The Leader & The Church: Tony Carter
- Mark 10:35 (ESV)
- Mark 10:36 (ESV)
- Mark 10:37 (ESV)
- Mark 10:38 (ESV)
- Mark 10:39 (ESV)
- Mark 10:40 (ESV)
- Mark 10:41 (ESV)
- Mark 10:42 (ESV)
- Mark 10:43 (ESV)
- Mark 10:44 (ESV)
- Mark 10:45 (ESV)
The heartbeat of God is in the local church. We know this because this is the heartbeat of Christ.
How much greater must the sinless saviour's love for the church be than our love for our wife. We are called to love the church.
Jesus was teaching his disciples what it meant to lead and love the church.
Mark 10:35-45 ESV
And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
We are constantly on the lookout fifty the next great star. Christ is looking for the next great kingdom servant. The true leaders are those who walk before God with absolute humility.
We are called to live a life of servanthood.
GOOD SERVICE SHOULD BEGET GOOD SERVICE
The disciples had no idea what lay ahead, but Jesus did.
SUFFERING SERVANT LEADERSHIP
Jesus knew how much he would suffer, and her would be innocently slaughtered, and not say a word.
"The church was birthed in suffering."
We must lead in some sphere of influence and it will come with suffering.
Suffering refines. Our suffering is little in comparison to Christ. Faithful leaders must understand persecution is our normal portion.
SYMPATHETIC SERVANT LEADERSHIP
Rather than rebuke James & John, he responds sympathetically. They see Jesus as merely a reigning king, not suffering servant. They viewed the kingdom of God on a first come first serve basis. They mistakenly thought they could drink Jesus' cup. Theology of the cross states that in all my giving I desire to give more. When we serve in the Church we cannot be focused on human glory, but solely on the cross set before us. Christ remains sympathetic in our foolishness, as our compassionate savior.
Other disciples were indignant, but not Jesus. We are prone to the same faults as all others. Others respond with condemnation, but not Jesus. We are sinners leading sinners into the arms of a sympathetic savior.
SACRIFICING SERVANT LEADERSHIP
The problem is whether or not we see greatness through the eyes of Christ. Jesus shows us what greatness looks like, in the form of a servant.
"Greatness is not the celebrity, greatness is the servant."
We are all unworthy servants.
Greatness in the kingdom of God isn't having our names in lights or books on shelves. Greatness is being servants & slaves.
"Greatness is measured in how many men one is willing to serve."
Our job is to navigate a ship that carries others. We have to navigate these people safely. We are to guide the ship to the cross & gospel, our magnetic north.
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