A Lesson on Leadership-Taken from Warren Wiersbe -Taught by Pastor John Koonce

In 1951 – The then Soviet gov't official dictionary of Foreign Words – describes the Bible as….

  "an collection of different legends, mutually contradictory and written at different times and full of historical errors, issued by churches as a "holy book!"


We don't agree with the definition, but at least the people who wrote the dictionary thought the Bible important enough to deny that it is what it claims to be.


2 Tim 3:15


And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.


2 Peter 1:21


For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.


We are people of the "book."


Those of us who love it and study it ought to be living holy lives!


Dr. Will H. Hougton used to say, "Lay hold of the Bible until the Bible lays hold of you."


Martin Luther "The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me."


You cannot succeed apart from the Word of God. (Not in the work of God)


Read the Bible to get to know the heart and mind of God.  The better we know God, the better we can enjoy Him and minister for Him.


When you ask the question….


How can I know the will of God?

            Get to know the character of God.  He will never act in violation of his character.


Maybe you think of the Bible as a devotional guide, a theology text, or source book for stories, lessons on sermons.


It must be a living link between us and God.


Jer. 15:16


Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.


As the word reveals the character of God it renews our mind so we think the way God wants us to think.


Rom 12:2


And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


Ps 1:1-3


1 ¶ Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.


Is 55:9


For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.


What works for IBM or GM may not work in the local church.


D.L. Moody used to say "some people are so heavenly minded they're no earthly good,"


That's not what Rom 12:2 and Col 3:1 are talking about.  To have the "mind of Christ" means to "look at things from our "Lords" perspective."  Be prepared for the unusual, the impossible.


Ministry is something that we do by faith.


Faith  comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of god. – Romans 10:17


"According to your faith let it be to you" is still God's way of working (Mt 9:29)


The measure of our faith is the result of quality time spent in the Word of God.  Unless what we do is based on what God says and what God is, we will find ourselves failing.


What we thought was faith was really only sentimental presumption.


We were not trusting God; we were tempting God.


Weirsbe Says, "I recall being in the board meeting of a fine Christian ministry as the directors discussed a tough budget problem.  "I think We should just launch out by faith!" said one director in a confident voice; to which another director quietly replied, "Whose faith?" 


D.L. Moody says, "I used to think I should close my Bible and pray for faith; but I came to see that it was in studying the Word that I was to get Faith."


The word cleanses our minds, renews our mind.  It helps us think what we ought to think, how we ought to think.  What we are and what we do.  We do this through the word!


The spirit of God has used the Word to steer us clear of danger and defilement.


Sometimes God used a special promise to guide us; at other times it was a loud warning; but it was the Word of God that enlightened a dark and sometimes dangerous path.


The word is indeed "a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" Heb 4:12


And that you and I can't hide anything from God.  If we come to His Word with sincere devotion and a willingness to obey, God will show us our hearts as wew have never seen them before and will warn us about what may happen if we don't follow His will.


Anybody in ministry is also in a battle because the devil doesn't want to see the work of the Lord prosper.


One of the enemy's favorite tactics is to question the Word of God and undermine your faith.


"Has God indeed said…?" is his usual approach. (Gen 3:1)


Satan knows that once you start questioning God's word, the next step is to deny God's Word; and that opens the way for him to substitute one of his own lies.


What's our defense?  We must take "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph 6:17)


Discipline yourself to spend time daily in a systematic reading of God's word.


"Quiet time" must be a priority.


As servants of the Lord, we have problems to solve, plans to make, people to help, and purposes to achieve; and we simply can't do it in our own wisdom and strength.




2 Tim 3:17


That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.


The better we know the Bible, the better we can know the person of God, the will of God, and how to work for God.


Your place of service may not be a big one, but it's an important one; and God put you there because you're the right person for the job right now.


He wants to work through you to get some things accomplished for His glory, and He will do it if you will "let the word of Christ dwell in yo richly in all wisdom"


Col 3:16


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.



"Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; never the less at Your word I will let down the net" (Luke 5:5)


Nevertheless!!!  That "nevertheless" of obedient faith makes the difference between success and failure.


You can trust in this truth:  "There has not failed one word of all His good promise"  (1 Kings 8:56)


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