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Lesson 5. A LEADER’S PREPARATION. A Leader’s Preparation. Every leader whom God uses must first be prepared to function in that capacity. Many leaders greatly desire to function effectively, but far fewer are willing to pay the price of being made ready for

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Lesson 5

A LEADER’S PREPARATION

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A Leader’s Preparation

  • Every leader whom God uses
  • must first be prepared to
  • function in that capacity.
  • Many leaders greatlydesire
  • to function effectively, but far
  • fewer are willing to pay the
  • price of being made ready for
  • the task.
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A Leader’s Preparation

  • God has a tailor-made training
  • for each individual
  • God is a God of details
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Definition of Preparation

  • To make ready for special
  • purpose, to make suitable
  • To train for specific task
  • To cultivate for fruitful
  • reproduction
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Definition of Preparation

  • To set the groundwork and
  • foundation of building for
  • construction
  • To foresee problems
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Three (3) Areas where preparation is visible

1. The Law of preparation

in nature

A.Animal

B.Ground

  • rain and sun
  • are part of
  • ground
  • preparation
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Three (3) Areas where preparation is visible

1. The Law of preparation

in nature

A.Animal

B.Ground

C.Stone

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Curved by wind

Shaped by River

Smoothen by water

Three (3) Areas where preparation is visible

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Three (3) Areas where preparation is visible

2. The Law of preparation

in craftsmanship

A.Skilled Craftsmanship

Mechanic, Welder, Carpenter, Painter

B. Trade of Profession

Lawyer, Doctor, Engineer, Teacher

Isaiah 45:9; Jeremiah 18:1-4

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Three (3) Areas where preparation is visible

Isaiah 45:9, “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the

potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter,      ‘What are you making?’Does your work say,      ‘He has no hands’?

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Three (3) Areas where preparation is visible

Jeremiah 18:1-4,1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter's house,

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Three (3) Areas where preparation is visible

Jeremiah 18:1-4,I saw him working at the wheel. 4But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

a. Dug from the ground, blasted and separated

b. Washed and soaked in water

c. Smitten and thoroughly worked by the Potter’s hand

d. Investigated for air bubbles

by a thin wire

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

e. Perfectly centered on the wheel for shaping

f. Stretched andpulled up and down to be molded seamlessly

g. Set aside on the shelf to dry and harden

h.Undergofiring in the kiln to develop ceramic qualities

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

Craftsmanship demands years of apprenticeship.

How much more we

Christianleaders, under the school of the Holy Spirit?

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

3. The Law of preparation

in Scripture

  • Preparation of the people to
  • pass over the Jordan
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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

Joshua 1:11, “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’”

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

3. The Law of preparation

in Scripture

  • Preparation of the people to
  • pass over the Jordan

B. Preparation of the way

for the Messiah

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

Matthew 3:1-3, 1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

“A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight

paths for him.’”

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

3. The Law of preparation

in Scripture

  • Preparation of the people to
  • pass over the Jordan

B. Preparation of the way

for the Messiah

C. Preparation for the child

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

3. The Law of preparation

in Scripture

  • Preparation of the people to
  • pass over the Jordan

B. Preparation of the way

for the Messiah

C. Preparation for the child

D. Preparation of the Bride of Christ

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

Revelations 19:7, “Let us rejoice

and be glad and give him glory!

For the wedding of the Lamb has

come, and his bride has made

herself ready.”

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

Revelation 21:2 (NIV), “2 I saw

the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,

coming down out of heaven from

God, prepared as a bride

beautifully dressed for her

husband.”

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List of preparations and processes in making clay pot:

  • The Church does not need mainly degreed people;
  • It needs those that are trained by the Lord
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Leader's

Leader's

Leader's

Leader's

Preparation

Salvation

Call

Function

0

1

2

3

4

THE SEASONS OF PREPARATION

Ministry Birth as

a Sprout

Ministry Planted as

a Seed

Ministry Tested as

a Plant

Ministry Matured as

a Fruit Bearing Tree

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

Isaiah 49:1-2, 1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

1.The LORDcalled me from

the womb

Isaiah 49:1, Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; the LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

1.The LORDcalled me from

the womb

Every servant must determine

with confidence that he has

indeed heard the true call of

the Lord

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

2.He makes my mouth like

a sharp sword

Isaiah 49:2,And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

2.He makes my mouth like

a sharp sword

  • It speaks of the word ministry
  • of the servant of the Lord

Ephesians 6:17, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

2.He makes my mouth like

a sharp sword

  • Sharp sword means to reveal
  • the truth
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Five (5) important points of preparation:

2.He makes my mouth like

a sharp sword

Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of

God is living and active. Sharper

than any double-edged sword, it

penetrates even to dividing soul

And spirit, joints and marrow; it

Judges the thoughts and

attitudes of the heart”

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

2.He makes my mouth like

a sharp sword

  • Rebuke has two kinds:
  • Restore and revile, which
  • one do you use more often?
  • Does your mouth give life or
  • death?
  • What comes from it, water
  • or gasoline?
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Five (5) important points of preparation:

3.In the shadow of his hands hath he hid me

Isaiah 49:2,And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

3.In the shadow of his hands hath he hid me

  • Test of internal character
  • The veiling of the Lord’s
  • servant:
  • Moses was hidden for 40 years at the backside of the desert
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Five (5) important points of preparation:

3.In the shadow of his hands hath he hid me

b. Jesus was hidden for 30 years before he was released at the Jordan River

c. Paul was hidden for 3 years at Arabia

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

3.In the shadow of his hands hath he hid me

  • Did they take advantage of this training or did they get impatient?
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Five (5) important points of preparation:

4.He also made me a polished shaft

Isaiah 49:2,And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

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speaks of the person’s ministry

head

is one of the arrow’s important component

shaft

MARK

speaks of the

character of a person

ARROW

If the arrow’s shaft is misaligned,

is sanding, purging, & kiln drying

Polishing

the arrow will not hit its mark

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Preparation of an arrow:

a. Stripping of leaves;

b. Straightening using tightly

secured pegs;

c. Applying of oil to soften the

wood before the final sanding;

d. Receiving its tip after

sanding the shaft

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Spiritual application:

  • God does the choosing;
  • we are notperfect;

b. He will stripped us of things

that will not be of use;

c. He will straighten our

character, our hearts, and

sharpen our heads;

d. He will anoint us.

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Five (5) important points of preparation:

5.In his quiver hath he hid me

Isaiah 49:2,And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

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Shaft

of an arrow

Quiver

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The quiver experience:

a. Responding to the calling;

b. Enduring the stripping

process;

c. Persevering the straightening

process

d. Polishing

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The quiver experience:

e. Sanding

f. Waiting period

Why the waiting period? The quiver experience is not less important than the stripping process.

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The quiver experience:

The stripping process is mainly for the external, the quiver is for the internal

God has a perfect time for

everything