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Dynamic Leadership Series


Kingdom Ambassadors”

Leadership begins with being PRESENT!


Lesson Four: You can ask – we can help!

  1. Present - to lead and serve

  2. Present - to proclaim the Kingdom

  3. Present - to heal the sick

  4. Present - to raise the dead

  5. Present - to cleanse lepers and cast out demons

  6. Present - to receive without payment

  7. Present - the laborer deserves food

Mat 10:7

And proclaim as you go, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'

Mat 10:8

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, [fn] cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

Mat 10:9

Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts,

Mat 10:10

no bag for your journey, or two tunics [fn] or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food.

Mat 10:11

And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart.

Mat 10:12

As you enter the house, greet it.

Mat 10:13

And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

Mat 10:14

And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.

Mat 10:15

Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.


Kingdom Ambassadors are Commonwealth Servants.

Mar 1:17

And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." [fn]

Mar 1:18

And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Mar 1:19

And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.

Mar 1:20

And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.


Jesus the prototype laid down his life for others. However, Jesus’ disciples did not always understand that Jesus was to be followed in like manner. Sadly, some disciples even today desire or have their own agendas and ambitions.


Other disciples argued over importance and who was greater. Like the Son of Man, Commonwealth servants are the Kingdom of Heaven’s Ambassadors.

Mat 20:20

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something.

Mat 20:21

And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom."

Mat 20:22

Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able."

Mat 20:23

He said to them, "You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."

Mat 20:24

And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers.

Mat 20:25

But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.

Mat 20:26

It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, [fn]

Mat 20:27

and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, [fn]

Mat 20:28

even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


Self-pity demands:

  1. Comfort

  2. Rewards

  3. Privilege

  4. Position

  5. Respect


Commonwealth servants or Kingdom Ambassadors can expect this compensation package from Jesus:

Luk 18:28

And Peter said, "See, we have left our homes and followed you."

Luk 18:29

And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers [fn] or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,

Luk 18:30

who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life."


  1. Are we God–centerd?

  2. Or do we feel anxious and lost?

  3. Jesus will give you direction.

  4. Do we feel depressed and discouraged?

  5. Jesus will fill your life with joy.

  6. Jesus longs to meet the deepest needs of all of us, as we serve him and others.

Luk 6:38

give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."


God has chosen primarily to operate through the disciples of Jesus. Commonwealth Ambassadors serve the King of Heaven. These servants go where sent and do as instructed.


Mat 6:25

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Mat 6:26

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Mat 6:27

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [fn]

Mat 6:28

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

Mat 6:29

yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Mat 6:30

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Mat 6:31

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

Mat 6:32

For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Mat 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


The disciples of Jesus are called to live in simplicity not luxuriously while others have less, this is radically the Commonwealth of Heaven for all who call upon the name of the Lord.

Rom 10:13

For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."


Commonwealth leaders share the wealth, the joy and the suffering of the King.

Phl 1:29

For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,

Phl 1:30

engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

CONCLUSIONS:

  1. In your estimation how should an AMBASSADOR operate?

  2. Should we reflect the Kingdom Of God?

Today you are called as a KINGDOM AMBASSADOR – here @ www.churchonthego.ca

Pastor Rev. C.E. Stephen Coates

Thursday April 18th, 2013



Dynamic Leadership Series


Kingdom Ambassadors”

PART TWO:

1Cr 2:14

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.


Natural man does not understand the Commonwealth of Heaven.

Mat 10:34

"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Mat 10:35

For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Mat 10:36

And a person's enemies will be those of his own household.

Mat 10:37

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Mat 10:38

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Mat 10:39

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.


Jesus warned his disciples.

Mat 10:16

"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Mat 10:17

Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues,

Mat 10:18

and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles.

Mat 10:19

When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.

Mat 10:20

For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Mat 10:21

Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death,

Mat 10:22

and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.


Leadership is an endurance test, the one who endures to the end will be saved. Will you reflect those believers in:

Act 8:1

And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

Act 8:2

Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

Act 8:3

But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

Act 8:4

Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.


With the Apostle Paul each disciple will have their own story:

2Ti 4:10

For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. …

2Ti 4:14

Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.

2Ti 4:15

Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.

2Ti 4:16

At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!

2Ti 4:17

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.

2Ti 4:18

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.


Discipleship involves spiritual grief, forgiveness is always painful, as reflected by the Apostle Paul in:

Rom 9:1

I am speaking the truth in Christ--I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit--

Rom 9:2

that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.

Rom 9:3

For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, [fn] my kinsmen according to the flesh.


The surprising thing for Commonwealth leaders is that a loving God is grieved and desires us to share in his heart of grief.

Act 20:31

Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.

Act 20:32

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Act 20:33

I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.

Act 20:34

You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.

Act 20:35

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

Act 20:36

And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Act 20:37

And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,

Act 20:38

being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.


The more love we have for Jesus brings forth a godly grief in us.

2Cr 7:10

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.


Jesus and his love for his disciples set the pace and pattern for us. The Apostle Paul confirmed it in:

1Cr 1:26

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, [fn] not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

1Cr 1:27

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;

1Cr 1:28

God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,

1Cr 1:29

so that no human being [fn] might boast in the presence of God.

1Cr 1:30

And because of him [fn] you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

1Cr 1:31

so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

CONCLUSIONS:

This refers to all who hear the call of Jesus! When you accept and respond to Christ’s call, you have responsibilities that you cannot avoid if we are to be his disciples. You are no longer your own, you have been chosen by him.


For the Commonwealth leader, the cost is great but…

  1. the aims and

  2. the privileges with rewards are even greater.

Jhn 17:22

The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,

Jhn 17:23

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Jhn 17:24

Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.


Pastor Rev. C.E. Stephen Coates

pastorsteveonthego@hotmail.com

Sunday April 21st, 2013

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