Message: “Easter Servant Leadership” from Joe Summers

Joe Summers - March 31, 2024

Easter Servant Leadership

Easter and Servant Leadership Lesson Objective: You will be able to identify and articulate three key ways in which the Easter story exemplifies servant leadership, and develop a personal action plan to implement one aspect of servant leadership in our own lives Scripture: Mark 10:42-45 (NIV) Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Introduction Easter Connection Why Did Christ Die on the Cross? 1. **Ultimate Sacrifice as Service:** - The events leading to Easter, particularly the crucifixion, represent the ultimate sacrifice—Jesus laying down His life for humanity. This act is the pinnacle of servanthood, where leadership is expressed not through dominance or power, but through the willingness to suffer for the benefit of others. It underscores the message that true leaders are those who put the needs and salvation of others before their own comfort and safety. 2. **Victory and Humility:** - Easter is not only about sacrifice but also about victory—Jesus' resurrection signifies triumph over death and sin. This victory, however, is achieved through humility and service, not through conventional means of power. It presents a model of leadership that achieves its ends through love, sacrifice, and humility, offering a new life and hope to followers. 3. **Servanthood as the Path to Exaltation:** - The resurrection serves as God's affirmation of Jesus' servanthood approach to leadership. It shows that servanthood leads to exaltation in the kingdom of God. This principle encourages leaders to adopt a posture of service, promising that true greatness and lasting impact are found in putting others first. 4. **Empowerment of Followers:** - Post-resurrection, Jesus empowers His disciples, entrusting them with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). This act of empowerment is an essential aspect of servant leadership. Jesus prepares and enables His followers to lead and serve others, demonstrating that leadership involves raising others up and equipping them to carry forward the mission. **Redefinition of Greatness:** - The greatness in the Kingdom of God is redefined by Jesus not as a function of how many serve you, but by how many you serve. This inversion of values is central to Christian leadership and directly challenges conventional notions of power and success. **Transformation Focus:** - The objective emphasizes the transformative potential of servant leadership, both for individuals and their broader communities. This ties back to the Easter message of renewal and hope, suggesting that by embodying servant leadership, participants can contribute to positive change around them. **Reflection on the Resurrection:** - The action plan is not just about adopting a set of behaviors; it's also about reflecting on the significance of the resurrection. This reflection is meant to inspire and motivate participants, reminding them that the power of the resurrection supports their efforts to live out servant leadership. **Application to Modern Leadership:** - Encourage your congregation to reflect on how they can embody servant leadership in their own lives. This might involve reevaluating their goals and ambitions through the lens of service to others, seeking to lead in their families, workplaces, and communities by putting the needs of others first, and finding ways to serve those who are marginalized or in need. By focusing on these aspects, your sermon can draw a direct line from the teachings and example of Jesus to the lives of your congregation members today, challenging them to embrace servant leadership as a way of life, especially in the light of Easter's message of hope, renewal, and transformation . 3. **Transformation Focus:** - The objective emphasizes the transformative potential of servant leadership, both for individuals and their broader communities. This ties back to the Easter message of renewal and hope, suggesting that by embodying servant leadership, participants can contribute to positive change around them. 4. **Reflection on the Resurrection:** - The action plan is not just about adopting a set of behaviors; it's also about reflecting on the significance of the resurrection. This reflection is meant to inspire and motivate participants, reminding them that the power of the resurrection supports their efforts to live out servant leadership.

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