Sovereignty and Leadership

Series: Developing Leaders
Presenter: Bob Deffinbaugh

This is the fifth in a five part series on developing leaders in the local church.



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Remember It

1. What is the intent for writing the book of Proverbs?
To develop us for royal leadership.
2. What are the two aspects the speakers stressed in raising up leadership?
God’s sovereignty in raising up leaders and man's responsibility in pursuing leadership.
3. What is one clear Scripture passage about training faithful men to carry on?
2 Tim. 2:2

Discuss It

  1. How can you distinguish between a person who genuinely strives for leadership for godly reasons versus one who is striving for selfish ambition?
  2. What are some practical ways you can identify when God’s hand is genuinely on a person for leadership in the church?
  3. What are the dangers of a person being in a position of leadership, but that not being God’s sovereign choice?

Apply It

  1. Talk to your church elders or leaders for examples of how God's sovereignty and human responsibility have been experienced in your church through the years.
  2. Make a study of key leaders in Scripture (Peter, Paul, Samuel, Moses, Joshua, for example) and how both God’s sovereignty and human responsibility were seen in their becoming leaders. What principles can you learn for leaders in the church today?
  3. Write down two lists: a) What are the evidences that God has chosen you for leadership and b) What evidences do you see in other potential leaders that may suggest God is choosing them for leadership?

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