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56 minutes | 3 days ago
The Life of a Lighthouse
Do you know what the purpose of a Lighthouse is? Have you ever lost or misplaced something in your home you really need? The remote control maybe? Your phone? When something with purpose is missing, its function can’t happen. We are spiritual lighthouses with purpose placed by God and when we are missing, our function is missing. Colossians 3:16-17 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. “Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” The life of a lighthouse needs to stay planted and secure and functioning in its purpose. This verse really lays out a blueprint for us to stay secure in our faith and planted. The Word in us Word of Christ refers to the word to Christs teachings Dwell – to be at home. Like when someone says “make yourself at home”. visitor vs family Richly – abundance. more than you need to survive Have the teachings of Christ in you. When the teachings of Christ are missing – humanity feels a soul craving that it trys to fill with nonsense Share the Word Teaching – sharing what you are getting – after service! Admonishing – has to do with duty. we owe our brothers and sisters Praise God And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Taking in the teachings of Christ then sharing the teachings of Christ with each other – Praise should be the immediate result Doing Life together – What does this verse mean to you? What area do you need to work on? How can you start implementing that area now? Colossians 3:17 Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. verse 17 comes after verse 16 Don’t act or speak unless you have the teachings of Jesus dwelling richly in your life. Your mouth and your actions can hurt more than help. We are lighthouses. Placed with purpose by God – and need to help more than hurt. Next Steps – Live the life of a lighthouse – by Making your words and actions align to the Teachings of Jesus this week. After service – spend a few minutes practicing v16 in sharing the word with people near you.
64 minutes | 3 days ago
Why Waste Your Time?
Have you ever wasted your own time? Wasting your time on a day off is the worst. This is the next message in our “Change Your City” series titled – “Don’t Waste Your Time”. Our district supervisor told us about when he had cancer and God placed a word on his heart “don’t waste a good cancer”. Meant press in to his relationship with God rather than dwelling on pain and hurt. So for us…. don’t waste a good pandemic. Meaning, you have time to press in. Mark 2:1 “When Jesus came back to Capernaum a few days later, it was heard that He was at home.” Theologians believe Jesus made his home at Peters house People could find Jesus not at the church, but by finding the disciples. There is a mantle and weight to being a disciple of Jesus. Doing Life Together – What does Mark 2:1 mean to you? What are you doing so that it’s heard that He is in your home? What can you do so it’s heard He is in your home? Matthew 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Your city will change based on 2 things: 1 – You know you have Jesus in your home 2 – And people know you have Jesus in your home Before having a great commission you need a humble submission. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me….And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Has your personal authority been given to Jesus? The Father gave Jesus all authority and the ability to hold all authority. But have you actually given your authority over? Don’t waste your time holding onto your authority. Signs you haven’t given all authority to Jesus yet: What will they think if I ask to pray for them? If I win the lottery then I can tithe, but until then I can’t afford it. I can’t talk about Jesus to that person. Conditional faith – we will see what happens. I can’t… until… DO you know you have Jesus in your home? All authority from the Father and from you rests with Jesus. 2 – People know you got Jesus in your home How did people know where to find Jesus? They looked for Jesus at the disciples home not at the Church. I fully believe more people in the history of the Church have found Jesus through His disciples actions and love rather than stumbling into a building. We are all called to be disciples of Jesus. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Don’t waste other peoples time – The longer you take to share the love of Jesus causes less years for that person to dwell in the love of Jesus. And less time for them to change their city. John 13:35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Our church vision is a lighthouse – the foundation and building of a lighthouse represents our relationship with the Lord and the light represents us reaching out. The lighthouse is the shape of the cross. Next Steps – Change Your City – This entire sermon series touches on all the facets of seeing your city changed. Do it. Intentionally and directly share the Love of Jesus.
59 minutes | 3 days ago
Why Is a Distracted Driver a Dangerous Driver?
Have you ever been caught behind or next to a distracted driver? So scary. “Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaging in other activities which distract the driver’s attention away from the road.” This is the latest message in our “Change Your City” series, titled “Distracted Driver”. We’ve been looking at Jesus and his disciples lives in and around the city of Capernaum – city of comfort. And we found some distracted drivers on the way. Mark 9:33-37 30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it. 33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. 35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Are you engaged in other activities that distract you from the road Jesus is leading you on? Fail to pay attention- Jesus is speaking, are you listening and discerning. Doing Life Together – The disciples were focused on nonsense because they failed to understand what Jesus spoke to them about. What does this scripture mean to you in Mark 9? How have you allowed yourself to be distracted because you didn’t understand Jesus? Has Jesus spoken to you recently and you haven’t acted on it because you didn’t understand it? How can you stay focused in the future when Jesus speaks and you don’t understand? 2. Fail to think of others 3. Fail to confess The cure for distracted driving and distracted disciplining is 1 in the same – give up the drivers seat to focus on what you should be focusing on. The drivers seat belongs to Jesus Your focus is on the driver and the passengers Jesus (listen, understand, see how He is leading you especially in hard times Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Yourself (follow and don’t be a backseat driver trying to tell Jesus where to lead you) Others (if your seats are empty practice inviting) I believe loneliness can be a tool that Jesus can use. So we are forced out of our comfort zone to bring others in. You in the right seat with the right heart is what will change your city. Next Steps: Practice actionable prayer this week. Pray for discernment and take action. If you feel led to fast then pray for what you need to fast over then fast. If you feel led to call someone and pray over them spend time discerning what the Holy Spirit needs to get across – then do it.
56 minutes | 2 months ago
New Year, New You
Have you made a New Year’s resolution? I have heard some good ones, bad ones, ridiculous, amazing resolutions over the years. A favorite one that I heard was “I wanna take naps on boats”. I asked about where or if they had a harbor in mind. They said “nah, just wanna be more like Jesus.” The #1 is resolution is diet. “I gotta eat better.” A diet will change how you look, but a fast will change how you see. This is the first message of the year in our Change Your City series – “New Year, New You”. We are talking about sight – well – more about lack of sight. Matthew 9:27-31 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. We are starting this year by asking Jesus to heal our blindness. Areas that can blind us from the Kingdom of God blind from denial things have changed but you have refused to adapt and follow Jesus into the new season. covid has shaken up the world, and a chunk of believers have refused to move and follow Jesus. blind from selfishness I don’t like that. Jesus didn’t ask about whether you liked it. He asked you to follow Him. blind from bitterness someone or something hurt you, now your bitter. blind from isolation the more alone we become the less community we have. we lose the vision of the kingdom of God blind from disobedience Psalm 119:29 – Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions. Doing Life Together – What has tried or even made you blind to the Kingdom of God? What blindness tries to sneak into your life to prevent vision? Reading our verse 1 more time Matthew 9:27-31 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. Pursue Jesus Know the authority of Jesus First time in New Testament the title of Jesus was called out. They knew the position Jesus held as Messiah. Have some Faith It’s, “Because you have faith,” not “In proportion to your faith.” Jesus did not provide healing according to the amount of faith the blind men had. Next Steps – Verse 31 – Spread the news about Jesus to your city. Seriously pray about methods of sharing the news of Jesus to your city this year. Half the vision of Lighthouse is the light that shines outward. How will you be a lighthouse that works and shines?
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Are You Ready Yet?
Have you ever been waiting on someone to get somewhere? You both knew about an event, or gathering, or something for weeks and it’s finally the day, but they aren’t ready yet? Or maybe you’re in the other shoes, everybody else is in the car ready to go and you are still getting ready. This is the last message of 2020, entitled “I’m Not Ready”, in our Change Your City series. We are looking the difference between someone who was ready to follow Jesus vs not ready to follow Jesus. You might say “hey, I’m ready to follow Jesus or I am”. Good then actively lead others to fully follow Jesus. Matthew – the “tax collector” had a special set of skills he was a precise note taker knew the Old Testament took the livelihood away from people In following Jesus, Matthew was redeemed – wrote a book in the Bible provided livelihood to people for all of time. Redemption in all of our lives comes from us following Jesus. Matthew 9:9-13 9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. 10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” 12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matthew followed Jesus into his own home where he invited his city Pharisees followed Jesus into someone else’s home and judged this city 1 – Matthew followed Jesus The Pharisees followed Jesus Doing Life Together – What does this scripture mean to you? Are you fully following Jesus? What areas of your life have you left behind that need to be redeemed? 2 – into his own home Pharisees – into someone else’s home 3 – where he invited his city. Pharasees judged other peoples city/community “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” ― Frederick Buechner One of our theme verses for Lighthouse was quoted by Jesus today in Matthew 9 Hosea 6:6 6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. Jesus says the 2 greatest commandments are Love God and Love People. God describes loving Him as knowing Him – building a relationship with God. God describes loving people as Showing Love Next Steps – Fully follow Jesus. This next year needs you. The people in your city need you. Follow Jesus into your home where you invite your city. Follow Jesus into your work where you share the love of Jesus.
61 minutes | 2 months ago
All I Need For Christmas
Ever see a child open a present they “needed” at Christmas but not what they “wanted”? Thanks for the socks and underwear Grandma. As a society we have come to place greater value on what we want than what we need. But Jesus was the ultimate need gift and still is today. We are in our sermon series – Change Your City – it’s all about Jesus showing up on the scene of a city called Capernaum and the city was changed; which then changed the world. Capernaum means – village of comfort – your ability to change your city is linked to moving past your comfort. Today’s message is “All I Need For Christmas”… There are no mentions of Christmas in Capernaum. But the Holy Spirit began to speak and prep my heart after I read a historians look at Capernaum. Josephus, who turned to be the best historian for this time, writes about the area of the sea of Galilee and Capernaum: “The country also that lies over against this lake hath the same name of Gennesareth; its nature is wonderful as well as its beauty; its soil is so fruitful that all sorts of trees can grow upon it, and the inhabitants accordingly plant all sorts of trees there; for the temper of the air is so well mixed, that it agrees very well with those several sorts, particularly walnuts, which require the coldest air, flourish there in vast plenty; there are palm trees also, which grow best in hot air; fig trees also and olives grow near them, which yet require an air that is more temperate. One may call this place the ambition of nature, where it forces those plants that are naturally enemies to one another to agree together; it is a happy contention of the seasons, as if every one of them laid claim to this country; for it not only nourishes different sorts of autumnal fruit beyond men’s expectation, but preserves them a great while; it supplies men with the principal fruits, with grapes and figs continually, during ten months of the year and the rest of the fruits as they become ripe together through the whole year; for besides the good temperature of the air, it is also watered from a most fertile fountain.” The Holy Spirit revealed to me what was happening to the plant life in Capernaum and paralleled it to believers. A plant needs 3 things to live – soil, environment, water – A believer finds all 3 of those in Jesus All I need for Christmas…The Gift that is Jesus: 1 – Soil – The success of a plant depends on it remaining planted in the soil that feeds it. John 15:1-4 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. REMAIN* – stay planted. Stop hopping into a spot you think will be fruitful for you. All you need for Christmas is Jesus. Stop confusing your pruning for your relationship with Jesus. Doing Life Together – When we are planted where Jesus wants us planted we dont choose who or what we are next to. Jesus chooses. I love the quote from Josephus. “it forces those plants that are naturally enemies to one another to agree together”. What does the verse John 15:1-4 on remaining planted mean to you? Are you working with or against the people or resources Jesus has given you? 2 – Environment – Plants live or die based on the environment. Mark 4:37-40 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Winter is always before spring…. storms will try and take you out before you’re fruitful. Your faith in Jesus will keep you planted during the storms. 3 – Water – Plants can only live as long as they have water John 4:13-15 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” Your source of Life is Jesus. Don’t confuse your wants for your needs. Next Steps – Your next step is more about what you are giving. “the inhabitants accordingly plant all sorts of trees there” – You inhabit the Kingdom of God – Are you planting all sorts of seeds there? the seed of hope, peace, kindness, love, joy?
60 minutes | 2 months ago
How Do You Deal With Change?
Change is part of life. How do you handle change? Do you handle it? Avoid it? Hold on to what was for as long as you can? In this message “Dealing With Change” in our Change Your City series, we’re going to look at why we might be feeling like we can’t make a difference in our city because we haven’t dealt with personal change first. Matthew 4:13 13 He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, Jesus didn’t visit other cities to preach and heal…. he moved to where he ministered. We are looking at what holds us back from changing our city… why we need to deal with personal change in order to change our city. Jesus could not DWELL in Capernaum without completely leaving nazareth Jesus could not move into His calling without leaving His childhood. Likewise, we cannot dwell in our calling when we are dwelling on our past. Dealing with change: If we fail to deal with the change that happens in our lives we can find ourselves listening to our past OVER listening to Jesus in our present. What is your Nazareth? (For Jesus it was His childhood) Nazareth – guarded one. – we can look at this definition 2 different ways. 1 – Step Up – we are the guarded one like Jesus. protected in our infancy of Christianity. At some point we need to realize through the authority of Jesus we have a mission. to bring the love of Jesus to those who can’t get it themselves. There can be an attitude of wanting to stay guarded. Ephesians 3:11-12 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 2 – Let it Go – we have something we are guarding from our past. we haven’t let go of. It could be sin, it could be comfort, it could be anything that was in a past season that you are holding onto. It’s what is preventing you from changing your city with full effectivness. Matthew 19:16-22 16 And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do so that I may obtain eternal life?” 17 And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 Then he *said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not give false testimony; 19 Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man *said to Him, “All these I have kept; what am I still lacking?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be [a]complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property. Doing Life Together – What does this scripture mean to you? The possessions was a specific heart issue to the rich young ruler. I want you to put yourself in this mans shoes and think about what would Jesus tell you about. Is there something you need to let go of? Doing life together is a discipleship moment. They are meant to challenge you and cause action in your life with accountability. Share with someone near you and be accountable. Follow up with them this week on how they are doing. Matthew 4:13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, The next key word – Move, Dwell, or live… depending on your Bible Translation. i wanted to see where else this exact word is used. Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, This word dwell means move in. not visiting. not temporary. He moved in. In dealing with change one of the hardest parts is being all in. It’s less risky for us to try or test a new season while being anchored to what’s comfortable rather than Jesus. Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, An anchor has 2 positions: on the boat secure or in the depths of the ocean grabbing on to what we cant fully see or comprehend. You do not have hope connected to Jesus when you have a pessimistic attitude of “we’ll see what happens” You aren’t dealing with change. You are waiting to see if the change is acceptable for you to move in. In the change of seasons is where God works on us the most. It’s painful sometimes. When we are dwelling on the past – we fail to dwell in the present – Jesus left his hometown in order to dwell in Capernaum. When we personally fail to change we hurt 3 places. 1 – Ourselves We hurt our growth in Jesus 2 – Our Cities We hurt people close to us by not sharing peace, love joy, the authority in our prayers 3 – Our Church Our Church Vision will fail unless we all step up. The cross, a lighthouse and our vision have two parts. that we build a strong relationship with Jesus. and that we reach out to people in our city. Next Steps I challenge you – be all in to seeing your city changed. What does that look like for you? Inviting a neighbor or coworker to your backyard for a BBQ. bring up your life in Christ. Ask if you can be praying for them? Maybe its inviting loved ones from out of state to start a Lighthouse community with you. Watch the message on zoom together and do life together.
62 minutes | 3 months ago
When Promises Come True
We know that God’s promises are “yes and amen”; but how do we activate them in our lives to change the lives around us for the kingdom? That’s today’s message “Producing Promise” in our “Change Your City” series. The reasons why Jesus was able to change His city Connected to the God Connected to Community Connected to Calling The disciples were able to change their cities because Connected to the God Connected to Community Connected to Calling We are hyper-focusing on what it means to be connected to God today There were times Jesus chose solitude over people just to pray. We are looking at the reasons why we need to choose solitude and prayer to stay connected to God To prepare for something big Luke 4:1-2, 14-15. Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,[a] 2 where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. 14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15 He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. Jesus was preparing for His public ministry. Prayer is how we prepare. To rest after hard work Mark 6:30-32 30 The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. 31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. 32 So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. Jesus sent the 12 disciples out. They returned and Jesus had them rest. This represents Church. We work during the week, and then rest on Sunday to go work next week. We rest to prepare. To grieve Matthew 14:1-13 14 When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee,[a] heard about Jesus, 2 he said to his advisers, “This must be John the Baptist raised from the dead! That is why he can do such miracles.” 3 For Herod had arrested and imprisoned John as a favor to his wife Herodias (the former wife of Herod’s brother Philip). 4 John had been telling Herod, “It is against God’s law for you to marry her.” 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of a riot, because all the people believed John was a prophet. 6 But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias’s daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him, 7 so he promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted. 8 At her mother’s urging, the girl said, “I want the head of John the Baptist on a tray!” 9 Then the king regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front of his guests, he issued the necessary orders. 10 So John was beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a tray and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. 12 Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened. 13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. John the Baptist was beheaded – Jesus went away to grieve. Before making an important decision Luke 6:12-13. 12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names: Jesus prayed all night before making a huge decision. During Crisis Luke 22:39-44 39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. 40 There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” 41 He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. Jesus knew the crisis situation he was in and what was about to happen. He prayed before and during crises. Doing Life Together – How do you handle stress? What do you do well and do bad? What’s a recent stressor you are going through? What does this verse mean to you? Dealing with stress poorly costs us (time, mental health, energy) in order to see promises producing in our lives we need to be able to handle stress. Producing Promise Luke 5:16 16 But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. Jesus spent time alone praying in solitude in order to produce promise. Next Steps: Pray daily this week. Pick a topic from today and speak with God daily to grow in that area.
62 minutes | 3 months ago
Are You Running on Empty?
Ever run out of gas? Literally and figuratively? It’s not fun. You can’t Change Your City if you’re running on fumes. This message “Running on Empty” will look at not only the importance of fueling up, but making sure it’s the right fuel. Matthew 12:1-13 At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. 2 But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.” 3 Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. 5 And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath? 6 I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple! 7 But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ 8 For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” The disciples were fueling up on Sunday physically and spiritually. The pharisees were fueling up with the wrong fuel. Hosea 6:6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. There is a difference between running on empty and running on the wrong fuel; BUT we cannot reach our destination unless we are fueled up. Fueling up – know Jesus Luke 10:39-40 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Jesus is first John 13:4-8 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Jesus cleans Matthew 16:15-16 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Relationship with Jesus Doing Life Together – How do you build your relationship with Jesus? what do you do daily? do you have routines? how do you receive? whats the easiest and hardest parts of growing with Jesus for you? Using the Right Fuel – Show Love Hosea 6:6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. the difference between empty and wrong fuel: – empty is from laziness, comfort or just unwillingness to progress in their relationship with Jesus – wrong fuel is from substitutions… meaning – taking anything into your life in order to replace what Jesus is supposed to provide their fuel is trying to be self righteous…. when Jesus makes us righteous through Him their fuel is earning salvation…. when Jesus gives grace for free their fuel is judging others… when Jesus is the judge So how do we show love – fill up on the right fuel Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. forgive those that hurt you Luke 22:50-51 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. help those that harm you Luke 5:30-32 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Love the unlovable Next Steps this week is Hosea 6:6 I want you to show love…I want you to know me…
63 minutes | 3 months ago
How Do You Get Past Obstacles in Your Life?
How do we move past the road blocks that try to stop our faith? Listen in to this next message in our Change Your City series – “Faith Blocks”. Follow along to find out… What happens you face an obstacle, a roadblock, or a barrier? Do you shut down? Get frustrated? Avoid or walk away? Matthew 17:24-27 24 On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax[a] came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?”25 “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter?[b] Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?[c]” 26 “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! 27 However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” IXTHUS – “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Savior.” 1. Faith Block of “Not Enough” Believers can fail to act in the kingdom of God when they feel … they can feel like they are not enough so they fail to even try – they can feel like they don’t have enough resources, finances, or understanding…. and don’t try 26 “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! 27 However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” To move past the faith block of not enough – go to Jesus first in what you lack. Jesus will speak to you in action – It will be something hard, or tough, and very personal. **But Jesus is testing / stretching you so that you stop focusing on what’s missing and focusing on what Jesus is providing.** 2. Faith Block of “Doubt” – Do you doubt Jesus is speaking to you? – Do you doubt He has chosen you to participate in the growth of this Kingdom? Most people do not fully understand what Jesus is speaking to them about so they shut down. They fail to comprehend what Jesus is speaking because they fail to spend time listening. The sermon last week – Peters mother in law was touched by Jesus then immediately started using her skill for the kingdom. We all were touched by the Jesus last week; but did you immediately start using your skill for the kingdom? The Holy Spirit revealed to us Monday, that most people did not because there was a Spiritual Blockage. And most would say it was lack of understanding, or knowing… **The Spiritual blockage of doubt prevents movement in the kingdom of God.** Luke 24 41 Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he ate it as they watched.44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. **The Spiritual blockage of doubt is broken through what you give to Jesus.** vs 45…. then he opened their minds… Doing Life Together – What does luke 24:41-45 mean to you? What are you going to do this week that is different than weeks prior? Be accountable to each other. If someone says something get their number and check up. 3.Faith Block of “changing your city” Changing your city is not a sermon series….. it’s a LIFESTYLE that every believer is enrolled in the moment they call Jesus Lord. We are all called to change our own city. 15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” 17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. 18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. Jesus is Jesus… Disciples are all believers… the crowd is our different cities… the bread and fish are what we have to offer. It’s not enough without Jesus. We will change our cities if we are willing to participate and be involved in the group project known as vision. Hebrews 11:6 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. Next Steps – Seek the Lord. Jesus will reward you with what you need to change your city. Hold someone else accountable. Check in. See how they are doing in seeking the Lord in the coming weeks.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
What Happens When We Go Beyond Church?
All believers have had some personal experience with Jesus. We were touched and our Spirits were restored. Our physical or mental health may have also been restored. Beyond Church is where your God given skills make room for Jesus to change your city. “Beyond Church” is the next message in our “Change Your City” series. Mark 1 29 After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. 31 So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them. 32 That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. 33 The whole town gathered at the door to watch. 34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak. If you are listening to this message now or sitting here today and haven’t had a personal experience with Jesus yet, and you want to begin your relationship with Jesus, would you be so bold and email firstname.lastname@example.org; or direct message us on any social media platform. Just search Lighthouse 805. The thing that stands out in this story is that Peters mother-in-law was touched by Jesus then immediately serves Him. Most of us today wrestle with what’s my kingdom contribution? What is my skill? What is my purpose? How am I serving the King of Kings? How am I impacting the Kingdom Of God? Peters mother-in-law made a meal for Jesus and everyone there. I think the miracle and meal together unlocked vs 32. Most of us have already been touched by Jesus. We just need to start walking in our skills, gifting, purpose… so that our City is Changed. __Identifying Your kingdom contribution, Skill, Purpose__ Based on Peter’s mother in law here are some basic attributes of turning your skill into a purpose. It Unifies – It brings people together, it isn’t divisive. It’s seasonal. The meal was for that precise moment. It will happen again. Most people do something once then and think its over. It strengthens – it was food to give nourishment to sustain what came next. It will build people up or strengthen them. It’s your skill – your kingdom contribution will look like you There is room for Jesus. Doing Life Together – 1 Peter 4:10-11 10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. The message translation Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit. Talk about what this verse is speaking to you. Are you using the gifts God gave you beyond church? Talk about a gift you have and encourage the person you talk with. Mark 1: 32-34 32 That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. 33 The whole town gathered at the door to watch. 34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak. Why after sunset? In Bible times, the new day started when the sun went down. So if the sabbath was Sunday, they waited till first thing Monday to bring their friends and family to Jesus. Because on the sabbath it was the law to rest. REST is NOT RECOVERING from what was…. but actually PREPARING for what’s to come. Church is for hearing Jesus and learning what we should be acting on this coming week. Your skills will make room for Jesus to heal and save people through the week; but you need to understand the significance of Church preparing you for the mission of “Beyond Church”. 35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. 36 Later Simon and the others went out to find him. 37 When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” Your city will be changed if you posture yourself like Jesus: Prioritize relationships – God first, people second pray before doing know your mission – you are here to bring Jesus to others in all the towns in your city. NEXT STEPS – Go beyond Church this week. Start your Monday in prayer for direction like Jesus. Then use your skills for others like Peter’s mother in law. Lets change our city.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Why Do I Keep Coming Up Empty?
Ever feel like you’re doing everything you know to do, but it just doesn’t amount to anything? Or what your trying to get never materializes? Sometimes we can find ourselves close to Jesus and still feel like our nets are empty. Listen to this message and build your faith to fill your nets. This is the message “Empty Nets” in our Change Your City series. Follow along here: Luke 5:1-11 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. 1. The Shallows vs The Depths Shallows – Where Jesus speaks to us The depths – Where Jesus calls us to action James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. Doing Life Together – What is your depth with Jesus? What is He calling you to take action on? Luke 5:1-11 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” In the shallows and the depths there was Jesus, Peter, and a pile of empty nets. A continual empty net is an indicator that you need to move from the shallows to the depths If you feel like you are unproductive, if you are missing something even though you have Jesus. I challenge you to move to the depths like Peter and Jesus; and take action on the word of God. Take action on what the Holy Spirit is speaking to you about. You might say but I’ve tried before and it didn’t work…in order to change your city…. you gotta try again. Luke 5:1-11 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. Your faith-lead actions in changing your city will inspire others to do that same. 2. What does it take to be a successful fisherman? 5 Skills all fishermen need (and we need to change our city): Navigate the seas – position ourselves to fish where the fish are at. Catching fish – know what tool to use for the situation. How to communicate with our friends, family, neighbors, co workers…. Prepare the fish – they had to salt and brine the fish to last the journey. Are we equipping and our loved ones to last the journey of life? Export the fish – are we discipling our fish/family/friends to go change their cities? Repeat – keep fishing. Next Steps – Which part of the fisherman’s step are you on? Finish your step and move onto the next one.
51 minutes | 4 months ago
You Can Stand Under My Umbrella
Ever get stuck in a storm without an umbrella? Wet, cold, miserable? As we continue our Change Your City series – todays message, “Under Authority” is about getting under the authority of God. Like an umbrella. Matthew 8:5-13 5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer[a] came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant[b] lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” 7 Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 9 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! 11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. 12 But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour. The servant had palsy – we know this from Luke 7 and the research of theologians. Palsy is when the head gives a command the body doesn’t listen to or act on. One symptom is the body has tremors – meaning that the body acts on its own accord outside of what the head speaks. The reason this story is critical – It not only demonstrates that Jesus divinely heals…. but It shows the state of the Church. The head (Jesus) has been speaking but the Body (humanity) is not listening or acting on it. The Church had or has an authority issue. Luke 7 gives additional background on the Centurion… Luke 7:4-5 4 So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, 5 “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us.” The body failed to build the church… the centurion saw the need of the body to be under authority of the head and begin restoring it. Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. *Doing life together* Have you gone beyond acknowledging Jesus is your authority? Are you taking action on all that the head is speaking? What area of your life do you need to come under the authority of Jesus? How to start getting under authority… Mark 8:8 8 But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. Centurion didn’t need Jesus to physically show up in his house…. he needed the Word of God to say it is so…. The centurion knew wherever Jesus was, His word is the authority…. Jesus is sitting alive in heaven on His throne – the head – in full authority. Do you have the faith that His word has full authority? Picture the authority of Jesus as an umbrella….(the head, the covering) Are you holding the authority above you? Like an umbrella it’s up to you to remain under that authority. Jesus is speaking are you, as the body – acting, moving, participating in the kingdom of God?? You cannot change your city if you are outside of the authority of Jesus. When you leave the covering of Jesus: you will leave His favor, you will leave His protection. Insight: I believe Jesus allows failure or the taste of failure to linger in our lives at times, to know what it’s like being outside of the authority of Jesus. 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! Jesus was amazed another time… remember Mark 6:1-6 Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. 2 The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. 4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. The people saw Jesus not as an authority, but as common everyday Jesus. Have you allowed yourself to see Jesus as your authority or as ordinary? Your faith and the potential faith of others around you is dependent on you coming under authority. NEXT STEPS – Take a good look at yourself and repent of any area you’re keeping outside of Jesus’ authority. Then purposefully submit to the fullness of Gods authority.
51 minutes | 4 months ago
“I Got This!”
What the three little words you hear right before someone does something crazy? “I got this” – is typically the attitude, mantra, or phrase uttered moments before something crazy or awesome happens. In changing your city, there will be obstacles – fear, nerves, distractions… we need to have an attitude of “I got this” that takes us beyond our comfort and into our calling. Mark 2:1-12 – 2 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Changing your city starts with going beyond your comfort.. Capernaum means village of comfort. Here, in the middle of comfort… was a group of 5 friends. And one of those friends was paralyzed. Here we are back to those 3 groups of people around Jesus – The friends placing complete faith in Jesus above their own comfort, taking next steps. The crowd listening and not doing anything – not taking next steps The Pharisees – watching and judging and pushing back trying to stop any next steps. We need to have the attitude of “I Got This”. When you begin changing your city – you will face obstacles on the way. Here’s 4 we see in this passage: CROWD – people will unknowingly or unconsciously block you or prevent you. Have you ever had someone say something like oh thats dumb. or why would you do that. They never give what they said a second thought, but for us its something we can dwell on. Wow, they don’t think I can do it, maybe I shouldn’t. ROOF – every year had to be redone right before winter. It was something that was easily removed and replaced. I see the roof as our own self worth, or insecurities. Something that only blocks you and no one else. Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Doing Life Together – What is your roof? How are you going to trust Jesus? How are you going to place confidence in Jesus? What does the verse Jeremiah 17:7 mean to you? PHARISEES – judgement (first public confrontation with the teachers of the law). The enemy intentionally trying to block or prevent you. BELIEF – was an obstacle – belief that your sin, or pain, or situation is greater than Jesus. 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” How do we overcome obstacles? 1. Jesus – He is in your corner. He is speaks on your behalf. What this looks like is proclaiming the word of God in front of the enemy, during healing, through salvation. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:57 2. Doing life together – Friends. Interesting the friends faced obstacles before getting to Jesus. The obstacle of people. The obstacle of self worth. Jesus and doing life with other people will help you when you face mental and emotional obstacles. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. NEXT STEPS – Bring your city to Jesus. Is there someone like the man on the mat? Someone who doesn’t know Jesus, or needs Jesus? I challenge you to have the attitude of “I’ve got this!” and message them, mail them a card, call them, something to initiate the conversation this week.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Have You Gotten Too Comfortable?
Have you gotten too comfortable with being comfortable? Have you ever been so comfortable on the couch and the remote was too far away? Where you allowed the next episode or show to start playing? Like your comfort allowed the world chose what you would take in? This is the issue with most believers…. Their comfort has become more important than their calling. This is the first message in our sermon series “Change Your City” – Christ Calls. This sermon series is focused around the city of Capernaum in the Bible. The city that Jesus ministered in. And it’s interesting to note that Capernaum means “village of comfort”. This sermon series is all about changing your city. Our city is different even if it has the same name. Our individual cities are the places/people we interact with all the time. Where our unique talents, gifts, and passions are known and live. But one thing we all need to understand before you start trying to change your city – Is that the only way your city can be changed is BY Jesus THROUGH you. Its starts with His calling of you. Matthew 4:18-20 18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Our responsibility – follow Jesus His responsibility – Jesus does the changing and transforming We follow him: He makes us (He equips us) Jesus is transforming you as you follow Him. You do not make yourself. You do not become who Jesus calls you to be without Jesus… 1 Thessalonians 2:13 – Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe. Doing Life together – What are you believing God to work on in your life as you follow and believe in Him? Have you been trying to fix or solve it yourself? How do you allow and believe Jesus will work on you? We can’t change our city unless we understand Jesus has called us to; and in that calling He equips us and works on us. In Capernaum there were 3 main groups of people that interacted with Jesus those that followed. those that received but remained comfortable. those that came against what He was doing. Let’s look at what happened to the people in groups 2 & 3… Note: People fought to rebuke Jesus to remain comfortable. Will you fight against being a follower of Jesus to remain comfortable? Matt. 11:23-24 – 23 And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. 24 Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.” Jesus rejected and rebuked Capernaum because they witnessed and saw all the miracles but didn’t follow Him – their faith was nothing more than routines, rituals and rules. Remember the couch example? Group 1 – the people that followed Jesus we know what happened. That’s how we got the New Testament, Jesus leads you out of comfort and into calling. Have you ever noticed that when leaving comfort and entering calling… sometimes things go wrong, get hard, or act like a storm in our lives? It happens today and it also happened back then. Mark 4:35-41 – 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Some of you will chose to follow Jesus this sermon series. You will step out of comfort and into your calling – you will go after this season to reach your city. You will leave your comfort and face a storm… which may cause you to panic. All you need to remember is remain steady on your faith… re-listen to the Faith Check sermon series and set Jesus as your foundation. In leaving Capernaum the first storm occurred. In leaving your place of comfort a storm might happen. Do you have the faith needed to keep moving forward? NEXT STEPS: Begin praying and fasting that the Holy Spirit would reveal how to change YOUR city.
53 minutes | 5 months ago
Who Are We? We Are Lighthouse!
Who are we? Our Church logo is a lighthouse. It is purposefully the shape of the cross and embodies who we are as disciples of Jesus. We understand the shape of the cross and lighthouse from the 2 greatest commandments: Mark 12:28-31 28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” I want to break down the vertical and horizontal from the lighthouse which is the cross : Vertical – We are built on the foundation of the rock that is Jesus. We are powered by the Holy Spirit from within, like the power that courses through the lighthouse allowing the light to shine; We always are focused up towards the Father and our future home in heaven. * Foundation in Jesus Psalm 119:105 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. * Power source of Holy Spirit Psalm 18:28 28 You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. * Always pointing towards the Father and future home in heaven *We act out that “Vertical” alignment by taking “Next Steps” to: Grow and build on our foundation of Jesus. Keep our power source like the lighthouse going, and focused on the Father in heaven, our destination. Matthew 7:24-27 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Horizontal – A burnt out lighthouse will allow and tolerate tragedy in its appointed location. Lighthouses were built to help guide people home. To prevent death and tragedy. Too many believers stop at “Love God” and forget that Jesus also said “Love Your Neighbor”. You are appointed in your city. You are a lighthouse. On the arms of the cross what was nailed? The arms of Jesus. Wide open to love an accept everyone. As we continue growing in our relationship with Jesus our arms need to be reaching out to our city, our loved ones, our community…His arms and the light of the lighthouse are what we need to remember. It’s reaching out to change our city. Matthew 5:16 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. John 9:5 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” ****DOING LIFE TOGETHER**** Jesus is in the world through you. What does this verse mean to you? * We live out this “horizontal” alignment by “Doing Life Together”: The single greatest way to save a life, offer a future, show what home really is, shed light, repeal the darkness.?… Keep your light shining into peoples lives you connect with. We need to be lighthouses in our communities. Like tiny fires. Mark 3:13–14 13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach God has been speaking to me relentlessly to study Pastor Paul of the Bible. I want to unpack the vision of Lighthouse 805 Church in a practical sense through what the Holy Spirit has revealed through Pastor Paul. I want to shed light on where we are headed, because I need us all to start grasping the direction of Lighthouse. If you don’t fully understand it in this 10-15 min that’s ok, I just need you to have joy and an open heart to begin receiving from the Holy Spirit. – We need joy and listening to the Holy Spirit. – What we don’t need is complaining, grumbling and gossip. Paul – Pastor Paul of the Bible – he reached 3 groups of people – local, distant, future Paul discipled his people locally – in jail, 1 on 1, and groups. Paul discipled people at a distance through his letters. These groups received the letters and did next steps to grow, disciple, and do life together. Paul discipled the future because the letters stood the test of time for groups to receive and take next steps and do life together even now. I heard a warning from the Holy spirit. Our Church is called to creatively place His word into communities. That’s where life will happen. It’s not about having content online that will change lives. Where we are headed is doing community in Ventura, while raising up and discipling communities across the nation. So as we meet Sunday morning and have the word we will do life together and take next steps in Jesus. There will be living rooms with friends and families and coworkers watching the message and doing life together and taking next steps together. There was a Word spoken over us a long time ago. We are called to pastor a dual church. I know it is the Holy Spirit birthing something in us… as we pastor in Ventura – doing life together and taking next steps…. we pastor and disciple these other Lighthouse communities. We will have failed if all we do is put sermons online and hope someone watches it. If you are watching this message online and are interested in being a Lighthouse community – wether it’s opening your home up or even leading a community regardless of location, where you want to do life together and take next steps in Jesus, email us at email@example.com. One of the clearest images of vision we’ve had was the necessity of making the stage inside the church into a living room; because we are going to be an extension of your living room. Next Sunday some of you are joining us in person on the lawn for live service. For those who are not in the 805, here’s a challenge – meet on the lawn with someone where you are. Invite someone to Church in your home, outside your home, in your backyard. .. Whatever you feel comfortable with in covid times. And make sure you give us a shout out in the comments and chat… take some pictures and post! YOUR NEXT STEP is into the next season – This week pray how you can be a lighthouse and THEN DO what the Holy Spirit reveals. Some of you started having visions of people on your lawn, of a small community that does life together…. Begin praying for the Holy Spirit to strengthen you and message us to begin equipping you. This sermon marks the end of a season AND the start of a season. I believe not only for our church but for you watching or listening to this now.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
What is Faith Forward?
How do you move your faith forward? Or how to do you live a life from a place of faith? Where it’s at the forefront of everything you do… everything you are. And why would or should you? That’s the subject of todays Faith Check message “Faith Forward”. Let’s look at the gold standard of faith from Jeremiah. Jeremiah 15:16 When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. Step 1: Search and discover His Word for today, for now, for this season… always. Step 2: Devour them like a good taco. Take it in and chew on it, absorb the life giving qualities. Step 3: My Joy and Heart’s Delight = They bring mental health, emotional health and spiritual health. Step 4: I bear Your name = Because I’m called by Jesus; I can call on Jesus We’re always talking about looking at the scriptures in context – Let’s do a faith check on Jeremiah… Jeremiah chapter 15… the “gold standard of faith” verse is found right in the middle of this chapter; right in the middle of a gripe session from Jeremiah to God. “I have to deliver Your word to these people. Jeremiah is upset…And now…. They don’t like me. They hurt me. And where are You? ” The best verse in this chapter is: Jeremiah 15:20 nasb Therefore, thus says the Lord, “If you return, then I will restore you— Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them. “Extract the precious from the worthless” ***Doing life in the comments.*** What are worthless thoughts you can ditch and some Word you can put in their place? Jeremiah 15:20 (The Message) “Take back those words, and I’ll take you back. Then you’ll stand tall before me. Use words truly and well. Don’t stoop to cheap whining. Then, but only then, you’ll speak for me. Let your words change them. Don’t change your words to suit them. Break down this verse… Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” 15. Romans 8:6 “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” 16. Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Repent of the worthless, cheap, pointless words that you have used Replace with living, encouraging, fulfilling words. “Let your words change them…. Don’t change your words to suit them.” NEXT STEPS: Use your words with the authority of God. Let’s take an audit of our words this week and make sure we are sifting through for the life giving, fulfilling words; and letting go of the worthless, cheap, useless stuff.
56 minutes | 5 months ago
How do you develop strong faith?
Wondering how to develop strong faith? Faith in the face of attacks, turmoil, …life? In this latest message of our Faith Check series “Strong Faith” – we’ll look at Jeremiah’s strong faith and how it got there. Jeremiah 1:17-19 17 “Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them. 18 For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall. You will stand against the whole land— the kings, officials, priests, and people of Judah. 19 They will fight you, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Jeremiahs responsibility was to prepare and proclaim…. that’s our responsibility also. That is how we gain a strong faith. Get up – prepare for action Some translations say gird your loins – meaning tuck your robe into your belt cause you are about to run. The more we develop our faith the more we need to be ready to listen and act on the Word of the Lord. Tell them everything I tell you to say. – say what the Holy Spirit speaks to you about. Tell everything the Lord says. Don’t add to it. Don’t take away. Do not be afraid of them – or God will make you look foolish Jeremiah 1:18-19 18 For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall. You will stand against the whole land— the kings, officials, priests, and people of Judah. 19 They will fight you, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Jeremiahs responsibility was preparation and proclamation. Gods responsibility is preservation… Doing life together in the comments: How does Jesus preserve you? Today I have made you strong….. foundation in Jesus. Strength comes from God making us strong….. and when does he make us strong? Today!!!! He makes us strong. When a city was fortified the enemy couldn’t overtake it. It was a waiting game. Either the enemy went somewhere else or the people in the city starved and let the enemy in…. Too many believers get surrounded by the enemy and allow themselves to starve and eventually cave…. Your nourishment comes from the Lord strengthening you daily. Preserving you with His word. Eternally: He preserves your soul. In turmoil: He preserves your mind, heart, life. He preserves us through the enemy, through life situations…. because He is with us. Your faith is strong because Jesus preserves you through preparing and proclaiming His Word. There is this imagery in Jeremiah 20:11-13 of what it looks like when Jesus preserves us through our preparation and proclamation of His word. 11 But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten. 12 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, you test those who are righteous, and you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. Let me see your vengeance against them, for I have committed my cause to you. 13 Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! For though I was poor and needy, he rescued me from my oppressors. YOUR NEXT STEP: Make sure your faith is strong: Prepare and proclaim His word. Get a verse this week for your life to meditate on and start proclaiming it. Double down on next steps – I want you to start preparing this verse in your spirit and begin proclaiming it… Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Our next season and sermon series is “Change Your City.” The sermon series will be hyper-focused on everything happening in and around Capernaum in the Bible. And Matthew 5:14-16 happens just outside of Capernaum. Would you begin proclaiming the word of God over our next season with me?
59 minutes | 5 months ago
Is Your Faith Reliable?
Have you ever been expecting or needing something from someone who is not reliable? We all know what it feels like to hope this time they will come through. And we all know what it feels like when they don’t… again. Today’s Faith Check message is titled “Reliable Faith”. We’re going to look at the difference between putting our faith in something that’s unreliable verses what is reliable – God. Because He is always reliable. Jeremiah 1:11-12 11 Then the Lord said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?” And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.” 12 And the Lord said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.” There is a play on sounds here in the Hebrew text. The word translated almond (shaqēd) has the same root as the word hasten (shōqēd). As the early blossoming almond tree gave promise of the later spring fruit, so God would watch over His word to bring it to fruition. God will always carry out His plans – God is always reliable. Todays message is called ‘Reliable Faith.’ Unreliable faith is: Unreliable faith is when we place our faith in anything but Jesus. When we establish idols and put our hope and trust there. (Social media, news, other people like family, our job, ….) Unreliable faith is actions without relationship. (I’m a good person I volunteer, I serve, I give…. but I don’t know Jesus.) Unreliable Faith is a relationship without actions. (I’m saved, but I don’t do anything with it) Matthew 7:12-27 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ 24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Reliable faith is only through Jesus. **Underline or circle all the times YOU or YOUR is mentioned in this scripture…** Jeremiah 29:10-14 10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Are we keying into the fact that Faith Check is all about “your relationship with Jesus”? Babylon represents earth…. home is heaven. When your mind focuses on the future and hope that is Jesus in Heaven – nothing else compares: frustrations situations health telling people about Jesus Reliable faith is… When you pray He listens If you look with your whole heart you will find Jesus Jesus has to be found by you – just because your grandma prays doesn’t give you an automatic get into heaven card. This is a two-way relationship. Let’s talk about the coronavirus for a second. Do a faith check right now… Do you hyper-focus more on the conspiracy theories, the political climate, or even dwell more on what used to be…. Or do you allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you for a second about the uncertainty of this world and realize the urgency for Jesus? How is your relationship with Jesus? Genuinely asking. Will you be the one that gets to heaven and says Lord Lord, and hear from Jesus? or I don’t know you? Next Steps: Make this the Sunday that you start, build, or strengthen your relationship with Jesus. Jesus is Reliable! But it starts with your reliable faith.
56 minutes | 6 months ago
What is the Cost of Faith?
Ever walked away from that dream purchase because of sticker shock? What if the real cost is not the advertised cost? What if you could have got it at manufacturers cost rather than retail; and all you had to do was ask? As believers, the cost of faith in our minds may feel or seem like one thing; but have we checked with the manufacturer…. Jesus? This is the next message in our Faith Check series – Cost of Faith. We are looking deeply at the book of Jeremiah and how the church in exile was able to grow their Faith through all circumstances. Nike Store Jeremiah 1:4 NIV – “The word of the Lord came to me, saying,” Message – “This is what God said” As your pastor I’m wondering….have you checked your faith yet? Or are you being like Samuel. 1 Samuel 3:1-11 1The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. Samuel lived in the church Served in the church Was a church leader AND didn’t know how to listen to God. Didn’t know the sound of Gods voice. Thought the only way to hear the voice of God was through the lead pastor. The pivotal moment in Samuels life and Jeremiahs life was hearing God and acting on what they heard. We keep bringing up “Next Steps” as actions based on hearing the Word of God. Our Church’s goal is 2 parts – Help you gain a desire to hear God and take action on it. Be like Samuel and Jeremiah after being able to hear God and act on it – Next Steps. Help you gain a desire to bring the living God into your spheres of influence. What we call doing life together. The next season of our church has a very specific vision. – Reach Your City. We may live in the same area code but our cities are different. My city is board game nerds, website visionaries, and digital artists. My city is comic book stores, my city is online video games. In preparation for the day we open on the front lawn (which is soon)… Be praying and fasting for the vision to be caught by yourself and others. That we all would have a desire to hear God through reading His word, prayer time, and the messages. That we would desire to apply it to our lives. That we would gain the confidence to speak life into people in our spheres of influence (our cities). Todays message is Cost of Faith…. which is desire Do you desire to hear from God and act on it? Do you desire to bring Jesus to people that you do life with? Boys and their games. Everything is competing for your desire. Jeremiah 1:4-9 4 The Lord gave me this message: 5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” 6 “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” 7 The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” 9 Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth! The Holy Spirit will handle all excuses and problems. But you gotta handle the desire to hear the voice of the Lord and act on it. Identity is like a fingerprint from God – no finger print matches. Every single one is unique. And that is your identity from God. Divinely unique. God ordained YOU to be good enough to deliver His words. Your inexperience, your age, how long you’ve been a believer doesn’t matter to God. In fact He rebukes it, and says you go where I send you, and you say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people! Doing life in the comments – What is an excuse you need to let the Holy Spirit deal with? Luke 6:46-49 46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Your NEXT STEPS this week…. Fast and pray to hear the voice of the Lord. Act on it in your life and Share it in the spheres of influence (YOUR CITY) around you. We are headed to our next season – “Reach your City” we need to begin now.
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