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Finishing Well

BIBM5305 Spirit-Formed Leader - TKU Southlake - Spring 2018
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Susan L. Maros

on 24 February 2018

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Finishing Well
"Begin with the end in mind."
Stephen Covey
Epitaph
Ludolph van Ceulen (1540-1610)
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Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723)
Si monumentum requiris circumspice
Julia Child (1912-2004)
Bon appetit
Anne de Gaulle (1928-1948)
Now she is like all the others.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Free at last. Free at last.
Thank God Almighty I'm Free at Last.
Eric Liddle (1902-1945)
They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run and not be weary.
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) Excuse my dust
Biblical Epitaphs
Dorcas (Acts 9:36)
She Spent All Her Time Doing Good And Helping The Poor.
David (Acts 13:36)
He Was A Man After God’s Own Heart; He Served God’s Purposes In His Own Generation
Abraham (Romans 4:20, 21)
He Was Absolutely Sure That God Would Be Able To Do What He Had Promised
Joseph (Acts 7:9)
...But God Was With Him. He Saw God’s Hand And Ultimate Purposes In The Reverses Of Life And God Exalted Him
Hannah (1 Samuel 1)
She Received A Son From God.
She Gave Her Son Back To God
Job (Job 1)
There Was No One On Earth Like Him. He Was Blameless And Upright, Feared God And Shunned Evil.
Enoch (Genesis 5)
He Walked With God—300 Years
Priscilla & Aquilla (Acts 18)
Wherever They Went
They Started Bible Classes In Their Home
Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:10)
He Expected Great Things Of God And God Gave Him What He Prayed For—Enlarging His Coasts
Moses (Hebrews 11)
He Chose Rather To Suffer Affliction With The People Of God, Than To Enjoy The Pleasures Of Sin For A Season
“We may never have an epitaph but we should so live that if there were an epitaph written on us it would highlight the fact that our lives counted. We lived our lives in partnership with God so that we became and did what He had in mind for us when He created us."
Ultimate Testimony
1. Every Christian has an ultimate testimony.
Observations
4. From time-to-time, we need to take stock and reflect
on our ultimate testimony.
3. A Christian leader’s ultimate testimony is extremely
important because of his/her influence on others.
2. Few people ever think about their ultimate testimonies.
Epitaph
Christine Metcalfe
She welcomed others into the safe arms of God.
“I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” Psalm 4:8
Eun Ah Cho
She joyfully walked with God, inviting others to do the same.
“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).
Scott Yetter
He sought and demonstrated an authentic and intimate life with God.
Albertina Ya Bik Lau
She was a loving wife, a humble and faithful servant who blessed many lives.
“Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matt. 25:21)
Brian L. McPhail
A man who reverently FEARED God, passionately LOVED God, and gratefully OBEYED God. He offered himself as a laborer and leader to serve God’s kingdom among the nations. Psalm 67:1-2
Chris Rattay
He gave everything to obtain the treasure of the Kingdom of God, and displayed that treasure to others. Matthew 13:44
Draft Your Epitaph
What short summary statement would capture what you want to be remembered for?
Story:
An Unexpected Obituary
Example
Who am I?
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NLT)
Vital relationship with God
Fulfilling God's purposes
Leaving a legacy
Truths lived out
Christ-likeness
Learning posture
Characteristics
Only one in three leaders finish well.
Caution
Money
Barriers
Emotional / psychological wounding
Plateauing
Family breakdown
Misused sexuality
Abuse of power
Pride
Sovereign mindset
Enhancements
Chess Analogy: Beginning, Middle, End Game
When?
Maintaining a learning posture
Unforced rhythms of grace
Self-knowledge - accurate and humble
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