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Only Follow A Follower!

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Jesus emphasizes the importance of only following leaders who are following Him.

Text: Luke 6:39-42
Date: 05/15/2022, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 62

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As we continue to make our way through Luke's version of the Sermon on the Mount, we will pay particular attention to the way he has organized the teachings of Jesus. After discussing Kingdom Ethics, pure motives, and the evils of judgmentalism, Jesus turns His attention to the kind of leaders His disciples should be. In three short segments, Jesus addresses some of the essential aspects of Kingdom Discipleship that His Apostles will need as they head out to establish the foundation of the Christian church. He warns them of the danger of following or being false teachers, of straying from the doctrines He has taught them, and of self-righteous pride in their shepherding of other disciples. The key to effective leadership within the Kingdom of God is to follow closely the life and teachings of its King! We will analyze all these teachings and boil them down to a simple yet profound statement for today's Kingdom-Disciples: "Only follow a follower!"

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 6:39-42.
A. Context
1. Sketching a profile of the Kingdom-disciple.
2. A dramatic comparison.
B. Insights on leading and following.
1. Be careful who you follow, vs. 39.
a. Explaining the parable.
b. The pitfall of false teaching, Matt. 15:14.
i. Beware of blind guides, Matt. 7:15.
ii. Do not be a blind guide, Matt. 5:13-14.
c. A call to introspection.
2. Reflect the Master, vs. 40.
a. A broadly-used proverb.
i. As it is used elsewhere in the Gospels, Matt. 10:24-25, John 15:20, 13:15-17.
ii. Probing the meaning.
b. To reflect, but never surpass!
i. In the context of discipleship, Luke 6:35.
ii. In the context of leadership.
c. A lesson for all disciples.
i. The disciples' goal is to follow well.
ii. The disciples' goal is to lead well, Heb. 13:7.
3. The beam and the mote, vs. 41-42.
a. Defining the words.
b. The power of hyperbole.
c. The "not-so-absurd" point of the hyperbole.
i. A warning not to judge others, Rom. 14:10.
ii. A warning for the self-righteous, Prov. 16:18, Luke 18:9-14.
d. Removing the beam.
i. Be introspective.
ii. Removing the speck.
e. A focus on leaders, Matt. 7:1-2, Luke 6:37.
III. Application
A. Be self-examining.
B. Be humble.
1. God loves the humble, Isa. 57:15, John 13:14-15.
2. It is good when God humbles us, Isa. 2:17, James 4:6.
C. Be slow to lead, 1Pet. 5:5, James 3:1.
D. It matters who you follow.
IV. Conclusion

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