What Kind of Leader is Jesus – Part 2


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Everyone admires a servant leader, but few want to be one. Jesus invites us to both follow and copy His servant leadership. Learn three more descriptions of how Jesus leads.
 

 
Mark 10:32–45 KJV
32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, 33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. 36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? 37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
 
 

 

 
INTRO:
 
Anyone hear ever heard of John Harper’s last convert? Probably not.
 
You probably have never heard of John Harper, have you?
 
How about the Titanic? Heard of that?
 
John Harper preached Christ with his last breaths before slipping into his icy water grave.
 
See for yourself. [PLAY VIDEO] https://youtu.be/J25StleSQG8
 
What sacrifice! What love!
 
What an example of a servant leader.
 
One who influenced without need of position or platform.
 
One who led as a servant.
 
 

 

 
PROP
 
Everyone admires a servant leader, but few want to be one.
 
Jesus invites us to both follow and copy His servant leadership.
 
As a believer, we ought to become a follower of Jesus. As a follower, we ought to become a servant leader like Jesus.
 
 

 

 
TRANS
 
Today, we will examine those and learn to trust and copy Jesus’ servant leadership.
 
 

 

 
REVIEW FROM LAST WEEK
 
1. He creates accessibility, vs. 36
 
2. He defines reality, vs. 38-40
 
3. He cultivates unity, vs. 41-42
 
 

 

 
TODAY
 
 

 

 
4. He shapes philosophy, vs. 43
 

 
 

 
Mark 10:43 KJV 1900
But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
 
 

 

 
You’ve probably heard this before, but don’t miss it:
 
Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.
 
 

 

 
As a servant leader, Jesus helps his followers think how He thinks.
 
 

 

 
He shares wisdom and teaches how to make decisions.
 
 

 

 
He teaches guiding principles rather than just commanding laws alone.
 
 

 

 
A servant leader serves His followers by influencing they way they think!
 

 
That can be risky.
 
Shaping means changing.
 
Changing means challenging.
 
Challenging means conflict.
 
 

 
Ever had anyone in your life challenge the way you think?
 
 
ILL—Me at age 11 annoying people with two words I loved to say: “I know.”
 
I am so glad I experienced conflict from being challenged, which led to me changing and shaping philosophy.
 
 

 
That takes commitment.
 
 

 
It takes commitment to shape philosophy.
 
 
 
 
You are committing truth!
 

 
2 Timothy 2:2 KJV 1900
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
 
 

 

 
Not only does Jesus shape philosophy, but He . . .
 
 

 

 
5. He expands capacity, vs. 44
 

 
 

 
Mark 10:44 KJV 1900
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
 
 

 

 
Jesus is teaching that the leader’s responsibility is to help His followers with their responsibilities.
 
 

 

 
Jesus doesn’t do our work for us, but He enables us to do ours well.
 
 

 

 
He empowers and equips for what He employs.
 
 

 

 
ILL—Chick-fil-A & Truett Cathy
 
In Dee Ann Turner’s new book, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and Compelling Culture, she shares the secret sauce of Chick-fil-A’s highly effective business model that began over 60 years ago by founder Truett Cathy. Truett created something incredibly special at Chick-fil-A, but Turner also notes that he had the wisdom and humility to create something bigger than himself: an enduring culture that values people above everything else.
 
Chick-fil-A has achieved tremendous success by any business standard. They’ve experienced a more than 10% sales increase almost every year since launching in 1946. Franchisees retention rate has been 96% for nearly 50 years, while the corporate staff retention rate has hovered at 95-97% over the same time period.
 
However, Turner explains the real victory for the fast food industry icon is the growth of a culture that has nurtured and impacted so many people. As Turner writes, “Culture is the soul of an organization.” And every company has a culture, whether leaders consciously mold it or not.
 
It’s My Pleasure explains that creating an intentional, compelling culture begins with understanding the company’s purpose. Why does the company exist? What motivates it? From the start, Truett Cathy based his company on Biblical principles, and operated in a “servant leadership” style long before it was called that. The religious influence is explicit in the company’s purpose, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”
 
 

 

 
I believe this truth sums it up. A servant leader accomplishes the mission through his followers.
 
 

 

 
Not only does Jesus shape philosophy and expand capacity, but He . . .
 
 

 

 
6. He models humility, vs. 45
 
 

 

 
What’s the opposite of humility? —pride
 
Who best models pride? —Satan
 
 


 
Mark 10:45 KJV 1900
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
 
 

 

 
Hudson Taylor
 
Missionary Hudson Taylor was scheduled to speak at a large Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. The moderator of the service introduced the missionary in eloquent and glowing terms. He told the large congregation all that Taylor had accomplished in China, and then presented him as “our illustrious guest.” Taylor stood quietly for a moment, and then opened his message by saying, “Dear friends, I am the little servant of an illustrious Master.”
 
Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, W. Wiersbe, p. 243
 
 

 

 
Three mindsets of a humble leader:
 
 

 

 
God-view: Sees himself from God’s perspective as a vital, but small, part of God’s big plan.
 
No-name: Shares the credit, takes the blame.
 
All-directional: Selflessly influences at all levels.
 
 

 

 
Summary Truths
 
 

 

 
In summary, Jesus shapes philosophy, expands capacity, and He models humility.
 
 

 

 
Servant leaders surrender to God and open potential for others.
 
Selfish leaders resist God and consume potential from others.
 
 

 
CONCLUSION:
 
 

 

 
Questions to ask yourself:
 
 

 

 
Jesus shapes philosophy, expands capacity, and models humility.
 
Will you follow Him?
 
Will you copy Him?
 
 

 

 
Do you want your philosophies shaped by the world or by Jesus?
 
Will you commit to shaping your followers’ philosophies?
 
 

 

 
Do you want your capacity limited or expanded?
 
Will you work to expand the capacity of those you lead?
 
 

 

 
Do you want to be led by a prideful or humble leader?
 
Do you want to be a humble leader?
 
 

 

 
It all begins at the cross.
 



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