August 19, 2019

E M P T Y - Titus 1:10-11

"Mike was a lad that was probably what you would call a throw away, but one day he stood at the top rung of a ladder with a paintbrush in his hand at 6:00 AM that morning, his punishment for breaking the rules had begun. This 14 year old boy could hear the laughter and shouts of the other kids they swam and played basketball. Mike was mad because he had to paint all day long."

Family Discussions:

  1. Can you look inside your very family, Can you look inside the place where you do business or the school that you go to or in the neighborhood you live and see someone like Mike. Who is that person that needs that kind of love?
  2. What change could you make in that person's life if you begin to love that person to Jesus until they're ready to love another man to Jesus?

Transcription:

00:13 Hey, today I want to tell you about a teenage boy named Mike and a paintbrush and the power of the incredible power of mentoring and discipling. We're in Titus chapter one, verse 10 and 11 today and it says this, "for there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain." You know, Mike was a lad that was probably what you would call a throw away, but one day he stood at the top rung of a ladder with a paintbrush in his hand at 6:00 AM that morning, his punishment for breaking the rules had begun. This 14 year old boy could hear the laughter and shouts of the other kids they swam and played basketball. Mike was mad because he had to paint all day long.

01:05 He stood on the ladder and his anger welled up inside him. He had arrived at the Baptist Children's Village, a residential home for children and teens the previous week because his parents didn't want him anymore. Sure he had messed up and was expelled from school, but that was the last of a long list of things. Mike was angry and he felt like no one cared and no one loved him. There was no one to love that boy to Jesus. As he painted the frustration and anger inside him, he became more intense. He didn't know who to ask for help. He was so confused and in his frustration, Mike wrote with his finger the letters - E M P T Y in the paint. Stuck on the ladder painting all day long, Mike cried out for help. In one word, Mike described his entire life is empty. No one loved him.

01:54 No one cared. He had been told his entire life he would never amount to anything over and over. He was told that he would be just like his alcoholic father who abandoned him when he was two years old. There are a lot of Mikes in our neighborhoods and cities and place of business and families that had been told many lies. They have no hope. They think they're worthless because their entire lives the ones that supposedly loved them the most, filled their minds with garbage. Mike will either attempt to fill the emptiness with alcohol, like is dad, or use something else that will distract him from the pain or we can love him. Not preach to him, but love him for who he is. Right where he is. It's time we silence the lies by allowing God to love through us. And I have seen entire prisons changed by one man who would love one man to Jesus until he was ready to love another man to Jesus. And I want to ask you a couple of questions today, and these are great. Can you look inside your very family, Can you look inside the place where you do business or the school that you go to or in the neighborhood you live and see someone like Mike. Who is that person that needs that kind of love? And secondly, what change could you make in that person's life if you begin to love that person to Jesus until they're ready to love another man to Jesus?

"I knew a guy named Richard one time who was just talented as all get out. You know, I'll never forget him. He came to our Sports Kamps from Oklahoma when I was a little kid. He was the fastest kid in Kamp. He was the fastest kid I'd ever seen run a race and nobody could beat him. That is until the summer that Sam came to Kamp."

Family Discussions:

  1. How do Paul's words encourage you today?
  2. When we tend to quit sometimes when, you know, when Sam gets the lead, what did we do?
  3. What are some of the Sam's in your life that make you feel discourage?
  4. How are you going to finish strong even when they get in the lead?

Transcription:

00:13 Are you about to finish school? Or finish for the holidays? Or maybe finish a job? Or to finish an assignment? Or maybe even finish life? Not knowing how many days, you know, are ahead of you. Today Paul has got some great words in Second Timothy Chapter Four, verse five through eight about how to finish. We're always finishing something. Check this out. If you want to know how to finish. He says, "but you be sober in all things. Endure hardship. Do the work of an evangelist and fulfill your ministry." For Paul is talking about himself. He said, "I'm already being poured out as a drink offering and the time of my departure has come. I fought a good fight. I finished the race. I've kept the faith. In the future, there's laid up for me, the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the Righteous Judge will award me on that day. And not only me, but all those who've loved his appearing."

01:17 Paul was finishing his life. He knew he was just about to be killed and he said that he would finish and he would keep the faith. You know, I knew a guy named Richard one time who was just talented as all get out. You know, I'll never forget him. He came to our Sports Kamps from Oklahoma when I was a little kid. He was the fastest kid in Kamp. He was the fastest kid I'd ever seen run a race and nobody could beat him. That is until the summer that Sam came to Kamp. You know, Sam was on Richard's opposing team and Sam was one step faster out of the starting blocks. His first 10 yards of the race were like lightning. And I watched Richard as Sam race three or four times, and every time Richard got sixth place, not second or third, but six.

02:04 You know what happened? You guessed it. When Sam took the lead, Richard would quit. He couldn't stand the idea of second, so he'd quit. He never even crossed the finish line. Oh, you know, my First Year in coaching, I was fortunate to coach at Texas A&M, and our slogan during spring training in those days was "Finish Strong." It was that simple. Gene Stallings was the head coach. Still a great friend to this day. But man, when he would say finish strong, I mean every drill, every play, every down you could hear coach Stallings and one of the coaches say, finish strong, finish strong. You know, we didn't want any Richards at Texas A&M University. Um, you know what, man, life is so much like a track race. It's so much like a football game. You know, you get knocked flat, you get, you know, belittled.

02:53 Uh, you know, Sam is always there to take the lead away. You get discouraged. You want to running. But the runner who keeps his eyes on the prize and keeps his legs pumping to the finish line, wins the most important race every single time. God guarantees it. All we've got to do is finish strong. And here's the questions for today. How do Paul's words encourage you today? Finish strong! When we tend to quit sometimes when, you know, when Sam gets the lead, what did we do? Finish Strong! And then what are some of the Sam's in your life that make you feel discourage? And how are you going to finish strong even when they get in the lead? The lifeline for today is this: Fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith because the crown of righteousness is awaiting the one who does.

"Have you ever wondered in your craziest dreams what it would be like to hear God talk? Imagine for a minute, what would He say? How would His voice sound?"

Family Discussions:

  1. What does the idea of God's words to you right now?
  2. What does that say to you?
  3. How is the Bible, God's love letter to you?
  4. What will you do differently now that you know that the Bible is God's literal love letter written to you?

Transcription:

00:14 This little pink card that I have in my hand is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world because it's a little love note for my daughter. And inside my Bible is a little blue love notes from my little bride that she gave me months ago, but I keep it inside my Bible. Don't you love love notes? Don't you love love letters? Boy, I think this one today y'all is going to change your view of scripture. Get ready. Second Timothy chapter three verses 13 through 17. It starts off speaking about the conditions you and I are in today. It says this, "but evil men and imposters will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you've learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you've learned them. And that from childhood, you've known the sacred writings that are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus."

01:11 And you got to memorize this one, "all scriptures inspired by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. So that the man of God might be adequate equipped for every good work." That means that scripture is God breathed. Have you ever wondered in your craziest dreams what it would be like to hear God talk? Imagine for a minute, what would He say? How would His voice sound? You know, would it be deep and resonating? You know, would He write it in the sky like the vapor trail of an airplane? What if, I know it sounds a little crazy, but what if he actually wrote you a personal love letter and signed it? Love, God. Let's say there were some things he really wanted you to know, some, some specific instructions, some assurances of his love for you, and maybe some warnings of some places you were about to get hurt and he finished with a picture of you in your very home in heaven where everything would be fulfilling and joyful and free from trials.

02:23 Would you read it? Would you act upon it with haste or would you kind of, you know, blow it off and throw it away? You know what I've got? I've got a sneaky feeling that if God literally spoke to you or wrote you a personal love letter, that you rip it open with passion and you'd read every single page. Well guess what? That is exactly what He did. You know what? You've got it in the palm of your hands. Every time you open the Bible, every picture at every page in this book, his pieces of his voice literally piped into your ear and into your heart. Because all scripture says is God's voice to you from "in the beginning of genesis to the amen at the end of revelation." And the literal translation of the phrase God-inspired is God-breathed. The Bible is the thoughts and the breath of God.

03:23 Does that get you excited or what? You know what? I, I get to carry God's voice with me and my hip pocket everywhere I go. And when I have a spare moment, I get to kind of yank it out of my back pocket to see what he has to say. And I still can't get over the fact that he'd write a love letter to me. And He delivered with love to the front door of your heart. So here's the questions for today. What does the idea of God's words to you right now? What does that say to you? And how is the Bible, God's love letter to you? And then the big question today is this, what will you do differently now that you know that the Bible is God's literal love letter written to you? And the lifeline for the day of this: And I heard this from my hero, Dr. Howard Hendricks. He said this book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the book.

"I came up to Missouri and I coached this high school football team and we were mediocre at best. I mean, we trained hard, we played hard, we had a lot of fun. But we did most everything a team was supposed to do except we couldn't win." 

Family Discussions:

  1. Can you recall a time when a coach or a teacher called you onto the field or onto the court and pointed out how valuable and gifted you were?
  2. How did it feel?
  3. How much greater is it to be useful to the master and pleasing to the true head coach?
  4. What is this passage when it says "flee youthful lust and cleanse yourself of these things"?
  5. What does this say to you now about the things that you need to do to become useful to the master?
  6. How will you implement that today?

Transcription:

00:14 Hey, today I want to tell you about my favorite football player and my favorite football play that I've ever seen in my life. And the funniest thing about it was it was about a kid who sat on the bench. We're looking at Second Timothy Chapter two verse 20 through 22. You've got to capture this one. This is so incredibly amazing. It says this, "now in a large house, there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and earthen ware. In some for honor and some for dishonor, but if anyone cleanses himself of these things," Paul's talking about the purity issues. "If he cleans himself with these things, he'll be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared for good work." And then here's the verse. "Now flee from youthful lust and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart." 'Useful to the master' ain't that a great phrase to think about being useful to the master.

01:18 Well I coached the Texas Aggies, and then I came up to Missouri and I coached this high school football team and we were mediocre at best. I mean, we trained hard, we played hard, we had a lot of fun. But we did most everything a team was supposed to do except we couldn't win. Every Friday night we got killed. 36 to 6. 45 to 14. Man, it was awful. But we kept having fun. We had this one sophomore on our team named Robert and he didn't know sick them about the game of football. He was young, he was slow, he was inexperienced. But this guy had a huge heart for the game and man, he wanted to get on the field and play. Well, one Friday we were playing a rural high school nearby called Bolivar. And again, we were getting routed, but there was one play I'll never forget. As the Bolivar Running Back was streaking down the sidelines right in front of our bench with the ball in his hand.

02:13 You know, scampering wildly towards the goal line, 10 yards ahead of our fastest defender. Suddenly from out of nowhere, a flash of red shot past me, onto the field, completely leveling the kid with the ball. And as fast as the flash had entered the field, he tackled, smeared the guy. He left the field standing innocently by my side as teammates on the sideline. It all happened so fast. The referees didn't even see it. True Story. But the opposing coach saw it and he went crazy and he should've, he was lived it. But he ran out in the field and he started screaming and yelling at me and he got the penalty. But I'll tell you that Robert, man, he was so sick of standing on the sideline watching other guys play and get trampled by the enemy that he just decided to jump off the bench and smear the guy carrying the ball.

03:08 It's been over 25, 30 years ago and I'm still laughing about it. You know, everybody wants to play. Nobody in their right mind wants to sit on the bench. You know, God wants players too. You know what? God wants guys and girls who allow Christ to purify their hearts and to stay pure by living clean for Jesus. And those kids, those students, and those adults, those businessman, those women, you know, they play in the greatest, most competitive, most exciting game ever. And that's the game for eternity and the game for men and women's souls. Uh, you know, when a coach has you play for him, when those influential eyes look down the sidelines at you in that deep welcoming voice says, "hey son, I need you come play for me." You know, you run through a brick wall to play for the guy.

04:06 You know, you can learn a lot about God on a football field. You know, the best of all coaches, the best of all coaches, best of all coaches has invited you to be on his starting team. Man, You better hurry to get on that field. The game is almost over. And here's the questions. Can you recall a time when a coach or a teacher called you onto the field or onto the court and pointed out how valuable and gifted you were? Uh, relive that. How did it feel? And then how much greater is it to be useful to the master and pleasing to the true head coach? And then this is the big one. What is this passage when it says "flee youthful lust and cleanse yourself of these things"? What does this say to you now about the things that you need to do to become useful to the master? And how will you implement that today? And the lifeline for today is this: Love is wanting to be useful to the master.

"I have a friend she's just 14, but every day she stands up in her classroom by herself. And says the pledge of allegiance to the flag because it's no longer cool in her school to say one nation under God."

Family Discussions:

  1. How are you called to be bold, where ever you are in your walk each day?
  2. What sacrifices does boldness require of you?
  3. Do you feel rewarded for your troubles and becoming bold?

Transcription:

00:14 Well, I have in my hands a bag of coffee from my favorite place. Not to drink coffee, but drink hot chocolate. But this one sales because it is bold. What is it about boldness that is so attractive, whether you're a coffee drinker or whether you're an athlete or you're in business or you're in a home? Well, Second Timothy Chapter One says a lot about that. And Paul says this to Timothy, he says, "for this reason, I remind you to kindle a fresh, the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God is not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline." I have a friend she's just 14, but every day she stands up in her classroom by herself. And says the pledge of allegiance to the flag because it's no longer cool in her school to say one nation under God. She's bold. Met another dear man who doesn't have any legs.

01:14 They were literally blown off of his body in a war that we were fighting in. But this man, in his boldness, without legs literally for real, walked across America, from coast to coast on his hands and on what was left of the lower part of his body. I see athletes on teams in colleges and in professional football and in high school and even junior high who live for Christ, when most everybody else in the locker room is talking, you know, bad language and talking negatively about girls. But I'll see these folks living it out for Christ and folks know in their locker room that that one guy lives for Christ and he didn't care what anybody else thinks. I've got a couple of buddies in Kansas City that when they were in high school, they started a Saturday night party club without alcohol and without drugs.

02:12 And even though, you know, most of the school was going to the parties with alcohol and drugs, they sometimes would have over a hundred kids who would come to their party alcohol-free because they were bold for Christ. Don't you just absolutely love and admire and respect people that are bold in their faith. I'll tell you what I don't know. I don't know about you, but they are my heroes. I run into business men and women almost every single day that live it out for Christ in the business community. They start prayer groups and Bible studies and discipleship groups in the marketplace. And even though somebody might, you know, maybe scoring them behind their back or ridiculed them because they're so outspoken and bold in their faith, way down, deep inside, I believe they respected more than anybody else in the company. Let me ask you some questions today. How are you called to be bold, where ever you are in your walk each day? And then secondly, what sacrifices does boldness require of you? And lastly, do you feel rewarded for your troubles and becoming bold? Well, I'll tell you this, you're going to be rewarded someday. And the lifeline is: We must be bold to get noticed and acknowledged as examples for others to follow. Paul said, "Imitate me as I imitate Christ." And that takes boldness.

"Idols, good grief! They're everywhere. Bigger biceps, bigger diamonds, more diamonds, bigger paychecks, bigger houses, a newer car, faster car, you know, one more pair of shoes."

Family Discussions:

  1. How do material things become idols?
  2. Can you identify with things that have become idols to you?
  3. How do we get out of the, "I want a little bit more" trip?

Transcription:

00:14 Today I want to tell you about the richest kids in the world and interestingly enough, all they have everyday is one bowl of beans and rice but they're the richest kids I know. We're in First Timothy Chapter six verses six through 10 and it says this, "but godliness is actually a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment for we have brought nothing into the world. So we cannot take anything out of the world either. If we have food and covering with these, we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and snare and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge men into ruin and destruction for the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil. And some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." Idols good grief.

01:16 They're everywhere. Bigger biceps, bigger diamonds, more diamonds, bigger paychecks, bigger houses, a newer car, faster car, you know, one more pair of shoes. Uh, you know, I think kind of the big black hole in America that we absorb enough resources to easily feed the rest of the starving world. And we still need more to be happy. It's crazy isn't it? You know, more, you know, give me more, I want more. What happened to enough already? You know, these wonderful Kamps that I get to work with. You know, we've, we've adopted these 18 schools in Haiti and we've got these 6,000 kids that we get to take care of it and these precious kids have got one shirt and one pair of shoes and they'll wear the shirt the whole year, taken home at night, wash it, and they look great every single day. They get one bowl of beans and rice for lunch and some of them, that's their meal for the day.

02:18 That's it. That's all they've ever known and they are thrilled to death to get it. You know, who do you think is the happiest? American kids or Haitian kids? You know, honestly, I've seen more smiles in Haiti than I have in America. In some way, they're more content and happy. I've never seen the Haitian kids fight or shoot each other, threaten a teacher or call each other, their parents degrading names, never in all my trips down there. On the other end, I just meet so many, you know, kids in our country, you know, who really love God, who would give the shirt off their back to someone in need. I see that in some super grateful American kids. In fact I believe these, you know, which some people call Gen X kids have more representatives that are even less materialistic than the generation that proceeded them.

03:13 And you know what, for me that is so encouraging as I work with kids. We've got these kids at our Kamp who will pack 6,000 Christmas bags and we'll take Christmas gifts to the kids in Haiti. And I see kids excited about going to Africa and mission trips like never before. Because the bottom line is that material things become idols. And I think our kids are seeing that, you know, anything material that you and I wouldn't give up in a heartbeat to someone who needed it worse is probably becoming an idol. And you know what, man? Things don't satisfy. You can never have enough. That's why scripture puts such a high price on contentment. It's one commodity you just can't get enough of. And here's the questions for today. How do material things become idols? And then, uh, and then secondly, can you identify with things that have become idols to you? And then the third question today is, how do we get out of the, "I want a little bit more" trip? And the lifeline today is this: Material things always leave you wanting more, but contentment satisfies always.

"And when you  really respect God, then when your day to go home and be with him comes, you're going to be excited to meet him face to face."

Family Discussion:

  • How can you better honor those who are above you, those who are your elders?
  • How can you respect those better who report to you? Maybe it's your younger siblings or maybe it's your kids, or maybe it's people in your company.
  • Why do you think this virtue of respect has slowly started to fade out in our society, and what kind of effect has it had on families and on crime and on the disruption of teams?
  • What are you going to do today to be more a man or a woman of respect?

Transcription:

00:06 I've got in my hands one word that I think is the greatest team builder and the greatest home builder and the greatest relationship builder of any word I can think of except for a word like Jesus or God. And the word is respect. Check out 1st Timothy chapter five, verse one and two, it says: "Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father and the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers and the younger women as sisters with all purity."

00:49 I remember one time when my youngest boy Cooper was just a little five year old and he was just a jolly vivacious little guy. We would memorize scripture at night before I'd tuck the kids in bed, and I was traveling and I called home from Nashville and my wife got on the phone, she was dying laughing. It was 9:30 at night. And I said, what's so funny? She said, well tonight when I tucked Cooper in bed, he said, Mama want to memorize another Bible verse. So when daddy comes home, I can tell it to him. And she said, well, Cooper, a good verse is "children, obey your parents, for this is pleasing to God." And he pulls his thumb out of his mouth. And he said, that's not in there. And she said, what? He said, that wasn't in there, you just made that up. And she died laughing, she said, it's in there. Let me tell you, it's in there.

01:32 It's amazing how we want to take difficult verses and rip them out of the Bible. But man, respect is the deal. I respected my dad. My Dad taught hand to hand combat in World War II. He was a tough man. He was a man's man. But you know what I respected the most about my dad? My Dad respected my mom. I never heard my dad one time say anything negative about my mom. Never did. He respected that woman and she respected him and no wonder they were married for 66 years. No wonder when my father died, the last thing that happened, my Mama said before my daddy died with her, he was laying in a chair and life was literally leaving his veins. He wasn't eating. He wasn't drinking. He was unconscious. His left arm had been paralyzed because of a stroke. But, here she was where she had been for 66 years on his right side and respecting him and he respecting her day after day after day. Even would write her love notes. Sometimes daily little love notes. He leave them on the kitchen counter when he'd go off to work. But just as daddy died and as Christ was taking my dad home to be with him, in his subconsciousness my daddy reached over with his left hand, which hadn't moved in months. This is a true story. You can ask my mom. And he took my mom's hand and he raised her hand over his head and held it up as high as he could hold it. And I know what he was saying as Jesus took him home. He was saying, Jesus, I'm ready to go. But she goes too. When you respect your boss, you may not agree with everything he says, but when you respect him, it's going to build a company. When you respect your dad or your mom, you may not agree with everything they say, but it's going to build a good home. When you respect those who work for you, even though they may not be perfect, but when you respect them, you're going to build a good company. And when you respect God, when you really respect God, then when you're day to go home and be with him comes, you're going to be excited to meet him face to face.

04:03 So here's the questions for today. How can you better honor those who are above you, those who are your elders? And second question is: How can you respect those better who report to you? Maybe it's your younger siblings or maybe it's your kids, or maybe it's people in your company. And then this question: Why do you think this virtue of respect has slowly started to fade out in our society, and what kind of effect has it had on families and on crime and on the disruption of teams? The last question is this: What are you going to do today to be more a man or a woman of respect? And here's the lifeline today. Respect is one of the few things we can control for ourselves and what we can give to others.

"When you approach the Bible like a love letter, the Bible will become the favorite letter in your life."

Family Discussion:

  • Why is spiritual discipline so much more profitable than bodily discipline?
  • How do you train your faith?
  • What kind of faith workout schedule do you want to keep?

Transcription:

00:06 Okay. All right. Are you a workout freak? Do you love to train with these things? Well, I must confess I do, but I want to read you something today that will put it all in perspective. We're in first Timothy chapter four, verse eight and it says this: "For bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things. Since it holds promise, not only for the present life, but also for the life to come." Olympic weights, health clubs, Taibo, step aerobics, crunches, abs of steel, jazzercise, nautilus gyms, goals gyms, swimming workouts, diet plans, jogging workouts, biking workouts. We are a health and fitness crazed America. Every year, I suppose tens of billions of dollars and tens of billions of hours are spent on health plans, training plans, diet plans. The result: most boys I meet think their biceps are too small and one in four or more girls, they say suffer from some kind of an eating disorder.

01:24 Fitness is important. Don't get me wrong. Eating healthily is a good thing. But what would happen in America? In fact, what would happen to your home? In fact, what would happen to you if we trained our souls like we trained our bodies. Bible-cise, souls of Steel, Bible Club, God's gym, memory workouts, spiritual growth plans. Forgive the slapstick, but the concept is straight from scripture. Bodily discipline is of little benefit comparatively. And when overdone, bodily discipline can become an absolute idol. But spiritual discipline is profitable for all things. Psalms 1, and the kids and I memorized this a long time ago, but it says it so well: "Blessed is a man who doesn't delight himself in the ways of the wicked or the scoffers or the sinners, but he delights himself in the law of the Lord. And in his law, he meditates day and night." To meditate on the word, you've got to memorize the word, to meditate on the word, you've got to memorize it. You've got to study it. To study the word you've got to read it. To read it, you've got to open your Bible often. To open your Bible, you've got to have a heart that's excited, just plain excited about loving God and knowing God and living a life that has him in the middle of everything. It changed for me when Dr. Hendricks, one of my mentors and one of my heroes said, "When you approach the Bible like a love letter, the Bible will become the favorite letter in your life."

03:07 Here's the question for today. Why is spiritual discipline so much more profitable than bodily discipline? And then secondly: How do you train your faith? And then thirdly: What kind of faith workout schedule do you want to keep? Here's the lifeline for today. Lord, give me a heart that wants to know you more.

"Every great leader has in his heart the characteristics of Christ."

Family Discussion:

  • What are the qualities of Christ that you want to develop in your heart that would qualify you for leadership in your life?
  • In your leadership position, whatever it is, how do you stay strong and how you develop those qualities of Christ?
  • What do you feel you most need to work on to make yourself a better example and a better leader for Christ?

Transcription:

00:06 Have you ever wanted to be a leader? You're wanting to be someone that God would use to lead others in a significant way? Well, this book of First Timothy is a great book to study where Paul is building in Timothy the heart of a leader. Today we're looking at first Timothy chapter three and we're going to start with verse one and it says this: "It is a trustworthy statement. If any man aspires to be the office of an overseer, it's a fine work that he desires to do." There's nothing wrong with wanting to be leader. Verse two says this: "An overseer then must be above reproach. The husband of one wife or a man with a one-woman heart, a temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity. Because if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of the Church of God?" The qualities of leadership.

01:23 I love to meet leaders and I love to look into the heart of the leaders that I get to meet. I'll never forget meeting with Jim Tressel at Ohio state. And I talked to him about his intimacy with Christ. And he told me about every morning before practice, even at 5:30 or 6 in the morning, he's in the Word for half an hour every day. I asked President Bush when he was president of the United States years ago, what's the most important thing in the world to you? And he said, it's prayer. I talked to Dick Cheney. And I said, who's the most, amazing person you've ever met? And he said, Maggie Thatcher. And I said, what is it about Maggie Thatcher? And he said, it's her courage and her convictions. Every time you look into a great leader, you'll look at a person whose heart has got the characteristics of the heart of Christ. It's not only these world-class leaders, these gigantic, coaches and political leaders that have so much of the characteristics of the heart of Christ. I've seen it in little kids. I've seen it in high school students and college students as well. I remember this one kid came to our camp. He was the biggest kid on his fifth grade basketball team. He could have scored every single point, but his goal when he went on the court as a leader was to make sure that every kid on the team scored. So instead of shooting every basket, he would pass off. They would empty the bench because he could get every rebound and he would pass off till every kid on the team had scored at least one basket and then he'd began to score his points. One thing, no matter what age you are, I believe with all my heart, that's common in every great leader. And I don't believe that some of the visible leaders are truly great leaders. But I mean, every great leader is that that leader has in his heart the heart of the characteristics of Christ.

03:24 And here's my questions for you today. What are the qualities of Christ that you want to develop in your heart that would qualify you for leadership in your life? And then secondly: In your leadership position, whatever it is, how do you stay strong and how you develop those qualities of Christ? And then the last question is this: What do you feel you most need to work on to make yourself a better example and a better leader for Christ? And here's the lifeline for today. The risk we take for him is so small compared to the price that he paid for us. Leadership takes risk. Go for it.

"A father with a lot of kids, that's who God is."

Family Discussion:

  • How does this Bible verse motivate you to tell others about Jesus Christ?
  • How does this passage of scripture changed your perspective about God's heart?
  • Where would you and I be if God wasn't so generous with his invitation to come to him and be in his family?

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00:06 Today I want to tell you about the biggest basketball player that ever came to our sports camps and the biggest family that I've ever heard of, and they were one in the same. But first I want to read from First Timothy Chapter Two verses three through six. This verse is awesome and it shows you the heart of God. Check this out. In verse three it says this: "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God, our savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth." And then verse five says this: "There is one God and one mediator also between God and men, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time."

00:58 We called him Tomahawk Tom Hun. He was six feet 11 inches tall when he played basketball for Kansas State. He was a counselor at our sports camp here and he had a tremendous love for kids. His huge Kansas smile and his warm gentle ways, gave him personality that was more contagious than the chicken box. Everybody at Camp loved this guy. Crazy as it sounds, there was one more thing that was more remarkable about Tom than his size. He had 22 brothers and sisters. That's right. There were 23 kids in his family. That's one less than two dozen. One more than a complete offense and a complete defense in football combined. Four basketball teams plus three managers. Tom said as many as 20 of he and his siblings lived in the home at one time. He said they would sleep four to a bed. That was the rule in their small Kansas farmhouse, but this 23-some would wake up early every day, do the farm chores and then they, they would pile on their own school bus and they would whisk off to school. Man, I love big families and some of the best families I know are big families. But what's cool about God is that God wants a big family too. He wants a big family so bad that he sent his son to the earth to pass out adoption papers and to pass out invitations. Look man, he wants you in that family and he wants the girl who sits next to you in geometry class and he wants to the kid who plays third clarinet in your band, and he wants the biggest defensive end on your football team. In fact, he wants the whole school. He wants the guy who's sitting next to you in the cubicle, in your business office. He wants the woman who you work with in the marketplace that you work in. He wants a big, gigantic family. In fact, he desires that all men and women are in that family, and all they've got to do is to hear the call, to lay down their pride and to receive Christ as their personal lord and Savior. A father with a lot of kids, that's who God is. A father with a lot of kids. He won't be satisfied till he gets them all, and you and I get to be the messenger of that invitation.

03:27 Here's the questions for today. How does this Bible verse motivate you to tell others about Jesus Christ? And then secondly: How does this passage of scripture changed your perspective about God's heart? Where would you and I be if God wasn't so generous with his invitation to come to him and be in his family? And then here's the lifeline. Oh, remember this verse. God is patient and slow to anger, not wanting any to perish, but for all to be saved and to come to repentance.

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