Pastor / Rabbi Brian Bileci
August 27, 2014
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)

Pencils
7 Piniciples of Leadership through Philippians

“Lead Lavishly”

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already PERFECTED; but I PRESS on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, FORGETTING [ERASING] those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I PRESS toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – PHILIPPIANS 3:12 (NKJV)

Just as a pencil is the perfect balance between two opposite elements, namely WOOD and “LEAD”, what we call “PENCIL LEAD” is really the mixture of graphite and clay, making this unique writing instrument smooth enough to communicate it’s thoughts on paper. It’s the power of the moldable clay that enables the strong graphite material to leave a mark that is distinct to the holder of the pencil. The grip of the holder has to be firm, yet flexible, for a variety of smooth strokes to reveal one’s literary message. Too firm of a grip, can create mistakes that even large erasers can’t remove. Too light of a hold of one’s pencil can give room for others to creep in and erase one’s literature and legacy unawares.

Principles of Leadership

1. LEAD INTERNALLY AS WELL AS EXTERNALLY
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already PERFECTED; but I PRESS on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me…17 Brethren, join in following my EXAMPLE, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. – PHILIPPIANS 3:12,17 (NKJV)

2. LEAD INTUITIVELY AS WELL AS INTENTIONALLY
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this MIND; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will REVEAL even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same MIND. – PHILIPPIANS 3:15-16 (NKJV)

10 But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God. 11 Is there anyone who can understand his own thoughts except his own inner SPIRIT? In the same way, no one can know the thoughts of God except God’s Spirit. 12 Now, we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we can understand the things that were freely given to us by God…16 For “Who has known the mind of the Lord so that he can advise him?” However, we have the MIND of the Messiah. 2 CORNINTHIANS 2:10-12,16 (ISV)

“DISCERN WITH YOUR SPIRIT, BUT DETERMINE WITH YOUR MIND”

3. LEAD WITH A SHARP EDGE AS WELL AS A LOOSE GRIP

As iron SHARPENS iron, So a man SHARPENS the countenance of his friend.. – PROVERBS 27:17 (NKJV)

12 For the Word of God is living and powerful, and SHARPER than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a DISCERNER of the THOUGHTS and INTENTS [INTENTIONS] of the heart. – HEBREWS 4:12 (NKJV)

Don't lord it over the people assigned to your care, but LEAD them by your own good EXAMPLE. – 1 PETER 5:3 (NLT)

Seven Things That Dull Your Lead

1. Inconsistent - deviating from a set plan, purpose or principle that creates unreliability.
2. Insensitive - inability to empathize with the feelings of others or respond to their needs.
3. Inconsiderate - thoughtlessly causing hurt or inconvenience to others.
4. Indecisive - difficulty making decisions or staying committed to a previous choice or plan.
5. Intolerant - not tolerant of views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one's own.
6. Ineffective - not producing any significant results or desired effects.
7. Irrelevant - disconnected from people or isolated from situations that prevent a leader from affecting change or motivating growth.

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