Board Leadership 5

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I. Advice
A. Def:
B. biblical study
a. Why is it important to get good advice?
Proverbs 12:15 ESV
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
1. it’s foolish not to
Proverbs 13:14 ESV
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
Proverbs 12:14 Brenton LXX Gk
14 Ἀπὸ καρπῶν στόματος ψυχὴ ἀνδρὸς πλησθήσεται ἀγαθῶν, ἀνταπόδομα δὲ χειλέων αὐτοῦ δοθήσεται αὐτῷ.
2. helps us avoid pit-falls
Proverbs 15:22 ESV
22 Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Prov 12:14
3. The mission is more likely to fail w/out good advice
Proverbs 10:20 ESV
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
4. good advice is precious
i. Good advisors who bring expertise, perspective, and experience to the challenges and problems we face
ii. No one is wise enough /preceptive enough to grasp the full meaning and possibilities of a situation.
iii. The right counsel can make the diff btwn success & failure, prosperity & poverty, victory & defeat
b. How can good advice benefit everyone?
Exodus 18:14–19 ESV
14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?” 15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God; 16 when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.” 17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. 19 Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God,
1. The best advice can help everyone involved in a situation.
i. Jethro’s advice benefited Moses & the entire nation
ii. Moses was able to live with a more manageable load o responsibility
-others were trained to participate in leadership
-and the people were served in a more timely & equitable manner
c. Who’s our best advisor?
Psalm 32:8 ESV
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
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