Sermon Notes from Morning Worship
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Series: “Authentic Leadership”
Today: “Authentic Leaders Lead at Home”
Scripture: Philippians 2:25-30 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.
Intro: Paul challenged the Philippi church to “welcome him with joy and honor men like him.”
* The test of authenticity is normally found in a person’s home life!
I. AUTHENTIC LEADERS LEAD AT HOME IN THEIR COMMITMENT .
A. The Apostle Paul described Epaphroditus as a brother .
B. How do we live our faith at home?
1. Relationships are valued equally with regulations.
2. Loving kindness is lived out even when discipline is administered.
II. AUTHENTIC LEADERS LEAD AT HOME IN COOPERATION .
A. In the early church, everyone’s needs were considered because everyone worked together .
Acts 4:32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
B. Authentic leaders don’t boss everyone around. They lead everyone in meeting the needs everyone has.
III. AUTHENTIC LEADERS LEAD AT HOME BY COMPASSION .
A. Look at Paul’s words about Epaphroditus:
Philippians 2:25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Acts 4:36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement)
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
B. What is the atmosphere of your home when it comes to encouragement?
Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Conclusion: Please note, the word perfect was not used today to describe an authentic leader when leading at home.
Father’s Day 2011