Money, Sex and Power: Influence

Sermon from CCM Fallowfield



This sermon was preached by Emily Williams at the Fallowfield site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 30th April 2018.


This sermon was based on Philippians 2:1-11.

Christ’s Example of Humility

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


What Does Influence Look Like?

  • What drives our decision making? Money, relationships, influence?
  • Getting influence in our society seems to be a battle where you’re striving to be better than others and not caring about the consequences, in typical BBC’s “Apprentice” style.
  • But in the Bible, leadership and influence looks totally different: it’s servant-hearted. This contrasts hugely to our current view of leadership. Christian leadership is defined by character and service, not cohesion and striving. At CCM, we encourage a think the best culture and a second chance culture, to name just two, to contrast some things society teaches us. 
  • It’s good to want to be people of influence – not for our own glory but to bring Christ into all situations, to show His love and mercy, and to change things for His glory.

Humility and Unity

  • Servant leadership starts with humility. Looking at the verses in Philippians 2, we see that Paul is appealing to people to be humble as a way of culturing unity in that church. How can we lead or be led if we are not united? And being united with Christ is the key to humility.
  • We are called to be like Christ in love, attitudes and goals. Everything Christ did on earth was in perfect submission and service to the will of God, putting aside His own comfort.
  • Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking about yourself less often. Christ lays down what He wants (to not go to the cross) in order that God’s will and perfect plan is completed and due to His perfect unity with God.
  • For us to be united to God, makes us more humble as we realise that The Father’s ways are better than our own. Surrending our position and titles to God helps us love and honour others and lift them up in our leadership.

What Makes a Servant Leader?

  • A servant leader is mastered by God – God is the ultimate authority and it’s too Him that we are accountable.
  • A servant leader wants the best for those whom they serve, and they go after them and support them.
  • A servant leader leads by example. They sacrifice things first and demonstrate how to act. How are you modelling Christ?
  • A servant leader’s identity and trust are found in Christ. We should be ready to give up our rights and freedoms for the gospel, and love people how God loves people.
  • A servant leader isn’t motivated by fame and recognition of their role. They view all roles, big or small, as valuable. Each memeber of the team is important and contributes something.
  • A servant leader doesn’t expect to lead forever. All seasons end and there is a responsibility to equipe the people around you to take over your role. What fruit can you see in people as a result of your leadership?



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