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TITLE: Pitfalls of Leadership

TEXT: Psalm 15:1-5

PROPOSITION: There are some dangers to people in leadership positions.

QUESTION: What?

KEY WORD: Dangers

SCRIPTURE READING: Same

INTRODUCTION:

  1. God wants leadership in the local congregation.
  2. Wrong leaders, however, can be more dangerous than none.

Pride vs. Humility James 4:6, 10

  1. Danger of focusing on programs, numbers, dollars
  2. Should focus on lives changed, spiritual impact.
  3. We can do much not worry about who gets the glory.

Lust vs. Purity 1 Timothy 1:5

  1. Self-control means eye, thought, body, relationship CONTROL
  2. Make sure heart is pure, conscience is good, faith is sincere.

Winning (victory at all cost) vs. Integrity Psalm 15:1-5

  1. Leaders must not compromise Biblical truth.
  2. We can change methods to reach social and cultural changes.
  3. When we abandon Christ "You can do nothing."

Emotional decisions vs. Godly Wisdom Philippians 2:3-8

  1. Leaders must possess the mind of Christ think as He thought.
  2. Emotions can blind us to right and truth
    facts and both sides of the story
    causes man just see the effects
    Must work for solutions not just dwell on problems.

Devils Deadly D's

  1. Disappointment loss of appointment, direction, focus, goals
  2. Discouragment loss of courage, fortitude
  3. Disillusionment loss of vision, dreams
  4. Depression loss of pressure (internal), energy, drive
  5. Demoralization loss of morale, spirit, hope

Brush Fire Management vs. Wisdom Proverbs 16:1, 3, 9

  1. Impulse vs. planning.
  2. Wisdom leads to good planning.
  3. Good planning leads to wisdom.

Mediocrity vs. Excellence 1 Corinthians 15:58

  1. "Abounding" Excelling in the world of the Lord
  2. Never settle for average, normal, mediocre


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