Principles for Great Organizational Success


Principles for Great Organizational Success

“If the axe is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but wisdom brings success.” (Ecclesiastes 10:10)

Success in leadership doesn’t usually happen by chance. It is part of a strategic approach to life and business that yields lasting rewards. To walk in a greater level of success as a leader and organization, we must follow these principles of success:

1. Do something different. It has been said that if you want something you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done. Examine your methods of doing things. Are they working? Are you accomplishing your goals? Is your vision being fulfilled? If not, re-think, restructure, refresh, reenergize, your plan and make adjustments as necessary.

Romans 12:2 NKJV And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”Albert Einstein

2. Don’t be afraid of change. The natural tendency of a person, when they find themselves in a hole, is to dig deeper. Sometimes doing exactly the opposite of what you have been doing up till now can turn out to be the perfect solution. Remember, when you find yourself in a hole the way to get out is to stop digging

Psalm 37:3-4 NIV – Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

•Reasons Why People Resist Change  

1. Fear: The unknown is a threat to people’s comfort zones

2. Insecurity: People may think they will be worse off after the changes

3. Power: People sense the change may cause them to lose power

4. Inertia: It is easier to maintain the status quo

5. Energy: It takes a lot of work to change things

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. H. L. Hunt

3. Work harmoniously with others. Our interactions, our responses, our attitudes, all reflect whether we will be successful or unsuccessful. You will never be able to accomplish alone what you could accomplish with the help of others. Don’t isolate yourself from those around you, but connect yourself with those divine relationships God brings into your life.

Eph. 4:1-3 NIV – As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

“Power consists in one’s capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.”Woodrow Wilson

4. Help others achieve their goals. The principle of sowing and reaping is not just in your tithes and offerings. If you want to gain success, help someone else achieve their success. Many times, if you will minister to someone else when you feel inadequate, you will see your own answer come to you.

Eccl. 4:9 NIV – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:

“You can’t help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.” General H. Norman Schwarzkopf


March Madness Part 2 Outline

March Madness graphic

March Madness Part 2 / Getting in the Game


Today we want to help you to move forward and advance in Gods plan for your life.
Our team is here to assist you, pray with you and help you. Its our goal to see you in a place where your life is thriving, growing, enjoying all that God has for you.


Sometimes we get held up or stuck where we are and fail to move forward in Gods plan. It’s often not intentional, but rather the result of indecision. Just one decision can set off a chain reaction that dramatically effects and enriches our life.




II Timothy 1:9 NIVHe has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,


 Luke 19:1-6 – Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.


This is the story of a man named Zacchaeus who in one day went from being a guy who was on the pines (bench), bleachers to being a guy who was in the game.
He was a curious spectator, an observer who was watching Jesus from afar.


 I. When it comes to relationship with God, everyone spends some time in the bleachers.


A) Perhaps many of you can relate to Zacchaeus who preferred watching things from afar.


1. Something tells me that it was not only his shortness of stature that caused him to choose the tree as an observation deck but also the safe distance it put between him and Jesus.                                                        


a) The up close crowd was the fully convinced.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           b) The up close crowd was the cheering section                                                                                                                                                                                                                          c) The up close crowd were committed followers


2. Maybe, just maybe Zacchaeus was more comfortable at a distance and maybe you can relate. But that didn’t mean Jesus would leave him there.                                                                  


a) The bleachers are a place of comfort and complacency. No push… no advancement… no use of your talent…                                                                                b) You can’t fulfill your destiny while staying in the seat of comfort and complacency.


i. You can’t find your purpose staying in the seat of comfort                                                                                                                                                                                                     ii. You can’t connect with your God-assigned connections in a seat of comfort.                                                                                                                                                            III. Spud Webb – 5’7’’. Played in the NBA for 13 yrs. Webb was the shortest person to compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, winning the event in 1986. Also was NBA free throw percentage leader in 1995. (SO NO EXCUSES)


c) Ships are never at risk while sitting in a safe harbor-but ships were not built to be in a harbor…ships were built to be at sea.  The harbor of isolation may feel like a safe place for insecure people, but we were designed for the open sea of relationships.


II. Everyone in the bleachers will be called into the game. Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately.


A) Jesus called Zacchaeus out of his very safe and distant bleacher seat into an up- close, personal, interactive relationship with him.


1. We’ve come to recognize that this is a natural progression everyone makes in their relationship with God:


a) From the bleachers – that safe cozy observation deck (Contact stage), He will call you out of the bleachers and into a relationship with him and his people (Community).


2. Here’s an example of the people sitting in the stands:


a) Theological Tom
- He’s not getting in the game because he hasn’t found a church that agrees with all of his deep and detailed theology.


b) Skeptical Sally – She’s not getting in the game because the church is a man made organization and she knows it.                                                           


c) Offended Oscar – He’s not been in the game since he felt taken advantage of the last church he attended.                                                


d) Busy Bill – He’s not in the game because he doesn’t have time. His life is busier than those people in community.                                                 


e) Perfect Pam – She’s not in the game because she hasn’t found a church good enough. (I tell people if you find a perfect church don’t join it then it won’t be perfect!!)                                                                                                                 


f) Comfortable CarlHe’s not in the game simply because he’s never made the move you know-the energy it takes to leave that cozy, comfortable observation deck.


III. Everyone who leaves the bleachers will experience heaven in their house.


6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly….
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house… Luke 19: 6, 9


A) When you respond to God’s call on your life, you set the course for future generations for entire house.
(my call to ministry)


          a) When you take steps to get in the game it will effect the generations to come. 


Mark 10:46-52 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.


B) The Pathway of Purpose:


Four practical steps to advance you forward in Gods will for your life.


1. Make Contact


a) Some of you who are in church today are believers but you’ve been away from church-life. I want to encourage you to make attendance a regular part of your life. We love having you here. You belong with Gods people
i. Don’t let mean Christians or past experiences keep you away.


2. Get Connected


a) If your in attendance but haven’t stopped by our guest center, why not come by and introduce yourself to us? We would love to meet you.
i. If you’re ready to be connected start today!


3. Be Committed


 a) When you commit to GraceTown you’re saying, “I know God brought me to this place and I want to…
- I want to get a new beginning in my life
- I want to be planted here and keep the growing going in my life.


(Psalm 92:12-14) The righteous will flourish like a palm treeplanted in the house of the Lord,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,


 4. Live in Community


a) When you make Sunday’s a priority, & you become a “hero” & serve & get into a life group your saying, “I want to find my place on a team. I want to give back and help us be a life-giving community at GraceTown Church” – So join this winning team!


God’s calling us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves


            •So let’s start Contributing, Giving, Participating


            •Remember it is impossible to serve God without serving one another




March Madness Part 1 Outline


Getting Back to the Basics 
Text: Matthew 28:16-20 NIV – 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 9:9 NIV – “As Jesus was going down the road, he saw Matthew sitting at his tax-collection booth. “Come, be my disciple!.” Jesus said. SO Matthew got up and followed him.”
Matthew was a “publican” or tax collector for the Romans. Tax collectors made a good living. They were generally despised by their fellow Jews and merely tolerated by their Roman employers. Tax collectors were creative in finding ways to tax the people. Luke 3:13 states, “They overcharged [and] brought false charges of smuggling in the hope of extorting hush-money”. Other ways of making money included taxes on axles, wheels, animals, roads, highways and admission to markets. Some even charged pedestrians taxes. He was literate and an educated writer and scribe, fluent in Greek and Aramaic
Disciple(s) is used 266 times in NT.
We must be clear on the definition: It’s meaning is a follower of Jesus Christ
To be disciplined we must master the fundamentals:
1.    I must spend time with Jesus
“If you want to be my disciple you must come and follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And if they follow me, the Father will honor them.”  John 12:26 NLT
“The plan was that they would be with him and then he would send them out to proclaim the Word.” Mark 3:14a (Msg)
2.    I must love Jesus supremely
“If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:26 NLT
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:29-30 NIV
3.    I must love His Church
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
I John 4:20
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
I John 3:16
4.    I must obey Him completely
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
“So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them…” Matthew 26:19
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:7-8
5.    To Serve others unselfishly
“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
6.    I must pass on the Good News
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him” Matthew 4:19-20
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” II Timothy 2:2
            “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

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