Anglican Church Of Nigeria Weekly Sunday School/ Bible Studies Manual For June 9, 2019 : Topic – Characteristics of godly Leadership 5: Purpose and Direction
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Study 2/11 June 9 Pentecost Sunday
SUB THEME: GODLY LEADERSHIP
TOPIC: Characteristics of godly Leadership 5: Purpose and Direction
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Cor. 9:26.
TEXTS: John 4:31-34; Acts 26:15-18; Col.1:27-29.
AIMS: To i. discover what it means to have purpose and direction as leaders; ii. realise why to have purpose and direction is important in the Church; iii. find out how leaders in the Church can become purposed and have direction.
INTRODUCTION: Purpose deals with why we want to do a thing while Direction relates to how we generally go about it or wish to go about it. Purpose determines direction. Purpose and direction in godly leadership have to do with knowing where one is headed as a leader and why. (Nehemiah 2:17), Christ (John 4:31-34), Paul Church of Nigeria 2019 Bible Study (Col.1:27-29), etc., are a few examples of godly leaders with purpose and direction in the scriptures. May this study inspire us to be leaders with purpose and direction!
1. What does it mean for leaders to have ‘purpose’ and ‘direction’? Luke 9:51; John 4:31-34; Phil.1:21-24.
2. Why is it important for leaders to have purpose and direction? John 4:31-34 (cf. John 17:4; 19:30); Acts 26:15-19 (cf. Col.1:27-29; 2 Tim. 4:6-8).
3. What are some possible consequences of leaders not having purpose and direction? 1 Kings 20:39-40; 1 Cor.9:15-27; Prov.29:18.
4. How may both Christians and churches become purposed and direction? Acts 9:1-6; Prov.27:17; John 21:3, 15-18; Titus 1:5; Matt.28:18.
CONCLUSION: Leadership envisions members and congregations. Thus a visionless leader does not inspire his congregation but rather leaves them clueless with the attendant result of wandering, bickering, and destroying one another. Such scarcely fulfill the divine mandate. Seek the Lord to either envision or sharpen your vision as a leader.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Leaders without purpose and direction tend to be pushed in directions that lead to nowhere. MEMORY VERSE: 1 Cor. 9:26.