Pastor Rusty Brian
- Pharisees of the time “sit on Moses’ seat”, meaning from it comes the law, the teachings.
- The were legalistic.
- Jesus hung out with the Pharisees, praising them yet rebuking them, at the same time.
- Pointed out the Pharisees were hypocrites. Wanted to be seen following the law, wanted to look good; wanted the best of everything (“front row of the banquette”); they wanted to be recognized for their title as Rabbi , to be shown respect.
- To followers – don’t identify yourselves by title (e.g. father – we have one Father) while Jesus with them. Don’t be a leader – teacher, instructor, father, etc.. be a student and learn from Jesus.
- When the time comes, these students will be the leaders in areas: teacher, rabbi. Before then, serve. Be self-humbling.
- Jesus was the perfect example – serving the least of us, dying then rising.
- Take aways:
- Words and actions matter. People remember actions and whether they line up with the words.
- Our job is not to place burdens on to others, but to lift others up.
- Servant-leadership is true leadership. Not only does he say it, he lives it out. Practiced what he preached.