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  • Writer's pictureAnush A. John

The Person Matters - A Sermon on Competency and Authenticity

Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

October 2023




A. Personal Matters - Competency


1 Personal Self-Development


Mark 6:30-34

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.

33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.


2 Personal Spiritual Development

Mark 6:42-46

42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.


3 Personal Skill Development


a. Gifting vs Role-playing

Acts 21:8 On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,

2 Tim 4:5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.


b. Enabling by the Holy Spirit


B. People Matters – Relational Authenticity


John 13:34, 35

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


What would we do differently if we considered the church/ministry as our family?


1. More _________________


2. More _________________


3. More ________________


4. More ________________

2 Tim 2:2

what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.


5. More _________________

Romans 9:1-3

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.


John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you




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