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June 29, 2014 - A Charismatic Leader - I Samuel 15:10-17

posted Jun 30, 2014, 6:52 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 7:01 AM ]
Main Thought
The main distraction in leadership is fear.
  • You cannot know how to lead unless you are listening to what God tells you to do.
  • When we devote ourselves to reading Scripture, worship, and prayer, we are grounding life in the great tradition of faith. It is from this tradition that the leader finds holy visions for leading his/her people.
  • God doesn't need any of us to lead His people in the direction He wants them to go. If you won’t obey, there is always a young David waiting to take over for you.
Three kinds of leadership
    1. Traditional
    2. Legal
    3. Charismatic
  • The charismatic leader is bound not only to the people but also to God, who by grace pours His Spirit on the servant.
  • We make a lot of sacrifices in leadership trying to make people happy. We can even burn out trying to satisfy them. 
Why do we do that?
    1. We are afraid they won’t affirm us.
    2. We are afraid they won’t let us keep leading.
  • Because Saul was so desperate to stay in leadership, he listened to the voice of the people instead of God, and in that moment he ceased to be the charismatic leader.
  • You can’t lead the people if you are afraid of them.
  • If you step into leadership, you will eventually find yourself in worship, either with lament or with thanksgiving. It all depends on how carefully you listen to the Lord’s vision along the way.

Pastor Jim Spon | I Samuel 15:10-17