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Leadership – introduction and bible study guide

The subject of leadership naturally pricks the curiosity of everyone who believes that they are already one! Have you ever wondered what God has to say about leadership?There are only two examples in all the bible where God proclaims no leader is required – the ant and the the locust. Everyone else needs a leader of some sort.

What of leadership? Why does the ant and locust survive without leaders? Why does God teach us about leadership if we are greater than the ant and the locust?

One thing is clear – those in leadership either benefit or destroy the ones they lead. Effective leadership involves God’s wise instruction – something we must heed too in order to avoid dire consequences.

Scripture References:
Pro 25:1; Pro 30:1; Pro 30:15-33; Pro 11:10-11; Pro 14:34; Pro 16:12; Pro 20:26; Pro 24:23-25; Pro 25:5; Pro 29:2; Pro 29:12; Pro 16:10-15; Pro 29:4; Pro 29:14; Pro 29:26; Pro 20:28; Pro 25:2-3; Pro 28:16; Pro 30:15; Phl 4:11-19; Pro 30:21-23; Jam 1:2-4; Pro 30:24-28; Jam 1:5-8; Pro 30:29-33; Jam 4:1-10
Subject Outline:
The Problem of LeadershipIntroduction

1. The problem of leadership
A. Leaders need righteousness
B. Leaders need justice
C. Leaders need mercy
D. Leaders need understanding

2. The problem of satisfaction
– contentment

3. The problem of understanding
– obedience

4. The problem of stress
– patience

5. The problem of ability
– wisdom

6. The problem of self-confidence
– humility

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Laziness – introduction and bible study guide

Laziness. It is a subject that most of us would admit we have an issue with. There may be many reasons for “soft peddling” the subject of laziness.

Laziness needs to be viewed as more than just a problem for the individual but as sin. God speaks clearly and loudly about its dangers, seductions and ultimately, its subtle work at robbing an individual of character, reputation and reward.

Laziness effects more than just an individual, it wrecks havoc on the family, the church and in the corporate world too – it leaves all who practice it wide open for attack and great loss; spiritually, financially, emotionally and physically.

Scripture References:
Pro 6:6-11; Pro 24:30-34; Pro 13:4; Pro 21:25; Pro 19:24; Pro 26:15; 2Th 3:6-15; Pro 10:26; Pro 20:4; Pro 22:13; Pro 24:30; Pro 26:13-16; Pro 18:9; Pro 17:17; Pro 24:10; Pro 19:15; Ecc 10:18; Pro 15:19; Pro 22:5-6; Pro 13:4; Pro 20:4; Pro 24:34; Mat 25:14-29; 1Cr 3:6-14; Pro 24:32; Rom 12:11; Col 3:22-25
Subject Outline:
The Problem of LazinessIntroduction1.The characteristics of laziness
– Depends on others to give direction
– Fails to plan ahead
– Neglects to care for what is his
– Desires things but doesn’t work for them
– Does not put forth effort to meet need
Lazy people are unreliable
– Lazy people do not respond when
facing hardship
– Lazy people make excuses for lack of
– Lazy people lack understanding
– Lazy people think they are wise
– Lazy people destroy work already done
– Lazy people cannot be counted on in
times of adversity
2. The consequences of being laziness
– sleep instead of working
– deterioration
– thorns in the way
– poverty and need
– loss of reward3. The cure for laziness
– learn from the ant
– observe the consequences of laziness
– serve the Lord with all your heart

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Gossip – introduction and bible study guide

Gossip and those that practice the habit of gossip are like the traveling salesman selling “snake oil” to the unsuspecting consumer. The sales pitch is appealing, the smell aromatic and the bottle glimmers but the contents are deceptively deadly to the one who acquired it.

The gossiper goes from town to town, from church to church and from individual to individual “selling” their seductive wares – smugly watching another “buyer” destroyed by his profit motive! Such is the one who gossips.God hates it and has much to say about gossip.

He despises gossip wrapped up and presented “as genuine concern” for another, as prayer request or worse – the work of the devil.

Scripture References:
Psa 15; Pro 10:18; Pro 11:13; Pro 20:19; 1Cr 1:10; Phl 4; Pro 10:12; Pro 26:20-28; Pro 17:9; Pro 21:28; Pro 15:3; Pro 18:8; Pro 11:9; Pro 25:8-10; Pro 16:28; Pro 17:9; Pro 25:23; Psa 101:5; Pro 19:5, 9; Pro 26:27; Pro 30:10; Pro 10:12-13; Pro 12:23; Pro 17:9; 1Cr 13:7; Pro 19:11; Pro 15:7-14; Pro 18:15; Pro 12:18; Pro 18:17; Pro 10:32; Pro 15:28; Lev 19:15-18
Subject Outline:
The Problem of GossipIntroduction1. The characteristics of one who gossips
– spreads slander
– reveals secrets
– stirs up and sows strife
– repeats a matter
– does evil to their friends
– loves to hear other’s gossip2. The consequences of gossip
– destroys a reputation
– separates friends from each other
– causes anger
– causes God to punish

3. The control of gossip
– desires to protect
– desires to forgive
– desires to know the truth
– desires to heal
– desires to know all sides accurately
– desires to be careful
– desires to love other

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