Friday, November 3, 2017

What is Extraordinary Leadership?

What is Extraordinary Leadership?

Edited Bible study by our Teacher Linda.

What traits do extraordinary Leaders reveal?

John had these traits.  He understood authority and submission.  He knew his place.
He projected love in every situation.

John knew it was necessary that he decrease and that Jesus increase.  John had been preparing for his personal ministry many years, and knew he was to open the way for Jesus to reveal himself and begin His ministry.

John 3:22-23  After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

John 4:1-2 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

John’s disciples complained that Jesus was becoming more popular than John and the Pharisees had questions about Jesus’ life style.  John’s disciples held Jewish traditions, fasted often, and practiced ceremonial prayers.

Luke 5:33-34 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but you eat and drink? And he said unto them, Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

Do we only desire to inspire?   Our words must cut deep and affect a change completely.

Jesus is the Tree of Life, and we are shoots from him to become our own tree.  It is not from you, and John knew this.

It was needed to be ready to lay down your life for the King.

John 3:3-36 Jesus speaks of earthly things to explain heavenly things;  How to enter the kingdom of God by being born again of the Spirit.

Jesus compared John to Elijah as he quotes from Malichi 3:1 Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 

John was not Elijah, but symbolically ministered in the spirit and power of Elijah.

Luke 1:17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

All things are given to the Son by the Father, and John declared, Jesus is the one.  He showed love by submission.

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