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Session 5

Stop trying to do it all

Read: Numbers 11:10-35

How many times have you seen “Caution: Two Person Lift” and tried to pick up a box anyway? Call it independence. Call it stubbornness. Call it confidence. Whatever you call this rebellious streak, it always leads to the same place. Insisting, “I got this,” consistently leaves us hurting. 

Like a two-person lift, leadership is not a burden we were meant to carry alone. Leading your group without letting your group contribute is like lifting that heavy box by yourself — it will leave you burned out and beat up. 

That’s the lesson Moses learns in Numbers 11. After hearing people complain about the food for the umpteenth time, Moses basically tells God, “I’m done! Leading these people is more than I can handle” (Numbers 11:14). So God shows Moses another way. 

God distributes His Spirit to 70 elders who can help Moses carry the burden of leadership (Numbers 11:17). And while they only prophesied that one time, Moses learned a valuable lesson. Moses did not feel he had to be the only one God used, and the same is true for you. 

A common lie about leadership says if we’re in charge we have to control every part of the process. The reality is the people in your group were placed there by God. And, God wants to work through them as much as He wants to work through you. 

The temptation is to get jealous when we see God working through other group members in a powerful way. But just like Moses wanted everyone in the camp to experience God’s power and presence, one of the best gifts we can give our group members is a safe place to discover and follow God’s Spirit in them.  

Reflect: 

  • Do you feel pressure to do everything for your group? Is there anything you’re currently doing that someone else would love to do or be better equipped to do?
  • Do you feel like to be in charge you have to be in control? Why or why not?
  • What’s one way your group can become a safe place for others to discover and use their spiritual gifts?

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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