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Lead in the church – worship

LEAD ➡️ in the churchPhilippians 2:1-8

3/12/17
Fruit is the byproduct of your relationship with Christ. We will not enjoy true love and peace until we have got Jesus as our savior and as we connect and grow! No matter if you’re an introvert or extrovert, you’re a leader! It begins in the home so we can outpour that love to others! God uses us in different compacity to influence people! Every person has a unique function to fulfill in the church. Challenge: discern and discover why God has put you in your church to lead the church and the body!! 
“I exist today to function for the purpose of leading people to Jesus!” We are a movement of God! We are here to lead! Say it to yourself, “Leadership!” Spiritual leadership is servant leadership! Our model comes from Jesus Christ. Best way to lead the people is through HUMBLE SERVICE. 
** READ THIS DAILY: “Do NOTHING from selfish ambition or conceit, but in HUMILITY count others more significant than yourselves.” (Vs 3)

Big idea: I am connected to and and this church, and I am growing in my faith, in order to LEAD people to Jesus, not only in my HOME, but also in my CHURCH. 
Fullness OF JOY (1-2)

* Cherish the love this church possesses because of Christ

* Celebrate the Unity this church possesses because of Christ

– If Jesus wasn’t here, this wouldn’t be a friendly place. We are united in many differences and by Jesus, we have that love we need to posses it! You should find encouragement, empathy, mercy, and spiritual growth. Jesus is the cornerstone! Be united and celebrate together. We are very unique! We all have a past that brings us together and our perspective of life helps each other to see what could change or benefit others in our venture! Only in a church can you find unity in diversity. Find joy in all your days! No one wants to follow someone that doesn’t have joy in their life! LEAD in JOY and watch people that will be drawn to you. 
Mindset OF HUMILITY (3-7)

* Not, “what do I want?” But, “What will strengthen the church and build the Kingdom?” * Higher callings and positions of influence do not terminate the necessity of humility, but ENLARGE it. 

It’s not about me, it’s about your church and what will strengthen your church! Your participation and what you can do to HELP your body will make it more abundant and enlarge the kingdom of God; more successful church! “Must resist me first mentality.” Jesus was as high as you could get, he was equal with God! The higher you are, find humility, so that you can come to others! Push out barriers and enlarge the understand for NEED of humility and get more people to the presence of God! What of God has given you a higher calling for the benefit of Jesus!!! Spear of influence is based on doing something that you would ask someone else, that you will do yourself! Lead by example. 
Acts OF SACRIFICE (8)

* Give your best – Give your all

– Jesus talked and bared action with his words! He emptied himself, left the splendor the heavens to come to this world, as a helpless baby and SACRIFICE himself! Spiritual labor… Jesus gave his BEST and gave his ALL. Do your best for then glory of God! 
** Smartphone: Take the spiritual gift assessment.… email it to the pastor (if you feel lead to do so)…. 


Don’t assume you KNOW what spiritual gift you have… take a moment to find out…. what is your gift. The church body, the city, NEEDS YOU! All that we do in the church for the church, is for the glory of God! 
Check your abilities and do so with joy, humility and love! 
** In a church, its not about just you, it’s about the whole church! “The church needs your help and someone else will do the job, someone else will step up.” Do you know this for sure!? Assuming that someone else will intervene and take a place… you don’t know that for sure! **
“So if there is any ENCOURAGEMENT IN CHRIST, any COMFORT FROM LOVE, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do NOTHING from selfish ambition or conceit, but in HUMILITY count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

– ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:1-8‬‬

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Grow Tall  2/19/17

Grow tall
Matthew 5:14-16

Our life is NOT defined by what happens to us! Your walk in public with Christ is only as strong as it is in private. As roots protect us, we must also branch out… 
Big idea: to fulfill Gods purpose for my life in this church, I must grow TALL spiritually through daily reflection and unashamed action.

Identify WHO YOU ARE (14)

We should be a reflection of Christ. As children of Christ, we are a reflective light, a tall light and we don’t do anything to have it, it s there, waiting for us to illuminate it to the person who needs it most. We are to bear witness! “Cities on a hill are to be seen.” Stand on a hill and be seen, let others see your light. Daily reflect: we are a light for others to see so others can come and find us and find rest! Don’t lose track of our mission! Reflect on his word, His song, serving others, being on mission! Music is powerful! The song can change you weather you see it or not… focus on the words because it can and will fold deep into your soul! 
Influence THE WORLD AROUND YOU (15-16)
Song: This little light of mine… “hiding a bushel” – hide or steal someone talent (Matthew 5) don’t hide Christ’s accomplishments…. don’t dismiss what He has, is and will do! Where has God placed your lamp? He has placed you for maximum illumination! We don’t always see it, but there is purpose! Job, city, season, reason and timing! To hide our lamp would be against our DNA as a Christian! Would you agree? People should notice you…. if you were removed. Would people notice? Would people be upset? Would people fight to have you stick around? 
When you do something… outward focus? Is this going to leave an impact on the city? On the neighborhood? We grow tall by putting our faith into action. Accrational evangelism…. we don’t need a prize to be attracted to come to God. Be on your game everyday to see what’s important and what’s not…. Are my good works attracted people to God! 
When you see someone, you might only see their branches, unless you get to know someone personally, you may not see their root system! 
Is your life attractive? Full of love and compassion? Change a persons vision of Christian… humble, asking forgiveness, knock down walls, giving love and not hate…. love and serve people. It’s. It about you! It’s about others! 
Reminder for this week my friends…. 

1. KNOW that you are a direct reflection of Gods light to this world 

2. LIVE in a way that attracts people to His light

3. SHARE His light always
You have got to spend time with God on a daily basis…. 5 min a day a least as a start… see what it does for you! 

“”You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

– ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬‬

How can I pray for you friends? Let me know! 

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Grow Deeper

“Grow Deeper”

2/12/17

Jeremiah 17:5-18

Our connection doesn’t stop.. we continuously connect with new believers or those that need to find Christ. We must also maintain our connectivity. 

Let’s say as far as marriage.. there is courtship, you establish a relationship, you get to know one another, you make a connection and you continue this relationship and go further! You get married, honeymoon, etc, at some point you start to learn or grow into the other person because we’ll never fully learn everything… 

With God to continue with Him is to find spiritual growth… We have got to grow in order to continue the journey or purpose that God has for us! We must have a spiritual robust root system. 

“If all there is is a connection, with no growth or spiritual leadership, all we are is a social club!” Pastor Mark

Big idea: to fulfill Gods purpose for my life in this church I must grow deep spiritually through DAILY dependence UPON GOD.
Reject MANMADE STRONGHOLDS

Trust flesh beings a curse and yields shallowness 

If man set it up, it is not dependable if man is behind this. Spiritual growth (making a root system) is dependent upon God! Trusting in man shows a denial to God! We aren’t dependent on each other, we’re dependent on Christ. Rely on God for spiritual nourishment. If you’re not rooted you’re like a tumbleweed blowing in the wind and you’ll have no way to support yourself, nor will you have access to the ability to stand your ground and take heed to a storm that may be coming in your way! God knows what me coming! He knows everything that will come our way! 
Rejoice IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Let your faith grow into reliance

Let God make you thrive

No matter what’s going on, you’re blessed! Our blessing, our enjoyment doesn’t coke from circumstances or from other people, it comes from the Lord! Rejoice daily! Praise Him daily! Don’t believe or trust IN God, rely fully! Know He will do right by you for you and in you! God must be your rock! Make God your rock, he can handle this pressure! No man or child can handle this pressure! Dog down deep, root down, and allow God to do what he will do for you. Drought will happen, but God will prevail! 

Your faith isn’t just about you… 

1) List the ways you depend upon manmade strongholds and turn from faith in them.

2) Consider the promises and faithfulness to God to redeem and restore you, in spite of you’re sinfulness. 

3) Pursue God privately every day, multiple times a day, through Bible reading, prayer, worship, fellowship, and services. 
“Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” Like the partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch, so is he who gets riches but not by justice; in the midst of his days they will leave him, and at his end he will be a fool. A glorious throne set on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water. Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. Behold, they say to me, “Where is the word of the Lord? Let it come!” I have not run away from being your shepherd, nor have I desired the day of sickness. You know what came out of my lips; it was before your face. Be not a terror to me; you are my refuge in the day of disaster. Let those be put to shame who persecute me, but let me not be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed; bring upon them the day of disaster; destroy them with double destruction!”

– ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:5-18‬‬

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Connect – Grow – Lead 1/22

Connect ——>Grow——–>

Lead———>

Across this world, there is a gross neglect of spiritual leadership, of all gods people! When you connect with God, you’re not done connecting with God…. you ever stop connecting! We’re an ever expanding circle and there’s always room! Learn something. We everything when you’re connecting, growing and leading others. A connection with God brings forth victory! God makes us alive and leads us to victory! What better transformation do we have to look forward to when we come to Him!? 🙏🏻
Big idea: Jesus Christ connects me to God and introduces me to a victorious life 
God makes us LIVE (13-14)

* We were spiritually dead because of sin

* Jesus canceled our Sin Debt on the cross

Only God has the power to make us alive! 

Spiritually dead = unable! 

We’re unable to do anything in our own ability to please God without Christ! No mater what you do, no matter how right you are, unless you’re alive through Christ, this doesn’t surpass anything to Him! God doesn’t see you unless you’re apart of Jesus Christ! He cannot see you if you’re not alive through Him! God has forgiven our past, present and future sins! At the cross, then Jesus died on the cross, he did so for US for the FUTURE! Jesus became sin for us! Through Him we would have righteousness! Sacrifice of Jesus conquering death and He’ll has made us alive! A spiritual resurrection! Our faith has made us alive! Amen! Jesus Christ is our mediator! He loved us enough to die on the cross and allow us to be seen by His Father! 

God makes us WIN (15)

* Our enemies have been Disarmed by God

* Our enemies have been Rebukes by God 

Only God leads us to victory! 

God is our master and commander! Jesus has paved a path to God! Victorious living! We have this because of Jesus and His Fathers love for US! 
** Connect with God thought faith in Jesus Christ – confess your sins and come to Christ! Trust Him! Place faith in Him and believe in his name! Never be ashamed! 

** Stay connected with God through victorious living – daily reading and dwell in his Word! Jesus didn’t die for us to sit back, enjoy life and live how we want to! We ave a purpose through Jesus Christ! It’s not about riches and material items, it’s about living, true living! 
God still has enemies and they will do WHATEVER it takes to keep you distracted and keep you away from God and your bothers and sisters! Follow in obedience! 
CHERISH EACH AND EVERYDAY YOU HAVE TO CONNECT WITH GOD AND THR PEOPLE YOU COME INTO CONTACT WITH! 
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us ALL our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

– ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:13-15‬‬

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Under A Starry ⭐️ Sky

Genesis 3
11/27/16

Focus on Christ in the dark days! Christ is the reason for the season… focus on the true reason for Christmas, it’s not about presents, or what you’ll get or what you’ll give someone. God is constantly working on our behalf, ways he can show how much he loves us! We’re on a constant search for hope, weather we know it or not. Some people may be looking in the wrong place. The Bible is a demonstration of Gods hope! Keep looking up! Sin is real. Pain is real. Conflict, anxiety is real. Jesus Christ is hope for the hurting! 
Pain of sin never goes away unless Jesus is applied! Since Adam and Eve, no human has had a relationship with God. Sin has entered the world and disease, pain, shame, etc, has entered and not left, it has only gotten worse.

Too many times we are treating the symptoms, not the disease. 


Big idea: Jesus Christ is the HOPE for the HURTING
Recognize THE SOURCE OF THE PAIN
Sin of commission... don’t want to do it, but we do it anyway… sin of omission… God says he doesn’t want us to do, but he expects of us (obedience), but we turn a blind eye and we’re still not going to do it. Satan isn’t as strong as we think, our relationship with a Christ isn’t what it should be, that’s why sin happens… or “how it happens.” Sin always begins with misinformation. So how are you supposed to know what God approves and disapproves of, of you don’t go to the word and find out about God and what he wants from us? 

Prepare FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN

Sin will bring temporary pleasure. Adam and Eve were happy for a moment. With sin, you’ll have shame and blame. Once they sinned, their eyes opened and they hid themselves. Why hide? Because sin will make you ashamed and they realized once they ate from the tree as they were told not to, they were then feeling a conflict of sin, they realized they were naked, and felt shame, then started to blame someone other then themselves. Ultimately, the person and circumstances when we blame someone or something, is blamed on God. He has made and breathed his breath on everything. At some point we have to take responsibility. Relationship has hardships. We’re all incompatible with all people at some point… sin brings pain, heartache, and death. Due to sin, blood had to be spilled. Sin = separation from God. That’s is the greatest heartache! Consequences are real. 

Find HOPE IN THE ONE WHO HEALS
There is hope…. Hope for mankind! He pronounced that he was going to bring a son that was going to redeem us from sin! (VS 15) JESUS! The one person in history that is going to bring victory, no matter dark and gloomy your life seems! He is the promise! 

Jesus has always been the demonstration of Gods love, and while we sojourn through this life, God simply asks us to follow the light of Christ and share Him with the world, in faith.

 

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.””
– ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:1-13‬‬
“The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.”

– ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:14-24‬‬

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