GroupLife Midwest: The Courage of Leadership with Steve Gladen

The Courage of Leadership: THE question everyone needs to answer to step into ministry

Steve Gladen, Small Group Pastor at Saddleback, started us off in the best possible place for a leader in any ministry…right in the middle of God’s Word. Teaching from John 21, he relates how after a fruitless night of fishing, Jesus asks the fishermen to try their nets on the other side of the boat. The net barely holds the 153 fish. 153 fish. Such an exact number must be important. That’s a lot of fish!

Then THE question…

”Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” John 21:15

In other words, more than 153 fish? More than your livelihood? More than anything?

We know that Peter answers yes, and Jesus asks him to “Feed my lambs.” Twice more Jesus asks, and twice more Peter says yes he loves Jesus. Jesus tells him how things wont go well for Peter when he is old. Finally, Jesus says, “Follow me!”

What’s God’s love language? When we are ready to lay everything we have down and follow Jesus. That takes courage. Courage is not the absence of fear. Fear can be a strong motivator. The enemy uses fear to stop us from doing what God wants us to do.

“Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”

What are your ‘these‘?

What do the 153 fish represent for you? What stops you from doing God’s love language?

Jesus didn’t pick the “who’s who” of Jerusalem, he picked the available.


Up next: Lectio Divina with Mindy Caliguire


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