Engage Groups April 17-20
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Leaders: Be sure to review the Faith in Action you set as a group last week, then continue to the icebreaker question for this weeks study.
Opening Question: Think of a time when you got a new boss at work or a new coach of your team. Describe how this new management or leadership changed how you did things. Explain.
"Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:8-9
A change in management probably means that what you loved about the place before, is not going to be the way it used to be. The words... "under new management" can be disappointing. Different servers, different menus, and a different décor all threaten our sense of familiarity and comfort. "Under new management" is simply the idea that there is a change, and many times change is not welcome. But sometimes change is good, it solves problems, makes things more efficient, and gives us a glimpse of what's to come, a brighter future. Spiritually when we came to Jesus we knew we desperately needed "new management" over our lives, a Savior for the forgiveness of our sins. When we accepted Jesus, we received a thorough cleaning, renovations, and a new operations manual for our lives. When Jesus becomes new management over us something dramatic happens: He moves in. When He does, He changes our daily processes, He gives us new goals and missions, and He cleans us up, namely, our hearts so that we have better thoughts, better attitudes, and better behaviors.
HOW BILL BELICHICK’S 'DO YOUR JOB' MANTRA APPLIES TO LEADERSHIP
By James Kerr, Inc.com
Since Belichick took over the New England Patriots, his team has enjoyed 14 straight winning seasons, 12 playoff appearances, 6 AFC championships, and, is vying for its 4th Super Bowl title this weekend--that's pretty special, particularly in an era where free agency can wreak havoc on winning franchises. The coach's "Do your job!" philosophy just may be the difference maker. Elegant in its simplicity, "Do your job!" translates well for us as business leaders and entrepreneurs. When reinforced, the message strengthens trust and leads to greater accomplishment within an organization. Roughly translated, "Do Your Job!" means being prepared, working hard, paying attention to the details and putting the team first. Here are some ways to incorporate "Do your job!" sensibilities into how we, as business leaders, manage and lead:
1. Communicate the Game Plan to your people by providing a compelling vision for them to buy into and a plan that enables its achievement. For Belichick, the vision is to win the next game and the game plans that he and his coaches provide the team each week outlines how the New England Patriots will go about attaining victory. We must do the same for our teams--define the goal and determine the steps needed to achieve it. Set
2. Expectations for Each Player by translating the game plan into "actionable" items that each person is accountable for executing. If a Patriots player fails to execute his job responsibilities, it may result in defeat. If, on the other hand, everyone on the team does their job as defined in the plan, the team will win.
3. Practice the Fundamentals so that each player can develop the skills needed to live up to and exceed expectations. The Patriots players practice their game plan all week long in preparation for that week's game. Practice gives them the experience and confidence needed to achieve greatness. Businesses need to prepare their people, in the same way, by providing the appropriate training and coaching required to win.
4. Provide Immediate Feedback to enable learning. Coach Belichick assists his players to perform at the highest levels by providing feedback during practices and games. We can do the same by creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities for our staff members. Your team will become better at "doing their jobs" through your active leadership.
5. Encourage Trust and Inspire Confidence by promoting team values, endorsing loyalty and instilling a strong sense of "being in it together." By infusing, within your team, a management principle that one does not play for the glory of winning for one's self, but, for each other, you will build a team- based mindset within your organization much like Belichick has done within the New England Patriots.
When Bill Belichick became the coach of New England, that organization changed. Their mode of operation, the character of practices, and overall tone and view changed right away. Spiritually speaking, we, like the Patriots in 2000, become under new management when we entrust our hearts, future, and lives to Jesus. When we do this, we receive the gift of the indwelling Spirit, who intends to put our entire life under His control so that He can activate significant changes. All we have to do is fully believe that life under His control is far better than life under the old management. His new management seeks to transition us from our sinful patterns of old desires to the new program of power and peace that comes from doing the right things as well as living to reflect the qualities and character of God. This process explains how we can: be forever faithful to our spouse, remain committed to integrity no matter what the risk, why we can actively care and sacrifice our comfort for needs of the poor and oppressed, and see our income and careers as not an end in itself, but as a means to advance the kingdom of Christ.
"And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator”. Colossians 3:10 "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Read Ephesians 2:1-10. This passage reveals the boundless power of God's grace toward us. It exemplifies the idea of being put under new management that will totally change our reality and conduct forever. Paul describes His grace has radically altered everything about who we are and whose we are, about how we live, why we live, and even where we live. So as you read through these verse look for these keys:
- According to verses 1-3, describe the human condition. Prior to getting saved, how did we once walk?
- What are some examples of living in the "passions of our flesh" and "carrying out the desires of the body and the mind"?
- One verse 4, what is the significance of the two words "But God..." is? Explain.
- Why do think Paul describes the human condition before telling us about what God has done for us?
- According to verses 5-6, what has God done for us to be saved?
- What are the reasons for God saving us?
- Do you think salvation is a one time act or continual? Explain.
- Are you walking in the works that Hod has prepared for you? Why or why not.
PERSONAL: Faith in Action
Leaders take time to discuss what we need to practically do to be a living witness of being “under new management” this week. Be specific.
Determine what stood out to each individual and pray through aspects of today’s study. Ask God to show each one of us where we fail to be submitted under His control and management and how we can change this. Pray for courage to obey Him and follow through.