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Section 10 - The Leader’s Pitfalls & Rewards

Section 10 - The Leader’s Pitfalls & Rewards Group Activity: Create a one-page visual summary of

Group Activity: Create a one-page visual summary of the leader’s pitfalls. Study chapter 10-11 in Blackaby Study chapters 20-22 in Sanders

a one-page visual summary of the leader’s pitfalls. Study chapter 10-11 in Blackaby Study chapters 20-22
The Leader Nehemiah J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, Chapter 22

The Leader Nehemiah

The Leader Nehemiah J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, Chapter 22

J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, Chapter 22

The Leader Nehemiah J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, Chapter 22
Nehemiah is one of the most inspiring leaders in the Bible. His vigorous reforms produced

Nehemiah is one of the most inspiring leaders in the Bible. His vigorous reforms produced rapid effective change - we can trace this effectiveness back to the quality of his character.

vigorous reforms produced rapid effective change - we can trace this effectiveness back to the quality
Nehemiah was a man of Great Character

Nehemiah was a man of Great Character

Nehemiah was a man of Great Character

1. He was a man of prayer This was a normal part of life and living - he heard about jerusalem and prayed - 1:4,6, 2:4, 4:4,9, 5:19, 6:14 etc.

2. He was a man of courage 6:11 But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” Fearlessness is often inspiring for the people you lead.

like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” Fearlessness is

3. He was a man of concern 2:10 - shown in fasting, prayer and tears 1:4-6 1:6 shows his identification with his people, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.

people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have

4.

He was a man of foresight

He carefully planned his strategy - for example he realised opposition

would arise so he got letters before he left for Jerusalem 2:8

5. He was a man of caution

He took 3 days upon his arrival to assess the situation, even though he felt the urgency of things - when he started work he did not announce it to everyone, and he set guards from the early days.

the urgency of things - when he started work he did not announce it to everyone,
the urgency of things - when he started work he did not announce it to everyone,

6.

He was a man of

decisiveness He did not put off making decisions. He had no favourites - rebuking

the workers and officials in the same way 5:7

7. He was a man of empathy

He listened to people - and then took action depending upon their grievance - 4:10-12,

5:1-5

7. He was a man of empathy He listened to people - and then took action

8.

He was a man of realism - 4:9

But we prayed to our God and

posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. He understood the need to know the world and to rely on God

9. He was a man of

responsibility He took responsibility - then followed through on all aspects of it whether easy or hard.

He was a man of responsibility He took responsibility - then followed through on all aspects
He was a man of responsibility He took responsibility - then followed through on all aspects

Realism in the arts was a 19th-century

8.

He was a man of realism - 4:9

art movement that originated with a

But we prayed to our God and

group of Paris-based artists whose

posted a guard day and night to

independent exhibitions brought them

meet this threat.

to prominence during the 1870s and

He understood the need to know

1880s in spite of harsh opposition from

the world and to rely on God

the art community in France. The name

of the style is derived from the title of a

Claude Monet work, Realism, soleil

9.

He was a man of

levant (Realism, Sunrise), which

He took responsibility - then

provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin

followed through on all aspects of

Leroy to coin followed th rough on all aspec ts of the term in a satiric

the term in a satiric review published in

it whether easy or hard.

the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari.

10. He was a man of administration Calm in a crisis, fearless initiator, decision maker and persevering leader, resolute against threats - people had confidence in him.

fearless initiator, decision maker and persevering leader, resolute against threats - people had confidence in him.
Nehemiah led through Effective Methods

Nehemiah led through Effective Methods

Nehemiah led through Effective Methods

1. He raised morale He moved peoples focus away from the impossible and onto the greatness of God 2:20 - The God of heaven will give us success.” 8:10 - This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

will give us success.” 8:10 - This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve,
will give us success.” 8:10 - This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve,
2. He built a culture of faith Faith builds faith - pessimism destroys faith. As
2. He built a culture of faith Faith builds faith - pessimism destroys faith. As

2. He built a culture of faith Faith builds faith - pessimism destroys faith. As a leader you have to build faith in people’s hearts.

of faith Faith builds faith - pessimism destroys faith. As a leader you have to build

3. He rekindled hope The people were downcast when Nehemiah arrived - he told of the vision and provision of God in his life - 2:18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us
my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us

4. He exercised personal discipline Nehemiah lived the life - he didn’t stop and correct the people but showed them that his conviction was deeply held and to be acted upon. In this he showed that problems could be overcome by decisive action - e.g. The events of Neh 4:10-16 and his follow through.

he showed that problems could be overcome by decisive action - e.g. The events of Neh
he showed that problems could be overcome by decisive action - e.g. The events of Neh

5. He corrected people Neh 5:1-15 The poor brothers had been taken advantage of by their rich brothers - Nehemiah addressed this - he listened and sympathised - and then negotiated a successful resolution to the problem

- Nehemiah addressed this - he listened and sympathised - and then negotiated a successful resolution
- Nehemiah addressed this - he listened and sympathised - and then negotiated a successful resolution

6. He recovered the authority of the WOG The standard of God’s word was vital - 8:1-8. In this he restored worship and saw true repentance come into peoples hearts and minds - 9:3-5, 13:4-9 - tithing, sabbath rest and forbidden marriage with non-Israelites also returned.

hearts and minds - 9:3-5, 13:4-9 - tithing, sabbath rest and forbidden marriage with non-Israelites also
7. He organized well Before starting he surveyed people and resources - it might seem

7. He organized well Before starting he surveyed people and resources - it might seem to be paper pushing and time consuming but it undoubtedly helped Nehemiah to get the job done well. He established objectives and gave them to key men - in all of this he opened up the potential of others to be used.

8. Nehemiah demonstrates an all roundedness to being a man of God “he faced up to opposition without forcing violent confrontation, took insults, innuendo, treachery, he walked through with much prayer and head held high. When possible he simply ignored his adversaries - he took precautions but never allowed people to deflect him from his task. He always kept faith in God.”

adversaries - he took precautions but never allowed people to deflect him from his task. He
Nehemiah 6:15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

Nehemiah 6:15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

Nehemiah 6:15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

What do you most admire about Nehemiah - how can you use this to try to emulate him?

What would you like to leave behind by the time your life is done?

Nehemiah - how can you use this to try to emulate him? What would you like