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Session 15

Are you ready to protect your people?

Read: Titus 1:1-10, Acts 20:28-31

Who is the one friend you’d want with you if you were surrounded in an alley late at night?

Maybe it’s the sassy friend whose wit is sharper than any knife. Maybe it’s the weight-lifting friend who never has to demonstrate his Hulk-like strength because his muscles are intimidating enough. There’s also the quick-thinker, the friend who can talk himself into and out of any situation. 

These are the kinds of hypotheticals we joke about over dinner with friends. But as group leaders, we have a real responsibility to protect God’s people. God loved your group members enough to die for them, and He is trusting you to help protect them from those who would twist the Gospel and draw people away from the faith (Acts 20:28). 

The kind of person God sends to His people’s defense isn’t necessarily the wittiest, the strongest, or the smartest. In a letter to a church leader named Titus, the apostle Paul describes the kind of leader God works through: Someone who knows God’s Word and lives like it’s true. 

The leaders we want to follow, and the kind of leaders we want to be, are the ones who show good character (Titus 1:6-7), a love for people (Titus 1:8), and an understanding of the Bible (Titus 1:9). 

We don’t have to be the most eloquent speakers to be great group leaders. We don’t have to have the perfect house or a seminary degree. We only need to be willing to do what we read about in the Bible — love others, be honest, live above reproach, trust Jesus to provide. 

When we put our time and energy into listening to Jesus and doing what He says, we become the kind of leaders who can refute bad teaching with more than our words. We can refute it with our lives. 

Reflect:

  • Have you ever thought of being a group leader as being a protector? How does that idea change or affirm your view of this role? 
  • What are the qualities you value in a leader? Does what you value differ from what God values? 
  • Take a look at the qualities Paul tells Titus to look for in leaders. Is there any area in your life you know needs work? If so, what needs to change?

1

Who does God say you are?

Who does God say you are?

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Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

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3

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

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4

You can be patient, even when you don’t feel like it

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5

Stop trying to do it all

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6

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

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7

What happens when we stop fighting back

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8

Annoyed? The solution starts with you

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9

Do we really need to worry about confession?

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10

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11

God wants to speak to you and through you

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12

The best way to fight worthless talk

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13

Are you hearing from God? (And how to know if it’s God)

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14

Who are you leading people to?

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Are you ready to protect your people?

Are you ready to protect your people?

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16

Everyone’s eyes are on you

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17

The best way to lead others is to serve others

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18

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

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19

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20

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

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21

Where to find rest for a weary soul

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22

When you feel like you just can’t go any further

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23

What does a good shepherd do?

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24

To care for the group, go after the one

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25

Do you have what it takes?

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Why leaders are called to be shepherds

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How to know you’re a leader

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