Matthew 22:36-40 – The Greatest Commandment
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Luke 10:25-37 – Who is My neighbor?
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Chris introduced the “Coach Approach” and compared it to a top down strategy to lead other people. He described it as a shift from a “Directive Approach” to an “Advisory Approach.” What are some of the benefits to an advisory approach? When would you use a directive approach?
Please describe your own approach right now in leading and mentoring others and how does this differ from the “Coach Approach?”
Chris suggested that instead of asking ourselves how we survive in this Covid-19 crisis or how do we thrive, the better question is – “How do we survive and come out stronger?” How might you apply this approach?
The Son can do nothing unless it is something he sees the Father doing…” John 5:19 (NIV)
“I can do nothing on my own initiative…I do not seek my will, but the will of him…” John 5:30 (NIV)
“I did not speak on my own initiative but my Father who has given me commandment of what to say and what to speak…” John 12:49 (NIV)
Chris encouraged us to ask and not tell. What do you think about that statement and how would that change the way you are currently dealing with other people’s problems?
Another term introduced by Chris is conversationalist and he compared it to being a fixer or a problem solver. How does this help us better prepare to be a help to others?