We Seek Influence for Jesus

Resurgence Conference 2012

God did not give us influence for selfish purposes or self-gain. Instead He gave it to us so that we might be able to share the good news about Him, and influence others for Jesus. In this 55-minute session from the 2012 Resurgence Conference, Rick Warren, Lead Pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, looks at the starting point of Moses' influence to explain how ministry leaders can use their influence for the global glory of God. 

Do you think God can trust you with influence. Ask yourself, "Why do I want to be influential?"
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Rick said every believer will be eternally accountable for the way they used the influence God gave them in this life. What they do with their influence in the temporary world matters forever, and the Bible is filled with proof of this. The question God will ask every human being in His judgment is, “What did you do with my Son, Jesus?” And the question He will ask everyone who is a member of His family is, “What did you do with the time and the resources and the influence I gave you?” 

How would you answer the above questions today? What is your relationship with Jesus like? How are you using your time, resources and influence for God's glory?
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Exodus 4:1-3 (ESV)

Moses Given Powerful Signs

1Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’”2The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.”3And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Rick said the starting point of all influence is when you take what's in your hand and you lay it down like Moses did in the above passage. What is in your hand? What has become your identity, income and influence? What do you need to "lay down," surrender or throw down?
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Rick's ten principles (from Scripture) on how to use our influence for the global glory of God:
  1. Everybody has influence.
  2. Influence is not about you.
  3. Influence is stewardship.
  4. Purpose of influence is to speak up for those who have no influence. 
  5. The pathway to influence is service.
  6. The cause of influence is trust.
  7. The price of influence is criticism.
  8. The leader's role is to help others use their influence wisely.
  9. The catalyst of influence is faith.
  10. The reward of wise influence is more influence.

Read Rick's principles again. Do any of them surprise you? How do they change your way of thinking about what influencing is all about? Do you agree with all of them? Explain.
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Influence is like a muscle. The more you use it, the more it grows. It takes courage, risk and faith. It will force you to get out of your comfort zone, speak up, and serve others when you don't feel like it. Think about your sphere of influence. How can you use your influence to speak for those who can't speak for themselves? How are you helping others to use their influence wisely?
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Rick said, "I challenge you to take that risk—take that risk! God, I’m going to lay down my identity, my influence, my income whatever you put in my hands and give it back to you. And you know, if you give it back to God, He’s going to give you more, and you give it back to Him and He’s going to give you more. You have no idea what God can do with your life in the next 30 years."

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