Thursday, September 2, 2010

Courageous Leadership- How Successors Succeed

We began this week with a new church year, new students who transitioned into the youth ministry, and a new series called Courageous Leadership. We are going to take a look at the book of Joshua and how he became a courageous leader, and how that pertains to us.

When we think of the words courageous/courage and leadership/leader many thoughts come to mind. We think of people who are bold, fearless, and sometimes full of charisma. Moses had been leading the Israelites for 40 years when he passed away and Joshua took over as leader. Following Moses' footsteps was definitely a huge task but Joshua was a successful successor. So how did Joshua do this and how can we all be a successful leader full of courage?

Well after examining Joshua 1:1-9 we looked at the following thoughts on becoming a successful leader:

1) Be Strong & Courageous- this phrase is said 4 times in this chaper. Three times God said it to Joshua and once by the Israelites as they affirm Joshua as their leader. So how do you become "strong and courageous". In verse 7 we learn that we are to obey God's Word. Verse 8 says to meditate on God's Word day and night. I'm pretty sure this means being in God's Word and spending time with Him more than just Sunday's and Wednesday's and maybe a 15 minute quiet time everyday. We need to be enriched in what God has provided for us through His written Word. Also we read in verses 5 and 9 that God is with us. So if we want to become strong and courageous we need to always have this understanding. Why would we ever fear when we know that God is with us.

2) Realize You Are a Leader- Moses has died and so Joshua has now been appointed the leader of the Israelites. Now you may not be the leader of 2-3 million people. But you are a leader wherever you are. It's easy to see this if you have younger siblings, cousins, nieces/nephews, etc. that want to follow and mimic you. There are people watching you always. You are leading people that you are around. The question is though what are you leading them to? Are you leading them toward God or are you leading them away?

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