As You Go (Part 2): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

 Don’t try to gain influence you don’t have until you leverage the influence you do. 

Study Verses

1 Corinthians 10:23, 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1, Ephesians 3:20-4:2

Key Points

  • People long to trust, but we default to hesitate and withhold. 
  • Leadership is the actions we take to leverage our influence.
  • Influence is the capacity to move people based on trust. 
  • Decreasing the distance requires increasing the trust.
  • Influence is more about who they become rather than what they get done.
  • Love is looking out for the good of another. 
  • When we hesitate (due to a lack of trust) we start to calculate. 
  • Everything we do needs to bring His image to bear on the world around us. 
  • You don’t find your purpose by obsessing about it, but by orienting your life around other people. 
  • At some point, our lack of leadership becomes bad stewardship.
  • Everyday leadership begins today. Don’t get bogged down by what you should’ve done in the past, focus on what you can do today to make a difference.

ENCOUNTER

  • Would you say you are a people pleaser? How does your answer influence your words, actions and what you do with the influence you’ve been given?
  • How do you suffer from destination thinking when it comes to your leadership capacity? What does it mean to be paralyzed by your purpose?
  • What is the difference between leadership and influence?
  • Why is trust the most valuable commodity we have in our relationships and our ability to influence others?

FORMATION

  • Read 1 Corinthians 10:23-24. In terms of our influence, what is more important: who the person becomes or what gets accomplished?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1. Why is it important to do a motive check when we are caring for and leading others?
  • Read Ephesians 3:20-4:2. Where do the attention and recognition go when your leadership is driven by being a people pleaser?

EXPRESSION

  • Why do you want to have influence over another person (fear, insecurity, love, power, recognition, humility)? What are some indicators that shed light on your true motivation for leading others?
  • Where has trust been eroded or damaged in your relationships? How has this breach influenced your connection point with this individual and the influence you have with them?
  • What would your life look like if you oriented it around loving other people?
  • Would you say you are being a good steward with the influence you’ve been given? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?
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