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26 February 2014 Written by  Rev. Manson B. Johnson II

The Making of Champion Leaders

Jeremiah 29:10-14

 

THE BIG IDEA: Champion Leaders are given to make life better for others in the will of God.

 

BIBLE FACT: Only God can design true leaders in any generation; and when He does  they always rise to  the occasion to meet the challenges of the day.

 

In this Age of Self, the language is filled with phrases that glorify personal choice above all other values: self-determination, self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-help even do-it-yourself. In this climate, no doctrine is safe, no dictate accepted without scrutiny….The touchstone of belief today is the individual, not the institution. Priests., like precinct captains, have lost authority.  

The same voters who talk back to their political leaders on call-in shows and town meetings are talking back to their religious leaders at parish council meetings and Communion breakfasts. While 85 percent of American Catholics look up to the pope as a moral leader, 4 out of 5 say they follow their own conscience, rather than papal authority, on moral questions…The phrase “cafeteria Catholics” describes those who pick and choose among church teachings. But in religion, as in politics, the more appropriate analogy for modern mores is to fast food rather than to cafeterias; as the slogan for one hamburger chain puts it: “Have it your way.”…How do leaders lead when followers don’t want to be led? —Steven V. Roberts, “Leading the Faithful in an Age of Dissent,” U.S. News and World Report, August 23, 1993, p. 6.

 

I. Champion Leaders perform well as they are representing God;

Exodus 7:1-25

 A. Champion Leaders are made by God to be icons;

v.1a

 B.Champion Leaders work well in partnerships;

1b, 2; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

 

 C. Champion Leaders are aware that their power is under God’s will;

vv. 3-7

 

 D. Champion Leaders are patient with preliminaries;

vv.7-13

 

 E. Champion Leaders are persuaded that God’s process will prevail;

Blood

(Ex. 7:14–25), Frogs (Ex. 8:1–15), Gnats (Ex. 8:16–19), Flies (Ex. 8:20–32), Plague on livestock (Ex. 9:1–7), Boils (Ex. 9:8–12), Hail and lightning (Ex. 9:13–35), Locusts (Ex. 10:1–20), Darkness (Ex. 10:21–29), Death of firstborn sons (Ex. 11:1, 4–10)