Back in the summer when Todd was originally planning this sermon series, for today’s date he wrote in Nehemiah. He was uncertain about adding Nehemiah to this series because it’s a case study on leadership which may not be interesting to most people. But Nehemiah’s an important character in the Bible so Todd decided to leave him in. It kind of seems providential now because this week the U.S. elected a leader that many people consider to be a questionable, perhaps even corrupt, person. There are families divided, people discouraged, and continuing protests and violence. There is clearly a significant leadership crisis in the U.S. It’s a good reminder that in our world, we are facing a leadership crisis.
Message by Todd Lester – November 13, 2016
Proverbs 28:2 When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
BIBLICAL LAWS OF LEADERSHIP
1. NOTHING HAPPENS UNTIL SOMEONE PROVIDES LEADERSHIP FOR IT
Judges 21:25 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
2. LEADERSHIP IS INFLUENCE
1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
3. THE TEST OF LEADERSHIP IS “IS ANYBODY FOLLOWING?”
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
4. THE FOUNDATION OF LEADERSHIP IS CHARACTER NOT CHARISMA
Hebrews 13:7-8 Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.
5. LEADERSHIP CAN BE LEARNED
Mark 3:14 Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach.
6. THE MOMENT YOU STOP LEARNING, YOU STOP LEADING
Ecclesiastes 10:10 Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.
Nehemiah 1:1-4 In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem. They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.
Nehemiah 1:11 In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.
Nehemiah 1:4 When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.
WHY DID GOD CHOOSE NEHEMIAH AS A LEADER?
1. Nehemiah was sensitive to the needs around him
2. Nehemiah was dependable
Luke 16:10-13 If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
3. Nehemiah was available
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