It’s very – it’s very different from what the Scripture says, and yet there are some similarities. Sermon from Rev George Hemmings Yesterday was a very important day for Australia. There is great honor in being selected as a model for God's people. There was a moment of silence while she thought about the differences between the two of them. But all of a sudden, this tremendous storm is coming, and this wind is blowing, and the skiff typically was attached to the main ship with a rope. Smooth skin. It encourages them to believe there is a future. For the first time, the child was really giving her grandfather the once-over. The little south wind was blowing them, they thought, so gently. I told you - a few – I guess a couple of months ago – about this new book on the church that predicts that if the church doesn’t reinvent itself, it’ll go out of existence in 50 years. Your responsibility was to get up and go to breakfast, and then go sweep something or vacuum something, and then go to lunch, and then go to the library and read, and then go to dinner, and then go walk around to get your exercise, and then go to a computer class, and then go to bed – for years. You cannot be an effective leader and be pessimistic. The people who owned the ship wanted to get the cargo where it was going as rapidly as they could get it there because it meant money to them. Leadership is no small thing, it’s not to be entered into lightly. One day’s sailing, and they’re at Sidon. I’m not pessimistic about the church; are you? And I’m not about to trust chance – as if there was something like that – I’m not going to trust blind luck or fate; I’m not going to just wish that everything would go well. A warm, nice wind blowing them along. Effective Christian Leadership Ephesians 2:10-2:10 Introduction: ‘We are... 1. They were chosen to be leaders of God's people, charged with giving God's people God's message. It didn’t matter what came, he never gave up the initiative. Verse 17, “When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship.” It an old thing that they did with ships; it’s called frapping the ship. If you go direct west from Jerusalem, directly to the ocean, you come to Caesarea. And he said to the centurion – he must have said, “I want to go visit my friends. Leadership that is effective is always optimistic, always enthusiastic, always convinced of triumph. In fact, I grabbed my wife’s MacArthur Study Bible, since I usually preach out the NAS, but I asked her if I could borrow it for this sermon because I realized you’re all going to be looking at the notes, and I want to see what you’re reading as I move along through this thing. That’s where we pick the story up in verse 1. Anytime. Well, let’s close t that point. How could they see all that they had seen, and still doubt the power of God? Leaders set the example. The leader, who would be a deacon or a pastor in a church, is not exalted over the Christians he serves. Now, who is the one guy who told them this? Customer Service Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT Monday - Friday Phone: (800) 458-2772. They understand what’s at stake, the lives of people, precious property. It’s just a little bit north of the modern city of Tel Aviv., which is the capital of Israel, which grew up around the ancient city of Joppa. You must be able to believe, and then act confidently upon those beliefs. So, much time had been spent; sailing was now dangerous, and even to this day, those winds are still well known and threatening in that part of the world. A leader speaks with boldness because he knows his subject, because he knows whereof he speaks. Please see below for details. So, if you go directly west of Jerusalem, you come to Caesarea. He understands what’s at hand. Well, why do you keep coming?”, He said, “Because I’m in sales, and I need to get jacked up, and you’re so enthusiastic.”. You look at Nehemiah, and you can see that he did several things. They also would have used it as a lifeboat, although there wouldn’t have been enough room in it, perhaps, to carry everybody, since there were a lot of people on this particular ship. A leader, then, is respected, takes initiative, uses good judgment, speaks with authority, and invariably strengthens others. That is another characteristic of leadership. They have no say. “They” – verse 16 – “were running under the shelter of an island called Clauda” – sometimes Cauda. by Andy Cook on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 7:00 AM. They need to be objective oriented rather than people oriented, because if they are stuck on people, they will allow their relationships with people and the fear of alienating people or hurting people or making people feel bad or terminating people or moving people to thwart their efforts. Now, the fourth thing is a leader speaks with authority. Verse 11, “Nevertheless, the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.” Well, what does he know? A leader is trusted. Thank You for the time that we’ve been able to spend in this great chapter. A serious problem. Remember, he set up family teams to build certain portions of the wall? There was a time when they believed they were all going to die. And they began to eat. They were being blown south at such a fast rate, and they weren’t even able to know how fast they were going. You would usually come up with their definition of a leader being a strong, natural, dominating kind of personality. “Who are these guys, and where did they come from?” But it was a great lesson to me about what people who are driven by optimism and enthusiasm can do.