Serve Upside Down
The Place and Practice of Servant Leadership
This series is dedicated to contributing to our on-going dialogue regarding spiritual leadership in the body of Christ at Reynoldsburg. As we consider leadership, we are reminded through biblical exploration that from the perspective of Jesus, at the heart of leadership is service. Jesus is king and at the same time, a servant.
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.
Sermons in this series
- Serve Upside DownMay 27th, 2012
As the ultimate servant leader, Jesus modeled that an effective servant leader would engulf himself/herself in building relationship with those who follow. In this final sermon, we will engage with Jesus? ministry of relationship and his call to us to continue this model for generations to follow.
Primary text(s): John 15:5-17
- Serve Upside DownMay 13th, 2012
Servant leaders should be only willing to expect followers to do what they are willing to do themselves. Jesus command to wash one another?s feet was intensified when he himself got on his knees and washed feet first. Thus servant leadership is not telling what people to do, it is being.
Primary text(s): John 13:1-16
- Serve Upside DownMay 6th, 2012
Servant leaders are consumed with the task of helping others grow and mature in Christ. It becomes the heartfelt joy of servant leaders to see the growth of others and the growth of the church. Since growth of others is so key, cooperation with others is preferred over competition with others.
Primary text(s): Ephesians 4:7-16
- Serve Upside DownApril 29th, 2012
Servant Leaders are not seduced by the trend to obtain as much power as they can. They are much more concerned about empowering others to fulfill their mission in Christ as members of the kingdom of God. Thus servant leaders reduce obstacles and help others seek opportunities.
Primary text(s): Colossians 4
- Serve Upside DownApril 22nd, 2012
In the Philippian letter, Paul includes in his writing what was believed to be an early Christian hymn. In this hymn a Christological argument is made referring to Christ?s divinity and his astounding humility in giving up his rightful place as co-equal with God to become human and serve us. It sets the stage for the early church to pursue humility in all circumstances and stages of life. It is also the undeniable mark of a true servant leader.
Primary text(s): Philippians 2:1-11
- Serve Upside DownApril 15th, 2012
In this introductory sermon, we will set the premise for the rest of the series by examining the servant life of Jesus. As disciples we mimic the ministry of Jesus as a servant by putting others' interests above our own.
Primary text(s): Mark 10:35-45