We often give Jesus His well-deserved credit for being an incredible miracle-worker and teacher (to be truthful, though, I doubt we even come close to giving Him the credit He really deserves). One aspect of Jesus’ life and ministry, though, seldom gets the attention it should: His leadership. For approximately three years Jesus ministered in the public eye. In that short span of three years He delivered teachings, performed miracles, set examples, exemplified character, personified both courage and compassion, and began a movement that has shaped cultures and changed lives ever since. His movement has spawned countless other movements. Two thousand years after His brief ministry, the world is still shaped by His immeasurable influence. And ultimately, the measure of a leader is that: influence.

The first witness of Jesus’ influence is how He impacted His followers. He took a small group of followers that, as a whole, had little to nothing in common with each other and so influenced their lives that they, in turn, also became influencers. The disciples of Jesus at first seemed so poorly matched to Him that if we didn’t know how the story would end, we would say that Jesus’ mission would surely falter. But it didn’t. He took a diverseOct 13 group of people with ill-matched temperaments, egos, backgrounds, and ambitions, and brought them together to become men of such courage and conviction that they would willingly give up their lives for a cause greater than themselves. They became leaders, multiplying the force of the movement Jesus began.

Today, Jesus is still turning His followers into leaders. This Sunday at Liberty Hill, I’ll be talking about how Jesus calls each of His followers to become leaders, and in the process I’ll give an overview of what leadership means from a biblical perspective. Join us at 10:30 AM as we talk about how Christ calls us to lead for “The Greater Good.”

Grace Received,

Joe Payne