THE BIG IDEA: To review men in the Bible that God called and used in His service to make Him great among men.
BIBLE FACT: God uses His own sovereignty to process and to call whom He wills into His employment to represent and to serve Him.
How God Chooses The Man
God takes the man (Divine invitation)
God breaks the man (Divine motivation)
God makes the man (Divine dedication)
God blesses the man (Divine inspiration)
God uses the man (Divine exaltation)
Abraham: God’s Greatest Servant Leader
(Identifying The Servant Leader In You)
By faith, Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Servant leadership is a leadership philosophy in which the main goal of the leader is to serve. This is different from traditional leadership where the leader’s main focus is the thriving of their company or organizations. A Servant Leader shares power, puts the needs of the employees first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. Servant leadership inverts the norm, which puts the customer service associates as a main priority. Instead of the people working to serve the leader, the leader exists to serve the people. As stated by its founder, Robert K. Greenleaf, a Servant Leader should be focused on, “Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?” When leaders shift their mindset and serve first, they benefit as well as their employees in that their employees acquire personal growth, while the organization grows as well due to the employees growing commitment and engagement. Since this leadership style came about, a number of different organizations have adopted this style as their way of leadership. —Wikipedia
DEFINITION of Servant Leadership: The servant leadership intends to promote the well-being of those around him. Servant leadership involves the individual demonstrating the characteristics of empathy, listening, stewardship and commitment to personal growth toward others.—John C. Maxwell
I. Abraham’s conscious decision to follow God; v.4a; Hebrews 11:8; 9:14
A. Abraham’s decision to serve God
- Abraham devoted his life by faith to God
- Abraham pledged his will to obey God
- Abraham offered his best life as an example for God
B. Abraham’s decision to mentor Lot; Genesis 12:4b, 5
C. Abraham ignores age limitations and restrictions to: learn, lead and live; Genesis 4c
D. Abraham makes an altar to visit God for strength and guidance for his journey; vv.6,7