it true that Jesus has served us with salvation and His death on the cross?
  • Isn’t it true that the Holy Spirit serves us and constantly reminds us of the words of Jesus and gives us direction?
  • Are not the angels sent as our servants?
  • “They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, ‘What were you discussing on the way?’ But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.’” (Mark 9:33-35, NASB95)

2. The Servant-Leader will be tested.

  • “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;” (Luke 22:31, NASB95) “but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32, NASB95)
  • Jesus prophesied the test that would come upon Peter – that he would deny Christ three times before the next morning.
  • After Peter’s denial and his breaking, Jesus began to rebuild him.
  • “and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. ” (1 Corinthians 15:5, NASB95)
  • And then Jesus commissioned him – “So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.”” (John 21:15-18, NASB95)
  • Jesus being tested
    • Stones into bread – denial of body’s desires (let this cup pass from me) – Mt. 26:39
    • Throw yourself down if you are the son of God – Mt 27:40. If you are . . .
    • I will give you the world . . .
    • Mt 27:46 – Eli, Eli . . .
    • Ps 22
    • The result – Mt 28:16-18 – all authority is given me in heaven and in earth . . .

3. The Servant-Leader goes first.

  • “But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him.” (Matthew 3:15, NASB95)
  • John the Baptist knew that Jesus should be baptizing him! And knew that it was awkward for him to be baptizing Jesus. Yet Jesus knows that He must “fulfill all righteousness.” That is, no short cuts. Everything must be in its own order.
  • Whatever we want to lead our people into, we must be able to go there first.
    • If we say to them to pray, we must be praying
    • We say, “Do not be angry.” We must not be angry.
  • Good words coming out of my mouth will not hide my bad deeds from God. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. ” (Galatians 6:7, NASB95)
  • Out of all the people that entered into the promised land, only Joshua and Caleb had been there before.
  • Jesus walking on the water, invites Peter to come out to him – “Come.” (Mat 14:29, NASB95)

4. A Servant-Leader is an example to the flock.

  • In foot washing – “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.” (John 13:15, NASB95)
  • Paul in supplying his own needs – ““I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. “You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” ” (Acts 20:33-35, NASB95)
  • Paul’s teaching was what he lived
    • “I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church. ” (1 Corinthians 4:14-17, NASB95
    • “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. ” (1 Corinthians 11:1, NASB95)
    • “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, ” (Philippians 3:17-18, NASB95)
    • “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9, NASB95)
    • “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, ” (2 Thessalonians 3:7, NASB95)

5. The Servant-Leader prays.

  • “And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. ” (Luke 22:39, NASB95)
  • “After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23, NASB95)
  • “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” ” (Matthew 26:36-42, NASB95)
  • Heb 7:25

6. The Servant-Leader chooses his disciples carefully – “It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12, NASB95) “And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles: ” (Luke 6:13, NASB95)

7. Servant-Leadership is not for many

  • Servant-Leaders must be careful what they teach and always stay within the Words of God.
    • “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. ” (James 3:1, NASB95)
    • “…wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.” (1 Timothy 1:7, NASB95)
  • Servant-Leaders lives are not private or hidden – “Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses. Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning. ” (1 Timothy 5:19,20, NASB95)

8. A Servant-Leader disciples

  • “Follow Me.”
    • “The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” ” (John 1:43, NASB95)
    • “And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. ” (Matthew 4:19-20, NASB95)
  • A leader has to be willing and able to make disciples. This is the major mark of God-called pastors and church leaders! The majority of a leader’s time must be spent in discipleship, delegation and multiplication.
    • Train men (discipleship)
      • The disciples went with Him – Mt 9:10; Mk 2:15; Lk 8:22; Jn 2:2; 3:22
      • He instructed them in private – “And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”” (Matthew 13:10, NASB95)
      • In most churches, 20% of the people do 80% of the work. It’s the temptation of many pastors to spend large amounts of time on the 80% who are doing very little to work in the church or advance the kingdom. A Servant-Leader must recognize where, how and in whom to invest discipleship time!
      • Jesus
        • Taught the multitudes and contended with the Pharisees
        • Had 120 disciples at His death that met in the upper room
        • Appointed twelve apostles. The word, “Apostle” means “one who is sent” showing that from the beginning Jesus was intent on training and releasing men into their calling, so that His work would be multiplied.
        • Intensely discipled Peter, James and John from among the twelve.
    • Give them responsibility
      • “Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. ” (Luke 10:1, NASB95
      • “And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs,” (Mark 6:7, NASB95) See also Mat 10, the entire chapter.
    • Empower them to do what you are doing, thereby multiplying yourself
      • “And He . . . gave them authority over the unclean spirits; ” (Mark 6:7, NASB95)
      • “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “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 the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:18-20, NASB95)