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The One Principle of Effectiveness

one-waySo many leadership books have been written about effective ministry inside and outside the Church. Is it five principles or maybe ten? Is it a matter of discipline or grace or both? What is the formula exactly?

How do you insure that you grow and maintain an eternal impact?

The most militant thing you can do against the kingdom of darkness is get to know Jesus. –Bob Sorge, the Fire of Delayed Answers

As we end our discussion of this book, I feel like this is a perfect place to dig in and rest. We want to read books, make habits, and cultivate relationships that will increase effectiveness. Those are all good and needed, but you can never lose sight of the one relationship that makes all the difference.

You are meant to war against wicked powers and principalities, but not as this world would do it. The greatest weapon you have is your knowledge of the faithfulness, goodness, and greatness of Christ. The more that increases, the more you’ll really be able to “plunder hell to populate heaven” (in every sense of that phrase).

Having trouble knowing where to start? Know Jesus.

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. –1 Corinthians 2:2

Feeling like you want to give up? Know Jesus.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. –Hebrews 12:3

Want to stay free from deception and faithful to His word? Know Jesus.

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. –2 Peter 3:17-18

The list could go on, and obviously, the principles and disciplines aid us in what God’s called us to do, but the foundation and bedrock of true effectiveness is in knowing Jesus and having true, sustained, and growing relationship with Him.

Every one of us can fall into the temptation to make things more complicated than it needs to be. With a heart full of gratitude and a genuine longing to make eternal impact, I’m recognizing today that I’ll only go as far as my knowledge of Christ.

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority… –Colossians 2:9-10

Hard to add to “complete,” but it’s only found in Him.

How about you? What are your thoughts on this?

fda-sorge3Welcome to week 2 of Chapter 15 for our book club discussion of the Fire of Delayed Answers (disclosure) by Bob Sorge. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. Since the chapters are longer and subject matter warrants, we’ll also be taking 2 weeks for each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!


  1. I like that: “know Jesus” not “know about Jesus.” That is as it should be.
    Bill (cycelguy) recently posted..GriefRevisitedMy Profile

    • Amen. Thanks Bill.

  2. I’m with Bill and believe firmly we all should know Jesus and should shout through our lives so others may hear and know Jesus for themselves!

    Thank you for all you do Jason in leading these discussions. This is not a book that was even on my radar. I had never heard of Sorge before this! Since we began, I have recommended it to several others.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Marks of GodlinessMy Profile

    • Absolutely. And thank you--it’s been such a timely book for me. I love how God orchestrates these things! Thanks so much for being a part, Dusty.

  3. This has been a great book- I’m sad I wasn’t able to finish the last few weeks with the team. What book are we looking at next?

    • Still talking it over, but we’ll let you know soon! I hope you’ll join us again. I have so appreciated your insights and discussions. Thanks TC.

      • Thanks, I’ve really enjoyed reading these books. They have helped me in my walk with Christ. I’m so thankful I won the last two. I know it was God because both books really spoke to me. Maybe I can win again 🙂 if it’s God’s will.

        • Absolutely! God demonstrates His love and favor in so many amazing ways. Hoping even if you don’t win, maybe you’ll join us. 🙂 Thanks TC.

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