TALK ABOUT IT: Following Jesus Example to Lead by Example
John 13:12 – 17 (vs. 13 & 15)
“Practice what you preach”
We lead by example, whether we intend to or not.
Why should we be willing to set a good example?
What are some good illustrations of “leading by example”?
What are some good qualities to show through our character?
Suggestions for setting an example:
1. Avoid strong emotional outbursts of anger (define methods to deescalate)
2. Be willing to explain yourself to others (why is this important)
3. Admit mistakes
4. Demonstrate good stress management skills (list skills)
5. Avoid gossip and criticizing others (give Biblical reasons)
Good news to the poor
Luke 4:14 to 19 “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised Him.
He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day, He went into the synagogue, as was His custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Isaiah 61:1, 2)
What is the “Good News”?
Luke 2:10 & 11
C.T. Studd: “Some want to live within the sound of church and chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within the yard of hell.”
Is it possible to blend helping others with evangelism?
Who are the poor?
1. Materially poor:
There are two Greek words for poor: “penes” which describes a person who must work for their needs; “ptochos” which means completely destitute. Which one do you think Jesus is, in Matthew 5:3?
2. Morally poor:
Lacking “phronesis” (Greek for practical wisdom)
3. Spiritually poor: describe the conditions of spiritually poor
The Good News we are called to proclaim:
Matthew 5:3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
The word “blessed” is derived from the Greek word “markarios”. Markarios means a god-like bliss or joy.
The Greek called Cyprus – Makaria. They believe Cyprus contained everything needed for perfect happiness.
Poor in spirit is the person who is humble and helpless. The person who knows their need for God. The person willing to put their whole trust in God.
Psalm 34:6 “In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; He saved me from all my troubles.”
Psalm 35:10 “With every bone in my body I will praise Him: “Lord, who can compare with You? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”
Jesus gave us the mission to share His good news with the world. Helping the poor is both a scriptural priority and a fulfillment of this mission. Jesus gave His first public sermon in Nazareth, His hometown, and in His home synagogue. He declared that He came “to preach good news to the poor.”
This week write down the name of someone close to you who needs to hear the good news of God’s love, salvation, and eternal life. What can you do to encourage that person to end his/her spiritual poverty?