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Replication vs. Self-Gratification

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19 Yesterday, we looked at the manner in which Jesus invested in making disciples rather than in building an empire. We saw that by befriending and mentoring a group of people, His influence was replicated in ways that wouldn’t have been possible had He focused solely on His own glory. Interestingly, I believe one of the greatest case studies for these principles in modern-day Christianity is a man named Chuck Smith. Most of us have heard of him, but he was the founder of Calvary Chapel, which started here in Orange County and now has influence all over the world. Surprisingly, when I hear his name, I recognize it, but I’m not bombarded by images of his “larger than life” personality nor do

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Leadership Transcends Title

“Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.’”  – Matthew 20:25,26 As people immersed in a celebrity and success-oriented culture, we tend to give a lot of weight to titles. However, such distinctions are not always what they seem. Last Christmas, my sister gave me a really unique gift. She found out that in Scotland, there’s a movement to save natural resources, so they’re parcelling out pieces of land that are about eight feet square and selling them. Because Scottish law says that anyone who owns property in their country is entitled to bear the designation of “lord” or “lady,” it’s an enticement to purchase the parcels, which is why she gifted one to us. That

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