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! 

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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.

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RIGHTEOUSNESS

is the ability to

think, feel and act

WITHOUT the sense of

guilt, shame, or condemnation.

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RIGHTEOUSNESS

is the ability to

think, feel and act

WITH the deep sense of

a clear conscience,

self-compassion

& confident boldness.

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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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MOVEMENT - Part 1

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MOVEMENT - Part 1

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

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PERFECT PROBLEMS - KYLE TURNER

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KYLE AND LIZ TURNER

This Sunday we are excited to have Pastors Kyle and Liz Turner of the Cause Church (serving at the KC Plaza and north of the river campuses)! They are passionate about building the local church and their communication style is raw, passionate and relevant! They are so grateful for all that God has done, but are filled with even greater vision to reach the city, nation and beyond. The Cause is all about Jesus, His word, His life, His mission and has a simple but vast mission- we won’t stop UNTIL JESUS RUNS THIS TOWN.

 

PREACHING NOTES

JAMES 1:2-4 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

 

EVERY STRUGGLE

IS SIGNIFICANT!

 

1 PETER 1:6-7 At present you maybe temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials. This is no accident. It happens to prove your faith.  

JAMES 1:2 Be very happy when you are tested in different ways.

 

HOW DO YOU

GET THROUGH THE TRIAL?

 

LIVE by the PROMISES

+

FULFILL the COMMANDS.

 

2 CORINTHIANS 1:20a For no matter how many promises God has made, they are all “Yes” in Christ!

 

START TO SEE

GOD’S DELAYS

AS DEVELOPMENT.

 

GALATIANS 6:7 you are going to harvest what you sow.

COLOSSIANS 1:27 Christ in you the hope of glory…

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 anyone in Christ is a new creation, the old life is gone and a new life has begun.

MARK 4:26-27 Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like someone who plants seed in the ground. Night and day, whether the person is asleep or awake, the seed still grows, but the person does not know how it grows.”

GALATIANS 6:9 Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we WILL reap a harvest of blessing IF we don’t get discouraged and give up.

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LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE #6

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LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE #6

LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE

SERIES BIO:  The Biblical narrative implies that a normal relationship with God includes miracle interventions. This is promised through Jesus' teachings, creating a vision that "all things are possible" to those who walk with God. If the miraculous, rising above even impossible situations, is the normative for the Christian, then how are we to activate such realities? How are we to encounter God, live in greater freedom and see Bible-level miracles happen for us? This Sunday we begin a several week series of teachings that will inspire, impact and infuse God's great heart of hope. 

 

MATTHEW 17:20 NKJV [Jesus said] …for assuredly, I say to you, if you have FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.

MARK 9:23 NKJV Jesus said to him, "If you can BELIEVEALL THINGS [ARE] POSSIBLE to him who BELIEVES." 

 

TODAY

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!

NUMBERS 13:17-33 NIV 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and TAKE POSSESSION of the land, for we can certainly do it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him SAID, “WE CAN'T attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a BAD REPORT (KJV – “EVIL REPORT”) about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored DEVOURS those living in it. All the PEOPLE WE SAW there are of GREAT SIZE. 33 … We seemed like GRASSHOPPERS in our own eyes, and WE LOOKED THE SAME TO THEM.”  

  • VERSE 30 - KJVLet us go up at once, and POSSESS IT; for WE ARE WELL ABLE to overcome it.

NUMBERS 14:1 NIV That night ALL THE PEOPLE of the community raised their VOICES AND WEPT ALOUD. 2 ALL THE ISRAELITES GRUMBLED against Moses and Aaron… 10 But the WHOLE ASSEMBLY TALKED ABOUT STONING THEM. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the Tent of Meeting to all the Israelites. 11 The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people TREAT ME WITH CONTEMPT? How long will they REFUSE TO BELIEVE IN ME (KJV – “DESPISE ME”)…?24 But because MY SERVANT CALEB has a DIFFERENT SPIRIT and FOLLOWS ME WHOLEHEARTEDLY, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it…

  

7 LESSONS LEARNED:

  1. The PROMISED LAND is a symbol of God’s greatest blessings.
  2. There will be OPPOSITION to receiving God’s promises.
  3. Don’t follow POPULAR OPINION when it opposes God’s Word.
  4. Cut the “DRAMA” and ask, “What did God say?”
  5. A DIFFERENT SPIRIT will create a different outcome.
  6. The FAITH PROCESS PROMOTES you to better opportunities.
  7. YOU can limit God, or YOU can turn God’s power loose.

 

Psalm 78:41 KJV Yea, they TURNED BACK and TEMPTED GOD, and LIMITED the Holy One of Israel.

 

TAKE ACTION / ACTIVATE:

 

STEP 1:

What IMPOSSIBLE things

would you like

to EXPERIENCE with God?

 

STEP 2:

How will you ACTIVATE

GOD’S WORD so you can

EXPERIENCE God’s Promise? 

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LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE #5

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LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE

SERIES BIO:  The Biblical narrative implies that a normal relationship with God includes miracle interventions. This is promised through Jesus' teachings, creating a vision that "all things are possible" to those who walk with God. If the miraculous, rising above even impossible situations, is the normative for the Christian, then how are we to activate such realities? How are we to encounter God, live in greater freedom and see Bible-level miracles happen for us? This Sunday we begin a several week series of teachings that will inspire, impact and infuse God's great heart of hope. 

 

MATTHEW 17:20 NKJV [Jesus said] …for assuredly, I say to you, if you have FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.

MARK 9:23 NKJV Jesus said to him, "If you can BELIEVE, ALL THINGS [ARE] POSSIBLE to him who BELIEVES." 

 

TODAY

1 JOHN 5:14-15 NKJV Now this is the CONFIDENCE (FAITH) that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His WILL, He hears us. 15 And if WE KNOW that He hears us, WHATEVER WE ASK, WE KNOW that WE HAVE the petitions that we have asked of Him.

THE FAITH PROCESS

  1. We Know His Will
  2. We Know He Hears Us
  3. We Know We Have It

 

BIG IDEA

FAITH begins

where the WILL of God

is already KNOWN!

 

The GREATEST BARRIER

to OUR FAITH is

UNCERTAINTY about GOD’S WILL!

 

JOHN 1:1-2 NKJV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD.

 

Our UNBELIEF about GOD’S PROMISES

is a DIRECT RESULT of

the WORD OF GOD having       

LOST ITS AUTHORITATIVE-REALITY to us!

 

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

 

ACTION:

STEP 1:

What IMPOSSIBLE things

would you like

to EXPERIENCE with God?

 

STEP 2:

What do you KNOW to be

GOD’S WILL concerning your

AREA OF IMPOSSIBILITY?

 

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GUEST SPEAKERS - MARK AND KIMBERLEY SPELLMAN

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GUEST SPEAKERS - MARK AND KIMBERLEY SPELLMAN

MARK AND KIMBERLEY SPELLMAN

We are excited to welcome Mark and Kimberley Spellman as our guest speakers next week. They are “revivalist missionaries” with a passion for the nations. The Spellman family is a part of the LifePointe family, having attended LifePointe prior to launching their missionary vision. They are sure to light your fire for France, all of Europe and the world, …and ultimately apply it to your own corner of the world.

THE MISSION OF LOVE

Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 So God created man in His [own] image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

1 Corinthians 15:48-49 NKJV As [was] the [man] of dust, so also [are] those [who are made] of dust; and as [is] the heavenly [Man], so also [are] those [who are] heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the [man] of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly [Man].

John 15:13 NKJV Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

1 Timothy 1:5 NIV The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

Philemon 6 Laubach I pray that everyone who meets you may catch your faith and learn how wonderful it is to live in Christ Jesus. 

Romans 8:38-39 NLT And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Colossians 1:19-23 NKJV For it pleased [the Father that] in Him all the fullness should dwell, 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. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight-- 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

1 Peter 3:15 NKJV But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always [be] ready to [give] a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear...

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DADFEST 2018 - LUIS ARAUJO

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DADFEST 2018 - LUIS ARAUJO

Today is a celebration of Father’s. It all begins when you arrive. We will have Carmen’s Mexican Food Truck ready to serve you free breakfast burritos. Come early to make sure you get one. Then our friend, and owner of Carmen’s, Luis Araujo, will be our guest interview. His story of coming to faith in Christ, some years in prison and a fascinating story of Redemption will stir your heart. When the service dismisses we will have tacos for the whole family. Dads, if you have ever felt your past decisions put you in an impossible hole, Luis will charge your hopes with fresh vision. You don't want to miss this!

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LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE #4

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SERMON NOTES:  LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE

SERIES BIO:  The Biblical narrative implies that a normal relationship with God includes miracle interventions. This is promised through Jesus' teachings, creating a vision that "all things are possible" to those who walk with God. If the miraculous, rising above even impossible situations, is the normative for the Christian, then how are we to activate such realities? How are we to encounter God, live in greater freedom and see Bible-level miracles happen for us? This Sunday we begin a several week series of teachings that will inspire, impact and infuse God's great heart of hope. 

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 

MATTHEW 17:20 NKJV [Jesus said] …for assuredly, I say to you, if you have FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.

MARK 9:23 NKJV Jesus said to him, "If you can BELIEVE, ALL THINGS [ARE] POSSIBLE to him who BELIEVES."

 

WHAT IS BIBLE FAITH? (PICK ONE)

1.   A coping mechanism (a passive virtue)?

2.   A catalytic receptor (causal force)?

 

FAITH IS A RECEPTOR 

MARK 11:22-24 NKJV So Jesus answered and said to them, "HAVE FAITH IN GOD. 23 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but BELIEVES that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE that you RECEIVE [them], and you will have [them].

JAMES 1:5-8 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. 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.

 

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LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE

SERIES BIO:  The Biblical narrative implies that a normal relationship with God includes miracle interventions. This is promised through Jesus' teachings, creating a vision that "all things are possible" to those who walk with God. If the miraculous, rising above even impossible situations, is the normative for the Christian, then how are we to activate such realities? How are we to encounter God, live in greater freedom and see Bible-level miracles happen for us? This Sunday we begin a several week series of teachings that will inspire, impact and infuse God's great heart of hope. 

 

MATTHEW 17:20 NKJV [Jesus said] …for assuredly, I say to you, if you have FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.

MARK 9:23 NKJV Jesus said to him, "If you can BELIEVE, ALL THINGS [ARE] POSSIBLE to him who BELIEVES."

 

QUESTION:

Do you have

any IMPOSSIBILITIES in your life,

that if became POSSIBLE,

would ALLEVIATE SUFFERING?

 

 

IMPOSSIBILITIES:

  • Absolute statistical truth
  • Confirmed as incapable of occurring
  • Mathematically beyond improbability
  • Transcends laws of physics
  • Without physical explanation
  • Requires divine intervention

 

HOW MIRACLES HAPPEN:

  • I don’t believe that miracles are LIMITED to RANDOM ACTS of GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY.
  • I believe miracles are PRE-EXISTING POTENTIALS, accomplished in CHRIST’S REDEMPTION, ACTIVATED by our engagement of SPIRITUAL LAW.
  • When miracles DON’T HAPPEN, it ISN’T because of LIMITATIONS in GOD’S SOVEREIGN-DESIRE, NOR our lack of SPIRITUAL BRAWN; BUT a lack of understanding of EXISTING SPIRITUAL LAW.

 

THE LAW OF FAITH

GALATIANS 3:5 NKJV Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works MIRACLES among you, [does He do it] by the WORKS OF THE LAW, or by the HEARING OF FAITH?

ROMANS 3:27 NKJV Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. BY WHAT LAW? Of WORKS? No, but by the LAW OF FAITH.

 

SHAMING STATEMENTS:

  • “If your faith was real you would not be experiencing challenges!”
  • “You must have sin in your life!”
  • “You didn’t pray hard enough!”
  • “You had doubt in your mind!”
  • “God is judging you!”

 

WHAT IS BIBLE FAITH?

  1. A coping mechanism (a passive virtue)?
  2. A catalytic receptor (causal force)?

 

WHAT IS BIBLE FAITH? (PASSIVE OR CAUSAL?) 

WOMAN WITH THE ISSUE OF BLOOD - MARK 5:25-34 NKJV And Jesus said to her, "Daughter, YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WELL. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."

ONE OF THE TEN LEPERS - LUKE 17:19 NKJV And Jesus said to him, "Arise, go your way. YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WELL.”

BLIND BARTEMEAUS MARK 10:52 NKJV Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WELL." And immediately he received his sight

JAMES 5:14-15 NKJV Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And THE PRAYER OF FAITH WILL SAVE THE SICK, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

 

FAITH IS A CATALYST RECEPTOR

MARK 11:22-24 NKJV So Jesus answered and said to them, "HAVE FAITH IN GOD. 23 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but BELIEVES that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE that you RECEIVE [them], and you will have [them].

JAMES 1:5-8 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. 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.

 

QUESTION:

What IMPOSSIBLE things

would you like

to EXPERIENCE with God?

 

QUESTION:

What if over the next several weeks

we could look at the principles that govern

MIRACLE-FAITH as CATALYTIC RECEPTOR?

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LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE #2

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LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE

SERIES BIO:  The Biblical narrative implies that a normal relationship with God includes miracle interventions. This is promised through Jesus' teachings, creating a vision that "all things are possible" to those who walk with God. If the miraculous, rising above even impossible situations, is the normative for the Christian, then how are we to activate such realities? How are we to encounter God, live in greater freedom and see Bible-level miracles happen for us? This Sunday we begin a several week series of teachings that will inspire, impact and infuse God's great heart of hope. 

MATTHEW 17:20 NKJV [Jesus said] …for assuredly, I say to you, if you have FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.

MARK 9:23 NKJV Jesus said to him, "If you can BELIEVE, ALL THINGS [ARE] POSSIBLE to him who BELIEVES."

 

QUESTION:

Do you have

any IMPOSSIBILITIES in your life,

that if became POSSIBLE,

would ALLEVIATE SUFFERING?

 

IMPOSSIBILITIES:

  • Absolute statistical truth
  • Confirmed as incapable of occurring
  • Mathematically beyond improbability
  • Transcends laws of physics
  • Without physical explanation
  • Requires divine intervention

 

HOW MIRACLES HAPPEN:

  • I don’t believe that miracles are LIMITED to RANDOM ACTS of GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY.
  • I believe miracles are PRE-EXISTING POTENTIALS, accomplished in CHRIST’S REDEMPTION, ACTIVATED by our engagement of SPIRITUAL LAW.
  • When miracles DON’T HAPPEN, it ISN’T because of LIMITATIONS in GOD’S SOVEREIGN-DESIRE, NOR our lack of SPIRITUAL BRAWN; BUT a lack of understanding of EXISTING SPIRITUAL LAW.

 

SHAMING STATEMENTS:

  • “If your faith was real you would not be experiencing challenges!”
  • “You must have sin in your life!”
  • “You didn’t pray hard enough!”
  • “You had doubt in your mind!”
  • “God is judging you!”

 

WHAT IS BIBLE FAITH?

  1. A coping mechanism (a passive virtue)?
  2. A catalytic receptor (causal force)?

 

QUESTION:

What IMPOSSIBLE things

would you like

to EXPERIENCE with God?

 

QUESTION:

What if over the next several weeks

we could look at the principles that govern

MIRACLE-FAITH as CATALYTIC RECEPTOR?

 

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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LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE

SERIES BIO:  The Biblical narrative implies that a normal relationship with God includes miracle interventions. This is promised through Jesus' teachings, creating a vision that "all things are possible" to those who walk with God. If the miraculous, rising above even impossible situations, is the normative for the Christian, then how are we to activate such realities? How are we to encounter God, live in greater freedom and see Bible-level miracles happen for us? This Sunday we begin a several week series of teachings that will inspire, impact and infuse God's great heart of hope. 

 

QUESTION:

Do you have

any IMPOSSIBILITIES in your life,

that if became POSSIBLE,

would ALLEVIATE SUFFERING?

 

MATTHEW 17:20 NKJV [Jesus said] …for assuredly, I say to you, if you have FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.

MARK 9:23 NKJV Jesus said to him, "If you can BELIEVE, ALL THINGS [ARE] POSSIBLE to him who BELIEVES."

 

HOW DO MIRACLES HAPPEN?

  • I don’t believe that miracles are LIMITED to RANDOM ACTS of GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY.
  • I believe miracles are PRE-EXISTING POTENTIALS, accomplished in CHRIST’S REDEMPTION, ACTIVATED by our engagement of SPIRITUAL LAW.
  • When miracles DON’T HAPPEN, it ISN’T because of LIMITATIONS in GOD’S SOVEREIGN-DESIRE, NOR our lack of SPIRITUAL BRAWN; BUT a lack of understanding of EXISTING SPIRITUAL LAW.

 

“A miracle is an event brought about by the power of God that is a temporary exception to the ordinary course of nature for the purpose of showing that God has acted in history.”

– Dr. Richard L. Purtill, professor of philosophy, Western Washington University

 

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