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CHARISMA: Peter Was A Magnet!

“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words…” Acts 2:14

After the Holy Spirit falls on the apostles (Acts 2:1-4), those visiting Jerusalem begin to wonder how these disciples of Jesus could speak so many languages (2:5-13). While some think the disciples are drunk, most just feel confused. Chaos seems to rule.

That’s when Peter stands up and begins to speak. This same Peter, who ran in fear on the night of Jesus’ trial, now speaks boldly. Within minutes, he has captivated everyone with his compelling words. The crowd gladly accepts his message. Why? He has charisma. Through a combination of God-given wiring and the gift of the Holy Spirit, this leader helps captures and motivates three thousand people to follow Christ.

Most people think of Charisma as something mystical, almost indefinable. They think it comes at birth or not at all. But that’s not true. Charisma is the ability to draw people to your cause. Some people possess more of it naturally. Like other character traits, however, it can be learned. Notice what Peter so charismatic (2:14-40):

1. Confidence – Peter displayed poise and optimism as a buoyant communicator.

2. Conviction – He knew where he was going and what he had to say. He spoke straight from his heart.

3. Connection – he focused not on himself, but on others. He magnetically connected with his audience.

4. Compassion – He exuded warmth and love. He gave the people practical answers to their needs.

By the end of his message, everyone asked, “What shall we do?” (2:37). They felt motivated and ready to act. God used Peter’s charisma like a magnet.

“21” Crucial Qualities of Christians: #2 - CHARISMA  Acts 4:32-37

I. The Quality Defined

   a. Prov. 18:24

   b. Acts 4:32-37

II. Josiah Celebrates the Passover Like No Other King

   a. 2 Chron. 34:29-33

   b. 2 Chron. 35:1-19

   c. 2 Chron. 34:2

   d. 2 Chron. 34:31, 32

   e. 2 Chron. 35:7, 8, 9

III. Peter’s Charisma

   a. Matt. 16:13-20

   b. Acts 2:14

   c. Acts 2:22-24

   d. Acts 2:32-33

   e. Acts 2:36-41

   f. Matt. 16:16

   g. Acts 2:14, 32, 37, 40

IV. Barnabas Grows in Charisma

   a. Acts 4:36-37

   b. Acts 9:26-27

   c. Acts 11:20-26

   d. Acts 14:8-18

   e. Acts 4:37

   f. Acts 9:26-27

   g. Acts 11:22-24

   h. Acts 14:14

V. Conclusion

   a. Acts 4:32-37

Dangerous Nations Among Us

Ephesians 5:1-7

I. Abominations 

   a. Deut. 25:13-16 

   b. Deut. 18:9-12 

   c. Prov. 6:16-19 

II. Assassinations 

   a. Acts 21:38 

   b. Prov. 22:1 

   c. James 1:26 

   d. Titus 3:2 

   e. Psalm 127:1

III. Domination 

   a. 1 Tim. 2:12 

   b. Eph. 5:23

   c. Psalm 119:133 

   d. Rom. 6:14

   e. 3 John 9, 10 

   f. 1 Pet. 5:1-4 

   b. Prov. 18:11

IV. Contamination 

   a. Rom. 12:1 

   b. James 1:27

   c. Titus 2:11, 12

   d. Psalm 12:6; Psalm 19:8

   e. 1 Tim. 5:22 

V. Discrimination d. Prov. 13:12

   a. Prov. 24:23  

   b. Jude 16 

   c. James 2:1-5

   d. Acts 10: 34, 35


 VI. Termination

    a. Heb. 10:25-29

    b. John 6:66

    c. Heb. 10:35-39

VII. Denominations

    a. John 17:20-23

    b. 1 Cor. 1:10

    d. Matt. 15:13

    e. Psalm 127:1

 VIII. Condemnation

    a. John 3:36

    b. Mark 16:15, 16

    c. Rom. 8:1

 XI. Imagination

    a. 2 Cor. 10:3-6

    b. Prov. 18:11

    c. Rom. 1:21

    d. 2 Kings 5:11

 X. Procrastination

    a. Prov. 27:1

    b. Psalm 119:60

    c. Matt. 25:1-10

    d. Prov. 13:12

    e. Eccl. 5:4, 5

    f. 2 Cor. 6:2

Ahab and Jezebel Manipulate People Because They Cannot Move Them: No Charisma!

1 Kings 19:1-22:40

FEW COUPLES in Scripture look less attractive than King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. We get acquainted with their ugly style at the end of 1 Kings. Because they suffered an almost total lack of leadership charisma, they had to use manipulation, selfishness, and cunning to get what they wanted.

Charisma has been defined as a magnetic personal attraction that draws others to the leader, making them feel better about themselves. Effective leaders do well to develop some level of charisma.

In Greek, the word charisma means “gift.” God gives a degree of charisma to everyone. Leaders are to give it away to others; charismatic people are others centered. So why did Ahab and Jezebel fail to demonstrate any charisma?

1. They set out to selfishly build their own kingdoms (22:8).

2. They used people in order to get ahead; anyone was expendable (19:2).

3. They worried about image and lived under false pretenses (21:8-13).

4. They sulked and got angry when they didn’t get their way (21:4).

5. They pretended to be someone they were not (21:25-27).

6. They abused the authority they had been given (21:18, 19).

Ahab and Jezebel felt no incentive to develop charisma because their position allowed them to use people. Why would they need to inspire others to cooperate with them? Wasn’t their word law? Godly leaders must avoid this wicked attitude at all costs.

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