Thursday, June 17, 2010

Repost from last years Father's day- You Have What It Takes!

This past Father's day I shared a message entitled, "You Have What It Takes!" The message is available via iTunes & the notes are posted below. The most important person in the home in regards to generational influence, is the father. Dad's are vital to passing on a legacy that will be focused on God's Kingdom instead of our own Mingdom. Father's, you have what is takes!

“The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.” Proverbs. 20:7
I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week. -Mario Cuomo

The Secret To Boys- Every boy wants to know from his Dad, Do I have what it takes?
The Secret To Girls- Every girl wants to know from her Dad, Am I lovely?
Father’s, You Are The Most Powerful Man In The World!

One of the Greatest Dad’s In All Of The Bible
(lessons from the life of Jehonadab)
Key Thought- He was zealous about God & His Word! (2 Kings 10:15-31)
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Key Thought- He Built His Family Around God’s Standards! ((Jeremiah 35:1-19)
“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” Psalm 103:17-18

How To Be A Great Dad (like Jehonadab) This Week!
1. You must accept their uniqueness.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
2. You must affirm their value.
-By paying attention to them. “He [God] pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail – even numbering the hairs on your head!” Matthew 10:30 (MSG)
-By showing affection to them. “I drew them to me with affection and love. I picked them up and held them to my cheek” Hosea 11:4 (TEV).
-By expressing appreciation to them. “God says, ‘You are precious to me. You are honored and I love you’” Isaiah 43:4 (NLT).
3. You must trust them with responsibility.
“Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot…” (Luke 16:10 NCV).
4. You must correct them without condemning them.
-Never correct in anger. “Don’t keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful. Rather bring them up with the loving discipline…with suggestions and godly advice.” Ephesians 6:4 (TEV)
-Watch your words. “Don’t use harmful words. Use only helpful words. The kind that should build up.” Harmful words create hurtful memories. Put-downs and harmful words might motivate somebody in the short term, but they’re going to plant seeds of rebellion in your child’s life. Ephesians 4:29
5. You must love them unconditionally.
“Be kind and loving to each other, forgiving each other just as God forgave you in Christ” Ephesians 4:32 (NCV)
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)

YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

DISCIPLE, PART 2- HOW DO I BECOME A DISCIPLE?


Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (Galatians 2:20)
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” 1 Cor. 3:6 (NIV)

FACTS ABOUT SPIRITUAL MATURITY.

IT'S NOT AUTOMATIC.
"You have been Christians for a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead you need someone to teach you. When a person is still living on milk, it shows he isn't very far along in the Christian life. He's still a baby Christian." Hebrews 5:12-13
IT IS A PROCESS.
"Continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our savior, Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18
IT TAKES DISCIPLINE.
"Take the time and the trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit." 1 Timothy 4:7
"Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness." (NASV)

4 HABITS THAT WILL HELP YOU BECOME A DISCIPLE

Habit (Webster's Dictionary)- It is a continual, often unconscious inclination to do a certain activity, acquired through frequent repetition."
"You have put off the old self with its habits and have put on the new self which God is continually renewing in his own image to bring you to a full knowledge of himself." Colossians 3:9-10

WE GROW THROUGH OUR COMMITMENTS!

1. A TIME WITH GOD IN PRAYER & HIS WORD.
"If you continue in my Word then you are my disciples indeed. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32
“Jesus left the city and went, as he usually did, to the Mount of Olives to pray." Luke 22:39

2. A TITHE TO GOD.
“...any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33
"The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives." Deuteronomy 14:23

3. A TALENT FOR GOD.
Significance in life doesn’t come from status, salary, sex or success. It comes from serving. From giving your life away.
“IF you want to be the most important person you must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else." Mark 9:35 (GW)

“For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

4. A TIME WITH ONE ANOTHER.
“Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more...” Hebrews 10:24-25 (TEV)

Are You Ready To Become A REAL Disciple Of Jesus Christ?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Disciple, Part 1

Today we started a new series called, "Disciple," that I adapted from Rick Warren's recent Radicalis conference. The question that I'm answering is this, "What does it mean to be a disciple?" The reality is that many people claim to be followers of Jesus Christ but simply don't understand what that really means. Jesus taught 6 expectations that He has for people that claim to be his followers, his disciples. Here are the notes below.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A DISCIPLE?

“Go and make disciples…” Matt. 28:19

“As Jesus was going down the road, he saw Matthew sitting at his tax-collection booth. "Come, be my disciple!," Jesus said. So Matthew got up and followed him.” Matt. 9:9 (NIV)

Greek word for disciple- mathetes; a learner, pupil, disciple, follower.

1. I MUST SPEND TIME WITH JESUS.
“IF you want to be my disciple you must come and follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And IF they follow me, the Father will honor them.” John 12:26 (NLT) *see also Mark 3:14

2. I MUST LOVE JESUS SUPREMELY.
”IF you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26 (NLT)
"The most important commandment is this: You must love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, ALL your soul, ALL your mind, and ALL your strength.” Mark 12:29-30 (NLT)

3. I MUST LOVE HIS CHURCH.
“IF you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples." John 13:35 (TEV)
“If someone says, "I love God," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar! For if we don't love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we `have not seen?” 1 John 4:20 (NLT) *see also 1 John 3:16

4. I MUST OBEY HIM COMPLETELY.
“IF you continue to obey my teaching, you are truly my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32 (NCV)
IF you CONTINUE to live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours. You give glory to my Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore show that you are my disciples.” John 15:7-8 (GW)

5. I MUST SERVE OTHERS UNSELFISHLY.
“IF you want to be the most important person you must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else." Mark 9:35 (GW) *see also Matt. 20:28 (NLT)
“IF anyone wants to be my disciple, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Matt. 16:24 (LB)

6. I MUST PASS ON THE GOOD NEWS.
“Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!’ And they left their nets at once and went with him.” Matt. 4:20 (LB)
“Take the teachings you heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, and entrust them to reliable people, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Tim. 2:2 (TEV)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Are You Ready To Grow Spiritually?

Over 400 people have made first time decisions or recommitments to follow Christ in the last 18 months!!  If you are one of them, CONGRATS!!You’re at the very beginning of a new life-- one filled with grace, peace, and joy that can only come from knowing God.  You’re invited this June to take part as we are launching a weekly new believer’s class called, “Fresh Start With God.”  This class 4 weeks in duration & will meet each week during the first service & you can join at any time.  It will encourage & empower you as you learn to follow Jesus Christ!  The Bible tells us to “Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be — you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean.”  Psalm 32:11 (MSG)  When you make a commitment of your life to Jesus, not only is your “slate wiped clean”, you also get a “fresh start” – a new lease on life.  This class is designed to help you have a good start to your fresh start.  During these weeks together you’ll discover and begin to unwrap ten gifts that God gives you:

Forgiveness – Accepting God’s Grace
Relationship – Worshipping
Encouragement – Handling Failure
Scripture – Understanding God’s Word
Help – Following God’s Guidance

Shape – Being You
Togetherness – Living in Community
Authority – Serving Others
Recognition – Being Baptized
Testimony – Telling Your Story

This class will provide you with the basics to begin walking with God.  It is the primer for future study.  With the completion of this course you will be prepared to take classes that will lead you deeper in your Christian life.  You’ll have increased confidence and understanding at your next level of study.  It is our deep desire that these weeks will enable you to:  “Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.”  2 Peter 3:18 (MSG)  For more information or to sign-up, email freshstart@freedomlife.tv!