Thursday, November 19, 2015

1 Kings 9: Notes on Leadership

1 Kings 9
Notes on Leadership

LEADERSHIP – 1). Solomon completed the temple, and he completed his own palaces. (v.1) It was everything he had set out to do. It’s one thing to have an idea, it’s another thing to get it going and work on it, but it’s quite another thing to finish the task we’ve been dreaming of. Solomon was at that place of great contentment because he completed his task, his dream. Leaders don’t just come up with the dreams and get them started; leaders get the job done. 2). God directed His attention on Solomon as His chosen leader. (v.4) He dealt with the people, and now He dealt with their leader. God doesn’t just want us to be figureheads that are outside the same direction given to the people we lead. He wants to lead us as well. 

VERSES 10-28
LEADERSHIP – 1). King Hiram didn’t like the cities in Tyre and gave them the name Kabul. (v.13) This was a derogatory term that essentially meant they were good for nothing. We learn from the author that this name has stuck with these town to this day. Leaders must be careful with their words because they speak declarations over people that can stay in there lives for generations. 2). Solomon was active in building up his entire Kingdom. (v.17,18) He built cities in the desert, cities for storing his supplies, and cities to care for his army. These are all quite different and completely removed from each other, but Solomon took care to do them all. Leaders need to work on many different fronts and learn how to multitask. 3). Solomon had 550 leaders that oversaw the slave labor building his projects. (v.23) With 550 leaders, he most likely had overseers of his overseers and several different levels of leadership. The larger God grows us, the more organized we have to be with our leadership and developing it in those around us as well. 4). Three times a year, Solomon gathered the people together and sacrificed offerings on the altar on behalf of the whole Kingdom. (v.25) Once every 4 months, this occurred. We should try to make sure we have one thing every four months, or at least on a regular basis, from a whole body perspective that brings us together in purpose, unity, and vision. That’s a good ministry philosophy for a church, for a body of believers.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

1 John 1: Notes on Attitude

1 John 1
Notes on Attitude

ATTITUDE - John was writing this letter also to make his joy complete. (v.4) It would make him happy to finish his task for God, and to see others as strong believers in his church family. When we do the task that God has called us to, it brings joy that the world can’t take away. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

1 Corinthians 9: Notes on Relationships

1 Corinthians 9
Notes on Relationships

RELATIONSHIPS - 1). Paul had Barnabas as a ministry companion. (v.6) This wasn't always the case, but as often as possible Paul would travel with a partner. He stood up for him and had someone by his side during trying times as well. 2). Paul is writing this for their benefit, not his own. (v.15) He is OK with ministering free if charge, but he knows that they should be willing to pay for those who care for them.  It's an attitude of gratitude that helps people feel special about working together. If it has to be requested or demanded it loses some of its effectiveness.