Saturday, March 25, 2017

Leaders Set the Example: Be Vulnerable, Don't Be Super-Christians and Builld Trust


You can set the example by sharing your own personal needs and problems with those in your group. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that we should boast in our weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon us (not the negative or fake humility kind). When we are open about areas of struggle we have had and share how the Lord has given us grace and strength to conquer by His Word, it causes us to be transparent. By making ourselves ‘perfect’ Christian, we open ourselves to the enemy in the area of pride. People we are serving feel as though they are with super-Christian and they will be close.

I asked the small group Bible Study members one day if anyone had any difficulties they were facing that the group could pray with them about. Everyone said they were fine. Then I took a few minutes and shared some difficulties in my own lives and asked for prayer. Amazingly, everyone in the group had a personal prayer requests! By being vulnerable, the others in the group then felt free to be open with their lives.

We can minister much effectively by showing the people in our group what the Word of God says rather than by giving then our own opinions. If you don’t have the answer, don’t fake it. Tell them honestly that you don’t know but that you will help them find the answer. Leaders should not give strong advice or correction to a person they do not know very well (unless they are clearly led by the Holy Spirit). Much patience is needed before attempting to correct someone’s faults. Simply continue to love and care from them, and many times they will come to you for advice and help. They will see in you an example of how they themselves want to be.

True leaders will take time – all the time that is necessary – to build good, trusting relationships with people. We must build relationships not only within the setting of the group meeting, but also outside the meeting as well. Through informal time spent in social interaction outside of the meeting context, the time will eventually come when you will feel free to speak into the lives of the people in your group because of the trust that has been established. If you don’t have a relationship with the people in your group, it will be very difficult for them to receive advice or correction or teaching from you. Think about it.

THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.

Best Blogger Tips

Small-Group Leader is to Encourage Others, Not to Bring People Down


Hebrews 3:13 tells us to encourage one another daily. This is one of the important qualifications for a small-group leader – a willingness to encourage others (besides humble, willing to pray for others, personable and easy to approach, enthusiastic, and filled with the Spirit). We can all encourage someone else; and when we sow encouragement, we will eventually reap what we sow! This happens often outside the actual small-group meeting. Even a text message of encouragement to someone in your small-group can make all the difference for them. Everyone gets discouraged at times. Everyone needs friend who truly cares, who will listen and understand him or her. Hey, relationships take time to build.

A true leader has a servant’s heart and is willing to take the time needed to be knit with the people in his/her small group. Just as it takes several weeks for a broken bone to heal and knit together, so too it takes time for relationships in the group to be knit together. The church is built together through relationships: “From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16).

New Christians especially need regular encouragement and nurturing because they are like soils that need good seeds. Maturity doesn’t happen overnight.


THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.
Best Blogger Tips

Friday, March 24, 2017

Small-Group Leader as Servanthood Model


Jesus is our role model for leadership. He was and is the greatest leader who ever lived. He led by being a servant to all those around Him. He knew who He was because of His intimate relationship with His Father, and out of that relationship He ministered to the needs of individuals. He was secure and He was free to serve as a leader – a servant-leader. Two most important values of a servant leader: #1 Secure in God’s love, doesn’t demand for respect or approval from others; and #2 Freedom in Christ, free to serve without force or half-heartedness. In Matthew 20:25-28, Jesus warned His disciples not to be influenced (maybe they were) by the leadership patterns of the Gentiles. Jesus, however, explain to them that leadership in the kingdom of God is servanthood.

An attitude of serving is the key to servant leadership when leading a small group Bible Study. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says that “whatever we do for one of the least” of His brothers and sisters – His disciples – we do for Him. In Matthew 9:36 too we see Jesus’ compassion for the people. His attitude was always to serve. Leadership must have the same heart attitude to serve.

A true Christian leader is a servant and has an intimate relationship with the Father, having a faith-action, humble and being totally dependent on the Lord Jesus. I often observes a true leader when he or she is not in the spotlight before and after Christian fellowship in campuses and outside. I also saw a true leader serve whenever he or she finds an opportunity. There are countless ways we can serve others in a small group. We are modelling servanthood by being willing to lead a small group or assist a small-group leader.

Don’t look at numbers – small-group is better. Here we all can learn to serve and to be served by others. 

THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.


Best Blogger Tips

They Click it A lot. [Top 7 last 7 Days]

Thus far, I writes...

1 John Expositions 20 Pesan Kepada Pelajar Saya 2015 Resolution 2016 Resolution A.W. Tozer Abortion Abraham Abundance Action Actions Adoption Advice Alam Sekitar Alan M. Turing Albert Einstein Alkitab Allah Bapa Amazing Ambition Anak Allah Anak Manusia Angel Anger Anointed Anslem of Canterbury Antichrist Apologetics Apolos Apostle Application Art Ascension Ask Assurance Athanasius Atheism Athenagoras Atonement Attitude Augustine of Hippo Authentic Authority Awake Awareness Back to Basic Doctrine Series Bahasa Iban Bahasa Kamek-Kitak Bahasa Malaysia Balance Baptis Baptism Baroh Ati Be Original Beauty Beban Belas Kasihan Believe Berdoa Berehat Berfikir Berita Baik Bersaksi bagi Kristus Bible Bible Study Biblical Manhood Bill Gates Billy Graham Biography Birthday Blessing Blood Boldness Book of Acts Expositions Book of Genesis Book Review Boredom Born Again Borneo Brother Yun Bup Kudus Burn Up business/financial C.H. Spurgeon C.S. Lewis C.T. Studd Cabaran Calling Cara Hidup Care Celebration Central Theme Chance Change Character Charismatic Charles Darwin Children of God Chinese New Year Choice Chosen Christ through the Bible Christ-Like Christian Fellowship Christian Living Christmas Church Classic books Coffee College and University Student Comfort Commend Commentary Commitment Communications Community Compassion Condemnation Confession Confidence Conflict Consider Jesus Consumerism Contentment Contribution Controversy conversion Conviction Corrie Ten Boom Counseling Covenant Creation Creativity Criticism Crucifixion Culture Curiosity Curse Dating Death Decease Decision_making Deliverance Dependence Determination Dietrich Bonhoeffer Diligence disaster Discernment Discipleship Discipline Discover Diversity Divinity Divorce Doa Doctrine Don Richardson Don't Give Up Don't Worry Dosa Doubt Dream Easter Easter Day Reflections Ego Election Elijah Emotions Empathy Emptiness Encouragement End Times Endurance Enemies Enthusiasm Environment Envy and Jealousy Eternal Life Eugene H. Peterson Evangelism Everyday Christmas Evidence of Jesus' Resurrection Evil Spirits Evolution Example Existence of God Experience Ezekiel F.B. Meyer Facebook Facts Failure Faith False Teacher Family and Relationship Fasting Fasting. Berpuasa Father Father's Day Fear Fear of God Feeling Firman Tuhan Focus Followers Forest Forgiveness Francis of Assisi Francois Turrettini Free Freedom Friendship Garden of Eden Gawai Dayak Generosity Gentleman Gentleness George Mueller Gereja Gifts Giving Glory Goals God God Sovereignty God-ward Thinking God's Plan God's Will Good News Goodness Gospel Gospel of Mark Gossip Grace Gratefulness Gratitude Great Commission Greatness Grief Growth Guidance Habit Happiness Happy New Year Harapan Hardwork Hari Krismas Hari Sabat Hate Hatred Healing Health Heaven Hell Hero Alkitab Hidup yang Bermakna Hidup yang Kekal High Priest History HIV/AIDS Holiness of God Holy Spirit home Homosexual Honesty Hope Hosea Hospitality How-to-Lead-Bible-Study Hubungan Peribadi Hukum Taurat Hukuman Humanity Humble Hypocrite Iblis Identity Imagination Iman Immanuel Incarnation Influence Initiative Insights Inspiration Integriti Integrity Intercession Prayer Internet Interpretation Isa al-Masih Isaac Newton Islam Isu Semasa J. Oswald Sanders J.C. Ryle J.I. Packer Jadi Kamu Ingin Berpacaran? Jako Tuhan Janji Allah Jesus Christ Jesus Freaks Jesus the Only Way Jim Elliot John 17 John C. Maxwell John Calvin John MacArthur John Owen John Piper John Stott John the Baptist John Wycliffe Journey Joy Judas Iscariot Judging Others Judgment Justice Justification Kaleb Karl Barth Kasih Kasih Kurnia Kayu Salib Keadilan Kebahagiaan Kebaikan Kebangkitan Kebebasan Kebenaran Keberanian Kebijaksanaan Kehendak Allah Kejahatan Kejujuran Kekhuatiran Kelahiran Semula Keluarga Kemaafan Kematian Kemuliaan-Nya Kemurahan Hati Ken Blanchard Kepastian tentang Penyelamatan Keperluan Kepimpinan Keputusan Kereja Ajih Kesatuan Kesejahteraan Kesembuhan Kesetiaan Kesucian Ketawa Ketulusan Keutamaan Kindness Kingdom of God Kitab Ezra dan Nehemia Knowledge Kornelius Kuasa Kudus Laughter Law of God Laziness Leadership Learning Leonardo da Vinci Let Go Let's Blogging! Letters to Annie Letters to Little Richard Lies Lifestyle Listening Loneliness Lord Louis Berkhof Love Make a Difference Malaysia Manhood Marginalize People Marriage Martin Luther Martin Luther King Jr. Martyrs Masa Materialistik Maturity Max Lucado Media Sosial Meditation Meekness Membaca Meminta Tolong Memorizing Mendengar Menghakimi Mengumpat Mentaati Mentor Menunggu Menyelidiki Mercy Messiah MH17 Tragedy MH370 Tragedy Mikha Ministry Miracle Misi Mission Money Morality Moses Mother Teresa Mother's Day Motives Movie Mukjizat Murah hati Murka Tuhan Musa Music My Top 20 Lists My Top Book Lists Mystery Nabi Naomi Narnia Nasihat Nelson Mandela New Life Noah's Ark Not Ashamed Novel Obedience Observing Omnipotent Omnipresent Omniscient Online Opportunity Optimist-Christian Attitude Orang Utan Oswald Chambers Our Wired Lives on Facebook Series Pain Palm Sunday Parable Paradise Passion Pastor Pastor Raymond Koh Missing Patience Paul Hattaway Paulus Peace Peduli Pekerjaan Peluang Pemerintahan Allah Pemimpin Pemulihan Pencubaan Pendamaian Pengajian Surat 1 Yahya 1 Pengampunan Pengarap Pengekalan dalam Keselamatan Pengetahuan Asas tentang Ajaran Kristian Pengidup Baru Penginjilan Pengkhabaran Pengorbanan Penyembuhan Penyesalan People Perbuatan Percaya Perdamaian antara Kaum dan Bangsa Perfect Perintah Allah Perkahwinan Persaudaraan Persecuted Church Persecution Perseverance Persistence Personality Perspective Persuasion Pertaubatan Pertolongan Perubahan Petrus Philosophy and Theology Picture Graph Pilihan Play Poet Politics Positive Thinking Potential Poverty Power Praise prayer Pre-Christmas Preaching Predestination Pride Priority Private Personal Public Problem Process Promise Prophet Protest Provider Puji Sembah Purity Purpose Putera Allah Question Quote Racism Radical Raja Random Issues Reading Reality Rechurch Reconciliation Redemption Reflection Reformer Rejection Remain Faithful Rendah Hati Renungan Repentance Respect Responsibility rest Result Resurrection Revelation Revenge Rewards Righteousness Rock Roh Allah Romance Rumah TUHAN Rut Sabbath Sacrifice Sahabat Saint Salvation Sanctification Santification Sarah Satan Satisfaction Save Science Second Coming Secrecy Seekers Self-Control Self-Image Selfie Phenomenon Sembiang Sensitive Serve Service Sex Sharing Shut Up Silent and Solitude Simplicity Sin Sincerity Sing Single Siri Kehidupan Kristian Slowing smile So You Often Quote Him? Soalan Social Media Son of David Son of God Son of Man Soul Space Speak Up Spiritual Health Spiritual Poverty Stand Firm Steve Jobs Stop Baram Dam Strength Struggle Study Submission Success Suffering Sukacita Sukarela Supreme Surrender Tabiat Take Risks Talking Tanggungjawab Tattoo Teachability Teacher's Day Technology Temptation Test Thank You Thankfulness The Advocator The Apostles' Creed The Bread of Life the Cross The Devil The Flood The Good Shepherd The Helper The King The Light The Mediator The Message of Christmas The Nicene Creed The Poor The Sacrament The Smartness of God The Story of God The Trinity The Unforgivable Sin The Water of Life The Way The Word Think of the Message Thinking Thomas Edison Time Tindakkan Tok Nan Tongue Traditions and Regulations Training Transfiguration Transformers Triniti Trouble Trust Truth Tujuan Hidup Unchurch Understanding Uniqueness of God Unity Unplugging Urgency Valentine Value Victory Visi Vision Vocation Volunteer Vulnerable Waiting Walk with God Warren Bennis Watchman Nee Weekly Motivation Winning Wisdom Witness woman Wonder Word-to-World Fellowship (WWF) Words Work World World AIDS Day Worship Wrath of God Writing Yesus Kristus You got to read this Yusuf Zig Ziglar