Leadership Seminar (hosting Shane Willard)
So if you have to make three statements; A, B and C, in order to get to D; then you have
to back out of it, in parallel statements. In other words, you have to make a parallel
statement to C, a parallel statement to B, and a parallel statement to A.
So you've got A, B, C and then D's your main point; then you've got C 1, B1, A1, which
are parallel statements to these statements. In other words, A corresponds to A1, B
corresponds to B1, C corresponds to C1, and D is the centre point. Now what does that
look like? A Menorah (7-branched lamp-stand; widely used as a Jewish symbol) - which
is just one big giant reverse concentric symmetry.
The theology of the menorah comes from Isaiah 11, where it talks about the Spirits of
the Lord. It says: “the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him”. So you've got one spirit - the
Spirit of the Lord, will rest on Him; and then it divides this one spirit into six different
characteristics, like: the Spirit of Wisdom; Understanding; Council, Might, Knowledge,
and Fear of the Lord.
So you've got these six anointings in here - and it makes sense: the fear of the Lord is
the beginning of wisdom. The centre candle is called the Servant. In other words,
whatever anointing you have as a leader - in the Church of Jesus Christ, whatever
anointing you might have - if you're not a servant, it doesn't matter.
If you're not a servant, none of the other candles light up. The Hebrew people called it
"Disposition of Messiah". The theology of the „Disposition of Messiah’ comes from
Exodus 34:6-7, and it says this - and you ought to memorise this, say it 10 or 20 times a
day to yourself, until it builds down inside of you.
It says: The Lord, He is the compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love
and forgiveness God. That is the disposition of messiah.
Later David says it - they quote it all the time - Psalm 103: “Bless the Lord, oh my soul,
and all that is within me, bless His holy name! And forget not His benefits. Who forgives
all of our sins, and heals all of our diseases. He does not treat us as our inequities
deserve, for he is the compassiona te, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and
Everything we do, as leadership in God's biggest idea, has to be done in the Disposition
of Messiah. In the first Century, specifically around the gift of prophecy, prophets were
tested. So if somebody gave a word of prophecy, the first thing that would be done is
they would test it; and they have this bench of three.
They had these three guys sitting in holy-man chairs, they sat up above people, and
they would test the prophecy. They wo uld have all these questions about the prophecy,
and the first question of prophecy was not: is it true? It was NOT: is it true? The first
question of prophecy was: was it delivered in a manner that was consistent with the
Disposition of Messiah?