The Servant Leader
Rob Braniff
Northshore Church
Sermon Summary
This message calls members of the Body of Christ, the Church, to love God and one another by being servants.
The world’s view of leadership is to lord it over others and demand to be followed. However, Jesus taught another form of leadership, servant leadership. Jesus led by serving others and putting their needs above His own.  Serving others was one way Jesus showed His love. We are to do the same. If the ministry of the church is to be effective it must be led by servants who are called to lead and who lead by their willingness to use their gift of service to help others.

Community Group Discussion Guide
1. What are some of the terms that come to mind when you think about the world’s definition of leadership?

2. What are some of the terms that come to mind when you think about the leadership style of Jesus Christ?
Mat 20:25  Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
Mat 20:26  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
Mat 20:27  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--
Mat 20:28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

3. While both forms of leadership may experience success on some level, which form of leadership do you think is most effective in the long run? Which engenders the greatest loyalty and team spirit? Explain.
1 Pet 4:8  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Pet 4:9  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Pet 4:10  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
1 Pet 4:11  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

4. Two perspective: What difference would it make in the life of those you lead if you became a servant leader? What difference would it make in your life if those whom you follow became servant leaders? The book of Romans give a good picture of how leadership should look in the church.
Rom 12:6  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
Rom 12:7  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
Rom 12:8  if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Rom 12:9  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Rom 12:10  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Rom 12:11  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

A leader is called: Set up my journey a bit and then the call from Josh Walters (Campus Pastor for Seacoast Church) When the excitement turned to reality my prayer became "How should I walk this out Lord?"

"My commandment to you is this; love others as I have loved you." John 15:12 (The Voice)

My question: "How have you loved me Lord?"

His answer was in the next verse and became something that helped shape the way I would walk in this new adventure God set us on...

"There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends." John 15:13 (The Voice)

another translation says it this way "to pour your life out on behalf of your friends"

This became my AHA moment! A wow moment! I stopped right there...because I knew God was calling me to become something that I had not been yet...He was calling me to become a servant leader.

So I set off on a course of meetings and I asked this question at every one of them..."How can I serve you?"

Little did I know at the time but what I would end up doing at Seacoast Church would be marked by this verse and others that deal with Jesus' commands to become a Servant Leader...

Jesus was telling me I must become a servant to history of leading...much of it traditional leadership as the world views it...hard charging...taking hills. But nothing lasting came of that...nothing ever will. Jesus turned this upside down.

Leadership 101 (the world’s way)

A leader wants Attention for his/her leadership.
(status, notice, attention, promotion, etc...)

This isn't just for business...Jesus' friends knew this all too well. In ministry...they were caught in a different kind of mindset about all of this...

(set up Mark 9:33 The Transfiguration (Jesus bright white, Moses and Elijah hanging out) front of 3 of his friends)

“At last they came to Capernaum where they gathered in a house…’What was it I heard you arguing about along the way?’” Mark 9:33 (The Voice)

(v. 34 basically says they looked down and couldnt answer...why? because they were concerned about their leadership status in the eyes of the world...really though, who could blame them...Jesus lovingly set them straight...)

“He sat down with the twelve to teach them, ‘whoever wants to be first must be last, and whoever wants to be the greatest must be the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 (The Voice)

A Servant Leader is Servant first.
(concierge, usher, vip,)

“Even the son of man came not to be served but to be a servant…” Mark 10:45a

What does this have to do with me?

This is how we are called to walk out our time here on Northshore Church...with your another and those who come in our doors

See, we are called to introduce people to Jesus. He stated to his friends at some point He would build His church, etc... but that He calls us to come alongside Him in this work...

"Go out and make disciples in all the nations..." Matthew 28:19a (The Voice)

Church stance has changed on how: From the Sunday real life change happens in the context of real life change happens when you start doing something...moving WITH other people.

Seacoast Dream Team (an army of servant leaders loving people into the kingdom)

This is how Seacoast will grow...this is how Northshore will grow...this is how YOU will grow. By serving the socks off of those who come here...

Jesus called us to follow him and to become fishers of make disciples of them...he wants us to lead, yes...but he wants us to do this by serving...greatness in his eyes doesn't consist of seeing wonders or performing miracles...or even fasting and praying (all important):

Instead greatness is about humility and service. These are the heart of the kingdom of God.

Q: Am I a leader who serves? Or am I a servant who leads?

"All too often those who have been given a position of leadership have placed their personal interest and gain above the good of those they have been called to serve. It's time for a new breed of leaders to arise who will serve those they lead..." Pastor Larry McKewen

God has shown your pastors...your leaders His vision for this hope for you is for God to show you what role you will play in carrying this become Servant Leaders...let's ask him to show you how to pour out your lives on behalf of your friends...PRAY

RESPONSE TIME (Worship Team Leads while i'm talking)
*Give something to God He wants to carry (fear, anxiety, complacency)
*Maybe declare to God you want to covenant with Him and NSC to give of yourselves...serving and in community
*Staff to pray with you (to encourage)
*Sing songs to an amazing God that is calling you into His army of servants

What is God saying to you? and...What are you going to do about it?