May 21, 2017

Gospel-Centered Leadership

Ron Lutz ~ Mark 10:35-45

Sermon Quotes

Mark 10:35-45
And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”  37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”  38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”  39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”  41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,  and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


  • “the least of the apostles” (I Corinthians 15:9)
  • “the very least of all the saints”(Ephesians 3:8)                 Five years later
  • “I am the chief — or foremost – of sinners” (I Timothy 1:15) Near end of life

Romans 7:18-19
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.

“Every man has a man within him who must die.”
-Christian Wiman

Comfort:  Privacy, lack of stress, freedom         (Others often feel hurt)
Approval:  Affirmation, love, relationship         (Others feel smothered)
Control:  Self-discipline, certainty, standards    (Others feel condemned)ff
Power:  Success, winning, influence               (Others feel used)

Pride is without doubt the chief occupational hazard of the preacher. It has ruined many, and deprived their ministry of power…. it is possible to adopt an outward demeanor of great meekness, while inside our appetite for applause is insatiable.
-John Stott

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
-1 Corinthians 11:1

12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
-1 Timothy 4:12

shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
-1 Peter 5:2-3

For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
-Matthew 23:3-5, 27-28

…an elder must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well…
-1 Timothy 3:2-4

  • For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. -2 Corinthians 4:5
  • For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. -1 Corinthians 2:2
  • For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, -I Corinthians 15:3,4

29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
-John 3:29-30

29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
-John 3:29-30

“Servants give their days to small, mostly overlooked tasks over long periods of time with no accolade.”
-Zack Eswine

Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.
-Ezekiel 34:2-4

“The more we are with Jesus, the more we will become like him.  Love is caught more than it is taught.  Get close to Love, and love tends to rub off.”
-Scott Sauls