Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions:

1. What is the difference in being a manager and a leader? Which one is more difficult? Why?

2. Why did Israel struggle so much with being good stewards and managing the things God

provided them? Do you face any of these same struggles in your life?

3. What does your identity in God have to do with your ability to manage or lead in the things

of God and His Kingdom? What are some specific lies you have allowed to make you less

than you should be in management or leadership of God’s Kingdom ways?

4. What significance is there that creation groans and suffers because of our

mismanagement? What other things wind up being influenced when we forget our


5. What legacy does Gideon build (at least for 40 years) because of his leadership? What

kind of legacy are you hoping to leave for those around you? Will God lead you in this like

He led Gideon?

Discussion Questions:

1. How much of a priority is personal transformation in your daily living? What kinds of things

help you to continue to be transformed to the image of Christ?

2. Why is it difficult to develop new thinking about things? Why is it dangerous to just stay the

way you are? Are there any areas in your life where you find it easier to go back to Egypt

than to press on into the unknown?

3. How important is humility in the process of being sanctified? What kinds of struggles do

you have with humility?

4. From what has been taught in the past two sermons, how have the greatest leaders

demonstrated skills in being followers? How did Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road

to Damascus humble him and teach him the importance of following? How did this lead to

him being such a powerful leader for the Kingdom?

5. Why were the people from Jesus’ hometown ready to kill Him? Why does having our boat

rocked lead to anger? What can we do to develop an ability to listen to differing

perspectives without being ruled by fear or anger?

Discussion Questions:

1. What is a healthy way to respond to the changes in our culture? How is developing strong

and committed leaders an important part of this?

2. Do you think comparing what churches are facing in the culture of today with what Lewis &

Clark encountered in their exploration of the Louisiana Purchase and beyond is a good

comparison? Why or why not?

3. What is the importance and/or the dangers of leadership being adaptive?

4. Do you agree that it is easier to be a priest than a prophet? Why or why not? What does

this tell you about the importance of leaders who provide vision for the future and address

the matters of the heart that lead to repentance and leaning more dependently upon God?

5. How much of leadership is about changing hearts? How is this even possible? What do

you learn from Jeremiah’s difficulties with this? In what ways did his perseverance pay off?