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What Is Influence? Week 4

February 26, 2023

What is Influence – Week 4





How not to be a negative influence

How not to be negatively influenced

How to become a person of Influence

A Person of Influence has integrity with people

A Person of Influence Nurtures People and Relationships

A Person of Influence Has Faith in People

A Person of Influence Listens to People

A Person of Influence Seeks to Understand People

How to Become a Person of Influence

All we need is interaction to influence

A person of influence connects with People

When you connect with people you come alongside them

“Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?…” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now…”

When we see people as God sees them, have faith in them, nurture the interaction, listen with the intent to understand, and build an intentional connection we unlock the opportunity for God to shine through.

…Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!” Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone,

“Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him….Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”” John 4:7-42 NLT

1.     Don’t take people for granted

2.     Possess a “Make a difference” mindset

Can we reach the masses better apart or better together?

3.     Look for common ground

4.     Recognize and have respect for difference in personality

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ…we have all been baptized into one body by One Spirit, and we all share the same spirit. Yes the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body and if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye, would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?” 1 Corinthians 12:12-17 NLT

5.     Communication comes from the heart

As people of influence we need to be wall climbers not wall builders

6.     Once Connected, move forward, be intentional, and lean in

A Person of Influence Empowers People

When we empower others, we are not influencing just them; we are influencing all the people they influence

When we empower we multiply

1.     Evaluate the strengths of the person

No amount of knowledge or skill can drive someone to make an impact if they don’t desire to do it themselves

2.     Give People Permission to succeed

3.     Be there for support and feedback

You’re never good your first time.” John Maxwell

4.     Release them to continue on their own

A person of influence multiplies other influencers

“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:37-38 NLT

“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:37-38 NLT


We are multipliers!

We are a Great Commission Church which means we are multipliers.

Individually, we are all responsible to disciple those younger in their faith and invite those far from Jesus into a life-giving community.

Corporately, we are called to plant churches, pastor cities, and father and mother leaders to multiply the Kingdom impact.

We are multipliers!

Everyone has the potential to multiply influence by multiplying influencers

1.     Be a person of character and integrity

2.     Nurture your relationships and interactions

3.     Have faith in people

4.     Listen to people

5.     Seek to understand people

6.     Connect with people

7.     Empower People


8.     We can multiply