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SUNDAY JUNE 23 - FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - BIBLE INTERPRETATION, CHURCH COMMUNITY & RELATIONSHIPS WITH UNBELIEVERS

QUESTIONS ABOUT WOMEN & LEADERSHIP

  1. Can WOMEN LEAD in church (over men)?

  2. Can WOMEN TEACH in church (to men)?

  3. Can WOMEN be PASTORS?

 

1 CORINTHIANS 14:34-35 NKJV Let your WOMEN keep SILENT in the churches, for they are NOT PERMITTED TO SPEAK; but [they are] to be SUBMISSIVE, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is SHAMEFUL FOR WOMEN TO SPEAK in church.

1 TIMOTHY 2:11 NKJV Let a WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE with all SUBMISSION. 12 And I DO NOT PERMIT a WOMAN to TEACH or to HAVE AUTHORITY OVER a man, but to BE IN SILENCE.

 

RELIGIOUS ASSUMPTIONS

  • WOMEN must SUBMIT to ALL men!

  • WOMEN can’t LEAD in CHURCH over men!

  • WOMEN can’t TEACH in CHURCH to men!

  • WOMEN must keep SILENT in the CHURCH!

 

  • WOMEN must SUBMIT to ALL men!

    • Only CHRISTIAN men?

    • What if the man VIOLATES BOUNDARIES?

    • What if TWO men want CONFLICTING THINGS?

  • WOMEN can’t LEAD in CHURCH over men!

    • Can they INFLUENCE?

    • Can they LEAD SONS at HOME or even CHURCH?

    • Is sharing CREATIVITY or ADMINISTRATION LEADING?

  • WOMEN can’t TEACH in CHURCH to men!

    • Can they TEACH NON-RELIGIOUS things?

    • Can they outside the CHURCH PROPERTY LINES?

    • Can they teach KIDS CHURCH… to BOYS… and what if MEN are serving on the KIDS TEAM too?

    • Can they be MISSIONARIES?

  • WOMEN must keep SILENT in the CHURCH!

    • Can they GREET, PARK CARS, or KIDS CHURCH?

    • Can they say “HI” to friends… even in the LOBBY?

    • Can they SING during WORSHIP, or on STAGE, or PRAY?

    • Can they LAUGH at the PASTOR’S JOKES?

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VIOLATED THE PRINCIPLE - WHAT ABOUT….

  • DEBORAH (OT Prophet, Judge & Military Leader)

  • MIRIAM (OT Prophet to lead Israel out of Egypt)

  • HULDAH (OT Prophet & authorized Scripture)

  • PHEOBE (NT Deacon)

  • PRISCILLA (NT Teacher)

  • JUNIA (NT Apostle)

  • JEZEBEL (NT called herself a “Prophet” to seduce…)

  • NOADIAH, ANNA, RUTH, ESHTER, RIZPAH, FOUR DAUGHTERS OF PHILIP, RACHEL, HANNAH, ABIGAIL, ELISABETH, and MARY  

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THE MAKING OF MISOGYNY

  • INTERNATIONAL HISTORY OF OPPRESSION

  • DIFFICULT SCRIPTURE TEXTS (PATRIARCHAL)

  • JEWISH TALMUD – BABYLON CAPTIVITY

  • JEWISH RABBINIC CULTURE (QUOTES)

  • CHURCH LEADER & JUDIAZER CULTURE (QUOTES) 

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JESUS LEADS THE CHANGE

  • MARY & MARTHA

  • “BLESSED RATHER ARE THEY THAT HEAR THE WORD”

  • WOMAN AT THE WELL

  • WOMEN SUPPORTERS OF JESUS

  • JESUS REVEALED HIMSELF TO WOMEN FIRST (REZ)

  • NEW COVENANT EQUALITY

  • BEGINNING OF THE CHURCH AGE

  • LAUNCH OF WOMEN LEADERS & TEACHERS

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UNRAVELING THE DIFFICULT TEXTS

1 CORINTHIANS 14:34-35 NKJV Let your WOMEN keep SILENT in the churches, for they are NOT PERMITTED TO SPEAK; but [they are] to be SUBMISSIVE, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is SHAMEFUL FOR WOMEN TO SPEAK in church.

 

“NOW CONCERNING…” 1 CORINTHIANS

  • 7:1 NKJV NOW CONCERNING THE THINGS OF WHICH YOU WROTE TO ME: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman.

  • 7:25 NKJV NOW CONCERNING virgins…

  • 8:1 NKJV NOW CONCERNING things offered to idols…

  • 12:1 NKJV NOW CONCERNING spiritual [gifts]…

  • 16:1 NKJV NOW CONCERNING the collection for the saints…

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1 TIMOTHY 2:9-12 NKJV I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the WOMEN adorn themselves in MODEST APPAREL, with PROPRIETY and MODERATION, not with BRAIDED HAIR or GOLD or PEARLS or COSTLY CLOTHING, 10 but, which is proper for WOMEN PROFESSING GODLINESS, with GOOD WORKS. 11 Let a WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE with all SUBMISSION. 12 And I DO NOT PERMIT a WOMAN to TEACH or to HAVE AUTHORITY OVER a man, but to BE IN SILENCE.

1 TIMOTHY INTERPRETATION

  • JUDIAZERS (Law and Jewish tradition first)

  • GNOSTICS (Claimed secret knowledge)

  • APHRODITE (CORINTH) & DIANA (EPHESUS)

  • UNLEARNED & UNSKILLED IN THE WORD (1:1 & 2:11)

  • SOME WERE NOT BELIEVERS (2:15 & 6:21)

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WOMEN PASTORS???

1 TIMOTHY 3:2 NKJV A bishop then must be blameless, the HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

TITUS 1:5-7 NKJV …you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city … THE HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE 

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION

WHO SAID WOMEN CAN’T TEACH – CHARLES TROMBLEY

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FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - BIBLE INTERPRETATION, CHURCH COMMUNITY & RELATIONSHIPS WITH UNBELIEVERS

1.  HEARING FROM GOD

 How do you know if something is really GOD’S LEADING or just YOUR OWN THOUGHTS?

 

FLUX CAPACITER FOR GUIDANCE

  1. Scriptural Authority

  2. “Seeking” Attitude

  3. Shepherd’s Counsel

  4. Stages:  Ways, Paths & Steps

  5. Screen Promptings

 

CHECK IT OUT!

  • mylifepointe.com/LISTEN

  

2.  PENTECOSTAL

LifePointe says it's a "non-denominational Christian Church," and yet it is PENTECOSTAL. What does this mean, and why does it play an important role at our church?

ACTS 2:1-4 KJV And when the DAY OF PENTECOST was fully come… 4 And they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and began to SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, as the SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE.  

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.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

  • We are commanded to DESIRE HOLY SPIRIT GIFTS

  • Not one SCRIPTURE implies ANY MIRACLE GIFTS passed away, including DEVOTIONAL “TONGUES”

  • Church history is FILLED with the CONTINUATION of “TONGUES”

  • The HOLY SPIRIT and HIS GIFTS have radically impacted my EXPERIENCE with Christ

 

CHECK IT OUT

  • pointe.info/TONGUES

  • HOLY SPIRIT WORKSHOP - pointe.info/WORKSHOPS

  • mylifepointe.com/REPRESSED

 

3.  MIRACLES

Why don’t we see more Bible-type spectacular MIRACLES today?

 

JOHN 14:12 NKJV [Jesus said] Most assuredly, I say to you, he who BELIEVES in Me, the WORKS THAT I DO HE WILL DO ALSO; and GREATER [WORKS] than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 

MARK 16:17-18, 20 NKJV [Jesus said] And these SIGNS will follow those who believe: IN MY NAME they will CAST OUT DEMONS; they will speak with NEW TONGUES; 18 they will TAKE UP SERPENTS; and if they DRINK ANYTHING DEADLY, it will by no means hurt them; they will LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, and they will recover. ... 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the LORD WORKING WITH [THEM] and CONFIRMING THE WORD through the accompanying SIGNS. Amen.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

  • UNBELIEF (Ignorance & Rebellious Attitudes)

  • This generation is LESS INTENTIONAL

  • We are MEDICINE DEPENDENT

  • There is great CHRISTIAN SKEPTICISM/OPPOSITION

  • EMOTIONAL DYSFUNCTION/STRESS = 90% of disease

 

4.  HEALING

Is it appropriate to refer to a person’s DEATH as their ULTIMATE HEALING?

 

CONSIDERATIONS

  • EVERY “HEALING” PROMISE in both the Old and New Testaments clearly refer to physical recovery

  • JESUS performed and spoke of “HEALING” MIRACLES, yet NEVER is DEATH referred to as “HEALING”

  • APOSTLES performed and spoke of “HEALING” MIRACLES, yet NEVER is DEATH referred to as “HEALING”

UPCOMING WEEKS IN FAQ 

  • JUNE 23

  • WOMEN PREACHERS AND FEMINISM

  • PEOPLE LEAVING CHURCHES

  • INTOLERANCE, YET EMBRACING A BELIEF

  • SOUL TIES

  • DATING AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

 

  • JUNE 30 / JULY 7 & 14

  • END TIMES

  • CHRISTIAN / PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • DEMON MOVIES

  • BREAKING CIVIL LAWS

  • HOROSCOPES

  • ALCOHOL

  • DE-SENSITIZED BY CULTURE

  • MARIJUANA & CBD

  • DEPRESSION MEDICATION

  • PREMARITAL SEX

  • DIVORCE

  • DEATH PENALTY

  • ABORTION (WILL NOT BE LIVE-STREAMED OR RECORDED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING)

  • LGBTQ (WILL NOT BE LIVE-STREAMED OR RECORDED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING)

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FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - BIBLE INTERPRETATION, FAITH AND SCIENCE

 

1.  CREATION & EVOLUTION

  • How OLD is the EARTH?

  • How LONG were the 6 days of CREATION?

  • Is there any validity to EVOLUTION?

  • Where did DINOSAURS come from?

5 VIEWS OF CREATION

  1. Biblical-Poetic Symbolism

  2. Young-Earth Biblical Literalists

  3. Old-Earth Biblical Literalists

  4. Naturalistic & Mythological

  5. Old-Earth Gap Theorists

GENESIS 1:1-2 NIV  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was (became) FORMLESS and EMPTY (Tohu), DARKNESS was over the surface of the deep…”

ISAIAH 45:18 NIV “…God Himself that formed the earth and made it;  He…created it NOT IN VAIN (Tohu)…”

 

ISAIAH 14:12-16 KJV How art thou FALLEN FROM HEAVEN, O Lucifer, … which didst weaken the NATIONS!

EZEKIEL 28:11-19 KJV Thou [art] the ANOINTED CHERUB that COVERETH; … 16 By the multitude of thy MERCHANDISE they have filled the midst of thee with violence, …therefore I will CAST THEE AS PROFANE OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD:

 

GENESIS 1:28 KJV And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and REPLENISH the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

MICRO VERSUS MACRO

  • MICRO – Variations WITHIN the Biblical KIND

  • MACRO – Changing FROM one KIND to ANOTHER (All organisms descend from common ancestral form)

  

2.  ALIENS - Are ALIENS real?

UFO POLLS

  • 50% of all adult Americans believe

  • 6-12% claim to have seen one

  • 90-95% are natural phenomena, hoaxes or      man-made crafts

  • 5-10% defy such explanations

 

RESPONSE

  • IRRELEVANT to Christian truth

  • IMPROBABLE for unqualified intelligent life to exist

  • THEY ARE PROBABLY angels and demons 

3.  TITHING – Are we supposed to TITHE (10% Giving) from our GROSS income or our NET income?

 

4.  BLESS YOU – Is it okay to say, “BLESS YOU” when someone SNEEZES?

LUKE 6:28 NKJV [Jesus said] BLESS those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

5.  WHAT IS SUCCESS – What does SUCCESS look like for a CHRISTIAN versus the SECULAR definition?

MATTHEW 25:21 NKJV [Jesus said] "His lord said to him, 'Well [done], good and FAITHFUL servant; you were FAITHFUL over a few things, I will make you RULER over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

FAITHFUL isn’t PERFORMANCE;

it is PARTNERSHIP-DEPENDENCE

to do everything in life with God.

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FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - BIBLE INTERPRETATION, FAITH AND SCIENCE

 

1.  BIBLE – Why do Christians believe the BIBLE is INSPIRED, INERRANT or INFALLIBLE? Should the BIBLE be taken LITERALLY? 

  • DEFINITIONS

    • INSPIRED – “God divinely influenced writers”

    • INERRANT – “Without error”

    • INFALLIBLE – “Incapable of teaching any error”

  • WHAT INERRANCY DOESN’T MEAN

    • Everything in the Bible is TRUE

    • There are no PERCEIVED contradictions

    • That all extra copies and all translations ARE

2 TIMOTHY 3:16 NKJV All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…

  • REASONS I BELIEVE

    • JESUS believed the Bible as authoritative

    • PROPHESIES of OT & NT Fulfillment

    • Jesus DISCIPLES treated Bible as authoritative

    • It has CHANGED MY LIFE

     

2.  BIBLE INTERPRETATION – Is there a good system to INTERPRET the BIBLE?

While the BIBLE is inspired and authoritative,

a person’s INTERPRETATION is NOT!

  • METHODS OF GOOD INTERPRETATION

    • Jesus & Redemption is our greatest revelation of God

    • History (culture & background)

    • Grammar (nuances of Hebrew & Greek)

    • Context (person speaking, speaking to, before & after)

    • Scripture to Interpret Scripture

 

3.  JOB – Does God still TEST OUR FAITH as He did JOB, where He STEPS BACK and ALLOWS THE ENEMY a free hand to TORMENT us?

JOB 1:8-12 NKJV Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that [there is] none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?" 9 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 "But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!" 12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has [is] in your power; only do not lay a hand on his [person]." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

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FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - GOD’S LOVE, SALVATION & ETERNITY

  1. When a Christian COMMITS SUICIDE do they still go to heaven?

    ROMANS 5:1-2 NIV Therefore, since we have been JUSTIFIED THROUGH FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom WE HAVE GAINED ACCESS BY FAITH INTO THIS GRACE in which we now stand.

  2. Will our PETS be in HEAVEN with us?

    ISAIAH 11:6-8 NIV The WOLF will live with the LAMB, the LEOPARD will lie down with the GOAT, the CALF and the LION and the YEARLING together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The COW will feed with the BEAR, their young will lie down together, and the LION will eat straw like the OX. 8 The infant will play near the hole of the COBRA, and the young child put his hand into the VIPER'S nest.

     

  3. Do our Christian FAMILY MEMBERS who have PASSED WATCH what we are doing?

    HEBREWS 12:1 NIV Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great CLOUD OF WITNESSES, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…

     

  4. Will we be able to RECOGNIZE PEOPLE, FRIENDS and FAMILY in heaven?

    LUKE 16:23 NIV In hades, where (the rich man) was in torment, he looked up and saw ABRAHAM far away, with LAZARUS by his side.

     

  5. What AGE will we be in HEAVEN?

    1 JOHN 3:2 NIV Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that WHEN HE (JESUS) APPEARS,  WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall see him as he is.

     

  6. Will we be MARRIED in HEAVEN?

    MATTHEW 22:30 NIV At the resurrection people will NEITHER MARRY NOR BE GIVEN IN MARRIAGE

     

  7. Will we have “RELATIONS” in HEAVEN?

     

  8. Do we become ANGELS in heaven?

    HEBREWS 12:22-23 NIV But you have come to Mount Zion, to the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of ANGELS in joyful assembly, 23 to the CHURCH of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to THE SPIRITS OF RIGHTEOUS MEN MADE PERFECT…

     

  9. Can we PRAY to our LOVED ONES who have ALREADY PASSED?

    LEVITICUS 20:6 NLT I will also turn against those who commit SPIRITUAL PROSTITUTION by putting their trust in MEDIUMS or in those who consult the SPIRITS OF THE DEAD. I will cut them off from the community.

     

  10. When do people become GHOSTS?

     

  11. Is it permitted to be CREMATED when we die?

    GENESIS 3:19 NIV …for dust you are and to DUST you will RETURN.

     

  12. Is belief in JESUS as SAVIOR the ONLY WAY to get to HEAVEN?

    JOHN 14:6 NIV Jesus answered, "I am THE WAY and THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”

    1 JOHN 4:9 NLT God showed how much he loved us by sending HIS ONE AND ONLY SON into the world SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE through HIM.

4 WAYS GOD COMMUNICATES

  1. Creation

  2. Conscience

  3. Holy Spirit

  4. Human Conversations

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BLANKS

Do you have self-imposed contingencies to really believe God? Do you first require a scientific understanding, a profound experience, an undeniable miracle, to feel a certain way, to enjoy a series of unobstructed successes, or _______ ? Whatever you require to be put in the BLANK as the precursor to your faith elevates the BLANK as a supreme idol. These stipulated BLANKS will disrupt the depths of your heart, torment the narratives of your mind and create chaos in your closeness to God. Because trust is never about the BLANK first; it’s about the choice to believe first. God cares about BLANKS, but only after He sits alone on the throne of your heart. History is filled with the stories of people who were stuck as slaves to BLANKS; that is until they broke allegiance to the BLANK to trust God completely. Then real encounters with God, and even miracles happened! If you are stuck, or know someone who is, join us for a powerful, insightful and encouraging series called BLANKS.

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG QUESTION

What are the BLANKS

You REQUIRE

BEFORE you BELIEVE?

 

BIG IDEA

Whatever you REQUIRE FIRST

– the BLANK –

reveals where your REAL DEVOTION LIES!

 

WHAT/WHO IS ON THE THRONE?

The REAL AUTHORITY over your life

is whatever lies in your BLANK!

 

FIRST?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO…

SEE FIRST

UNDERSTAND FIRST

VERIFY SCIENCE FIRST

HAVE THE AFFIRMATION OF YOUR GROUP FIRST

YOU CAN SIMPLY CHOOSE GOD FIRST!

 

A BIG BLANK

“I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH,

THEREFORE I CAN’T BELIEVE

GOD’S PROMISE!”

 

ROMANS 12:3 NKJV [Paul said] For I say… to everyone who is among you… GOD HAS DEALT to EACH ONE a MEASURE OF FAITH.

ACTS 10:34 KJV [Peter said] Of a truth I perceive that GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.

 

THE FAITH ADVANTAGE – IF HE RESPECTS PEOPLE

  1. WISDOM:  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.

  2. VICTORY:  1 JOHN 5:4 NKJV For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.

  3. MOVE MOUNTAINS:  MARK 11:22-23 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.

  4. ANSWERED PRAYER:  MARK 11:22-24 NKJV So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. … 24 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive [them], and you will have [them].

  5. PEACE:  ISAIAH 26:3 NKJV You will keep [him] in perfect peace, [Whose] mind [is] stayed [on You], Because he trusts in You.

  6. PHYSICAL HEALING:  Mark 5:25-34 NKJV 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?" … 34 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."

  7. SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY:  1 PETER 5:8-9 NKJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, …

  8. WORD OF GOD - POWER:  Hebrews 4:2 NKJV For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard [it].

  9. DEEP REST:  HEBREWS 4:3 NKJV For we who have believed do enter that rest

  10. HAPPINESS:  PROVERBS 16:20 NKJV He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy [is] he.

  11. RICH PRESENCE OF GOD:  JOHN 11:40 NKJV Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"

  12. PLEASE GOD:  HEBREWS 11:6 NKJV But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 

MARK 9:21-27 NLT "How long has this been happening?" Jesus asked the boy's father. He replied, "Since he was a little boy. 22 The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, IF YOU CAN." 23 "WHAT DO YOU MEAN, 'IF I CAN'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." 24 The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my UNBELIEF!” 25 When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil spirit.

HEBREWS 4:1-2, 6 NKJV - 1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the GOSPEL WAS PREACHED to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, NOT BEING MIXED WITH FAITH in those who heard [it]. ... 6 Since therefore it remains that some [must] enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of DISOBEDIENCE (UNBELIEF – KJV)…

  

2 KINDS OF UNBELIEF

  1. BASED ON IGNORANCE

  2. A REBELLIOUS ATTITUDE

 

ROMANS 10:17 NKJV So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

If you have God’s Word for something…you have faith for it!

 

SIMPLE CHOICE

Faith is activated by a choice,

and everyone has the ability to freely choose!

 

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

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

ASSESS WHAT ARE YOUR BLANKS

CHOOSE TO RE-SURRENDER TO GOD FIRST

PUT GOD’S WORD AS YOUR FIRST AND FINAL

 

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EASTER  |  MY CHAMPION

 

Do you ever need someone to be your champion? Maybe you need someone greater than you to have your back. Somehow it is hard to stretch your mind to believe that someone would choose to champion you. Shame screams. Injustice steams. Fear reams. Who will carry your victory? Who will raise you to glory? Who will conquer for you? This Easter we will find out the greatest truth ever made known:  Jesus defeated his own death so He could be present in your life. He has become the energy behind your ability to “faith”. He has become your hope in days of darkness. Striving can cease. He is about to crown you with holy confidence. The Resurrection proves it all!

 

You are MY CHAMPION,

Giants fall when you stand undefeated

Every battle you’ve won

I am who you say i am

You crown me with confidence

I am seated - in the heavenly place

Undefeated - with the one who has conquered it all

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WHERE ARE YOU?

Believe and HOPE

Believe but WISH

GIVEN UP on believing

 

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ACTS 5:29-32 TPT [Peter said] …You had Jesus arrested and killed by CRUCIFIXION, but the God of our forefathers has RAISED HIM UP. He’s the one God has exalted and SEATED AT HIS RIGHT HAND as our SAVIOR and CHAMPION.

 

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MARY MAGDALENE

&

THE OTHER WOMEN

 

The RESURRECTION means that even

greater things are in your future!

 

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PETER

 

The RESURRECTION means that even

after you have believed, then failed,

that God has a purpose for your life!

 

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TWO DISCIPLES

&

THE ELEVEN APOSTLES

 

The RESURRECTION means that even

when you are disillusioned

and try to walk away,

that God will pursue you!

 

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Believe and HOPE

Believe but WISH

GIVEN UP on believing

 

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ACTS 5:29-32 TPT [Peter said] …You had Jesus arrested and killed by CRUCIFIXION, but the God of our forefathers has RAISED HIM UP. He’s the one God has exalted and SEATED AT HIS RIGHT HAND as our SAVIOR and CHAMPION. He is the provider of GRACE as the REDEEMER of Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the HOLY SPIRIT, whom GOD FREELY GIVES to all WHO BELIEVE IN HIM.

 

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ACTIVATION

 

Out of everything we talked about today,

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

 

Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!

 

ACCEPT GOD’S GRACE GIFT

BE EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

TAKE YOUR SEAT AT GOD’S RIGHT HAND

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BLANKS

Do you have self-imposed contingencies to really believe God? Do you first require a scientific understanding, a profound experience, an undeniable miracle, to feel a certain way, to enjoy a series of unobstructed successes, or _______ ? Whatever you require to be put in the BLANK as the precursor to your faith elevates the BLANK as a supreme idol. These stipulated BLANKS will disrupt the depths of your heart, torment the narratives of your mind and create chaos in your closeness to God. Because trust is never about the BLANK first; it’s about the choice to believe first. God cares about BLANKS, but only after He sits alone on the throne of your heart. History is filled with the stories of people who were stuck as slaves to BLANKS; that is until they broke allegiance to the BLANK to trust God completely. Then real encounters with God, and even miracles happened! If you are stuck, or know someone who is, join us for a powerful, insightful and encouraging series called BLANKS.

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG QUESTION

What are the BLANKS

You REQUIRE

BEFORE you BELIEVE?

 

BIG IDEA

Whatever you REQUIRE FIRST

– the BLANK –

Reveals where your REAL DEVOTION LIES!

 

WHAT/WHO IS ON THE THRONE?

The REAL AUTHORITY over your life

is whatever lies in your BLANK!  

 

JOHN 20:24-29 NKJV The other disciples therefore said to Thomas, "We have seen the Lord." So he [Thomas] said to them, "UNLESS I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE." …27 Then Jesus said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand [here], and put [it] into My side. DO NOT BE UNBELIEVING, BUT BELIEVING."

 

FIRST?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO…

SEE FIRST

UNDERSTAND FIRST

VERIFY SCIENCE FIRST

HAVE THE AFFIRMATION OF YOUR GROUP FIRST

CHOOSE GOD FIRST!

 

2 CORINTHIANS 12:1-2, 4, 7 NKJV [Paul said] … I will come to VISIONS and REVELATIONS of the Lord: 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether IN THE BODY I do not know, or whether OUT OF THE BODY I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up TO THE THIRD HEAVEN. ... 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard INEXPRESSIBLE WORDS, which it is NOT LAWFUL FOR A MAN TO UTTER. ... 7 And lest I should be EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE by the ABUNDANCE OF THE REVELATIONS, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE.

EPHESIANS 3:17-19 AMP [Paul prayed] … that Christ may dwell in your hearts THROUGH your FAITH. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully EXPERIENCING that amazing, endless love]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal EXPERIENCE] the LOVE OF CHRIST which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without EXPERIENCE]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the FULLNESS OF GOD [may have the RICHEST MEASURE of the DIVINE PRESENCE, and become A BODY WHOLLY filled and flooded with GOD HIMSELF]!

 

EXPERIENCE IS

  • The INVOLVEMENT IN what is happening, rather than abstract reflection on an event.

  • The CONSCIOUS AWARENESS of time, space, thought, imagination, emotion, sensation, environment, relationships, memories and purpose.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 2:7, 9-10, 13-14 NKJV [Paul said] But we speak the WISDOM OF GOD in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God ordained before the ages for our glory, ... 9 But as it is written: "EYE has not seen, nor EAR heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 10 But GOD HAS REVEALED [them] to us through His SPIRIT. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. ... 13 These things we also speak, not in words which MAN'S WISDOM teaches but which the HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the NATURAL MAN does not RECEIVE the things of the Spirit of God, for they are FOOLISHNESS to him; NOR CAN HE KNOW [THEM], because they are SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.

 

KNOWLEDGE???

Apologetics, Christian philosophy

and the sciences give comfort,

BUT CANNOT GIVE FAITH!

 

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

  

SIMPLE CHOICE

FAITH is activated by a CHOICE,

and EVERYONE has the ABILITY

to FREELY CHOOSE!

 

HEBREWS 4:1-2, 6 NKJV Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the GOSPEL WAS PREACHED to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, NOT BEING MIXED WITH FAITH in those who heard [it]. ... 6 Since therefore it remains that some [must] enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of DISOBEDIENCE (UNBELIEF – KJV)…

 

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

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

Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!

ASSESS WHAT ARE YOUR PRESENT BLANKS

CHOOSE TO RE-SURRENDER TO GOD FIRST

PUT GOD’S WORD AS YOUR FIRST AND FINAL

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BLANKS

Do you have self-imposed contingencies to really believe God? Do you first require a scientific understanding, a profound experience, an undeniable miracle, to feel a certain way, to enjoy a series of unobstructed successes, or _______ ? Whatever you require to be put in the BLANK as the precursor to your faith elevates the BLANK as a supreme idol. These stipulated BLANKS will disrupt the depths of your heart, torment the narratives of your mind and create chaos in your closeness to God. Because trust is never about the BLANK first; it’s about the choice to believe first. God cares about BLANKS, but only after He sits alone on the throne of your heart. History is filled with the stories of people who were stuck as slaves to BLANKS; that is until they broke allegiance to the BLANK to trust God completely. Then real encounters with God, and even miracles happened! If you are stuck, or know someone who is, join us for a powerful, insightful and encouraging series called BLANKS.

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG QUESTION

What are the BLANKS

You REQUIRE

BEFORE you BELIEVE?

 

BIG IDEA

Whatever you REQUIRE FIRST

– the BLANK –

Reveals where your REAL DEVOTION LIES!

 

JOHN 20:24-29 NKJV Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he [Thomas] said to them, "UNLESS I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE." 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" 27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand [here], and put [it] into My side. DO NOT BE UNBELIEVING, BUT BELIEVING." 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. BLESSED [are] those who have not seen and [yet] have believed."

  

  FIRST?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO…

SEE FIRST

UNDERSTAND FIRST

VERIFY SCIENCE FIRST

HAVE THE AFFIRMATION OF YOUR GROUP FIRST

SIMPLY CHOOSE GOD FIRST!

 

PROVERBS 3:5 NKJV [Solomon said] TRUST in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

HEBREWS 11:1 AMPC Now FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the PROOF OF THINGS [WE] DO NOT SEE and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is NOT REVEALED TO THE SENSES]. … 3 By FAITH we UNDERSTAND

 

FAITH is the

ACCESS POINT

to greater

UNDERSTANDING and WISDOM!

NATURAL UNDERSTANDING

and NATURAL WISDOM

IS NOT

the ACCESS POINT

to GREATER FAITH!

 

PSALM 111:10 NKJV [The Psalmist said] The FEAR of the LORD [is] the BEGINNING OF WISDOM; a GOOD UNDERSTANDING have all those who DO [His commandments]. 

PROVERBS 9:10 NKJV [Solomon said] The FEAR of the LORD [is] the BEGINNING OF WISDOM, and the KNOWLEDGE of the Holy One [is] UNDERSTANDING.

PSALM 119:104-105 NKJV [The Psalmist said] THROUGH YOUR PRECEPTS I get UNDERSTANDING; … 105 Your word [is] a LAMP to my feet and a LIGHT to my path.

PSALM 119:130 NKJV [The Psalmist said] The entrance of YOUR WORDS gives LIGHT; It gives UNDERSTANDING to the SIMPLE

JAMES 3:15 AMP [James said] This [superficial] WISDOM is NOT that which comes down FROM ABOVE, but is EARTHLY (secular), natural (SENSUAL) (unspiritual), even DEMONIC.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:7, 9-10, 13-14 NKJV [Paul said] But we speak the WISDOM OF GOD in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God ordained before the ages for our glory, ... 9 But as it is written: "EYE has not seen, nor EAR heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 10 But GOD HAS REVEALED [them] to us through His SPIRIT. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. ... 13 These things we also speak, not in words which MAN'S WISDOM teaches but which the HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the NATURAL MAN does not RECEIVE the things of the Spirit of God, for they are FOOLISHNESS to him; NOR CAN HE KNOW [THEM], because they are SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.

 

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

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

Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!

ASSESS WHAT IS REQUIRED FIRST

RE-SURRENDER TO GOD’S TRUTH

PUT GOD ON THE THRONE OF YOUR HEART


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TODAY’S EPISODE

CURT THOMPSON ON SHAME 

"Shame is the emotional weapon that evil uses to..."

  1. "Corrupt our relationship with God and each other (includes our kids)"

  2. "Disintegrate (separate, decay, destroy) any and all gifts of vocational vision and creativity"

 

THE STORY SHAME IS TRYING TO TELL…

SOME VERSION OF…

  • "I am not enough"  

  • "I am powerless to change my circumstances"  

  • "I’m a prisoner to this story"

  • "I don’t have what it takes to tolerate this moment or circumstance"

  • "There is something wrong with me"

 

STORY OF REDEMPTION

HEBREWS 12:1-3 AMP Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, 2 [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, DISREGARDING THE SHAME, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. 3 Just consider and meditate on Him…

PASSION TRANSLATION 2 …Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!

 

LETTING GO OF THE OLD STORY

EMBRACING THE NEW STORY

DISREGARDING THE SHAME

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REDEMPTION REVIVAL

"Redemption" is the Biblical term for "the gospel." It has to do with all aspects of Jesus' mission to set people free from the effects of sin. Our understanding of Redemption determines how we view God, ourselves, and others. It also is how we make meaning of human suffering; Redemption is the foundation for finding hope and power to live beyond our present pain. Revivals train people for an unwavering theological foundation, experiential application and real life encounters with God, leading people to the REAL JESUS and the POWER OF REDEMPTION!

TODAY’S EPISODE

 

BIG IDEA

REDEMPTION IS THE LEGAL TERM

FOR ABSOLUTE FORGIVENESS

WITH ALL PENALTIES REMITTED!

 

EPHESIANS 1:7 NKJV In Him we have REDEMPTION through His blood, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, according to the RICHES OF HIS GRACE.

TITUS 2:14 NKJV …who gave Himself for us, that He might REDEEM us from EVERY LAWLESS DEED (SIN) and PURIFY FOR HIMSELF HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, zealous for good works.

ROMANS 6:23 NKJV For the WAGES of SIN is DEATH, but the GIFT of God is ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.

MATTHEW 9:2–7 NIV Some men brought to him a PARALYTIC, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN." 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!" 4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 WHICH IS EASIER: to say, 'YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN,' or to say, 'GET UP AND WALK'? 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . ." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home."  7 And the man got up and went home.

MATTHEW 9:5 AMP For which is easier: to say, Your SINS ARE FORGIVEN and the PENALTY REMITTED, or to say, Get up and walk?

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 NKJV For He [God] made Him [Jesus Christ] who knew no sin TO BE SIN FOR US, that we might BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Him [Christ].

EPHESIANS 2:4-9 NKJV But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His GREAT LOVE with which He loved us, 5 EVEN WHEN we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (BY GRACE you have been SAVED), 6 and raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in the HEAVENLY [PLACES] in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His GRACE in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by GRACE you have been SAVED through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the GIFT OF GOD, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

EPHESIANS 1:20 NKJV … which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and SEATED [HIM] AT HIS RIGHT HAND in the HEAVENLY [PLACES]

ROMANS 8:16–17 KJV The Spirit itself [Himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 
17 And IF CHILDREN, THEN HEIRS; HEIRS OF GOD, and JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

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

NAIL “IT” TO THE CROSS (Lobby)

REDEMPTION REVIVAL (5:30PM)

REDEMPTION WORKSHOP (pointe.info/workshops)

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RIPPLE

What if you held the power to change the world? What if you had the resources to simply make a choice that could impact destinies, prevent suffering and guide the generations of tomorrow? Would you use your power? While many people are waiting for the spectacular fantasies of some far away power, Jesus talked about something as small as everyday choices. Through right choices humans possess the power to drop a pebble, to start a wave, and to make an eternal ripple. Doing good, serving well, giving generously and inviting radically are all within our atomic choices; and when combined with other’s atomic choices we create a massive tidal wave of change. Come learn with us Jesus’ vision for a quantum ripple!

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG IDEA

LIFE IS MADE UP OF

THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICES

WITH EACH CHOICE

CREATING A CERTAIN RIPPLE.

 

MATTHEW 16:24-27 NKJV Then Jesus said to His disciples,… 26 "For what profit is it to a man if he GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSES HIS OWN SOUL? Or what will a man GIVE IN EXCHANGE for his soul?

 

GAINS & LOSSES

GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD,

BUT LOSES _________ !

 

LUKE 4:43 NKJV [Jesus said] I MUST preach the KINGDOM of God to the other cities also, because FOR THIS PURPOSE I have been sent.

 

CONTEMPLATE

WHAT IS YOUR

“I MUST _________ !”

 

MALACHI 3:6-16 NIV "I the LORD do not change… 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. RETURN TO ME, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask, 'How are we to return?' 8 "Will a mere mortal ROB GOD? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'HOW are we robbing you?’” IN TITHES AND OFFERINGS. 9 You are UNDER A CURSE - your whole nation--because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the WHOLE TITHE into the STOREHOUSE, that there may be FOOD IN MY HOUSE. TEST ME in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the FLOODGATES OF HEAVEN and POUR OUT SO MUCH BLESSING that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I WILL PREVENT pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe," says the LORD Almighty. 12 "Then ALL THE NATIONS WILL CALL YOU BLESSED, for yours will be a delightful land," says the LORD Almighty. 13 "You have SPOKEN ARROGANTLY AGAINST ME," says the LORD. "Yet you ask, 'WHAT have we said against you?' 14 "You have said, 'It is FUTILE TO SERVE GOD. WHAT DO WE GAIN by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly EVILDOERS PROSPER, and even when they put God to the test, THEY GET AWAY WITH IT.' " 16 Then THOSE WHO FEARED THE LORD talked with each other, and the LORD LISTENED and HEARD. A SCROLL OF REMEMBRANCE was written in his presence concerning those who FEARED the LORD and HONORED his name.

 

TITHE TRIPPLE RIPPLE

RIPPLE INWARD

RIPPLE OUTWARD

RIPPLE UPWARD

 

TITHE FACTS

  1. Tithe MEANS “10%” [“tithes AND offerings”]

  2. There are 3 TITHES in the Old Testament (10-23%)

  3. TITHE was NEVER a form of government TAXATION

  4. The TITHE was to be brought to God’s HOUSE (the PRIESTS or the TEMPLE), which is parallel to the local church in the New Testament

  5. The TITHE was never to APPEASE God’s anger, or buy Him off

  6. The TITHE is still a spiritual law ENACTED TODAY, designed to resource TRANSFORMATION, KINGDOM MISSION and WORSHIP DEVOTION

  7. The TITHE was an Old Testament form of SPIRITUAL EXERCISE for the heart, by putting GOD’S KINGDOM FIRST

  8. The WHOLE TITHE is ALREADY God’s; when we don’t return it we are “robbing God”

  9. The TITHE is from our FIRST and BEST portions

  10. Even the PRIESTS/TEMPLE were to TITHE

 

DEUTERONOMY 8:18 NKJV And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you POWER TO GET WEALTH, that HE MAY ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

LEVITICUS 27:30, 32 NIV A TITHE of EVERYTHING from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, BELONGS to the LORD; it is HOLY to the LORD. ... 32 Every TITHE of the herd and flock--every TENTH animal that passes under the shepherd's rod--will be HOLY to the LORD.

 

WHY WE DON’T TITHE

  • We didn’t know TITHING was a such a powerful deal

  • We had misinformed doctrinal conflict around TITHING

  • We had thought giving elsewhere is TITHING

  • We had thought that giving incrementally was TITHING

  • We considered TITHING a luxury, rather than a priority

  • We don’t have enough money at my house to TITHE

  • We don’t know why

 

MAMMON IS DECIETFUL

WHICH OF THESE STATEMENTS

CREATES MORE ANXIETY IN YOU?

  • “You have no access to God for a year”

  • “You have no access to money for a year”

WHY?

 

WHAT IF WE DON’T TITHE? 

  • We become completely disempowered Christians

  • Our hearts become increasingly hardened

  • The mission of God is unrealized, the gospel is under resourced

  • What we take for granted today, will be gone tomorrow

  • Our legacy is stolen

  

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

  • ASSESS THE “PURPOSE” OF YOUR PRESENT CHOICES

  • RE-SURRENDER TO GOD’S PURPOSE

  • TAKE A COURAGEOUS STEP TO TITHE

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RIPPLE 20190303 - EP 01 - SERVING

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RIPPLE 20190303 - EP 01 - SERVING

RIPPLE

What if you held the power to change the world? What if you had the resources to simply make a choice that could impact destinies, prevent suffering and guide the generations of tomorrow? Would you use your power? While many people are waiting for the spectacular fantasies of some far away power, Jesus talked about something as small as everyday choices. Through right choices humans possess the power to drop a pebble, to start a wave, and to make an eternal ripple. Doing good, serving well, giving generously and inviting radically are all within our atomic choices; and when combined with other’s atomic choices we create a massive tidal wave of change. Come learn with us Jesus’ vision for a quantum ripple!

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG IDEA

LIFE IS MADE UP OF

THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICES

WITH EACH CHOICE

CREATING A CERTAIN RIPPLE.

 

MATTHEW 16:24-27 NKJV Then Jesus said to His disciples,… 26 "For what profit is it to a man if he GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSES HIS OWN SOUL? Or what will a man GIVE IN EXCHANGE for his soul?

 

GAINS & LOSSES

GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD,

BUT LOSES _________ !

 

LUKE 4:43 NKJV [Jesus said] I MUST preach the KINGDOM of God to the other cities also, because FOR THIS PURPOSE I have been sent.

 

CONTEMPLATE

WHAT IS YOUR

“I MUST _________ !”

 

EPHESIANS 1:22-23 MSG [Paul said] GOD is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. 23 The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

 

JOHN 15:14-17 NIV [Jesus said] You are MY FRIENDS if you do what I COMMAND. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his MASTER'S BUSINESS. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and APPOINTED YOU so that you might go and bear fruit--FRUIT THAT WILL LAST--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 16:15 KJV I beseech you, brethren, (YE KNOW the HOUSE OF STEPHANAS, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints…)

 

WHY A RIPPLE ADDICTION

  1. Lose your life you will find it (MARK 8:34-37) 

  2. Increased boldness in your faith (1TIMOTHY 3:13)

  3. Increased spiritual sharpness (HEBREWS 6:9-12) 

  4. Living a blessed life (PSALM 92:13, PSALM 35:27)

  5. Receiving honor from God (JOHN 12:26) 

  6. Multiplying our life’s fruitfulness (JOHN 15:1-8)

  7. Receive heavenly rewards (1 CORINTHIANS 3:8-9)

  8. Experience promotion from God (LUKE 16:12-13) 

  9. Access greatness (MATTHEW 23:11) 

  10. Rest in a state of supernatural satisfaction (PSALM 36:8) 

  11. Live in 100 times multiplication (MARK 10:28-31)

  12. Leave an eternal legacy (JOHN 15:14-17)

 

WHY WE DON’T CHOOSE GAINS 

  • Schedule “too busy”

    • Fear of missing out

  • Don’t want to screw things up

    • Fear of disappointing others

  • Don’t want to be close enough to see leader’s flaws

    • Fear of being disappointed

  • I’m not needed – everything is under control

    • Fear of added responsibility

  • Don’t have emotional bandwidth to serve

    • Fear of being further depleted

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

  • ASSESS THE “PURPOSE” OF YOUR PRESENT CHOICES

  • RE-SURRENDER TO GOD’S PURPOSE

  • JOIN A CHURCH TEAM

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TANGO 20190224 - EP 03 - HOW TO REPAIR AFTER CONFLICT

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TANGO 20190224 - EP 03 - HOW TO REPAIR AFTER CONFLICT

TANGO

Great relationships are like a dance; they move with passion in an interwoven heartbeat. This series of movements provide a lifetime of shared experiences, growth, beauty and style. Great dances require practice, learning the instinctive flow of your partner, encountering conflicting steps and learning recovery. When a couples life is out of sync, breakdowns begin to happen. The repeated impact causes callouses to grow on the heart. To be great at the dance, how do couple’s repair the soul well? In this short 3-week preaching series, the messages are made to inspire, challenge, and encourage you in your relationships whether you are single, dating, or married.

 

BIG IDEA

A GREAT RELATIONSHIP IS NOT ABOUT THE ABSENCE OF CONFLICT;

IT’S ABOUT THE EMOTIONAL REPAIR AFTER A CONFLICT!

 

JAMES 4:1 NIV [James said] What causes FIGHTS and QUARRELS among you? Don't they come from your DESIRES (GREEK – Hedone) that battle WITHIN YOU?

 

CONTEMPTUOUS FIGHTING

COMES FROM THE PURSUIT OF PERSONAL PLEASURE,

RATHER THAN CONTENDING FOR RELATIONSHIP CONNECTION.

 

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW

WITH A 94% CERTAINTY

THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WILL SUCCEED?

 

4 HORSEMEN OF APOCALYPSE (JOHN GOTTMAN)

CONTEMPT

CRITICISM

DEFENSIVENESS

STONEWALLING

 

80% of DIVORCED men and women said their marriage broke up because they GRADUALLY GREW APART and lost a sense of CLOSENESS, or because they did not FEEL LOVED and APPRECIATED.

- Lynn Gigy & Joan Kelly (Divorce Mediation Project)

 

Only 27% of couples said an EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR was even PARTIALLY TO BLAME.

- Lynn Gigy & Joan Kelly (Divorce Mediation Project)

 

Only 40% of the time do couples DIVORCE because they are having FREQUENT, DEVASTATING FIGHTS.

- Lynn Gigy & Joan Kelly (Divorce Mediation Project)

 

More often marriages end because, to avoid constant skirmishes, husband and wife distance themselves so much that their friendship and sense of connection are lost.

- Lynn Gigy & Joan Kelly (Divorce Mediation Project)

 

MISUNDERSTANDING

90% of the time couples misunderstand one another. … Many see conflict in a relationship as a sign of incompatibility; however, it should be seen as a sign that relationship needs growth to occur.

- John Gottman

 

WHY FIGHT?

COUPLES FIGHT ABOUT NOTHING. Surprising as this may sound, after studying couples in the Love Lab for over 40 years, this is our conclusion.

- John Gottman

 

CONFLICT TYPES

RESOLVABLE (31%) & PERPETUAL (69%)

  • Meg wants a baby – Donald doesn’t

  • Joe is lax about house-chores – Susan nags

  • Tony wants kids to be Catholics – Jane wants Baptist

  • Angie thinks Ron is too critical of kids

  • Lacey is shy and struggles with Andy, who is loud

  

Despite their differences these couples remain very satisfied with their marriages because they have hit upon a way to deal with their unbudgeable problem so it doesn't overwhelm them. They've learned to keep it in its place and to have a sense of humor about it.

- John Gottman

 

REPAIR WELL

  1. Fighting itself is not “bad”

  2. Don’t apologize too soon

  3. Soften your startup

  4. Begin with how you felt

  5. Explain your perceptions

  6. Turn towards with empathy

  7. Take responsibility

  8. Apologize

  9. Grow for future similar incidents

  10. Put the relationship in an ecosystem

  

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

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TANGO 20190217 - EP 02 - LOVE & RESPECT

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TANGO

Great relationships are like a dance; they move with passion in an interwoven heartbeat. This series of movements provide a lifetime of shared experiences, growth, beauty and style. Great dances require practice, learning the instinctive flow of your partner, encountering conflicting steps and learning recovery. When a couples life is out of sync, breakdowns begin to happen. The repeated impact causes callouses to grow on the heart. To be great at the dance, how do couple’s repair the soul well? In this short 3-week preaching series, the messages are made to inspire, challenge, and encourage you in your relationships whether you are single, dating, or married.

EPHESIANS 5:33 NKJV Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so LOVE his own wife as himself, and let the wife [see] that she RESPECTS [her] husband.

1 PETER 3:1-2 ESV Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be WON without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your RESPECTFUL and pure conduct.

“A woman will talk to a husband in the home in the way that a man would never talk to him. He can’t believe she can be so belligerent, so disrespectful. … So he withdraws. To him, that is the honorable thing to do.” – JOHN GOTTMAN 

According to John Gottman’s extensive research, 85% of husbands eventually stonewall their wives during conflict.

 

 “Men hear CRITICISM as contempt;

women feel SILENCE as hostility.”

-JOHN GOTTMAN

 

THE BAROMETER FOR

DIS-RESPECT IS ANGER

 

THE BAROMETER FOR

LOVELESSNESS IS UNATTUNEMENT

 

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

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TANGO 20190210 - EP 01 - MYTHS OF GREAT RELATIONSHIPS (FOUR HORSEMEN)

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TANGO 20190210 - EP 01 - MYTHS OF GREAT RELATIONSHIPS (FOUR HORSEMEN)

TANGO

Great relationships are like a dance; they move with passion in an interwoven heartbeat. This series of movements provide a lifetime of shared experiences, growth, beauty and style. Great dances require practice, learning the instinctive flow of your partner, encountering conflicting steps and learning recovery. When a couples life is out of sync, breakdowns begin to happen. The repeated impact causes callouses to grow on the heart. To be great at the dance, how do couple’s repair the soul well? In this short 3-week preaching series, the messages are made to inspire, challenge, and encourage you in your relationships whether you are single, dating, or married.

MYTHS OF GREAT RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Less disagreement equals greater closeness.

  2. We must resolve ALL our problems to have a GR.

  3. Our greatest threat is our personality flaws.

  4. We must have an equal 50/50 load.

  5. We must meet a sexual relation quota.

  6. Having babies will solve the closeness problems.

  7. If it is GREAT, it will require minimal work.

 

HOW WOULD YOU

LIKE TO KNOW WITH CERTAINTY

THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

WILL GROW TO GREATNESS?

 

MATTHEW 19:7-8 AMP They said to Jesus, “WHY then did Moses command [us] to give a certificate of DIVORCE and thus to dismiss and repudiate a wife?” 8 He said to them, “BECAUSE OF THE HARDNESS (stubbornness and perversity) of your HEARTS Moses permitted you to dismiss and repudiate and divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been so [ordained].”

 

4 HORSEMEN OF APOCALYPSE

CONTEMPT

CRITICISM

DEFENSIVENESS

STONEWALLING

 

THE POWER OF BIDS

  • Couples who had DIVORCED had “TURN-TOWARD BIDS” 33 PERCENT of the time (3 / 10).

  • The couples who were STILL TOGETHER had “TURN-TOWARD BIDS” 87 PERCENT of the time (9 / 10).

 

#1 FACTOR - CONTEMPT

Couples who are focused on

criticizing their partners

MISS A WHOPPING 50 PERCENT

of positive things their partners are doing,

and they see negativity when it’s not there.

 

KINDNESS ILLUSTRATED 

DISASTERS

“You’re late. What’s wrong with you? You’re just like your mom.”

 

MASTERS

“I feel bad for picking on you about your lateness, and I know it’s not your fault,

but it’s really annoying that you’re late again.”

 

PRACTICING KINDNESS

  1. See love as an energy, not a formality!

  2. See kindness as a muscle, not a fixed trait.

  3. Nurture tenderness with a love map. (Click Here)

  4. Be generous about your partner’s intentions.

  5. Be generous celebrating your partners good news.

  6. Prioritize church ecosystems (Groups)

 

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

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