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Prepare Yourself to Lead (Lessons from Joshua)

Joshua 1:1-9

I. Good leaders are humble

    A. Joshua first made himself a servant (Exodus 24:13; 33:11)
    B. Even as a leader, Joshua was willing to serve
            1. He was exalted by God (Joshua 3:7; 4:14)
            2. He still served One who was greater (Joshua 5:13-15)

II. Good leaders put their faith and trust in God

    A. Spying out the land of Canaan (Numbers 13:27-28, 31-33; 14:6-9)
    B. The fall of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-5; Hebrews 11:30)

III. Good leaders are men of God’s Word

    A. One can only follow the Word if he knows the Word (Joshua 1:7-8)
    B. Joshua’s commitment to God’s Word is shown:
            1. When he reminded the 2 ½ tribes of their responsibility (Joshua 1:12-15)
            2. When he renewed the covenant at Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim (Joshua 8:30-35)
            3. When he encouraged the people to obey God, even at the end of his life (Joshua 23:6,14-16)

IV. Good leaders put God first

    A. Following God’s command is more important than following human wisdom (Joshua 8:1-2, 30-35; 9:1-2)
    B. Care about what God thinks about us more than what people think about us (Joshua 24:14-16)

Attributes of Apollos

Acts 18:24-28

I. APOLLOS’ LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD

    A. “Mighty in the Scriptures” (Acts 18:24; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:15)
    B. “Instructed in the way of the Lord” (Acts 18:25)
            1. John’s baptism (Mark 1:4; 11:30; as opposed to Matthew 28:19)
            2. Re-baptism in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-5)

II. APOLLOS’ ATTITUDE WHEN HE LEARNED THE TRUTH

    A. He humbly accepted correction
    B. He believed that those in error should change (Galatians 1:6-9; Acts 18:26)

III. APOLLOS’ TREMENDOUS ZEAL

    A. “Being fervent in spirit” (Acts 18:25; Romans 12:11)
            1. zeo – “to boil with heat, be hot…metaphorically, used of ‘boiling’ anger, love, zeal for what is good or bad”
            2. Zeal must be based on truth (Romans 10:1-3)
    B. “Vigorously refuted the Jews publicly” (Acts 18:28)
    C. The teacher is not the thing to put your faith in; put your faith in God (1 Corinthians 13:1-7)

The Importance of Encouragement

Acts 4:36-37

I. ENCOURAGEMENT OF OTHER CHRISTIANS

    A. Barnabas took action (Acts 9:26-28; 8:1-2)
    B. We must seek opportunities to encourage others

II. ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE CONGREGATION

    A. “With purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord” (Acts 11:19-26)
    B. The attributes of Barnabas (Acts 11:24)
            1. “A good man”
            2. “Full of the Holy Spirit”
            3. “Full of faith”
    C. The action of Barnabas (Acts 13:1-3)

III. ENCOURAGEMENT IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

    A. From “Barnabas and Saul” to “Paul and Barnabas” (Acts 13:42-49)
    B. Accepting our roles in His church (1 Timothy 3:1; Acts 20:28-30; Hebrews 13:17; 3 John 1:9-11; 1 Peter 5:2-3)

IV. ENCOURAGEMENT IN THE FACE OF CONFLICT

    A. The conflict between Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:35-41; 2 Timothy 4:11)
    B. We must never compromise the faith (1 Corinthians 1:10; Jude 1:3)