David Murray

What Are Some Leadership Models to Avoid? | Leadership #4

Unbiblical models include:

Mr. Passive never takes a step forwards. If he can maintain the status quo or manage gradual
decline, he’s quite happy.

Mr. Dictator aggressively pushes his own agenda with little thought for others.

Mr. Crisis thrives on drama, especially when the spotlight is on him.  He’ll lead through the Red
Sea, but he’s not so keen on the wilderness. 

Mr. Inconsistent is up and then he’s down. Completely unpredictable and unreliable.

Mr. Fearful makes all decisions based on what people will think. 

Mr. Pessimist always thinks the worst. Growth in other churches is suspect. A cheerful Christian
is a shallow Christian.

Mr. Boastful is an expert with numbers – attendance numbers, budget numbers – which are
always bigger than anyone else’s.

Mr. Academic has read every book you’ve ever read and twice as much again.

Mr. Sociable loves socializing but not shepherding.

Mr. Administrator loves paper and pixels. People and preaching, not so much.

Follow all the biblical models and avoid all unbiblical models.

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What is the Gospel? | Discipleship #1

To fully grasp the good news, we need to know the bad news first.

God created us in his image, but we rebelled against him.

God now has a problem with us. Since he is righteous and just, he must judge all evil.

The penalty for our sins is death: spiritual, physical, and eternal.

We can do nothing to make ourselves acceptable to God. Good works won’t work.

But here comes the good news. God so loved the world that he provided a way to rescue us.

A substitute: someone able to live a sinless life to die for our sins.

Who is this substitute? Jesus Christ, true God and truly human.

Jesus died on the cross to pay our debt and rose from the dead to give us eternal life.

Jesus is alive

Jesus is the king and savior of the world.

Jesus is coming back to judge the living and the dead.

To enter his kingdom and be saved, he calls us to turn from our sins and put our trust in him.

And there is more, by his Spirit, Jesus is renewing us to be like Him and empowering us to win others for Him until he returns.

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What is sin? | Discipleship #2

We live in a sin-denying culture.

We don’t like to talk about sin.

Most people erased the word “sin” from their vocabulary.

Yet, we need to continue to talk about sin because it’s an important concept to understand how God’s story changes our story.

So what is sin? We may talk about sin as the lacking and corruption of good.

God is good, and only good things can flow from him

God is not the author of sin. Sin is not a creature of God but a perversion of what God created very good.

So sin is an intruder.

It’s like rust corroding a metal.

It’s like a parasite feeding on a good creature.

Sin has no nature for itself. Sin needs the good to exist. Sin is spoiled goodness

Like darkness is the absence of light

Like cold is the absence of heat

Our sins tell us that we lack God’s presence

Our sins tell us that we corrupted the life God has given us

Our sins tell us that life’s not the way it’s supposed to be

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Why is Sin a Problem? | Discipleship #3

The messy world we live in is not the Creator’s original plan.

God is good and therefore created the world very good.

We were made in God’s image to reflect his beauty, character, and works.

Yet, we rebelled against God, following the path of our first parents.

Like them, we break God’s law with our thoughts, desires, words, and actions.

Instead of loving God and loving our neighbors, we are born loving ourselves, ignoring God and our neighbors.

Like our first parents, we constantly hide from God’s presence and try to live life independently.

So, why is my sin a problem for God?

God is righteous and just, and as the perfect judge, he must judge all evil.

If God leaves evil and injustice without its due penalty, he is not a good and holy God.

So, since sin is abandoning God, and God is the author and giver of life, the outcome of sin is death: spiritual, physical, and eternal separation from his presence.

That’s why God has a problem with us. As sinners, we don’t deserve his love and goodness, but only his holy wrath and justice.

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Am I a Sinner? | Discipleship #4

Another way to understand sin is through the idea of law-breaking (1John 3:4).

When we sin, we break all of God’s commandments (James 2:10).

Think about Adam. Adam broke all the 10 commandments by eating the prohibited fruit.

How come?

By eating that fruit…

First, he said God was not the top priority of his life

Second, he tried to find satisfaction in the things created rather than in the Creator

Third, he ignored the holiness of God’s name

Fourth, he sought to rest not in God but his own works

Fifth, he dishonored his heavenly Father’s authority like a rebel

Sixth, he welcomed death for himself and for all humanity

Seventh, he did not love his wife but jeopardized her

Eighth, he took something illegal from the garden

Ninth, he believed the lies of Satan instead of trusting the true Word of God

And tenth, by eating that fruit, he coveted God’s glory instead of enjoying God’s glory.

And like Adam, we’re all sinners because we break all of God’s commandments

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15. A Love Fertilizer (Luke 7:36–50)

This is a series of prayerful meditations based upon the daily devotionals in the new StoryChanger book Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy. Read the devotional and then move the words deeper into your heart by joining me in this worshipful meditation on the content. New Book: Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy by David…

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14. A Better Guide Than Oprah (Luke 7:1–17)

This is a series of prayerful meditations based upon the daily devotionals in the new StoryChanger book Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy. Read the devotional and then move the words deeper into your heart by joining me in this worshipful meditation on the content. New Book: Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy by David…

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13. Feasting or Fasting? (Luke 5:27–39)

This is a series of prayerful meditations based upon the daily devotionals in the new StoryChanger book Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy. Read the devotional and then move the words deeper into your heart by joining me in this worshipful meditation on the content. New Book: Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy by David…

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12. My Best Fishing Tip (Luke 5:1–11)

This is a series of prayerful meditations based upon the daily devotionals in the new StoryChanger book Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy. Read the devotional and then move the words deeper into your heart by joining me in this worshipful meditation on the content. New Book: Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy by David…

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11. What Is the Gospel? (Luke 4:16–30)

This is a series of prayerful meditations based upon the daily devotionals in the new StoryChanger book Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy. Read the devotional and then move the words deeper into your heart by joining me in this worshipful meditation on the content. New Book: Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy by David…

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