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Session 27

How to know you’re a leader

Read: Numbers 27:12-23

Imagine being given the opportunity to go overseas on an all-expenses paid vacation — a trip you’ve dreamed about for more than 10 years. The only catch? You and your spouse would have to leave your new baby at home and fly across the Atlantic Ocean. 

Before becoming a parent, the answer would have been easy: “Yes, of course!” But as a parent, decisions like this are more difficult. What if the plane crashes or something happens to you while you are away? The considerations and amount of planning changes when a child is involved. 

In wisdom, you would prepare for someone to care for her if anything were to happen. You might write a legal will and appoint trusted family members to be your child’s parents if you couldn’t. 

As parents, we learn to make hard, even morbid, decisions because we care more about our children and their future than avoiding awkwardness. Choosing who will lead, guide, and love your children in your absence is a decision to put their well-being above your own. 

For many parents, this is the “moment” we begin to feel like parents — when we put our children’s long-term well-being above our momentary feelings. In Numbers, Moses faces a similar turning point. Moses loves the people of Israel like a parent loves a child, and he shows it by appointing someone to replace him when he’s gone. 

Like Moses, good leaders care more about the long-term benefit of their people than their position or title. As a group leader, a time will come when you have to put the group’s long-term spiritual growth ahead of your position or feelings. 

It’s in those moments, not the ones where we’re teaching or tweeting, that we know our love for people is real. When we reach a place where we would give up title and position for our group’s long-term spiritual health, we know we have the heart of a leader. 

Reflect:

  • What is one thing you can do now that will benefit the long-term spiritual growth of your group? If you’re not sure where to start, ask God to help you see group’s needs.
  • Is there someone in your group who could lead a group one day? What can you do now to equip them to lead in the future?

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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How to know you’re a leader

How to know you’re a leader

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What does a thriving community look like?

What does a thriving community look like?

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