We All Need One Another --
Welcome to the third installment of this beautiful lesson series about "Changing Your World." This weekend we will explore Luke 17: 20-30 we will pay attention to the Pharisee's questions, and their real intent, and explore Jesus' answer, implications, and exhortation to the church. Then we are going to take Jesus' exhortation aka "the Gospel Lesson" and pay attention to Chapter three of the book by John Maxwell, which should give us a pretty good sense of application.
So, be prepared to consider why Jesus stopped talking to those asking the questions (Pharisees) and began to address His disciples… The goal is for you to see how Jesus was affirming and yet challenging the disciples to recognize the global need to value each other. Jesus told His disciples [and now you] that we need to pay attention to people, thus avoiding dissipating our time on earth…. After all, our world is full of distracted people.
We are disciples, called to recognize that we need to be moved from the mentality that "the group-the church" is here to benefit "me" to... we are here "the church" for the benefit of those who have not experienced the everlasting presence of the Holy Spirit.
As people of God, we must recognize that our odds of success in any endeavor increase dramatically when we can team up with other people despite our differences.
In the "Change Your World" book, you will read that the leadership consultant and speaker Gustavo Razzetti noted, "A study by the Association for Training and Development (ATD) found that you are 65 percent more likely to meet a goal after committing to another person. If you also establish an ongoing partnership, your chances increase to 95 percent."
The key message is this: once you've identified your cause, you need to recruit a transformation team. Because "No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team." So, the first question you need to ask yourself is, "Am I ready to play on the transformation team?" (See Page #62)
As we work to become catalysts [See chapter two] of change on any scale, we don't want to miss what happens when we work with others to accomplish more. Pg. 61
Scriptures tell us a lot of people out there don't know the reality of God's Love; let me tell you, it is not about avoiding going to hell but living for Christ. Let us come to the realization that "No Matter How Brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team" – Reid Hoffmann
so, to the question. Who are we playing against? For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this World's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
The greater the vision and the more complex the cause, the more we need people to work together to accomplish it. "One is too small a number to achieve greatness." The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork.