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Title: THE 360 DEGREE EMPOWERED CHRISTIAN


1
THE 360 DEGREE EMPOWERED CHRISTIAN
  • EMPOWERMENT THE BIBLICAL WAY
  • THEME JOB 1(1-5)
  • For LAGOS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ON 13TH JULY 2008

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PREPARED AND PRESENTED BY
  • ELDER MRS IFEOMA ANA
  • AS A SERMON/TALK
  • DURING THE CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE

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THE TRIPPLE BOTTOM LINE CHRISTIANITY
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PREAMBLES DEVIATION FROM THE USUAL
  • This empowerment based talk or preaching today
    deviates from the usual Sunday Word expositions
    in many ways
  • The speaker is the least qualified to be a
    preacher, however, standing on our beliefs in the
    Priesthood of all believers, and under the
    churchs invited authority , she makes bold to
    hold on the Cross and dare to stand among you
    under the unction of the Holy spirit to minister
    to us using her God given endowments
  • This preaching may not be in sync with the
    usual expectations of Christian worshippers which
    basically revolves around the ten commandments,
    goodness commendation or hurts palliation
  • Some members may indeed find some aspects of the
    talk offensive as they may begin to think that
    the church is going too materialistic and leaving
    the holier than thou expectations of a typical
    born again Christianity
  • But we shall attempt to see how the Lord and
    Savior of the world is not only concerned about
    the soul, but also concerned about the body of
    His people

5
This Talk aims to
  • Explore ways of striking a good and biblical
    balance between the physical and spiritual lives
    of a Christian
  • Lead worshippers into various empowerment roles
    for self and others
  • Highlight some challenges that a Christian may
    face in the quest to economic empowerment
  • Explore ways of overcoming hindrances to economic
    empowerment
  • Sensitize us to ways of Living out the Potentials
    in each and every one of us

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COVERAGE
  • WE SHALL LOOK AT
  • THE TRULY EMPOWERED CHRISTIAN
  • FORMS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE TO
    CHRISTIANS
  • DIFFERENT FORMS OF BUSINESS CHALLENGES
  • CAUSES OF BUSINESS CHALLENGES
  • IMPEDIMENTS TO OVERCOMING BUSINESS CHALLENGES
  • THE WINNING WAYS TO BUSINESS GROWTH

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THE MEANING OF EMPOWERMENT
  • Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual,
    political, social or economic strength of
    individuals and communities. It often involves
    the empowered developing confidence in their own
    capacities.

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CONSTITUENTS OF CHRISTIAN EMPOWERMENT
  • THE SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT
  • ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL FREEDOM
  • ABILITY TO EMPOWER OTHERS TO SPIRITUAL AND
    ECONOMIC GROWTH

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Spiritual empowerment
  • Spiritual empowerment has to do with the
    spiritual soundness of an individual. It revolves
    around the Christians deeds and/or faith. We can
    sight a few biblical examples
  • -ABRAHAM- he believed God and it was counted for
    him as righteousness
  • -JOB-was regarded in Job 1 1 as Blameless and
    upright
  • -DOCAS- For the care of widows and the needy
    (Acts 936)
  • -DANIEL- Dan 18 for refusing to defile himself
    with foods offered to idols and for refusing to
    bow to other Gods( Dan 316)
  • -STEPHEN-for standing up to what is truth and
    bowing as the first Christian Martyr Acts chapter
    7

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Economic empowerment
  • This is freedom from financial and/or material
    worries the ability to worship God freely
    without the added burden of what to eat, how to
    clothe and where to live. In serving God,
    Christians should not worry about the physical
    because when the spiritual wars against the
    physical, it takes only DIVINITY to truly
    overcome. God acknowledges our physical well
    being as important hence, Jesus fed the five
    thousand as recorded in Lk 910-17
  • The bible also condemns the lazy our old
    testament reading from Proverbs 66-11 shows

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Economic empowerment continued
  • In 2nd Thessalonians 3(6-15)
  • Paul condemns idle people and warns Christians
    not to be associated with them
  • He also declared that in spite of their (Paul and
    his colleagues) rights to reap where they
    sowed, they worked to take care of their needs
    so as not to constitute a burden to believers
  • He concluded that a man who does not work has no
    rights to eat,
  • by these Paul in essence is saying that CHARITY
    is offensive

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Economic empowerment cont.
  • The parable of the Talent (MAT 2514-30), our New
    Testament reading explored
  • There was the receiving of the talents-God has
    empowered each and every one of us with talents
    and has further commanded us as Christians to
    empower one another-love one another as
    yourself
  • There is the working (investment to yield fruits)
    by the people who received 5 and 2 talents and
    the lazy destructive attitude of the man with one
    talent
  • There follows the performance appraisal where
    hard works are rewarded and laziness is punished

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Others empowered
  • The bible calls Christians who are empowered to
    empower others. Others empowered has its root
    in the story of the Good Samaritan where the Lord
    demonstrates that only the Samaritan who was not
    of the house-hold of faith was counted as a good
    neighbor to a man in need that had been shun even
    by a Priest.

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Others empowered continued
  • Empowering others does not mean giving the people
    fish, but instead involves teaching the people to
    fish. This is why St Paul warns Christians
    against idle people
  • In 2nd Kings 41-7, Elisha meant the widow to
    have enough to trade with and cater for her
    family beyond paying her husbands debts and
    eating for the day
  • In LK 5(1-7) Jesus demonstrated economic
    empowerment by filling the nets of the fishermen-
    the first disciples. Jesus sure was not providing
    them something to eat for the day, He knew they
    needed money to settle their families and
    commitments and undertake the jobs ahead, hence
    the bumper harvest
  • The bible further tells us that when the
    disciples needed to pay taxes, Jesus not only
    encouraged that but empowered them to work for
    the drachma with which their taxes was paid
    (Mat 17 24-27)

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How to empower others
  • Granted, a good number of Christians give gifts
    and alms to fellow believers and non believers
    alike. The church in itself has various welfare
    packages for members. Good as these alms and
    welfare packages are, they do not constitute
    empowerment. Except your gifts and alms
    challenges and enables the receiver to become
    productive and eventually stand on his/herself,
    empowerment has not taken place Real empowerment
    can be achieved through..
  • Education and training for productive employment
  • Financial investment for productive ventures
  • Discouragement from charity
  • Commensurate compensation for workers (Fair trade
    phenomena)
  • Mentoring and role modeling

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Forms of empowerment
  • THERE ARE TWO BASIC FORMS OF EMPOWERMENT NAMELY
  • 1. THE INTERNALLY INSTIGATED EMPOWERMENT See
    DEBORAH (Judges 44-10) RUTH (Ruth 116-18) THE
    SHUNAMITE WOMAN(2nd Kings 4)) and HANNAH(1Samuel
    12)
  • These are self motivated people with no hold
    backs. The ones who never STOP to worry about
    changes in their situations because they know
    something else must happen. They are always on
    the move, the sky is usually the beginning for
    these people. They are the Sniff and Scurry in
    the motivational book, WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? They
    are people who match faith with deeds

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Forms of empowerment
  • 2. EXTERNALLY INFLUENCED EMPOWERMENT see ESTHER
    (chapter 2), SEPPHIRA (Acts 5 1-10)
  • These people depend on others to get started.
    They move with the tide. A little push may be
    what get them moving but sometimes, it may
    actually take a great knock on their heads to
    move them. But as Christians who must care for
    one another, we may have to hit some several
    times on their heads to kick start them. They are
    the Hem and Haw (little men) in WHO MOVED MY
    CHEESE. They stay on sulking that they can no
    longer find their cheese in the usual cheese
    station C while the little mice have moved on and
    discovered other more bountiful cheese stations.
    Paul warns Christians not to be associated with
    idle men, but ends by saying to love them. We
    show love when in spite of our brethrens
    failure, we keep knocking them to move them to
    better levels.

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Levels of empowerment using Mary Kay Ashs 4
types of people
  • Mary Kay Ash in her biography Miracles do
    Happen said that there are 4 types of people
  • Those who make things happen
  • Those who watch things happen
  • Those who wonder what happened and
  • Those who do not even know that things have
    happened
  • Every group and organization has a great number
    of all categories and cannot be called successful
    if the group on the lower ladder of the
    compendium are allowed to be. This is very much
    true of the church the early church introduced
    the principle of caring for one another by
    sharing all their possessions (Act 432-35).

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The lead to levels of empowerment
  • Going by Mary Kay Ashs reasoning, the type of
    empowerment every one has would depend on what
    level on that compendium each person
    intrinsically belongs.

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Analysis 1-those who make things happen
  • Those who make things happen are self empowered.
    They never stay comfortable where they are and do
    not need any external push to move-on. They are
    simply creative on their own and no holds-on or
    hangs-on to the past they just keep moving. They
    may fall many times over but they get up as many
    times as they fall. These are what Stephen cover
    termed the proactive people. For these
    categories of people, salary is limiting-income
    is what matters

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Analysis 2 those who watch things happen
  • Those who watch things happen are internally
    motivated but are inspired to get moving from
    competitive edge. They have great deals of
    initiatives but never take them until they see
    someone else do the task. They are far more
    motivated by competition than intrinsic
    leadership. They do well once their competitive
    instincts are activated. These categories of
    people are referred to by Stephen covey as
    reactive people. They may end up succeeding
    better once they are hooked on. The sad aspect of
    these categories of people is that they may
    remain in limbo except that competitive trigger
    is instigated. A proactive group may therefore do
    well to instigate competitiveness to bring out
    the potentials in this group of people. A NOTE OF
    WARNING THOUGH IS THAT THESE PEOPLE MAY BECOME
    DESTRUCTIVE UNLESS CLOSELY WATCHED AND
    POSITIVELY ENCOURAGED

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Those who wonder what happened
  • Those who wonder what happened need a good amount
    of push to get out of confusion and get moving.
    They are simply cheerleaders who do not even know
    whether there has been a score, they just keep
    cheering like Eddy Murphy in the Basket Ball
    pitch of his movie-COMING TO AMERICA

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Those who do not know that anything happened
  • Those who do not even know that things have
    happened must be hit on the head ten times to
    move out of their stupor. They are people who
    after this talk would remember at best what
    colour of dress the preacher wore

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Keys to empowerment
  • Application of Stephen coveys seven habits
    proactive begin with the end in mind put first
    things first, think win-win, seek first to
    understand synergise and sharpen the saw
  • Timeliness consciousness
  • Perseverance
  • Knowledge of your own personal potentials and
    abilities

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Keys continued..
  • Organization
  • Readiness to start all over again
  • The can do attitude
  • Network extensively

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Sources of empowerment
  • From intrinsic powers and spiritual inspirations
  • From listening to peers and watching
  • From group activities and group members
  • From acquaintances in work or business places, on
    the street, news media, written books, teachers
    and preachers, program facilitators etc
  • From experience
  • From friends
  • From family (usually the least important), except
    for financial empowerment

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TYPES OF EMPOWERMENT
  • Educational empowerment
  • Political empowerment
  • Physical empowerment
  • Economical OR Financial empowerment

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FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT
  • Financial empowerment means to give/have
    control over your financial situation.
  • Therefore to achieve financial freedom, one
    necessarily must be financially empowered

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WAYS OF ACHIEVING FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT
  • Financial empowerment can be attained in the
    following ways-
  • By staying continuously employable
  • Through Savings
  • From Gifts
  • Assured Investment incomes
  • From inheritance
  • By obtaining Loans

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CONSTITUENTS OF ECOMONIC EMPOWERMENT
  • A person is economically empowered when
  • He/she has a steady and sustainable means of
    livelihood
  • He or she consistently meets his desired level of
    livelihood and has some savings
  • He/she has the capacity to generate sustainable
    stream of incomes
  • He/she is able to undertake some level of
    investment for the future
  • He/she has guaranteed financial supports for old
    age (pension)

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Business opportunities for unemployed or
underemployed Christians
  • Fashion business and Tailoring
  • Fruits and vegetable vending
  • Supplies and LPOs contracts
  • Transportation-bus services, okada business, keke
    business, haulage business etc
  • Service rendition-washman/woman, daycare
    provision, night care provision, home care
    provision, home tutors, barbing and hairdressing
  • Pure water making or vending
  • Small scale production such as soap making, block
    making, juice extraction, palm wine bottling
  • Distributive trade-wholesale or retail
    consumption or productive
  • Catering-akara frying, akamu production,
    restaurant (fixed or mobile), bakery etc
  • Handicapped and senior citizens persons help
    provision
  • The list is endless provided the business does
    not contradict with our Christian principles and
    ethics

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DIFFERENT FORMS OF BUSINESS CHALLENGES
  • Internal/personal challenges
  • External/environmental challenges
  • Financial challenges
  • Emotional challenges
  • Administrative challenges
  • Spiritual challenges

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Internal /personal challenges to business
  • Lack of business plan
  • Unappreciated impediments to business growth
  • Basis for entering the business-envy,
    retaliation, anger from an episode in ones life,
    or shear interest in such business
  • Lack of self confidence
  • Lack of self drive
  • Business illiteracy
  • Inability to apply Stephen Coveys Habit 2
    begin with the end in Mind and A CAIN
    CHARACTERISTICS IN THE CAIN AND ABEL STORY

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External/environmental challenges
  • Business location
  • Business connections
  • Industry specifics
  • Competition
  • Family and friends
  • Fiscal, Economic and Social challenges
  • Unforeseen events

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Financial challenges
  • Inadequate capital
  • Business losses
  • Illiteracy about different sources of finance
  • Fear and/or inability to raise bank loans
  • Financial leakages-inability to separate business
    from personal/family funding
  • Poor financial structuring and alignment in
    multiple business ventures

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Emotional challenges
  • In ability to differentiate between business and
    pleasure
  • Inability to say no to people- LOOSE-WIN PEOPLE
  • Lack of focus
  • Fanatic about voodism
  • Lack of self control or over-sensitivity
  • Over-influence of spouse
  • Poor treatment of your workers
  • People who practice Stephen Coveys 8th
    Habit from Effectiveness to greatness tend to
    do better in business. Jonah failed with Nineveh
    assignment from emotional challenges

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Administrative challenges
  • Poor internal controls
  • Poor accounting system
  • Lack of good organizational structure
  • Highly de motivated staff leading to frauds in
    business
  • Lack of management transparency

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Spiritual challenges
  • The bible tells us that we are not fighting
    against flesh and blood but against
    principalities and powers
  • For some of us in business, our problems may
    indeed be spiritual hence no mater what we put in
    place, we still encounter heavy challenges. Such
    spiritual challenges may be from
  • Courses known or unknown and deserved or
    underserved
  • Spiritual impartations such as things buried in
    our business locations
  • Staff in various spiritual warring activities
  • Business partners and associates spiritual
    activities

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SPIRITUAL CONTD.
  • The prayer warriors of the church and the pastors
    have the gifts to deal with spiritual challenges
    in the business of believers. While it is
    important to recognize when businesses are being
    pelted by spiritual attacks, it is important to
    check ourselves to be sure that we are not indeed
    our own witches and wizards. A situation where a
    believer presents and manifests same spiritual
    symptoms to every Pastor and in every crusade may
    be tantamount to him/her being the demon itself

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CAUSES OF DISTURBING BUSINESS CHALLENGES
  • There is no business without challenges. However,
    business challenges become true challenges when
    they militate against further growth. These types
    are caused by
  • Lack of plans for challenges
  • Living a euphoria-too much in the dream not
    appreciating the realities of life
  • Too much of mountain freights- people who fail to
    rise again after a fall and are afraid to take on
    challenges- Ruth was not afraid of the mountains
    and she followed Naomi, today, a hidden women is
    in the genealogy of the Savior of the world
  • The almighty enemy of progress-PRIDE- why must I
    go and ask? Why must I start small? Why cant I
    just be like the other person-the Ham and Hem
    mentality

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Impediments to overcoming business challenges
  • Self fear (cant do it attitude), envy, pride,
    lack of knowledge, unappreciated self potentials,
    inability to seek help due to pride or timidity
  • Jealousy and envy infested attitudes rather than
    cooperation leading to inability to network
  • Being in the wrong business
  • Rigidity in business decision
  • Lack of faith that even in our challenges, God
    has a divine plan-The woman with the issue of
    Blood may never have been healed, Hannah the
    barren may never born Samuel

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Winning ways to overcoming business
challenges-the hard stuff
  • Start with the end in mind-plan your business
  • Be a proactive business person
  • Go for the right financial mixes
  • Determine to separate business from family and
    pleasure
  • Be sure to rise again even if you fall many times
    over
  • Be professional and ethical about your business
  • Be honest to your self and your business
    associates. You cannot cheat or deceive others
    for too long

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Winning ways- contd.
  • Take loans whenever required and necessary
  • Network effectively
  • Go for advisory sessions when necessary
  • Learn all you can about your business
  • Believe you can reach beyond the sky-this is why
    Hilary came out to be the worlds no one
    president in a society where less than 100 years
    ago, women could not vote, this is why a black
    man (OBAMA) ventured into the presidential race
    of great USA
  • Learn about other alternatives and associated
    businesses

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Winning ways contd.
  • Execute business plans effectively and in a
    disciplined way
  • Identify challenges early enough and deal with
    them
  • Do not accept sub-optimal businesses that would
    not build you or enable you actualize your dreams
  • Be the master in your business not an on-looker
    or watcher
  • Employ flexibility in business management

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Winning ways-the soft angle
  • Do not be chicken hearted
  • Manage with human angle-treat staff well
  • Be humble about success
  • Share victory and successes-do not hoard
    knowledge and success
  • Interdependence is important-no one knows it all
  • GIVE IT ALL TO GOD INSPITE OF YOUR EFFORTS LIKE
    DAVID DID IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS

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Empowerment capping THE 7 Cs TO SUCCESS
  • Coaches have a coach (mentors)
  • Clarifiers safety people
  • Collaborators readers and runners of your
    vision
  • Confronters people that can tell you the truth
  • Comforters put a balm on your pains/ fears
  • Confiders people to confide in
  • Catchers raise catchers (train people)

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MEMOIRS ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT
  • The road to success is not straight. There is a
    curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion,
    speed bumps called Friends, red lights called
    Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will
    have flats called Jobs.
  • But, if you have a spare called Determination, an
    engine called Perseverance, insurance called
    Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to
    a place called Success.

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Conclusion
  • RISE UP AND LET US PRAY
    amen and may God make you an all-round
    empowered Christian in Jesus name
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