MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - MONEY & BUDGETS

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - MONEY & BUDGETS

MERRY STRESSMAS  

  • What stresses you out during the Christmas season?

  • What turns the celebration of Christ into an emotional meltdown?

  • Maybe it is schedules, budgets and/or toxic interpersonal situations?

The good news is that there tools, principles and wisdom to rise above these situations. When we approach stress with a “victim’s mentality” we are vulnerable to biological, mental and relational viruses. However, when we approach stress as a challenge to overcome, we enter with the health of a Jesus-disciple.

Join us for our annual holiday preaching series at LifePointe called, MERRY STRESSMAS, DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS. Discover with us how to reach the other side of the holidays being healthy, happy and holy!

TODAY’S MESSAGE

QUESTION #1

At the end of the holidays,

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HAVE EXPERIENCED,

or how do you want to have benefited?

 

FACT

During the holidays

Americans are notorious

TO SPEND INORDINATE AMOUNTS OF MONEY

on things that later

INDUCE INORDINATE AMOUNTS OF STRESS!

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QUESTION #2

What is a HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE

for relating with money

that will support long-term emotional peace?

PRINCIPLE

Money will either be YOUR servant,

or YOU will become money’s slave!

 

PRINCIPLE

Money will either be YOUR servant,

or YOU will become money’s slave!

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YOU get to decide!

 

Matthew 6:21, 24 KJV (Jesus said) For where your TREASURE is, there your HEART will be also … 24 No one can SERVE TWO MASTERS; for either he will HATE the one and LOVE the other, or else he will be LOYAL (DEVOTED) to the one and DESPISE the other. You cannot serve GOD and MAMMON.

SYNONYMS

SERVE God, LOVE God, DEVOTE to God

OR

SERVE money, HATE (not love) God, DESPISE God 

REFLECTION

Which of these statements

create more anxiety in you?

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“There is no God?”

“There is no money?”

 

PRINCIPLE

MONEY decisions

are

SPIRITUAL decisions!

 

PRINCIPLE

Expenditures should

HONOR the joy in relationships,

not BE the joy in relationships.

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QUESTION #3

To stay healthy

do I have to commit

to a SPENDING PLAN?

 

WHAT IS A BUDGET?

A budget is a SPENDING PLAN,

rather than a SPENDING REACTION.

A budget is FORWARD THINKING,

NOT paying off PAST STUFF.

 

WHAT A BUDGET IS NOT…

  • Having money left over at the end of the month.

  • Having the ability to pay my bills on time.

  • Having the ability to pay my credit card off every month.

  • Using the money I have today to spend on discretionary things when I know other large essential expenditures are coming due in the months ahead.

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QUESTION #4

To be healthy emotionally

HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND

for the holidays?

 

AVERAGE CHRISTMAS SPENDING

1.6% OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME

(REASONABLE – DÉCOR, MEALS, GIFTS, ETC.)

$25,000 = $400

$50,000 = $800

$100,000 = $1,600

 

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QUESTION #5

How do I manage

the financial stress

I FEEL RIGHT NOW?

 

PRINCIPLES

  • Emotional self-care

  • Differentiation

  • Relational connections

  • Love/serve the less fortunate

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CALL TO ACTION

What is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

 

  • Aggressively begin soothing/self-care exercises

  • Invite family/friends into your stress

  • Serve the less fortunate

  • Create a budget (before 2019)

  • Go to a Financial Peace Seminar

  • Begin tithing (10%), or start percentage giving towards 10%

  • Reduce debt by selling something

  • Get a second job (income stream)

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - TIME & SCHEDULES

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - TIME & SCHEDULES

MERRY STRESSMAS  

  • What stresses you out during the Christmas season?

  • What turns the celebration of Christ into an emotional meltdown?

  • Maybe it is schedules, budgets and/or toxic interpersonal situations?

The good news is that there tools, principles and wisdom to rise above these situations. When we approach stress with a “victim’s mentality” we are vulnerable to biological, mental and relational viruses. However, when we approach stress as a challenge to overcome, we enter with the health of a Jesus-disciple.

Join us for our annual holiday preaching series at LifePointe called, MERRY STRESSMAS, DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS. Discover with us how to reach the other side of the holidays being healthy, happy and holy!

TODAY’S MESSAGE

STRESSORS

  • WEATHER

  • EVENT PLANNING

  • FOODS

  • FAMILY

  • TRAUMA MEMORIES

  • MONEY

  • COMPARISONS

 

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

  • OUTDOOR DÉCOR

  • INDOOR DÉCOR

  • ELF ON SHELF

  • SANTA

  • GIFTS

  • COMMUNITY SVC

  • CHARITIES

  • PARTIES

  • MEMORIES

  • LIGHTS TOURS

  • FAMILY PHOTOS

  • CHRISTMAS EVE

  • CHRISTMAS DAY

EPHESIANS 5:15-17 NKJV See then that you walk CIRCUMSPECTLY (GR – exactly, accurately and diligently), not as fools but as WISE, 16 redeeming the TIME, because the days are EVIL (GR – full of labors, annoyances and hardships; pressed and harassed). 17 Therefore do not be UNWISE (GR – without reflection; acting rashly), but understand what the WILL (GR – commands, precepts and pleasures of) of the Lord [is].

 

Manage your TIME

and you will manage your LIFE;

abdicate to CHAOS

and chaos will manage YOU!

 

WHAT TO DO?

 

1 - DECIDE what YOU WANT at the end of the HOLIDAYS

  • IDENTIFY what is MOST IMPORTANT

  • DEFINE desired SHARED EXPERIENCES

  • SEEK first things FIRST

  • DECIDE for DISTRACTION FREE

  • BE in the MOMENT

 

2 - COMMIT to HEALTHY PRINCIPLES of TIME MANAGEMENT

  • Make a PLAN - Own the CALENDAR

  • ROCKS, Pebbles and Sand

  • Manage ENERGY

  • Recognize the TRADE-OFFS

  • Say “NO” – Be EXACT

 

IMPORTANT/URGENT MATRIX

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CALL TO ACTION

Write at least one sentence this week that answers these questions:

What SHARED EXPERIENCES do I want

to have had by the end of the holiday season?

What do I desire

to FEEL and KNOW when it is all over?

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 4 - WHY BLOOD???

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 4 - WHY BLOOD???

TODAY’S PREACHING

PROMISES, PROMISES?

GUARANTEES?

GOOD INTENTIONS? 

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BIBLICAL PROMISES = ESTABLISHED FACTS

(Not future GOOD INTENTIONS or MYTHICAL FANTASIES)

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31,173 Scriptures / 30,000+ Promises? / 8810 Promises

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HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a BETTER COVENANT, which was established on BETTER PROMISES.

1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-25 NKJV …the Lord Jesus on the [same] night in which He was betrayed took BREAD; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, "Take, eat; this is MY BODY which is BROKEN FOR YOU; do this in remembrance of Me." 25 In the same manner [He] also [took] the CUP (OF WINE) after supper, saying, "This cup is the NEW COVENANT in MY BLOOD. This do, as often as you drink [it], in remembrance of Me."

HEBREWS 9:22 NKJV And according to the law almost all things are PURIFIED WITH BLOOD, and without SHEDDING OF BLOOD there is NO REMISSION (OF SIN).

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ADAM 

GENESIS 2:7 NKJV And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the BREATH OF LIFE; and man became a LIVING BEING.

LEVITICUS 17:11, 14 NKJV For the LIFE OF THE FLESH [IS] IN THE BLOOD, … for it [is] the BLOOD [that] makes ATONEMENT for the soul. ... 14 for [it is] the LIFE of all flesh. Its BLOOD sustains its LIFE.

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EVE

GENESIS 2:18, 21-23 NKJV And the LORD God said, "[It is] not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." ... 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his RIBS, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the RIB which the LORD God had taken from man HE MADE INTO A WOMAN, and He brought her to the man. 23 And Adam said: "This [is] now BONE OF MY BONES And FLESH OF MY FLESH; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man."

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ADAM AND EVE SINNED

GENESIS 2:16-17 NKJV And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, … 17 "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely DIE."

  • ROMANS 6:23 NKJV For the wages of sin [is] DEATH

GENESIS 3:21 NKJV Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of SKIN, and clothed them.

LEVITICUS 17:11, 14 NKJV For the LIFE OF THE FLESH [IS] IN THE BLOOD, … for it [is] the BLOOD [that] makes ATONEMENT for the soul. ... 14 for [it is] the LIFE of all flesh. Its BLOOD sustains its LIFE.

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CAIN AND ABEL

GENESIS 4:2-5 NKJV …Now ABEL was a keeper of SHEEP, but CAIN was a tiller of the GROUND. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an OFFERING OF THE FRUIT of the ground to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought of the FIRSTBORN OF HIS FLOCK and of their fat. And the LORD RESPECTED ABEL and his offering, 5 but He DID NOT RESPECT CAIN and his offering.

HEBREWS 11:4 NKJV BY FAITH ABEL offered to God a MORE EXCELLENT SACRIFICE than CAIN

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ABRAHAM - ISAAC

HEBREWS 11:17-19 NKJV By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten [son], 18 of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called," 19 concluding that GOD [WAS] ABLE TO RAISE [HIM] UP, EVEN FROM THE DEAD, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

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MOSES

EXODUS 12:5, 7-8, 11-14 NKJV 'Your LAMB SHALL BE WITHOUT BLEMISH, a male of the first year. You may take [it] from the sheep or from the goats. ... 7 'And they shall take [some] of the BLOOD and put [it] on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 'Then they shall EAT THE FLESH on that night; roasted in fire, with UNLEAVENED BREAD [and] with bitter [herbs] they shall eat it. ... 11 'And thus you shall eat it: [with] a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It [is] the LORD'S PASSOVER. 12 'For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I [am] the LORD. 13 'Now the BLOOD SHALL BE A SIGN for you on the houses where you [are]. And when I see the BLOOD, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy [you] when I strike the land of Egypt. 14 'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall KEEP IT AS A FEAST to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.’

PSALM 105:37 NKJV He also brought them out with silver and gold, And [there was] NONE FEEBLE among His tribes.

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JESUS

GENESIS 3:15 NKJV (God said to the serpent, Satan) And I will put enmity Between you and the WOMAN, And between your seed and HER SEED; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."

1 PETER 2:22, 24 NKJV (Jesus Christ) Who committed NO SIN, Nor was deceit found in His mouth; ... 24 who Himself BORE OUR SINS in His own body on the TREE, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by WHOSE STRIPES YOU WERE HEALED.

JOHN 19:30 NKJV …(Jesus said) "IT IS FINISHED!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

REVELATION 13:8 NKJV - 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of THE LAMB SLAIN from the foundation of the world.

COLOSSIANS 1:14, 20 NKJV … in whom (Jesus Christ) we have REDEMPTION through His BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins. ... 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made PEACE through the BLOOD OF HIS CROSS.

1 PETER 1:18-19 NKJV …knowing that you were not REDEEMED with corruptible things, [like] silver or gold, from your aimless conduct [received] by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, as of a LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH and WITHOUT SPOT (Exodus 12:5).

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BLOOD COVENANT

=

PROMISES

=

ESTABLISHED FACTS

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TIME TO ACTIVATE

Read/Pray/Live the PROMISES as COVENANT FACTS with God!

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COMMUNION TABLE

1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-25 NKJV …the Lord Jesus on the [same] night in which He was betrayed took BREAD; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, "Take, eat; this is MY BODY which is BROKEN FOR YOU; do this in remembrance of Me." 25 In the same manner [He] also [took] the CUP (OF WINE) after supper, saying, "This cup is the NEW COVENANT in MY BLOOD. This do, as often as you drink [it], in remembrance of Me." 26 For as often as you eat this BREAD and drink this CUP, you PROCLAIM THE LORD'S DEATH till He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks [this] cup of the Lord in an UNWORTHY MANNER will be guilty of the BODY and BLOOD of the Lord. 28 But let a man EXAMINE HIMSELF, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an UNWORTHY MANNER eats and drinks JUDGMENT to himself, NOT DISCERNING THE LORD'S BODY. 30 FOR THIS REASON many [are] WEAK and SICK among you, and many SLEEP (HAVE DIED).

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NEXT WEEK’S NEW SERIES – MERRY STRESSMAS: DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS!

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 3 - THE NEW COVENANT IS FAR BETTER!

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 3 - THE NEW COVENANT IS FAR BETTER!

TODAY’S PREACHING

PROMISES, PROMISES?

GUARANTEES?

GOOD INTENTIONS? 

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HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a BETTER COVENANT, which was established on BETTER PROMISES.

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BIBLICAL PROMISES = ESTABLISHED FACTS

(Not future GOOD INTENTIONS or MYTHICAL FANTASIES)

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31,173 Scriptures / 30,000+ Promises? / 8810 Promises

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WHAT IS A COVENANT

A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties, based in both intimacy and law, promising blessing and cursing; and even death to the one who breaks it.

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A COVENANT IS MORE THAN A CONTRACT

  1. Agree to terms

  2. Select representatives

  3. Cut Blood

  4. Exchange Clothes (Robes - Identity)

  5. Exchange Belts and Weapons (Strength)

  6. Walk unto Death (Sacrificial Animals)

  7. Pronounce Blessings / Cursings (Oaths/Vows)

  8. Seal of Covenant (Most Prized Possessions)

  9. Exchange Names

  10. Commemorate by a Memorial Sign (Piling stones, Planting Trees, Rainbows)

  11. Have a Covenant Meal Together (Ingest Food = Ingest Me)

  12. Exchange of Oldest Male Child

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OLD COVENANT – NEW COVENANT 

HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a BETTER COVENANT, which was established on BETTER PROMISES.

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OLD COVENANT

  • Protection

  • Reward

  • Great Name

  • Financially Prosperous

  • Legacy

  • Health

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HEBREWS 8:9-10 NLT This COVENANT will not be like the ONE I MADE WITH THEIR ANCESTORS when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of EGYPT. …10 But this is the NEW COVENANT I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS in their MINDS, and I will write them on their HEARTS. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

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NEW COVENANT (BETTER)

  1. Forgiveness

  2. Born again

  3. Complete righteousness

  4. Eternal life

  5. God inside us

  6. God’s laws inside

  7. Mind of Christ

  8. Sons & daughters of God

  9. Joint heirs with Christ

  10. Jesus’ spiritual authority

  11. Baptism/filled with Spirit

  12. Do the works of Jesus (greater)

  13. No more animal sacrifices

  14. No more circumcision

  15. One law of love

  16. Saved by grace/faith

  17. Protection

  18. Reward

  19. Great Name

  20. Financially Prosperous

  21. Legacy

  22. Health

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PSALM 89:34 NKJV My COVENANT I will NOT BREAK, nor alter the WORD (PROMISE) that has gone out of My lips.

HEBREWS 6:12-20 NKJV … imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the PROMISES. 13 For when God made a PROMISE to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, HE SWORE BY HIMSELF, 14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." …17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of PROMISE the immutability of His counsel, confirmed [it] by an OATH, 18 that by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS, in which it [is] IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the HOPE set before [us]. 19 This [HOPE] we have as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both sure and steadfast…

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TIME TO ACTIVATE

Read/Pray/Live the PROMISES as COVENANT FACTS with God!

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 2 - WHAT IS THE OLD COVENANT?

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 2 - WHAT IS THE OLD COVENANT?

TODAY’S PREACHING

PROMISES, PROMISES?

GUARANTEES?

GOOD INTENTIONS? 

 

BIBLICAL PROMISES = ESTABLISHED FACTS

(Not future GOOD INTENTIONS or MYTHICAL FANTASIES)

 

31,173 Scriptures / 30,000+ Promises? / 8810 Promises

 

HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a better COVENANT, which was established on better PROMISES.

WHAT IS A COVENANT

A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties, based in both intimacy and law, promising blessing and cursing; and even death to the one who breaks it.

 

A COVENANT IS MORE THAN A CONTRACT

  1. Agree to terms

  2. Select representatives

  3. Cut Blood

  4. Exchange Clothes (Robes - Identity)

  5. Exchange Belts and Weapons (Strength)

  6. Walk unto Death (Sacrificial Animals)

  7. Pronounce Blessings / Cursings (Oaths/Vows)

  8. Seal of Covenant (Most Prized Possessions)

  9. Exchange Names

  10. Commemorate by a Memorial Sign (Piling stones, Planting Trees, Rainbows)

  11. Have a Covenant Meal Together (Ingest Food = Ingest Me)

  12. Exchange of Oldest Male Child

 

OLD COVENANT – NEW COVENANT 

HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a better COVENANT, which was established on better PROMISES.

HEBREWS 8:9-10 NLT This COVENANT will not be like the ONE I MADE WITH THEIR ANCESTORS when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. …10 But this is the NEW COVENANT I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

 

WHAT IS THE OLD COVENANT?

  • Abraham’s Covenant

  • Moses’ Covenant

 

ABRAHAM’S COVENANT (GEN 12-17)

  • Protection

  • Reward

  • Great Name

  • Financially Prosperous

  • Legacy

  • Health


MOSES’ COVENANT (EX 19-34)

  • Protection

  • Reward

  • Great Name

  • Financially Prosperous

  • Legacy

  • Health

DEUTERONOMY 28:1-2, 15, 20-22, 25 NKJV (God said) If you FULLY OBEY the LORD your God and carefully follow all his COMMANDS I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these BLESSINGS will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:

4 Have a fertile womb; crops and livestock will be blessed

5 Your business will be blessed

7 The Lord will protect you from your enemies

8 You will be blessed in bank accounts and other storage houses of blessing; the  circumstances of economies won’t matter to you

9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways.

13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail.

 

However, if you DO NOT OBEY the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his COMMANDS and decrees I am giving you today, all these CURSES will come upon you and overtake you:

  • The Hebrew language, the original text here, does not have a “causative” verb but only a “permissive”. It should say, “God will allow…”  

  • Since the directive is clear, YOU hold the power to initiate blessings and YOU have the power to initiate the cursing. God ONLY allows what you and I initiate.

17 You won’t enjoy your work/labor

18 You won’t be able to get pregnant, and you will struggle in both finances and vocational successes

20 You will lack of peace, wisdom and clear decision-making and have no safety or protection or security of future

21 You will have sickness, disease and physical weakness

23 Nothing will be easy, no favor, no momentum

24 Opportunities will be hard, impossible, and hopeless

25 Shame, regret, oppression will be the norm along with fear, faithlessness, question, skepticism

26 You will experience isolation, aloneness, separation

28 You will have darkness, confusion, mental and psychological breakdowns

29 You will have complete failure and be victimized with nor oversight or justice

30 Your spouse will be given to sexual rape.

31 Your dreams will be taken from you

32 You will experience literal and spiritual child abductions

34 You will find yourself meditating on your regrets and intense emotions of injustice

36 Your religion will not make sense but be forced upon you

37 You will have embarrassment, shame, rejection, humiliation

38 Everything will be against you and nothing will work out for you

39 Unforeseen, pest-like things will spring up. When you do everything right, something will happen to undermine it.

40 You hopes will begin to get up. But in the last minute you will have them crushed.

41 You will be captivity to drugs, alcohol, to people/spouses who don’t like you, literal child abductions, kidnappings, etc.

42 New and multiplied problems will arise from places you will be surprised by

43 Everyone else gets promoted and are favored over you, while you continue to stagnate and find no favor

44 Others will be in control over you and have tentacles that harass your life

46 Your failure will not be merely natural, you will have miracle level and supernatural failure.

48 Your work and vocation will be intense with oppression

50 Life will have no compassion or empathy from anyone who has the human power to change it)

61 Any disaster that can be conceived will happen to you

 

GALATIANS 3:13-14, 29 NKJV CHRIST has REDEEMED us from the CURSE OF THE LAW, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed [is] everyone who hangs on a tree"), 14 that the BLESSING OF ABRAHAM might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the PROMISE of the Spirit through faith. ... 29 And if you [are] CHRIST'S, then you are ABRAHAM'S SEED, and HEIRS according to the PROMISE.

 

TIME TO ACTIVATE

Read/Pray/Live the PROMISES as COVENANT FACTS with God!

 

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 1 - WHAT IS A COVENANT?

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 1 - WHAT IS A COVENANT?

UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - NEW PREACHING SERIES

  • What is your promise for life and eternity?

  • What does God think about you?

  • Does God change in moods and seasons?

In UNBREAKABLE PROMISE we discover the power of a COVENANT. While contemporary ideas of a “promise” express future intentions, God has taken us back to the Cross of Christ where He swore by Himself. What that means is God isn’t bolstering hope around what He intends to do; He has committed His entire being and existence in what He has already done. For God to change His mind about you - about your future, or your daily nurture, or your freedom – He would have to self-destruct.

The power of this COVENANT, that Jesus has invited us into, is that we never have to question God’s will for our protection, health, strength, prosperity and contentment. The CALL on our lives will lead us to uncomfortable and inconvenient places, often surrounded with sufferings in obedience to God. However, the COVENANT has forever established our welfare as we fulfill the CALL. This series will change the way you think of God, yourself and the provisions He has generously provided!

 

TODAY’S PREACHING

PROMISES, PROMISES?

GUARANTEES?

GOOD INTENTIONS?

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MODERN USE OF PROMISE

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FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

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GOD’S PROMISES

31,173 SCRIPTURES

30,000+ PROMISES ???

8810 PROMISES

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EXAMPLE PROMISES FROM GOD 

  • FORGIVENESS - 1 JOHN 1:9 NKJV If we confess our SINS, He is faithful and just to FORGIVE us [our] sins and to CLEANSE US from all unrighteousness.

  • WISDOM - JAMES 1:5 NKJV If any of you lacks WISDOM, let him ask of God, who GIVES TO ALL LIBERALLY and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

  • PROVISION - PHILIPPIANS 4:19 NKJV And my God shall supply ALL YOUR NEED according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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WHERE ARE PROMISES ROOTED?

PSALM 89:34 NKJV My COVENANT I will NOT BREAK, nor alter the WORD (PROMISE) that has gone out of My lips.

HEBREWS 6:12-20 NKJV … imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the PROMISES. 13 For when God made a PROMISE to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, HE SWORE BY HIMSELF, 14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." …17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of PROMISE the immutability of His counsel, confirmed [it] by an OATH, 18 that by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS, in which it [is] IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the HOPE set before [us]. 19 This [HOPE] we have as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both sure and steadfast… 

2 THINGS:  The PROMISE and the OATH (COVENANT)

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WHAT IS A COVENANT?

A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties, based in both intimacy and law, promising blessing and cursing; and even death to the one who breaks it.

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3 KINDS OF COVENANTS

  1. Business Contract

  2. Power-Downward Agreement

  3. Unconditional One-sided Oath

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REASONS TO COVENANT

  • Protection for Weaker Tribe

  • Business Partnership

  • Devoted Affection/Friendship

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COVENANT PROMISES – UNBREAKABLE PROMISES

PSALM 89:34 NKJV My COVENANT I will NOT BREAK, nor alter the WORD (PROMISE) that has gone out of My lips.

HEBREWS 6:12-20 NKJV … imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the PROMISES. 13 For when God made a PROMISE to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, HE SWORE BY HIMSELF, 14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." …17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of PROMISE the immutability of His counsel, confirmed [it] by an OATH, 18 that by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS, in which it [is] IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the HOPE set before [us]. 19 This [HOPE] we have as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both sure and steadfast…

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WHAT A PROMISE REALLY IS!

PROMISES ESTABLISHED BY OATH

IMPOSSIBLE TO LIE

VOW OF DEATH

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COVENANT USE OF PROMISE

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FOCUS ON THE PAST

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1 JOHN 1:9 NKJV If we confess our SINS, He is faithful and just to FORGIVE us [our] sins and to CLEANSE US from all unrighteousness. 

JAMES 1:5 NKJV If any of you lacks WISDOM, let him ask of God, who GIVES TO ALL LIBERALLY and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

PHILIPPIANS 4:19 NKJV And my God shall supply ALL YOUR NEED according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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TIME TO ACTIVATE

Read/Pray/Live the Promises as a Covenant Partner! 

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 4 - Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 4 - Gifts of the Holy Spirit

TODAY’S PREACHING

1 THESSALONIANS 5:19-21 KJV QUENCH (extinguish) NOT the (HOLY) SPIRIT. 20 DESPISE (displace or set aside, regard lightly, or not esteem) NOT prophesyings. 21 PROVE ALL THINGS; hold fast that which is good.

JOHN 16:7 NKJV [Jesus said] Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to YOUR ADVANTAGE that I go away; for if I do not go away, the HELPER (Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, and Standby) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 MSG The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP of the HOLY SPIRIT, be with all of you.

DESIRE FOR HIM

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 31 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL [gifts] (things pertaining to and of the Holy Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: ... 31 But EARNESTLY DESIRE the best gifts…

1 CORINTHIANS 14:39-40 NKJV Therefore, brethren, DESIRE EARNESTLY to prophesy, and DO NOT FORBID to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

EARNESTLY DESIRE (covet) comes from the Greek word root ZELOS which means to be ZEALOUS or have warmth of feeling towards.  It is an intense desire! Here it refers to a positive energy pocket.

 

CATEGORIES OF GIFTS

23 SPIRITUAL GIFTS

  • 5 MINISTRY – OFFICES (FUNCTIONAL)

  • 9 MOTIVATIONAL – GRACE TALENTS (FUNCTIONAL)

  • 9 MIRACLE EMPOWERMENTS – CHARISMA – GRACE GIFTS (OPERATIONAL)

 

FUNCTIONAL GIFTS

God designed you to fulfill a specific “function” in the church and gifted you accordingly. The MOTIVATIONAL and MINISTRY GIFTS that you POSSESS. These are gifts that are YOURS. They ARE PART OF WHO YOU ARE, a part of your personality. You operate in them all the time, intentionally or unintentionally.

14 FUNCTIONAL GIFTS

  • 5 MINISTRY OFFICES (FUNCTIONAL) - Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor & Teacher

  • 9 MOTIVATIONAL GRACE TALENTS (FUNCTIONAL) - Administration, Encouragement, Giving, Helps, Hospitality, Intercession, Leadership, Mercy, Service

OPERATIONAL GRACE GIFTS

The operational gifts are available to all believers as opportunities arise. If God determines there is a need, and you are available, then God will partner with you in one of these gifts. YOU DO NOT “OWN” OPERATIONAL GIFTS. THEY ARE NOT PART OF YOUR MAKE-UP. THEY ONLY HAPPEN AS GOD SOVEREIGNLY WILLS (positive sovereignty).

3 REVELATION GIFTS

  • Word of Knowledge

  • Word of Wisdom

  • Discerning of Spirits 

3 POWER GIFTS

  • Special Faith

  • Gifts of Healings

  • Working of Miracles

3 COMMUNICATION GIFTS

  • Prophecy

  • Tongues

  • Interpretation of Tongues

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-11 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL GIFTS (operations of the Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT… 4 There are DIVERSITIES OF GIFTS, but the same SPIRIT... 7 But the MANIFESTATION of the SPIRIT is given to EACH ONE for the profit of all:  8 for to one is given the WORD OF WISDOM through the Spirit, to another the WORD OF KNOWLEDGE through the same Spirit, 9 to another (SPECIAL) FAITH by the same Spirit, to another GIFTS OF HEALINGS by the same Spirit, 10 to another the WORKING OF MIRACLES, to another PROPHECY, to another DISCERNING OF SPIRITS, to another different kinds of TONGUES, to another the INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES. 11 But one and the same SPIRIT WORKS all these things, distributing to EACH ONE individually AS HE WILLS (as he determines – NIV).

 

COVET THESE GIFTS

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 31 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL [gifts] (things pertaining to and of the Holy Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: ... 31 But EARNESTLY DESIRE the best gifts…

1 CORINTHIANS 14:39-40 NKJV Therefore, brethren, DESIRE EARNESTLY to prophesy, and DO NOT FORBID to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

 

TIME TO ACTIVATE

  1. GENUINELY DESIRE all that the Holy Spirit is (no prejudice)

  2. LEARN about the Holy Spirit & His Gifts (LifePointe Workshops)

  3. TAKE STEPS of faith to encounter Him (LifePointe Revivals)

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 3 - The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 3 - The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

TODAY’S PREACHING

1 THESSALONIANS 5:19-21 KJV QUENCH (extinguish) NOT the (HOLY) SPIRIT. 20 DESPISE (displace or set aside, regard lightly, or not esteem) NOT prophesyings. 21 PROVE ALL THINGS; hold fast that which is good.

JOHN 16:7 NKJV [Jesus said] Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to YOUR ADVANTAGE that I go away; for if I do not go away, the HELPER (Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, and Standby) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 MSG The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP of the HOLY SPIRIT, be with all of you.

DESIRE FOR HIM

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 31 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL [gifts] (things pertaining to and of the Holy Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: ... 31 But EARNESTLY DESIRE the best gifts…

1 CORINTHIANS 14:39-40 NKJV Therefore, brethren, DESIRE EARNESTLY to prophesy, and DO NOT FORBID to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

EARNESTLY DESIRE (covet) comes from the Greek word root ZELOS which means to be ZEALOUS or have warmth of feeling towards.  It is an intense desire! Here it refers to a positive energy pocket.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN

The primary work of the Holy Spirit WITHIN YOU is to SUPPORT you in your own personal life; guidance, joys, peace, refreshment, help, counsel, comfort, etc.

JOHN 14:16-17 KJV [Jesus said] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  17 … for he dwelleth with you, and SHALL BE IN YOU.

2 CORINTHIANS 6:16 KJV [Paul said] …as God hath said, I WILL DWELL IN THEM, and WALK IN THEM; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

1 JOHN 4:4 KJV [John said] … greater is HE that is IN YOU, than he that is in the world.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT UPON

The primary work of the Holy Spirit UPON YOU is to EMPOWER you in WITNESSING Christ to your network of relationships. One of the most provocative, profound and heart-hitting statements used in Scripture about the Holy Spirit is “baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 

ACTS 1:4-5 NKJV And being assembled together with them, (Jesus) He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the PROMISE of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me;  5 for John truly BAPTIZED with water, but you shall be BAPTIZED with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."  

MATTHEW 3:11-12 NIV (John the Baptist said) I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will BAPTIZE you with the HOLY SPIRIT and with FIRE.

ACTS 2:1-4 KJV And when the DAY OF PENTECOST was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it SAT UPON each of them. 4 And they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and began to speak with other tongues, as the SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE. 

Here we have another expression, “FILLED with the Holy Spirit,” used synonymously with “BAPTIZED with the Holy Spirit.” 

ACTS 10:44-46 NKJV While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit FELL upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been POURED OUT on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

Peter himself describing this experience in Jerusalem, told the story in this way…

ACTS 11:15-17 NKJV And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit FELL UPON them, AS UPON US at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, 'John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be BAPTIZED with the Holy Spirit.'  17 If therefore God gave them the SAME GIFT as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?"

Here Peter distinctly called the experience which came to Cornelius and his household, being “BAPTIZED with the Holy Spirit.”  Thus we see that these expressions are all synonymous.

  • “…FILLED with the Holy Spirit…” (ACTS 2:4)

  • “…the Holy Spirit FELL…” (ACTS 10:44)

  • “…BAPTISM with the Holy Spirit…” (ACTS 11:16)

  • “ …God gave them the SAME GIFT…” (ACTS 11:17)

Other expressions are also used to describe this blessing, such as …

  • “…RECEIVE the Holy Spirit…” (ACTS 2:38; 19:2-3),

  • “…the Holy Spirit CAME UPON them…” (ACTS 19:2-6)

  • “…the GIFT of the Holy Spirit…” (HEB 2:4; 1 COR 12:4, 11, 13)

  • “I send THE PROMISE of my Father upon you…” (LUKE 24:49; ACTS 1:4)

  • And “CLOTHED WITH POWER from on high…” (LUKE 24:49)

 

BENEFITS OF “TONGUES”

  1. It is a distinct communication with God

  2. Insightful praying about God’s plan for life

  3. Builds up, sharpens and edifies the inner life

  4. Expands worship to God

  5. Stimulates faith

Along with several more spiritual benefits.

 

HOW TO ACTIVATE

  1. Genuinely desire all that the Holy Spirit is (no prejudice).

  2. Ask God for the baptism in the Holy Spirit and all His gifts.

  3. Take steps of faith to encounter Him (like you see in Scripture).

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 2 - The Spirit Within

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 2 - The Spirit Within

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW

PASTOR MONTE KNUDEN - BIO

Pastor Monte Knudsen is a man on fire for God! He and his beautiful wife Peggy have 6 children of their own and have been foster parents for 15 years. Born and raised on a small farm in Harlan, Iowa, he now pastors Faith Christian Outreach Church in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. In more than 30 years of ministry, he has traveled all around the world preaching, teaching, and singing about what it takes to become a victorious Christian. Monte has a heart to bring God’s healing mercies to this generation. He has been a catalyst of physical and emotional healing in the 30-plus years he has been ministry. Miracle-level testimonies are consistently experienced as Jesus is glorified. Monte’s inspirational talks are filled with wisdom, knowledge and compassion. He is also a recording artist with the giftings of a psalmist. He and his wife Peggy have 6 children and have been foster parents for over 15 years.

  1. Who is the Holy Spirit to you; not just theologically, but experientially?

  2. How would you “define the relationship” you have with Him?

     

  3. Is it important to you HOW you mentally view the Holy Spirit, in terms of your attitude towards Him? If so, why?

     

  4. One of the most mysterious and amazing things Jesus prophesied to the believer is that the Holy Spirit would actually live inside them. What does that mean to YOU? HOW do you integrate this as a reality in everyday life (husband, dad, friend, entrepreneur, pastor, etc.)?

     

  5. It is easy for us all as Christians to say we believe the Holy Spirit lives in us. What are some examples you see of how we allow gaps between what we want to believe and what we actually have integrated/activated into our lives?

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 1 - Define the Relationship

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 1 - Define the Relationship

(RE)PRESSED GOD - NEW PREACHING SERIES

Who is the Holy Spirit to YOU?

  • Is He an "it"?

  • A mysterious mist?

  • A scary presence?

OR

  • Is He a comforter?

  • Counselor?

  • Helper?

  • Guide?

  • Friend?

The writers of the first century encouraged us to earnestly desire a depth in relationship with Him. They wanted us to…

  • Not be ignorant of Him

  • To be attuned whereas not to grieve Him

  • To not to take Him for granted

Ultimately these leaders said we should pursue shared experiences that move us towards intimacy with Him. That is wild!  

  • HOW would we do that?

  • Is this even something you and I even desire?

Maybe we should DTR (define the relationship). Maybe we should clarify for ourselves just how vulnerable and trusting we want to be.

We won’t need a DTR until we begin to expect more from the relationship. If we want shared experiences…  

  • Deeper intimacy

  • More availability of His power and wisdom

  • Help with responsibilities in life and His ready defense

…it will require us to have a greater hunger and commitment to know Him.

We can turn from a conscious suppression of Him, or an unconscious repression of what He is all about, to know Him for who He is.

  • He comes with mystery.

  • He comes with power.

  • He comes with gifts.

Will He remain repressed to us? Or, will we press in to share in all He is? You may find the beginning formation of an addiction for the Holy Spirit.

 

TODAY’S EPISODE NOTES:

PRINCIPLE:

As we grow in increased EXPECTATION FROM a relationship,

we are pressed for increased DEFINITION WITHIN the relationship. 

PRINCIPLE:

We aren’t prepared to COMMIT to a relationship

if we aren’t prepared to CLARIFY the DTR question.

REAL REASONS WE DON’T DEFINE THE RELATIONSHIP (DTR)

  1. Unsure of what we really want

  2. Fear of commitment

  3. Unacknowledged desire for secular things

  4. Fear of failure

  5. Fear of other’s opinions

  6. Fear it isn’t really real

  7. Emotional connections are too difficult

  8. Fear of weirdness

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 NKJV The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the COMMUNION of the HOLY SPIRIT [be] with you all. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 MSG The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.

 

WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

  • HE’S A PERSON

JOHN 14:16-20 NKJV [Jesus said] And I will pray the Father, and He will give you ANOTHER HELPER (Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, and Standby) , that HE may ABIDE WITH YOU FOREVER-- 17 the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees HIM nor knows HIM; but you know HIM, for HE dwells WITH you and will be IN you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 19 A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I [am] in My Father, and YOU IN ME, and I IN YOU. 

  • HE HAS A PERSONALITY

    • KNOWLEDGE

      1 CORINTHIANS 2:11 For what man KNOWETH the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the SPIRIT OF GOD.

    • FEELING – EMOTION

      ISAIAH 63:10 But they rebelled, and VEXED his HOLY SPIRIT

      EPHESIANS 4:30 And GRIEVE not the HOLY SPIRIT of God

      ROMANS 15:30 and for the LOVE of the SPIRIT,

      1 THESSALONIANS 1:6 having received the word in much affliction, with JOY of the HOLY GHOST:

    • WILL

      1 CORINTHIANS 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame SPIRIT, dividing to every man severally as HE WILL.

  •  HE HAS ACTIONS THAT ARE DESCRIPTIVE OF A PERSON

Here the Holy Spirit is set before us, not as an impersonal enlightenment that comes to our mind, but as a person who searches and whispers out of the depths of His own wisdom.

  • KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT AS A PERSON

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 NKJV The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the COMMUNION of the HOLY SPIRIT [be] with you all. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 MSG The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.

 

HUNGER FOR HIM

1 THESSALONIANS 5:19-21 KJV QUENCH (extinguish) NOT the SPIRIT. 20 DESPISE (displace or set aside, regard lightly, or not esteem) NOT prophesyings. 21 PROVE ALL THINGS; hold fast that which is good.

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 31 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL [gifts] (things pertaining to and of the Holy Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: ... 31 But EARNESTLY DESIRE the best gifts…

1 CORINTHIANS 14:39-40 NKJV Therefore, brethren, DESIRE EARNESTLY to prophesy, and DO NOT FORBID to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

EARNESTLY DESIRE (covet) comes from the Greek word root ZELOS which means to be ZEALOUS or have warmth of feeling towards.  It is an intense desire! Here it refers to a positive energy pocket.

 

BE ATTUNED TO HIM - HAVE EARS TO HEAR

REVELATION 2:7 NKJV (Jesus said) He who has an ear, let him hear WHAT THE (HOLY) SPIRIT SAYS to the churches…

MATTHEW 13:14-16 NKJV (Jesus said) And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: “HEARING you will hear and shall not understand, And SEEING you will see and not perceive; 15 For the HEARTS of this people have grown DULL. [Their] ears are HARD OF HEARING, And their EYES THEY HAVE CLOSED, Lest they should SEE with [their] eyes and HEAR with [their] ears, Lest they should UNDERSTAND WITH [THEIR] HEARTS and turn, So that I should heal them.” 16 But blessed [are] your eyes for they SEE, and your ears for they HEAR;

 

REAL REASONS WE DON’T DEFINE THE RELATIONSHIP (DTR) - HOLY SPIRIT

  1. Unsure of what we really want

  2. Fear of commitment

  3. Unacknowledged desire for secular things

  4. Fear of failure

  5. Fear of other’s opinions

  6. Fear it isn’t really real

  7. Emotional connections are too difficult

  8. Fear of weirdness

 

TIME TO ACTIVATE - DEFINE THE RELATIONSHIP TODAY 

  1. Unknown God

  2. Distant Acquaintance

  3. Close Acquaintance

  4. General Friend

  5. Close Friend

  6. Covenant God

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BUILT - Part 4

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BUILT - Part 4

BUILT

When the storms of life come, are you BUILT?

When the rains descend, floods rise and winds blow, are you unshakeable and unmovable; are you unstoppable?

Is the storm:

  • A relationship

  • A disappointment

  • A fear

  • A compulsive and destructive behavior

  • An under resourced vision

  • A biological weakness

PSALM 127:1-5 NKJV (Solomon said) Unless the LORD BUILDS the house, They labor in vain who BUILD it; 

  • QUESTION: HOW DOES THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE?

MATTHEW 7:24-27 NKJV (Jesus said) Therefore WHOEVER hears these SAYINGS OF MINE, and DOES THEM, I will liken him to a WISE MAN who BUILT his HOUSE ON THE ROCK: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who BUILT his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

 

TO BE BUILT MEANS I MUST…

THINK it till I FEEL it,

FEEL it till I DO it,

and DO it till I LIVE it!

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MANY PEOPLE …

  • SING the Word

  • TALK the Word

  • QUOTE the Word

  • ANALYZE the Word

  • Put the Word on magnets and BUMPER stickers

  • TATTOO the Word to their arms

  • STUDY the Word (Greek/Hebrew)

  • WRITE PAPERS on the Word

  • Set Word promises on SMALL CARDS around their house

  • Listen to the Word on Cd and MP3

  • Go to CONFERENCES for the Word

  • YET still refuse TO DO THE WORD!

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THINK IT

HEAR IT

IMAGINE IT

DECLARE IT

[TILL I FEEL IT]

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Real Faith in the Word says, “If God says it is true, it is.”  If God says He is the strength of my life, He is.  So I go about doing my work because He is what He says He is, and I am what He says I am.”

  • If He says I am STRONG, I am.

  • If He says I have JOY, then I do.

  • If He says SERVING OTHERS gives meaning to my life, then that is what I do.

  • If He says that GIVING FINANCIAL to His Kingdom is what multiplies my own resources, then I give.

  • If He says that MY FORGIVENESS OF OTHERS is a choice of obedience that frees up my life, then I forgive.

  • If He says that I HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN and guilt has been removed, then I am forgiven and act as though no more guilt exist.

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TODAY’S SERMON NOTES

JOSHUA 1:8 NKJV (God said to Joshua) This BOOK OF THE LAW (Word of God) shall not depart from your MOUTH, but you shall MEDITATE in it day and night, that you may OBSERVE TO DO according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way PROSPEROUS, and then you will have GOOD SUCCESS.

HOW TO INTEGRATE, REGULATE AND ACTIVATE

THINK IT

HEAR IT

IMAGINE IT

DECLARE IT

[TILL I FEEL IT]

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 To be BUILT means I must…

INTEGRATE God’s Word into my THINKING

REGULATE God’s Word into my EMOTIONS

ACTIVATE God’s Word into my DOING

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TO BE BUILT MEANS I MUST…

THINK it till I FEEL it,

FEEL it till I DO it,

and DO it till I LIVE it!

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DECLARATIONS – DECLARE IT!

  • FACING PRESSURE - I am of God and have overcome him (satan). For greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4)

  • FACING PRESSURE - I am far from oppression and fear does not come near me. (Isaiah 54:14)

  • FACING PRESSURE - No weapon formed against me will prosper, for my righteousness is of the Lord. But whatever I do will prosper for I’m like a tree that’s planted by the rivers of water (Isaiah 54;17; Psalm 1:3)

  • PEACE - The peace of God which passes all understanding keeps my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus. And things which are good, and pure, and perfect, and lovely, and of good report, I think on these things. (Philippians 4:7-8)

  • REACH POTENTIAL - The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. (Psalm 138:8)

  • GAINING WISDOM - I am a new creation in Christ, I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus. Therefore I have the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God is formed within me. (II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; I Corinthians 2:16)

  • FREEDOM/GUILT - And I, having received the gift of righteousness do reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)

  • FREEDOM DARK - I am delivered from the power of darkness and I am translated into the kingdom of His dear Son. (Colossians 1:13)

  • REDEEMED KIDS - Great is the peace of my children for they are taught of the Lord. (Isaiah 54:13)

  • PROTECTION - No evil will befall me neither shall any plague come near my dwelling. For the Lord has given His angels charge over me and they keep me in all my ways, and in my pathway is life and there is no death. (Psalm 91:10-11; Proverbs 12:28)

  • SECURE DECISIONS - I do follow the good shepherd and I know His voice and the voice of a stranger I will not follow. (John 10:4-5)

  • SECURE DECISIONS - The Lord enlarges my steps and establishes my thoughts. Therefore I will make healthy Holy Spirit-led decisions. (Psalm 18:36; Proverbs 16:3)

  • REDEEMED DECISIONS - The Lord redeems my life from destruction and crowns me with tender mercies. The Lord satisfies my mouth with good things. My steps are ordered by the Lord. Even if I were to fall down, He upholds me with his hand. (Ps 103:4; Ps 37:23-24)

  • SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY - The Lord makes my way prosperous and gives me good success. Jesus has redeemed me from the curse of sin and given me the grace (power in human weakness) to have unlimited available resources. (Joshua 1:8; Gal 3:13; 2 Cor 8:7)

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HOW WILL I…

BUILT

THINK IT?

FEEL IT?

DO IT?

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OTHER SCRIPTURES:

PROVERBS 4:20-23 NKJV My son, give ATTENTION to my WORDS; Incline your EAR to my SAYINGS. 21 Do NOT let them DEPART from your EYES; KEEP them in the midst of your HEART; 22 For they [are] LIFE to those who find them, And HEALTH to all their flesh. 23 KEEP your HEART with all DILIGENCE, For out of it [spring] the issues of life.

PROVERBS 23:7 NKJV For as he THINKS IN HIS HEART, so [is] he…

JAMES 1:2-8 NKJV My brethren, count it all joy when you FALL INTO VARIOUS TRIALS, 3 knowing that the TESTING OF YOUR FAITH produces PATIENCE. 4 But let PATIENCE have [its] PERFECT WORK, that you may be PERFECT AND COMPLETE, LACKING NOTHING. 5 If ANY OF YOU LACKS wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ASK IN FAITH, with NO DOUBTING, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For LET NOT THAT MAN suppose that he will RECEIVE ANYTHING from the Lord; 8 [he is] a DOUBLE-MINDED MAN, UNSTABLE in ALL his ways.

JAMES 1:22-25 NKJV But be DOERS OF THE WORD, and NOT HEARERS ONLY, DECEIVING YOURSELVES. 23 For if anyone is a HEARER OF THE WORD and NOT A DOER, he is like a man OBSERVING his natural face in a MIRROR; 24 for he OBSERVES himself, goes away, and IMMEDIATELY FORGETS what kind of man he was. 25 But he who LOOKS INTO the perfect law of liberty and CONTINUES [IN IT], and is NOT A FORGETFUL HEARER but a DOER OF THE WORK, this one will be BLESSED in WHAT HE DOES.

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HOW WILL I… 

BUILT

THINK IT?

FEEL IT?

DO IT?

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BUILT - Part 3

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BUILT - Part 3

BUILT - NEW PREACHING SERIES

When the storms of life come, are you BUILT?

When the rains descend, floods rise and winds blow, are you unshakeable and unmovable; are you unstoppable?

Is the storm:

  • A relationship?

  • A disappointment?

  • A fear?

  • A compulsive and destructive behavior?

  • An under resourced vision?

  • A biological weakness?

PSALM 127:1-5 NKJV (Solomon said) Unless the LORD BUILDS the house, They labor in vain who BUILD it; 

  • QUESTION: HOW DOES THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE?

MATTHEW 7:24-27 NKJV (Jesus said) Therefore WHOEVER hears these SAYINGS OF MINE, and DOES THEM, I will liken him to a WISE MAN who BUILT his HOUSE ON THE ROCK: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who BUILT his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

TODAY'S EPISODE NOTES 

 

TO BE BUILT MEANS I MUST…

THINK it till I FEEL it,

FEEL it till I DO it,

and DO it till I LIVE it!

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MANY PEOPLE …

  • SING the Word

  • TALK the Word

  • QUOTE the Word

  • ANALYZE the Word

  • Put the Word on magnets and BUMPER stickers

  • TATTOO the Word to their arms

  • STUDY the Word (Greek/Hebrew)

  • WRITE PAPERS on the Word

  • Set Word promises on SMALL CARDS around their house

  • Listen to the Word on Cd and MP3

  • Go to CONFERENCES for the Word

  • YET still refuse TO DO THE WORD!

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BUILT

THINK IT

FEEL IT

DO IT

[LIVE IT]

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MARK 11:22-24 TPT Jesus replied, “Let the FAITH of God be in you! 23 Listen to the truth I speak to you: If someone says to this mountain with great FAITH and having no doubt, ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’ and BELIEVES that what he says will happen, it will be done. 24 This is the reason I urge you to BOLDLY BELIEVE for whatever you ask for in prayer—BELIEVE that you have received it and it will be yours. 

Real Faith in the Word says, “If God says it is true, it is.”  If God says He is the strength of my life, He is.  So I go about doing my work because He is what He says He is, and I am what He says I am.”

  • If He says I am STRONG, I am.

  • If He says I have JOY, then I do.

  • If He says SERVING OTHERS gives meaning to my life, then that is what I do.

  • If He says that GIVING FINANCIAL to His Kingdom is what multiplies my own resources, then I give.

  • If He says that MY FORGIVENESS OF OTHERS is a choice of obedience that frees up my life, then I forgive.

  • If He says that I HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN and guilt has been removed, then I am forgiven and act as though no more guilt exist.

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HEBREWS 4:1-3 TPT Now God has offered to us the same promise of entering into his realm of resting in CONFIDENT FAITH. So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all EMBRACE THE FULLNESS of that PROMISE and NOT FAIL TO EXPERIENCE IT. 2 For we have heard the good news of deliverance just as they did, yet THEY DIDN’T JOIN THEIR FAITH WITH THE WORD. Instead, what they heard didn’t affect them deeply, for they doubted. 3 For those of us who believe, FAITH ACTIVATES THE PROMISE and we EXPERIENCE the realm of confident rest!  

2 KINDS OF UNBELIEF

  1. Based on IGNORANCE God’s Word

  2. Based on DISOBEDIENCE to integrate, regulate and activate God’s Word

  • Choose not to THINK it

  • Choose not to FEEL it

  • Choose not to DO it

  • Choose not to LIVE it

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JAMES 2:17-19 TPT So then FAITH that doesn’t involve ACTION is PHONY. 18 … I will show you FAITH by my WORKS (actions/activations) as proof that I BELIEVE. 19 You can BELIEVE all you want that there is one true God, that’s wonderful! But even the demons know (BELIEVE) this and tremble with fear before him, yet they’re unchanged—they remain demons.

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FAITH:  CAN I DO THIS?

ROMANS 12:3 NKJV For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to EACH ONE a MEASURE OF FAITH.

ROMANS 10:17 NKJV So then FAITH [COMES] BY HEARING, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD.

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TO BE BUILT MEANS I MUST…

INTEGRATE God’s Word into my THINKING

REGULATE God’s Word into my EMOTIONS

ACTIVATE God’s Word into my DOING

 

TO BE BUILT MEANS I MUST…

THINK it till I FEEL it,

FEEL it till I DO it,

and DO it till I LIVE it! 

 ____________________

HOW WILL I… 

BUILT

THINK IT?

FEEL IT?

DO IT?

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BUILT - Part 2

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BUILT - Part 2

BUILT - NEW PREACHING SERIES

When the storms of life come, are you BUILT?

When the rains descend, floods rise and winds blow, are you unshakeable and unmovable; are you unstoppable?

Is the storm:

  • A relationship

  • A disappointment

  • A fear

  • A compulsive and destructive behavior

  • An under resourced vision

  • A biological weakness

PSALM 127:1-5 NKJV (Solomon said) Unless the LORD BUILDS the house, They labor in vain who BUILD it; 

  • QUESTION: HOW DOES THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE?

MATTHEW 7:24-27 NKJV (Jesus said) Therefore WHOEVER hears these SAYINGS OF MINE, and DOES THEM, I will liken him to a WISE MAN who BUILT his HOUSE ON THE ROCK: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who BUILT his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

TODAY'S EPISODE NOTES 

IS GOD MAD AT YOU?

Unimaginably?

Slightly?

Mildly?

Moderately?

Fervently?

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TO BE BUILT MEANS I MUST…

INTEGRATE God’s Word into my THINKING

REGULATE God’s Word into my EMOTIONS

ACTIVATE God’s Word into my DOING

 ____________________

BUILT

THINK IT

FEEL IT

DO IT

 ____________________

MATTHEW 7:24-27 NKJV (Jesus said) Therefore WHOEVER hears these SAYINGS OF MINE, and DOES THEM, I will liken him to a WISE MAN who BUILT his HOUSE ON THE ROCK: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who BUILT his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

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RIGHTEOUSNESS MEANS…

  • I measure up

  • I meet the standard

  • I qualify

  • I’m enough

  • I’m worthy

  • I belong

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EMOTIONAL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

the intensely painful thinking and feeling  

- or the experience of believing -

that we are flawed and therefore unworthy

of God’s love and belonging;

it is fearing that God is mad at you!

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ROMANS 5:17 NKJV For if by (Adam’s original sin) death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 NKJV For God made Jesus, who knew no sin, [to be] sin for us, that WE MIGHT BECOME (MADE) the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.

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EMOTIONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS

is the ability to stand in God’s presence

without the sense of inferiority or sin consciousness.

 ____________________

RIGHTEOUSNESS

is the ability to

think, feel and act

WITHOUT the sense of

guilt, shame, or condemnation.

 ____________________

RIGHTEOUSNESS

is the ability to

think, feel and act

WITH the deep sense of

a clear conscience,

self-compassion

& confident boldness.

 ____________________

RIGHTEOUSNESS

is our gift FROM GOD.

EMOTIONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS

is our gift TO GOD.

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TO BE BUILT MEANS I MUST…

INTEGRATE God’s Word into my THINKING

REGULATE God’s Word into my EMOTIONS

ACTIVATE God’s Word into my DOING

____________________

HOW WILL I… 

BUILT

THINK IT?

FEEL IT?

DO IT?

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BUILT - Part 1

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BUILT - Part 1

BUILT - NEW PREACHING SERIES

When the storms of life come, are you BUILT?

When the rains descend, floods rise and winds blow, are you unshakeable and unmovable; are you unstoppable?

Is the storm:

  • A relationship

  • A disappointment

  • A fear

  • A compulsive and destructive behavior

  • An under resourced vision

  • A biological weakness

TODAY'S EPISODE NOTES 

PSALM 127:1-5 NKJV (Solomon said) Unless the LORD BUILDS the house, They labor in vain who BUILD it;

  • HOUSE – represents any and every sphere of your life:

    • Spiritually/Walk with God/Prayer Life/Faith Life

    • Physically/Health/Strength

    • Mentally/Emotionally

    • Socially/Relationally/Family/Single-ly

    • Financially/Vocationally

    • Ministerially

  • LABOR IN VAIN (Emptiness) - Putting confidence in things like:

    • Working harder

    • Talents

    • Education

    • Finances

    • Politics

    • Governments

    • Who you know

  • QUESTION: HOW DOES THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE?

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MATTHEW 7:24-27 NKJV (Jesus said) Therefore WHOEVER hears these SAYINGS OF MINE, and DOES THEM, I will liken him to a WISE MAN who BUILT his HOUSE ON THE ROCK: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who BUILT his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

_________________

To be

BUILT

means I must

integrate, regulate and activate

GOD’S WORD

into my

thinking, feeling and doing!

_________________

BUILT

THINK IT

FEEL IT

DO IT

_________________

HEBREWS 11:3 NKJV By faith we understand that THE WORLDS WERE FRAMED by the WORD OF GOD, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

JOHN 1:1 NKJV In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD. 

2 PETER 1:4 NKJV (Peter said) … (we) have been given… exceedingly great and precious PROMISES, that through these you may be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption [that is] in the world through lust.

HEBREWS 4:12 NKJV For the WORD OF GOD [is] LIVING and POWERFUL

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GOD’S WORD IS A …

  • Piercing Sword

  • Revealing Mirror

  • Producing Seed

  • Shining Light

  • Consuming Fire

  • Shattering Hammer

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ISAIAH 55:11 NKJV So shall MY WORD be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall NOT RETURN TO ME VOID, But IT SHALL ACCOMPLISH what I please, and IT SHALL PROSPER [in the thing] for which I sent it.

JEREMIAH 17:5-10 NKJV Thus says the LORD: "Cursed [is] the man who TRUSTS IN MAN and MAKES FLESH HIS STRENGTH, whose HEART DEPARTS FROM THE LORD… 9 "The HEART [IS] DECEITFUL above all [things], and desperately wicked; who can know it? 10 I, the LORD, SEARCH THE HEART, [I] test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the FRUIT OF HIS DOINGS.

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DIVINE GUIDANCE:  CAN I BE CONFIDENT?

JOHN 10:4-5, 27 NKJV (Jesus said) "And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for THEY KNOW HIS VOICE. 5 Yet they will by NO MEANS FOLLOW A STRANGER, but will FLEE FROM HIM, for they do not know the voice of strangers. … 27 My sheep HEAR MY VOICE, and I know them, and THEY FOLLOW ME.”

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HOW WILL I…

BUILT

THINK IT?

FEEL IT?

DO IT?

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MOVEMENT - Part 7

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MOVEMENT - Part 7

MOVEMENT - NEW PREACHING SERIES

Health, happiness and holistic fulfillment are the unspoken desires for every one of us. Jesus dreamed of building our lives in a “church.” His dream was not about building an institution. His dream is about giving people the systems, relationships and tools for a MOVEMENT; a movement for personal heart-transformation.

Where governments, academia, business and cultural success have failed to transform human hearts, this divine community called the “church” is the singular, commissioned-by-God, organization designed to be the hope to the world.

Church was never to be a merely a building to go to, or corporation to be controlled by, or the spiritual finish line to mark off. The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders understand, integrate and apply the functions of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  If you desire life-change and deep purpose, join us for the entire series. We will MOVE your health, happiness and holistic fulfillment to new heights!   

MATTHEW 16:18-19 NLT (Jesus said) Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I WILL BUILD my CHURCH, and all the POWERS OF HELL WILL NOT CONQUER IT. 19 And I will give you the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM of Heaven. Whatever you FORBID on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you PERMIT on earth will be permitted in heaven."

CHURCH = EKKLESIA = ASSEMBLY = YOU!

Church was never to be a merely…

  • A building to GO TO,
  • Or corporation to be CONTROLLED BY,
  • Or the spiritual finish line to MARK OFF.

The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders UNDERSTAND, INTEGRATE and APPLY THE FUNCTIONS of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  

 

TODAY'S SERMON NOTES:

1 Timothy 3:15 NIV (Paul said) If I am delayed, YOU WILL KNOW HOW people OUGHT TO CONDUCTthemselves in GOD’S HOUSEHOLD, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and FOUNDATION of the TRUTH.

There is an APPROPRIATE WAY to engage and experience Church life, and there is an INAPPROPRIATE WAY. IT ALSO IMPLIES it MIGHT FEEL CHALLENGING to rise to the Biblical conduct being asked of you.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:33, 40 NKJV For God is not [the author] of CONFUSION but of PEACE, as IN all the CHURCHES of the saints. … 40 Let all things be done DECENTLY and in ORDER.

SUNDAYS – ARROW HEAD – 4 STAGES – COLOR

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HOW DO WE WANT PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE LIFEPOINTE SUNDAYS? 

CONNECT

  • KNOW – Guests matter
  • FEEL – Anticipation
  • DO - Trust

INVOVLE

  • KNOW – Part of an adventure
  • FEEL – Attached
  • DO - Activate 

CHALLENGE

  • KNOW – Truth
  • FEEL – Inspired
  • DO – Change mind

SUNDAYS – OVERALL WINS

  • How many VISITORS came? How many VISITORS invited FRIENDS the following week?
  • How many attender STORIES of LIFE CHANGE are there?

1 CORINTHIANS 1:10 NLT (Paul said) I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to LIVE IN HARMONY with each other. Let there be NO DIVISIONS in the CHURCH. Rather, be of ONE MINDUNITED in THOUGHT and PURPOSE.


MOVING FORWARD THIS WEEK

  • WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THIS? 
  • HOW WILL YOU USE IT TO HELP/SERVE OTHERS?

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MOVEMENT - Part 6

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MOVEMENT - Part 6

MOVEMENT - NEW PREACHING SERIES

Health, happiness and holistic fulfillment are the unspoken desires for every one of us. Jesus dreamed of building our lives in a “church.” His dream was not about building an institution. His dream is about giving people the systems, relationships and tools for a MOVEMENT; a movement for personal heart-transformation.

Where governments, academia, business and cultural success have failed to transform human hearts, this divine community called the “church” is the singular, commissioned-by-God, organization designed to be the hope to the world.

Church was never to be a merely a building to go to, or corporation to be controlled by, or the spiritual finish line to mark off. The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders understand, integrate and apply the functions of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  If you desire life-change and deep purpose, join us for the entire series. We will MOVE your health, happiness and holistic fulfillment to new heights!   

MATTHEW 16:18-19 NLT (Jesus said) Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I WILL BUILD my CHURCH, and all the POWERS OF HELL WILL NOT CONQUER IT. 19 And I will give you the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM of Heaven. Whatever you FORBID on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you PERMIT on earth will be permitted in heaven."

CHURCH = EKKLESIA = ASSEMBLY = YOU!

Church was never to be a merely…

  • A building to GO TO,
  • Or corporation to be CONTROLLED BY,
  • Or the spiritual finish line to MARK OFF.

The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders UNDERSTAND, INTEGRATE and APPLY THE FUNCTIONS of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  

 

TODAY'S SERMON NOTES:

 

CHURCH MACRO PURPOSES

  • EVANGELISM
  • RELATIONSHIPS
  • SPIRITUAL TRAINING
  • MINISTRY
  • WORSHIP

  

SPIRITUAL PROGRESS BULLSEYE

  • What is the BULLSEYE?
  • What is our SYSTEM?
  • Who are we TARGETING?

 

MARK 16:15 AMP (Jesus said) GO into all the world and PREACH and PUBLISH openly the GOOD NEWS(the GOSPEL) to every creature [of the WHOLE HUMAN RACE].

  • PREACH – kēryssō To share with gravity and authority!
  • GOSPEL – euaggelion – evangelism/evangelist –  enthusiastic advocate (Websters)

 

1 CORINTHIANS 14:1, 23-25 NKJV (Paul said) PURSUE LOVE, and desire spiritual [gifts], but especially that you may prophesy. ... 23 Therefore if the WHOLE CHURCH comes together in one place, and all SPEAK WITH TONGUES, and there come in [those who are] UNINFORMED or UNBELIEVERS, will they not say that YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MINDSLIDE 15 24 But if all PROPHESY, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is CONVINCED BY ALL, he is CONVICTED BY ALL. 25 And thus the SECRETS OF HIS HEART ARE REVEALED; and so, falling down on [his] face, HE WILL WORSHIP GOD and report that GOD IS TRULY AMONG YOU.

1 CORINTHIANS 9:19-23 NKJV (Paul said) For though I am free from all [men], I have made myself a SERVANT to all, that I MIGHT WIN THE MORE; 20 and to the JEWS I became as a Jew, that I might WIN JEWS; …21 to those [who are] WITHOUT LAW (GREEKS/GENTILES), …that I might WIN THOSE [WHO ARE] WITHOUT LAW; 22  I have become ALL THINGS TO ALL [MEN], THAT I MIGHT BY ALL MEANS SAVE SOME. 23 Now this I do for the GOSPEL'S sake, that I may be partaker of it WITH [YOU].

1 CORINTHIANS 1:22 NKJV (Paul said) For JEWS request a SIGN, and GREEKS seek after WISDOM;

 

SUNDAYS EVANGELISM - SUNDAY ARROW TEMPLATE

GRAPHIC

 

QUESTIONS

Do we have a TARGET audience and WHY?

  • Non-believers
  • Untaught believers
  • 25-35 year-olds
  • Educated
  • Higher Income
  • Skeptical
  • Social Media Matters
  • Wants it REAL

 

What is the BEST WAY to REACH THEM?

  • 47.06% - Friend/Family Invited Me
  • 21.57% - Web Search
  • 13.73% - TV Commercial
  • 13.73% - Other (Web Partner Referral)
  • 01.96% - Postcard
  • 01.96% - Street Banner/Drive By Campus

 

  • Relational Investments
  • Personal Invite
  • Shared Social Media
  • LifePointe Global Media Platform (Website, Podcast, Etc.)
  • Bridge Events
  • Conferences (Marriage, Parenting, etc.)
  • Family Fun (Trunk/Treat)
  • Community Service Projects

 

What if my friends come when I am SERVING?

  • Remember that fruitfulness is our mission
  • Let them see your enthusiasm for the role
  • Ask them to meet you after your “shift” for lunch
  • Have them text you when they arrive so you can hop over to say hello

 

What can I do NOW to help LP REACH OUT?

  • Love your church (live in harmony!)
  • Be an enthusiastic advocate (it’s all about attitude!)
  • Share relentlessly on social media
  • Surrender judgmentalism and political opinions
  • Utilize invite cards - invite weekly

 

How do we measure a WIN?

  • How many SOCIAL MEDIA posts and shares?
  • How many INVITE CARDS am I/are we giving?
  • How many VISITORS came?

 

1 CORINTHIANS 1:10 NLT (Paul said) I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to LIVE IN HARMONY with each other. Let there be NO DIVISIONS in the CHURCH. Rather, be of ONE MINDUNITED in THOUGHT and PURPOSE.

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MOVEMENT - Part 5

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MOVEMENT - Part 5

MOVEMENT - NEW PREACHING SERIES

Health, happiness and holistic fulfillment are the unspoken desires for every one of us. Jesus dreamed of building our lives in a “church.” His dream was not about building an institution. His dream is about giving people the systems, relationships and tools for a MOVEMENT; a movement for personal heart-transformation.

Where governments, academia, business and cultural success have failed to transform human hearts, this divine community called the “church” is the singular, commissioned-by-God, organization designed to be the hope to the world.

Church was never to be a merely a building to go to, or corporation to be controlled by, or the spiritual finish line to mark off. The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders understand, integrate and apply the functions of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  If you desire life-change and deep purpose, join us for the entire series. We will MOVE your health, happiness and holistic fulfillment to new heights!   

MATTHEW 16:18-19 NLT (Jesus said) Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I WILL BUILD my CHURCH, and all the POWERS OF HELL WILL NOT CONQUER IT. 19 And I will give you the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM of Heaven. Whatever you FORBID on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you PERMIT on earth will be permitted in heaven."

CHURCH = EKKLESIA = ASSEMBLY = YOU!

Church was never to be a merely…

  • A building to GO TO,
  • Or corporation to be CONTROLLED BY,
  • Or the spiritual finish line to MARK OFF.

The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders UNDERSTAND, INTEGRATE and APPLY THE FUNCTIONS of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  

 

TODAY'S SERMON NOTES:

1 TIMOTHY 3:15 NIV (Paul said) If I am delayed, YOU WILL KNOW HOW people OUGHT TO CONDUCT themselves in GOD’S HOUSEHOLD, which is THE CHURCH of the living God, the pillar and FOUNDATION of the TRUTH.

 

CHURCH GOVERNMENT:

CHURCH GOVERNMENT is THE SYSTEM

by which DECISIONS ARE MADE in a church;

a description of WHERE AUTHORITY RESIDES.

 

PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT:

The PURPOSE of GOVERNMENT is to LOVE

and SERVE the PEOPLE WELL.

 

UNDERSTANDING AUTHORITY:

  1. AUTHORITY requires a SINGULAR HEAD
  2. The AUTHORITY that is given is ANSWERABLE to the one WHO PLACES him/her in that position of AUTHORITY

 

LIFEPOINTE GOVERNANCE:

  • LED/RULED by a PASTOR, DIRECTOR & CAPTAIN system
  • PROTECTED by a BOARD of ELDER-MINISTERS (civil authority)
  • REVIEWED by ACCOUNTANTS

 

CIVIL AUTHORITY STRUCTURE:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pastor

Bishops (Directors)

Deacons (Captains)

Saints/Disciples (Members)

 

QUESTIONS WE WILL ANSWER:

  1. What does the Board of Directors do? Who serves on our Board of Directors?
  2. What is the governing-authority structure for the finances of the church? Do we operate with a church budget? How are budgets decided?
  3. Who sets the pastor’s salary? Who sets the staff salaries? Do we have a methodology for setting salaries?
  4. Does LifePointe prepare for economic downturns with adequate reserves?
  5. What is the status of our capital campaign funds, as well as our plans for acquiring a new campus?
  6. Why do we not have full disclosure of church finances, including all spending decisions, to the church membership?
  7. What happens if the pastor gets into error?
  8. What are the succession plans if something happens to Pastor Patrick?

 

HOW TO APPLY:

  • PRAY for your church leaders
  • PRACTICE trust in God’s ultimate authority
  • PROTECT the culture of the church

 

1 CORINTHIANS 1:10 NLT (Paul said) I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to LIVE IN HARMONY with each other. Let there be NO DIVISIONS in the CHURCH. Rather, be of ONE MIND, UNITED in THOUGHT and PURPOSE.

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MOVEMENT - Part 4

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MOVEMENT - Part 4

MOVEMENT - NEW PREACHING SERIES

Health, happiness and holistic fulfillment are the unspoken desires for every one of us. Jesus dreamed of building our lives in a “church.” His dream was not about building an institution. His dream is about giving people the systems, relationships and tools for a MOVEMENT; a movement for personal heart-transformation.

Where governments, academia, business and cultural success have failed to transform human hearts, this divine community called the “church” is the singular, commissioned-by-God, organization designed to be the hope to the world.

Church was never to be a merely a building to go to, or corporation to be controlled by, or the spiritual finish line to mark off. The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders understand, integrate and apply the functions of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  If you desire life-change and deep purpose, join us for the entire series. We will MOVE your health, happiness and holistic fulfillment to new heights!   

 

TODAY'S SERMON NOTES

MATTHEW 16:18-19 NLT (Jesus said) Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I WILL BUILD my CHURCH, and all the POWERS OF HELL WILL NOT CONQUER IT. 19 And I will give you the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM of Heaven. Whatever you FORBID on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you PERMITon earth will be permitted in heaven."

CHURCH = EKKLESIA = ASSEMBLY = YOU!

Church was never to be a merely…

  • A building to GO TO,
  • Or corporation to be CONTROLLED BY,
  • Or the spiritual finish line to MARK OFF.

The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders UNDERSTAND, INTEGRATE and APPLY THE FUNCTIONS of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  

 

HOW DOES THE CHURCH CHANGE LIVES?

If our HEALTHHAPPINESS and HOLISTIC FULFILLMENT hinges on our integration and ownership of CHURCH, shouldn’t we KNOW what a CHURCH should be about:

  • Why does our CHURCH EXIST?
  • What is its purpose? (My purpose?)
  • How it is organized?
  • How it is supposed to be LED?
  • Who has the POWER TO CHOOSE what the identity, personality, style and genre a church is? (Who picks the carpet, music, what strategies will be implemented, etc.?)
  • Who gets to decide what programs, ministries and activities a church has?
  • Who decides the spiritual diet, core doctrines/statement of faith, and processes?
  • How BUDGETS are determined? WHO decides it?
  • Who determines the PASTOR’S AND STAFF SALARIES?
  • Where is the ACCOUNTABILITY of its leaders?
  • HOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOVERNED?

 

WHAT EXACTLY IS CHURCH GOVERNMENT?

CHURCH GOVERNMENT is THE SYSTEM

by which DECISIONS ARE MADE in a church;

a description of WHERE AUTHORITY RESIDES.

 

TO WHOM DOES OUR CHURCH BELONG?

MATTHEW 16:18-19 NLT (Jesus said) I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH

1 CORINTHIANS 3:11 NLT (Paul said about the church) For no one can lay any FOUNDATION other than the one we already have--JESUS CHRIST.

 

FORMS OF CHURCH RULE / GOVERNANCE

  • Episcopal (Denomination Ruled)  
  • Presbyterian (Lay-Leader Ruled)  
  • Congregational (Congregation-Democracy Ruled) 
  • Pastoral (Pastor Ruled)

But which form PROMOTES THE BEST HEALTH and FRUITFULNESS???

 

THE FIRST THING – UNDERSTAND AUTHORITY

QUESTION:

HOW has the Lord ESTABLISHED

the CONCEPT and UNDERSTANDING

of AUTHORITY among HIS PEOPLE?

 

CHURCH GOVERNMENT is THE SYSTEM

by which DECISIONS ARE MADE in a church;

a description of WHERE AUTHORITY RESIDES.

 

In Jewish and Christian HISTORY, has GOD led His people by…

COMMITTEE (BY MULTIPLICITY of HEADSHIP)

OR SINGULAR AUTHORITY HEAD

 

ONE AUTHORITY – NOT PLURALITY OF EQUAL AUTHORITY

  • God (Does God lead as singular authority, or in plurality?)

ROMANS 13:1-2 NKJV … For there is NO AUTHORITY EXCEPT FROM GOD

1 CORINTHIANS 11:3 NKJV …and the HEAD of CHRIST [is] GOD.

EPHESIANS 1:22 NKJV And HE (THE FATHER)… gave Him (JESUS) [to be] HEAD over ALL [THINGS] to the CHURCH

  • Abraham
  • Moses
  • Joshua
  • Jesus
  • Peter
  • Paul
  • James

  

METAPHORS OF THE CHURCH & HEADSHIP AUTHORITY MODELS

  • Body of Christ (One HEAD – CHIEF SHEPHERD)
  • Human Body (One HEAD – Two Heads is FREAK)
  • Marriage (One HEAD – “husband is HEAD of the wife…”)
  • Army (RANK and file – every soldier knows who they are accountable to)
  • Shepherd (One HEAD – Sheep don’t vote)
  • Family (One HEAD – kids don’t vote)

 

QUESTION:

  • Doesn’t the Bible show a plurality of leadership? (Elders, Bishops, Deacons, Etc.)

 

UNDERSTANDING PRINCIPLES OF AUTHORITY

  1. Authority requires a SINGULAR HEAD
  2. The AUTHORITY that is given is ANSWERABLE to the one WHO PLACES him/her in that position of AUTHORITY

  

CHURCH GOVERNANCE LINES OF AUTHORITY

  • The Father
  • Jesus
  • Pastor
  • Leading-Elders
  • Bishops
  • Deacons
  • Saints

 

ROMANS 13:1-2 NKJV … For there is NO AUTHORITY EXCEPT FROM GOD

1 CORINTHIANS 11:3 NKJV …and the HEAD of CHRIST [is] GOD.

EPHESIANS 1:22 NKJV And HE (THE FATHER)… gave Him (JESUS) [to be] HEAD over ALL [THINGS] to the CHURCH

1 PETER 5:2-4 NKJV (Peter wrote to multiple churches) SHEPHERD the FLOCK of God which is among you, serving as OVERSEERSNOT by compulsion but willingly, NOT for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 NOR as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the CHIEF SHEPHERD appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

 

QUESTIONS:

  • Is a Pastor-Ruled church the same as a dictatorship?
  • Does a Pastor-Ruled church mean there is no accountability?
  • Is a Pastor-Ruled church led by pride, arrogance and self-interests of the pastor?

 

LIFEPOINTE GOVERNANCE:

  • LED/RULED by a PASTOR, DIRECTOR & CAPTAIN system
  • PROTECTED by a BOARD of ELDER-MINISTERS (civil authority)
  • REVIEWED by ACCOUNTANTS

  

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THIS TODAY???

  • PRAY for your Leaders
  • PRACTICE trust in God’s ultimate Authority
  • PROTECT the Culture of the Church

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MOVEMENT - Part 3

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MOVEMENT - Part 3

MOVEMENT - NEW PREACHING SERIES

Health, happiness and holistic fulfillment are the unspoken desires for every one of us. Jesus dreamed of building our lives in a “church.” His dream was not about building an institution. His dream is about giving people the systems, relationships and tools for a MOVEMENT; a movement for personal heart-transformation.

Where governments, academia, business and cultural success have failed to transform human hearts, this divine community called the “church” is the singular, commissioned-by-God, organization designed to be the hope to the world.

Church was never to be a merely a building to go to, or corporation to be controlled by, or the spiritual finish line to mark off. The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders understand, integrate and apply the functions of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  If you desire life-change and deep purpose, join us for the entire series. We will MOVE your health, happiness and holistic fulfillment to new heights!   

 

TODAY'S SERMON NOTES

MATTHEW 16:18-19 NLT (Jesus said) Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I WILL BUILD my CHURCH, and all the POWERS OF HELL WILL NOT CONQUER IT. 19 And I will give you the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM of Heaven. Whatever you FORBID on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you PERMIT on earth will be permitted in heaven."

CHURCH = EKKLESIA = ASSEMBLY = YOU!

 

Church was never to be a merely…

  • A building to GO TO,
  • Or corporation to be CONTROLLED BY,
  • Or the spiritual finish line to MARK OFF.

 

The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders UNDERSTAND, INTEGRATE and APPLY THE FUNCTIONS of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  

 

MATTHEW 16:18-19 NLT (Jesus said) I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH

 

CHURCH MACRO PURPOSES & SYSTEMS

  • EVANGELISM
  • RELATIONSHIPS
  • SPIRITUAL TRAINING
  • MINISTRY
  • WORSHIP

 

THE GREAT COMMISSION

MATTHEW 28:18-20 NKJV And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 "GO therefore and make DISCIPLES of all the nations, BAPTIZING them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 "TEACHING them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

  • “Go and make disciples” - EVANGELISM
  • baptizing them” - RELATIONSHIPS
  • teaching them to obey” - SPIRITUAL TRAINING

 

THE GREAT COMMANDMENT

MATTHEW 22:37-40 NKJV Jesus said to him, "'You shall LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 "This is the first and great commandment. 39 "And the second is like it: 'You shall LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' 40 "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

  • “Love the Lord your God” - WORSHIP
  • “Love your neighbor as yourself” - MINISTRY

 

5 MACRO PURPOSES OF THE CHURCH

GREAT COMMISSION & COMMANDMENT - IN SEQUENCE

  • “Go and make disciples” - EVANGELISM
  • baptizing them” - RELATIONSHIPS
  • teaching them to obey” - SPIRITUAL TRAINING
  • “Love your neighbor as yourself” – MINISTRY
  • “Love the Lord your God” - WORSHIP

 

PAUL AND THE 5 MACRO PURPOSES

COLOSSIANS 1:28-29 We PROCLAIM Jesus, ADMONISHING and TEACHING everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone PERFECT in Christ. To this end I laborstruggling with ALL ENERGY, which so powerfully works in me.

  1. “We proclaim Jesus” - EVANGELISM
  2. admonishing” - RELATIONSHIPS
  3. teaching everyone - SPIRITUAL TRAINING
  4. present everyone perfect in Christ” - MINISTRY
  5. laborwith all energy” - WORSHIP

 

OUR WORSHIP IS BUILT ON 5 PURPOSES

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SPIRITUAL PROGRESS BULLSEYE

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STATEMENTS BUILT ON PURPOSES

MISSION:

We empower people to fulfill the GREAT COMMISSION!

VISION:

We introduce people to

the REAL JESUS and the POWER OF REDEMPTION!

 

LIVE IN HARMONY

1 CORINTHIANS 1:10 NLT (Paul said) I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to LIVE IN HARMONY with each other. Let there be NO DIVISIONS in the CHURCH. Rather, be of ONE MINDUNITED in THOUGHT and PURPOSE.

HARMONY = WORDS, SAYINGS, TEACHINGS

 

HOW WILL YOU APPLY THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR LIFE?

The greatest gift you can give yourself, your marriage, singleness, parenting, relationships, vocational dreams, spiritual life, and legacy is to engage in a movement of assembled believers, consistently participating in all 5 purposes (systems).

  1. Do you need to re-commit your fervor for SUNDAYS to invite and reach your friends? If so, who? If who, when?
  2. Do you need to re-commit to GROUP life, preparing today for the trusted relationships you will need tomorrow? If so, when?
  3. Do you need to re-commit to spiritual training, learning to think right, believe right and live the overcoming life? Is so, how will you be trained? WORKSHOPS!
  4. Do you need to re-commit to serving on a TEAM, doing the things that makes a difference in the commission of Christ? If so, what Team? If so, when?

All of these will help your daily devotions. They are the fundamental expressions of heart WORSHIP. They are intended to become your keystone habits!   

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MOVEMENT - Part 2

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MOVEMENT - Part 2

MOVEMENT - NEW PREACHING SERIES

Health, happiness and holistic fulfillment are the unspoken desires for every one of us. Jesus dreamed of building our lives in a “church.” His dream was not about building an institution. His dream is about giving people the systems, relationships and tools for a MOVEMENT; a movement for personal heart-transformation.

Where governments, academia, business and cultural success have failed to transform human hearts, this divine community called the “church” is the singular, commissioned-by-God, organization designed to be the hope to the world.

Church was never to be a merely a building to go to, or corporation to be controlled by, or the spiritual finish line to mark off. The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders understand, integrate and apply the functions of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  If you desire life-change and deep purpose, join us for the entire series. We will MOVE your health, happiness and holistic fulfillment to new heights!   

 

TODAY'S SERMON NOTES

MATTHEW 16:18-19 NLT (Jesus said) Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I WILL BUILD my CHURCH, and all the POWERS OF HELL WILL NOT CONQUER IT. 19 And I will give you the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM of Heaven. Whatever you FORBID on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you PERMIT on earth will be permitted in heaven."

 

CHURCH = EKKLESIA = ASSEMBLY = YOU!

 

Church was never to be a merely…

  • A building to GO TO,
  • Or corporation to be CONTROLLED BY,
  • Or the spiritual finish line to MARK OFF.

 

The church was to be the central powerhouse for a movement. Church is about leading people through the systems, relationships and tools that transform them at the deepest levels, and thereby transforming marriages, recovering addictions, healing relationships, empowering vocational aspirations, and breathing life into inspired-dreams; giving us a purpose to live… and die for.

When church attenders UNDERSTAND, INTEGRATE and APPLY THE FUNCTIONS of this movement, it changes their lives, then they too become the embodiment of the movement to outsiders. This is how we arrive at our commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  

 

MATTHEW 16:18-19 NLT (Jesus said) I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH

 

We must sacrifice what we WANT today,

so we can have what we VALUE tomorrow!

 

CHURCH MACRO PURPOSES & SYSTEMS

  • EVANGELISM
  • RELATIONSHIPS
  • SPIRITUAL TRAINING
  • MINISTRY
  • WORSHIP

 

THE GREAT COMMISSION

MATTHEW 28:18-20 NKJV And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 "GO therefore and make DISCIPLES of all the nations, BAPTIZING them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 "TEACHING them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

  • “Go and make disciples” - EVANGELISM
  • baptizing them” - RELATIONSHIPS
  • teaching them to obey” - SPIRITUAL TRAINING

 

THE GREAT COMMANDMENT

MATTHEW 22:37-40 NKJV Jesus said to him, "'You shall LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 "This is the first and great commandment. 39 "And the second is like it: 'You shall LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' 40 "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

  • “Love the Lord your God” - WORSHIP
  • “Love your neighbor as yourself” - MINISTRY

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