Outposts of the Kingdom Pt. 12: Follow the Leader...Really?
Outposts of the Kingdom
I. WHAT IS A LEADER? (1 Peter 5:1‐4) A. A leader’s role 1. An elder (v.1) 2. A participant in suffering (v.1) 3. A shepherd (v.2) 4. A watchman (v.2) 5. An example (v.3) B. A leader’s motivation 1. Not compelled but voluntarily and willingly 2. Not career/money oriented but service/obedience oriented 3. Not for power/control but as an example for others
II. FOLLOW THE LEADER…REALLY? (1 Peter 5:5‐7) A. The primary issue that underlies all other issues is pride. B. Humility in all is what makes the church work as an outpost of the kingdom. 1. In the church, God has put something together that the world cannot understand or reproduce, and yet it needs it so desperately. C. Grace to the humble
GOOD READS: Resident Aliens Hauerwas and Willimon
Heroic Leadership Chris Lowney
Descending Into Greatness Bill Hybels
FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION: What did you find eye‐opening, helpful, or troubling about today’s talk? What qualities make a good pastor/leader? Discuss your thoughts on what it means for a leader to be both a shepherd and a watchman. Why is this important? How does a healthy, functioning church with good leadership impact the world around it? How does humility transform relationships particularly in the church?