September 2018

The Reality of Failure

In Christ, our failures don’t have to define our future by being the last word.
 
2 Timothy 4:10-11
 
  • Failure is an event, not a person, and how you choose to interpret your failures will either move you forward in life or hold you back
  • Followers of Jesus understand that a Christian can become successful in spite of failure because of God’s incredible grace and forgiveness


I Will Never Believe

Jesus has the ability to take us from a place of doubt to a place of confidence
 
John 20:24-29
 
  • We Must Embrace Honesty Like Thomas
  • We Must Demonstrate Courage Like Thomas
  • We Must Put Relationship Above Our Differences


Process

Our aim is to become a healthy church and small groups are a part of the process that will make us healthier and stronger.
 
Hebrews 10:23-25


August 2018

Cultivate

Matthew 9:35-38
  • Recognize
  • Desire
  • Take Action


Change

Meeting God together and building relationships
 
Philippians 1:25
 
Small Groups…
  1. Challenge Us to be More Like Jesus. (Heb. 10:24-25)
  2. Meet Practical Needs. (Acts 2:42-47)
  3. Carry Us Emotionally. (Gal. 6:2)
  4. Reveal Our Gifts and Talents. (1 Thess. 5:14)
  5. Open Our Eyes to the Needs of Others. (Ecc. 4:9-12; 1 Cor. 12:27)
  6. Empower Our Relationsh


Connect

No man, woman, child, or teenager is an island. We need each other in order to become fully mature believers who are capable of fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.
 
Acts 2:42-47
  • Scripture is clear. As believers, we need each other
  • Community is a foundational part of God’s design for humans and it shouldn’t be a surprise for us that community is also foundational to the church.
  • Small Groups are a provision of God for us to live according to the original design.
  • Small Groups allow us to connect with God and others


Knitted together in love

Colossians 2:2
 
A church that is knitted together by connecting, changing and cultivating is UNBREAKABLE.
  • Connecting with one another allows the heart to be encouraged
  • Personal transforming should happen as a result of being in community
  • Our hearts are stirring up to serve one another and our community


July 2018

God at the Movies – Inside Out

God at the Movies


Prayer and Perseverance

The enemy knows he can undermine the effectiveness and impact of the Christian life by bringing discouragement to the prayer life of a follower of Christ.
 
Ephesians 6:18-20


Sword of the Spirit

The Sword is the Word of God
 
Ephesians 6:17b




 

May 2018

Makers not Keepers

Matthew 5:9


Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8
 
Pure represents that ideal state of mind of the person who longs to serve God and others for the sheer unselfish joy of honoring the Creator, and thus free of a personal agenda or bias.


Being Merciful

Mercy is standing before someone who deserves punishment, and then throwing them a party instead
 
Matthew 5:7


The Pursuit of Righteousness

Christians ought to have the desire to live rightly before God and people.
 
Matthew 5:6


April 2018

The Pain of Mourning

It’s either God’s way or the world’s way; it can’t be both
 
Matthew 5:4
 


Poor in Spirit

It is either God’s way or the world’s way – it can’t be both.
 
Matthew 5:3
  • Jesus’ words challenge how we think about character, success and purpose
  • It involves God’s favor, His willingness to come near and dwell among His people
  • The Kingdom of God is the realm in which God work


Moral vs. Kingdom Ethics

We don’t live by the world’s moral code of conduct.  Christians ought to be “immoral to the world”.
 
Romans 12:2
  • We live in a Post Christian Culture
  • A Blast From the Past
  • A Better Way Forward




April 2018

Jesus – Salvation

Salvation is a present freedom that makes the future possible
 
Acts 4:12
  • We have access to God for all the power, wisdom and direction that we need for this life
  • Salvation is a Spiritual, Moral and Physical freedom provided by God through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection that elevates us to a fruitful, productive, abundant and purposeful future
 


March 2018

Paul – Entrusted

We are entrusted with the Gospel, which it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes
 
Philippians 1:12-18; 2 Timothy 1:8-14
  • “Entrusted with the Gospel,” means getting the accurate message!
  • “Entrusted with the Gospel,” means determined to live filled with Holy Spirit.
  • “Entrusted with the Gospel,” means suffering for the sake of and preservation of the Gospel.
  • “Entrusted with the Gospel,” means teaching others to understand, embrace and spread the message.


Ruth – Devotion

A life of significance is lived through devotion.
 
Ruth 1:16-17
 
  • Ruth’s decision – She didn’t play by the rules
  • Step out of your comfort zone
  • Ruth went to work
  • She trusted in the Lord’s provisions


David – Heart

The Heart of a follower of Jesus desires, seeks, approves, delights in and does God’s will.
 
Acts 13:22-23
  • The heart is the seat of our knowledge of God
  • The state of the heart governs our vision of God
  • From the heart one speaks to God
  • The heart is the location of divine indwelling




February 2018

Following God Closely

Faith goes much deeper than just believing that Jesus is the Christ; the proof of faith is following Him.
 
Luke 9:23-27


Knowing God More Clearly

Deep knowledge of God results in an authentic transformation of self, which is one the core Christian walk
 
John 17:3
  • Intellectual knowledge
  • Experiential knowledge
  • Practical knowledge


The Love of God for US

God doesn’t love you when it is convenient to Him.  When it comes to loving you God is ALL IN.
 
Psalm 8:3-4




September 2018

The Reality of Failure

In Christ, our failures don’t have to define our future by being the last word.
 
2 Timothy 4:10-11
 
  • Failure is an event, not a person, and how you choose to interpret your failures will either move you forward in life or hold you back
  • Followers of Jesus understand that a Christian can become successful in spite of failure because of God’s incredible grace and forgiveness


I Will Never Believe

Jesus has the ability to take us from a place of doubt to a place of confidence
 
John 20:24-29
 
  • We Must Embrace Honesty Like Thomas
  • We Must Demonstrate Courage Like Thomas
  • We Must Put Relationship Above Our Differences


Process

Our aim is to become a healthy church and small groups are a part of the process that will make us healthier and stronger.
 
Hebrews 10:23-25


August 2018

Cultivate

Matthew 9:35-38
  • Recognize
  • Desire
  • Take Action


Change

Meeting God together and building relationships
 
Philippians 1:25
 
Small Groups…
  1. Challenge Us to be More Like Jesus. (Heb. 10:24-25)
  2. Meet Practical Needs. (Acts 2:42-47)
  3. Carry Us Emotionally. (Gal. 6:2)
  4. Reveal Our Gifts and Talents. (1 Thess. 5:14)
  5. Open Our Eyes to the Needs of Others. (Ecc. 4:9-12; 1 Cor. 12:27)
  6. Empower Our Relationsh


Connect

No man, woman, child, or teenager is an island. We need each other in order to become fully mature believers who are capable of fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.
 
Acts 2:42-47
  • Scripture is clear. As believers, we need each other
  • Community is a foundational part of God’s design for humans and it shouldn’t be a surprise for us that community is also foundational to the church.
  • Small Groups are a provision of God for us to live according to the original design.
  • Small Groups allow us to connect with God and others


Knitted together in love

Colossians 2:2
 
A church that is knitted together by connecting, changing and cultivating is UNBREAKABLE.
  • Connecting with one another allows the heart to be encouraged
  • Personal transforming should happen as a result of being in community
  • Our hearts are stirring up to serve one another and our community


July 2018

God at the Movies – Inside Out

God at the Movies


Prayer and Perseverance

The enemy knows he can undermine the effectiveness and impact of the Christian life by bringing discouragement to the prayer life of a follower of Christ.
 
Ephesians 6:18-20


Sword of the Spirit

The Sword is the Word of God
 
Ephesians 6:17b




September 2018

Process

Our aim is to become a healthy church and small groups are a part of the process that will make us healthier and stronger.
 
Hebrews 10:23-25


August 2018

Cultivate

Matthew 9:35-38
  • Recognize
  • Desire
  • Take Action


Change

Meeting God together and building relationships
 
Philippians 1:25
 
Small Groups…
  1. Challenge Us to be More Like Jesus. (Heb. 10:24-25)
  2. Meet Practical Needs. (Acts 2:42-47)
  3. Carry Us Emotionally. (Gal. 6:2)
  4. Reveal Our Gifts and Talents. (1 Thess. 5:14)
  5. Open Our Eyes to the Needs of Others. (Ecc. 4:9-12; 1 Cor. 12:27)
  6. Empower Our Relationsh


Connect

No man, woman, child, or teenager is an island. We need each other in order to become fully mature believers who are capable of fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.
 
Acts 2:42-47
  • Scripture is clear. As believers, we need each other
  • Community is a foundational part of God’s design for humans and it shouldn’t be a surprise for us that community is also foundational to the church.
  • Small Groups are a provision of God for us to live according to the original design.
  • Small Groups allow us to connect with God and others


Knitted together in love

Colossians 2:2
 
A church that is knitted together by connecting, changing and cultivating is UNBREAKABLE.
  • Connecting with one another allows the heart to be encouraged
  • Personal transforming should happen as a result of being in community
  • Our hearts are stirring up to serve one another and our community




 

April 2017

I Believe in Life Everlasting

Eternal life its not Christian wishful thinking but a reality of God’s love.


I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body

Christians don’t proclaim the resurrection because it’s popular. We proclaim it because it is truth.


Standing for the truth can and usually is costly

The belief of an action done based on false information and the unwillingness to stand for the truth killed Jesus.


March 2017

The Creed

The Creed Introduction




December 2017

Love

Loving and being loved is an essential part of our human experience
 
1 Corinthians 13
  • We become part of Christ body and our God is love
  • Love gives mass and holds all together
  • Love is not less than what we feel, but it is certainly more
  • Ultimately, it is how we give evidence of God himself


Hope

The Candle of Hope means that light, life and all that is good and Godly will prevail.
 
Lamentations 3:19-26; Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6
 
Hope goes much deeper, requiring risk and assuming responsibility
There is no hopeless person or situation
Christian hope frees us to point our lives toward a fuller future


Hope

The Candle of Hope means that light, life and all that is good and Godly will prevail.
 
Lamentations 3:19-26; Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6
 
Hope goes much deeper, requiring risk and assuming responsibility
There is no hopeless person or situation
Christian hope frees us to point our lives toward a fuller future




August 2017

Serving without Sinking

Our daily work is partnering with God in His love and care for the world.
 
Ephesians 2:10
 
Bringing Order to Chaos
Work in and Imperfect World
 


Pursuing Your Calling

God created us uniquely with His own purpose in mind.  Our attitude and approach to all work should reflect and appreciation of God’s unique calling and purpose in our lives.
 
Luke 5:1-11
 
1. The Description of our Calling
2. The Development of our Calling
3. The Direction of our Calling


Work Well

The Bible commands us to work well if we would want to be blessed by God with the work of our hands.  It is conditional
 
Ephesians 6:5-9
 
Dependability and Responsibility
Honesty and Integrity
Dedication and Productivity
Self-Motivated and Appreciation for the Job
Accountability and Humilty
 


Work Matters

Colossians 3:23-24




 

January 2018

Stewardship of the Gospel

Stewardship of the Gospel is yours and people’s key to the blessed life!
 
Matthew 28:18-20
  • The Gospel Promises Forgiveness Today
  • The Gospel Promises Deliverance Today
  • The Gospel Promises Power Today
  • The Gospel Promises Restoration Today
  • The Gospel Promises Reconciliation Today
  • The Gospel Promises Wisdom Today
 


Stewardship of Finances

Stewardship of our finances calls us to live generously!
 
Malachi 3:10-12
 
  • Created generous; tempted to hoard
  • Defeating the voices
  • Biblical reasons to give to God and others


Stewardship of Life

A blessed life is determined not by what you have but what you do with what has been entrusted to you.
 
Matthew 25:14-30
  • Stewardship of Talent
  • Stewardship of Relationship
  • Stewardship of Truth


The Mindset

God wants us to live blessed lives
 
Psalm 24
  • Dependency on God
  • Obedience to God
  • Steward Mindset




June 2017

Apology

Apologies open the doorway to forgiveness which brings renewed life to any relationship
 
Matthew 5:21-26
There is power in properly admitting a mistake that you have done
Taking Responsibility and leave the BUT’s
Embracing your mistakes allows for learning and changes
How to effectively apologize
–  Name what you did wrong.  Don’t just say sorry.
–  Make it all about you
–  Inform the person that you hurt about the personal changes being made
–  Use the right attitude and language


May 2017

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a matter of the heart and may be the costliest gift to give as well the most overwhelming to receive
 
Matthew 18:21-35
Forgiving Heals Us
Recognize that forgiving doesn’t mean that injustice will go unpunished
Learning to forgive is the right thing to do
Forgiveness is costly – Jesus is our ultimate example of forgiving
Choose to forgive


Empathy

Empathy is the bridge between hurt and healing and is central to human connection
 
Luke 7:36-50
God Himself empathizes with the people He created.
Empathy is incarnational ministry.  Jesus entered our story.
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.


Boundaries

Boundaries
 
John 2:1-12
 
Boundaries protects your identity by defining your relationships
   – Setting personal boundaries like Jesus
   – Jesus said no to inappropriate behavior
   – Jesus had expectations for people in need


April 2017

Loyalty

Loyalty is one of the necessary components for your relationships to function properly
 
1 Samuel 18:1-4 & John 13:36-38
Loyalty…
– does not hesitate
– is what you do, not what you say
– is a willing decision
– is challenging
– will involve sacrifice
– will be rewarded 


The Gifts of Creation

The Gifts of Creation
    – God Himself – Gen. 1:27 “In His own image”
    – Creation- Gen. 1:28-31 – “God Bless them”
    – Relationships – Gen. 2:18-25 – “were both naked and were not ashamed”
God Values Relationships
Relationships are God given gifts




 

November 2017

Worship & Celebration

The discipline of worship is always followed by the discipline and celebration before the Lord in accordance with His truth.
 
John 4:21-24; 15:11
 
Worship
  • Worship is an invitation to engage in communion with our Creator
  • Worship is both individual and corporate
Celebration
  • Christians can have fun too
  • Celebration leads to Hope
  • Celebration is our best form of evangelism


Simplicity

SIMPLICITY is the inward reality of single-hearted focus upon God and His kingdom, which results in an outward lifestyle of modesty, openness, and unpretentiousness that disciplines our hunger for status, glamour, and luxury.
 
2 Corinthians 11:1-3 (MSG)
 
Simplicity is an inward reality that expresses itself outwardly through the way we live our lives
  • Firstly – It frees us
  • Secondly – We can give ourselves of our time and our resources to serve God and others.


Solitude and Silence

Solitude and silence are an outward declaration of your inward hunger and desire to know God more fully and love him more deeply.
 
Mark 1:35
 
Solitude is being alone on purpose. Loneliness happens to you
Solitude is being alone for personal growth and accomplishment
Solitude is being alone for personal renewal and refreshment
Solitude is being alone in order to enhance our relationships
Solitude is being alone in order to be with God


Prayer & Listening

“There is healing, joy, rest and peace to be found in God’s presence, often indiscernible at first but still present, ongoing, life transforming furthermore prayer and listening is avenue into God’s presence.”
 
Psalm 63:1-8
 
The Discipline of Prayer
How does God speak to us?
Why should I pray
A.C.T.S
  – Adoration – Psalm 63:2-4 


October 2017

Study & Mediation

Scripture was revealed not merely to inform us but also to transform us.
 
Psalm 19:7-11
 
Informative vs Transformative reading
Questions to ask why studying
 – What do I learn about God?
 – What do I learn about people?
 – What do I learn about relating to God?
 – What does God want me to understand/think?
 – What does God want me to believe?
 – What does God want me to do?
 
Steps in Meditating on Gods Word


Calisthenics

What is the goal of the Christian life?
 
“The goal of the Christian life is to grow in our understanding of our union with Christ both in thinking and in our practices”
 
1 Timothy 4:7-8
 
The Training and Transformation
 
Who we are
– A Spiritual people (Jn. 4:23-24)
– A Spiritual family (Gal. 4:4-7)
– A Spiritual temple (Eph. 2:11-22)




October 2017

In God’s Hands

Why can we trust God with everything?  Because God holds you in His hands!
 
1 Peter 5:5-11
 
1. God will honor you if you humble yourself (1 Peter 5:5-6)
2. God will take care of you (1 Peter 5:7)
3. God will restore you (1 Peter 5:10-11)


Life is a Roller Coaster

Things get rough from time to time, but you can arm yourself for the difficult days ahead!
 
1 Peter 4:1-11
 
1. Arm Your Mind with Rejoicing. (1 Peter 4:1–6)
2. Arm Your Soul with Prayer! (1 Peter 4:7–11)
3. Arm Yourself with Love, Service and Encouragement toward others! (1 Peter 4:8)


September 2017

Living in Peace

Our actions reflect our nature.  What we do tells the world who we are and how we live!
 
1 Peter 3:8-17
 
1. Think about your attitude toward others (1 Peter 3:8-9)
2. Think about what you say (1 Peter 3:10)
3. Think about what you do (1 Peter 3:11)
4. Think about your motivations (1 Peter 3:12-17)


Say no to Revenge

It is forgiveness not revenge that will lead you to experience the grace of God in a powerful way!
 
1 Peter 2:13-25
 
1. Owe no one anything except love (1 Peter 2:13-18)
2. Refusing revenge is pleasing to God (1 Peter 2:19-22)
3. Instead of seeking revenge, show kindness (1 Peter 2:23)
4. Instead of seeking retaliation, forgive (1 Peter 2:24-25)


Fighting the Right Battle

If you want to act holy, you have to learn to think holy
 
1 Peter 1:13-2:12
 
What it means to be holy or how to be holy (1 Peter 1:13-25)
To be holy, you must prepare your mind for action (1 Peter 1:13)
To be holy, you must think differently. (1 Peter 1:14-16
To be holy, you must learn to concentrate on God rather than your own efforts. (1 Peter 1:17-21)
 


Born for a Purpose

1 Peter 1:1-12
 
The Church is not created out of its own action; it doesn’t choose itself; does not separate itself, does not send itself – the Church is a work of God!
 
The Foundation our Our Salvation
The Assurance of Our Salvation
The Joy of Our Salvation
The Old Testament Prophets and Our Salvation




July 2017

McFarland USA

We are all looking to find opportunities to live better lives
 
Romans 8:26-39
 
1.  God has confidence in you because He understands you completely
 
2.  God has confidence in you because He sees you differently
 
3.  God has confidence in you because He loves you perfectly 


The LEGO Movie

God is not concerned about sin.  HE cares about you!
 
Psalm 103:8-19
 
1.  The realization
2.  Legalistic living
3.  Grace Filled Living


Maleficent

Sin isn’t here for a moment and then gone. No, sin is so evil that it leaves its lasting trajectory behind.
 
James 1:14-17
 
1. The human world vs the Moors world
2. Sin is awful, unbearably awful. Sin is evil, horrifyingly evil because sin begets sin.
3. Love has the power to break the curse of sin!