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Sunday, November 10, 2019

MESSAGE SERIES - The Art of Invitation

Welcome to the Empowered Living Church (The ELC). We are celebrating the launch of this new church in our new location as we prepare for our next step. Thank you for being a part of God's victory. Our objective is to save souls, make disciples, and build God's kingdom. We are spending the months of October and November coming into a collective understanding of how we live a life on mission for God through the Art of Invitation. Click HERE


“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9

KEY SCRIPTURES ~ Matthew 20:25-28 (NIV)

25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


We planned a fun family community fest and I did not have to plan it.  


Unwavering courage based upon knowledge of self, and of one’s occupation.  No follower wishes to be dominated by a leader who lacks self-confidence and courage.  No intelligent follower will be dominated by such a leader very long.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Self-control.  The man who cannot control himself, can never control others.  Self-control sets a mighty example for one’s follower’s, which the more intelligent will emulate.  

1 Corinthians 10:13 ~ 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  

A keen since of justice.  Without a sense of fairness and justice, no leader can command and retain the respect of his followers.

Micah 6:8 ~ 8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Definiteness of decision.  The person who wavers in his decisions shows that he is not sure of himself.  She cannot lead others successfully.

Philippians 4:6-7 ~ 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Definiteness of plans.  The successful leader must plan his work, and work his plan.  A leader who moves by guesswork, without practical, definite plans, is comparable to a ship without a rudder.  Sooner or later he will land on the rocks.

Proverbs 16:3 & 9 ~ 3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,and he will establish your plans.  9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

The habit of doing more than paid for.  One of the penalties of leadership is the necessity of willingness, upon the part of the leader, to do more than he requires of his followers.

Philippians 2:6-9 ~ 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

A pleasing personality.  No slovenly, careless person can become a successful leader.  Leadership calls for respect. Followers will not respect a leader who  does not grade high on all of the factors of a pleasing personality.  

Proverbs 27:19 ~ 19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law.

Sympathy and understanding.  The successful leader must be in sympathy with his followers.  Moreover, he must understand them and their problems.

Psalm 46:1-2 ~ 1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

Mastery of detail.  Successful leadership calls for mastery of details of the leader’s position.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ~ 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Willingness to assume full responsibility.  The successful leader must be willing to assume responsibility of the mistakes and the shortcomings of his followers.  If he tries to shift this responsibility, he will not remain the leader. If one of his follwers makes a mistake and shows himself incompetent, the leader must consider that it is he who failed.

Proverbs 28:13-14 ~ 13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. 14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.


Cooperation.  The successful leader must understand and apply the principle of cooperative effort and be able to induce his followers to do the same.  Leadership calls for power, and power calls for cooperation.  

1 Corinthians 12:14-20 ~ 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.