Leaders Community Group Notes
January 10, 2013 1 Comment
This is the sixth post in the Passion 2013 series. These are my notes from the Leaders Community Group at the Passion Conference, led by Gregg Matte, pastor at Houston’s First Baptist Church. John Piper also shared with us one morning (notes below).
Day 1 Key Text: Ephesians 3:14-19
Humility is the key to leadership. The most effective leaders are humble. Humility is being self-forgetful. Humble Christians realize that everything is done for the glory of God’s name and not their own. Only secure people can truly love; insecure people always want something in exchange for their love. Deep strength comes from the deepest resource- God’s glorious riches in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. We gain strength by abiding in Christ (John 15).
Day 2 Key Text: Ephesians 3:18-21
Many of us live in spiritual poverty when we have the riches of Christ. God wants to do more in and through us on a personal level. It’s about His investment in us, we need to trust Him deeper. Personal spiritual growth results in ministerial overflow. Living for God’s glory requires His power. Unity comes from great diversity. God gets glory from us reaching out from what’s been poured into us.
Day 3 Key Text: Ephesians 4:1-3
God’s saving grace makes us worthy before God so we don’t have to try to do it on our own. This frees believers for a life of worship, ministry, and service.
John Piper- “Freedom from Anxiety”
Key Text: Matthew 6:25-34
Christians: don’t be anxious about anything. Instead, memorize, analyze, believe, and teach Scripture.
Always read the Bible in full context. Matthew wanted his readers to read this passage with the rest of Matthew in mind (9:2; 20:28; 26:28). God isn’t your Father if you haven’t been bought with a ransom. If you aren’t His, you should be anxious: apart from Him, you’re going to hell.
Reasons Christians don’t need to be anxious:
- God’s already given you life and a body; He can feed you
- God takes care of birds; He’ll take care of you
- Anxiety adds trouble, not time
- God clothes the grass; He’ll clothe you
- Unbelievers seek status in material possessions. Believers should pursue holiness, not possessions.
- God knows what you need
- God promises addition for seeking the Kingdom
- Today’s troubles are covered by tomorrow’s grace (Lamentations 3:22). You can’t handle today’s problems with yesterday’s mercy.
Believe that God will keep the promises made in Scripture for His children and let it affect the way you live your life.
Learn It. Love It. Live It.