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Session 25

Do you have what it takes?

Read: Exodus 33:7-23

From “Star Search” to “American Idol” to “So You Think You Can Dance,” every talent competition looks for more than raw ability. To make it in show business, you also need the “it” factor. A special charisma that pulls in the audience and leaves them wanting more. 

That “it” factor is the difference between a great singer and the next American idol, between a great dancer and America’s favorite dancer. And if we’re honest, we sometimes judge church leaders on the same criteria. 

But what makes for good TV isn’t the same as what makes a good leader. We don’t need charisma, confidence, or a dramatic backstory to make it as group leaders. What we need more than anything else is an intimate, personal relationship with God. 

In Exodus 33, Moses confesses that God’s presence is what sets His people apart. And it’s God’s presence in our groups (not our stunning personalities) that sets our meetings apart from any other dinner party or book club. 

God was not a distant being controlling events and circumstances so Israel would end up in the Promised Land. God knew Moses and looked favorably on Him. God also loved His people and cared for them, spending time with them and guiding each step of their journey (Exodus 33:8-12). 

People might come to a group because the teacher is wise or the food is good, but people will keep returning to a group where they are known and they experience God’s presence. Because no matter how good we think we are, God is better (Exodus 33:19-22). He is the real “it” factor. 

Reflect: 

  • What do you think makes someone a good group leader? How has your answer to that question changed over the last 24 days?
  • How is your relationship with God? Do you spend time together? Do you speak like you would speak to a friend? (Exodus 33:11)
  • What’s one way you’d like to know God better? 

1

Who does God say you are?

Who does God say you are?

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2

Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

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

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

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

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5

Stop trying to do it all

Stop trying to do it all

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6

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

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7

What happens when we stop fighting back

What happens when we stop fighting back

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8

Annoyed? The solution starts with you

Annoyed? The solution starts with you

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9

Do we really need to worry about confession?

Do we really need to worry about confession?

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10

How to experience the freedom you long for

How to experience the freedom you long for

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11

God wants to speak to you and through you

God wants to speak to you and through you

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12

The best way to fight worthless talk

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)

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

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14

Who are you leading people to?

Who are you leading people to?

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15

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

Everyone’s eyes are on you

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17

The best way to lead others is to serve others

The best way to lead others is to serve others

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18

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

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19

You have the power to love people wall

You have the power to love people wall

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20

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

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21

Where to find rest for a weary soul

Where to find rest for a weary soul

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22

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

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

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23

What does a good shepherd do?

What does a good shepherd do?

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24

To care for the group, go after the one

To care for the group, go after the one

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25

Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes?

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26

Why leaders are called to be shepherds

Why leaders are called to be shepherds

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27

How to know you’re a leader

How to know you’re a leader

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28

What does a thriving community look like?

What does a thriving community look like?

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