February 21, 2019
Where Does a Leader Fit?
What is important to know before you try to take the leadership of a Conquer Series small group? What kind of a leader are you supposed to be?
Probably the most important thing a group leader must recognize is that the Holy Spirit must lead the group. If He is not in charge, then nothing much will happen that will benefit the men in your group. Mere men to not have the ability to set free those who are in bondage to sexual sin.
Ministry to men in sexual bondage requires proper positioning of the man who is facilitating the small group. Picture it like this…being in sexual bondage and sin is like living at the bottom of a septic tank; very low and very nasty. The Holy Spirit is the hand reaching down to pull you out. The group leader’s place is in the bottom of the septic tank with those who are desperate to get free. These brothers of yours need someone down there with them upon whose shoulders they can climb. Can you help your brothers keep their heads above water and can you help to push them up towards God’s hand which is reaching down to pull them out? Your place is not to be looking down from above. That place is already taken and belongs to Jesus. Your arm is too short and too weak to save. Jesus’ arm is not.
Your greatest gift as a leader is your empathy and compassion for your brothers who are struggling. They don’t need a lecture or a teaching from you. They need a brother down there with them where they are to help, pray, and encourage.
So, if Jesus has lifted you out of the filth and mire of sexual sin, don’t ever think you are better than your brothers who are still there. Be willing to climb back down into the septic tank and lend your brothers a helping hand
February 20, 2019
A Word of Encouragement
If you are addicted to pornography, then you understand what it is to live life at the bottom of the cesspool. My struggle with this addiction has lasted for sixty years.
If this is you then let me assure you that you do not have to live like this. If you have come to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, know this…Your sin is NOT who you are. God makes all things new and He can redeem your life, no matter how bad the circumstances you find yourself in.
In no way do you have to accept that pornography will always be a part of your life. Jesus stated in John 8:34, “…Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” But Luke 14:18 also says about Jesus that He has come to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to set the oppressed free.
This simple truth can totally change and transform your life. I am living out the reality of His promise. In all my stupidity and sin Jesus has never given up on me and He hasn’t given up on YOU either.
Let me encourage you that there is great hope for you. Help is out there. Jesus saves COMPLETELY those who come to God through Him (Heb 7:25). Give God the benefit of the doubt, join one of our Conquer Series groups, and watch what God can do.