HOW TO LIVE A DYNAMIC, LIFE-CHANGING FAITH

Remember your days in geometry?

Did you have a teacher who diagrammed what a difference a degree makes the farther you get from the point of origin?

Example:

If you were travelling toward a specific destination and were off by a single degree – after one foot you would be off course by only 0.2 inches. Hardly even noticeable to the naked eye, right?

But what happens if you travel a longer distance?

After a mile, you would be off target by 92 feet Read more

EASTER IS OVER – NOW WHAT?

  • The capture of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane is over
  • The brutal treatment of him at the hands of Roman soldiers is over
  • The trial that found him guilty is over
  • The torturing and twisting of his body is over
  • The cruel fastening of his body to an old rugged cross is over
  • The bleeding wounds from his head, hands, feet and pierced side is over
  • The retrieval of his body from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus is over
  • The burial of his body in a freshly dug grave is over is over
  • The search for his body by the women who visit the tomb is over

All that Jesus had gone through is over 

His earthly body has been resurrected 

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BECAUSE OF EASTER 

It was Easter Sunday for the Ibuga Christians of Western Tanzania. 

In one village, a large crowd had gathered to worship. 

Many came out of curiosity to hear about a God who conquered death. 

While they were singing and praising God, they didn’t know the danger that awaited them. 

At that moment, a crazed mother lion was stalking their village, not killing to eat, but just killing every living thing in sight. 

She killed several goats, cows, and a woman with a small child. Then she turned toward the singing worshipers. 

When they saw her standing ready to charge, the crowd froze in fear.  Read more

ROAD SIGNS ON THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY

This teaching is a follow-up and continuation to a teaching entitled: “A Hunger For More”

As we continue to hunger and thirst for more and move deeper into our relationship with Jesus and His people, the Church …

There are 9 road signs to help guide and direct us on our journey

The Bible states:

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” Psalm 32:8

A look back…

It’s 100 AD and you’re driving your chariot down a Roman road.

You come to a crossroad and see a sign that tells you to stop to wait for passing traffic.

Amazingly, even in Roman times, traffic signs were useful and very much a part of the culture of the time.

Fast forward to the 21st century when a modern the highway is decorated with many different types of signs – some advertising products but a good number giving directions indicating what is ahead on your journey… Read more

A HUNGER FOR MORE

Jesus meets this woman at the well in Sychar

This is in Samaritan country …
Samaritans were half-breeds – the offsprings of Jew married to Gentile
Samaritans were considered of less value than the family dog
Samaritans worshipped the same God but did so on a mountain – not inJerusalem
Jews did not speak to Samaritans but Jesus had chosen to travel through Samaria when it would have been easier and shorter to simply go around it as Jews usually did
Let’s read the story:

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People Die and Then…?

“One day you will stop breathing, but you won’t stop living.”

You will stop breathing and your heart will stop pumping blood

You will be pronounced dead by a doctor

But you will not stop living – you have simply changed locations

One moment after you die – you will experience either the greatest celebration ever (Heaven)

Or the greatest separation ever (Hell) Read more

We Are The Church

You and I together are the Church

  • The Church is the people of God assembled together
  • The Church is born again, Sprit-empowered believers gathering and scattering
  • Gathering to worship and be equipped
  • Scattering to tell others of the Good News that Jesus saves, heals, delivers
  • We are the Church

Song: Rand Collection Experiment – “Build Your Kingdom Here” (We are the Church)

Jesus said, “I will build My Church Read more

You Are The Church

You are not the “laity”

I am not the “professional clergy”

The clergy – laity divide is not biblical in the least

The word “laity” means “amateur”

And God does not want you to an amateur when it comes to the things of the faith

He wants you to be a mature believer

  • A new creature in Christ – growing into maturity so you become more and more like Him
  • A minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5)
  • An ambassador of the King and the Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5)
  • A reproducing believer going into your community and making disciples (Matthew 28)
  • A disciple who knows and can discern truth from error

We are all part of the “priesthood of all believers”  Read more

Kingdom DNA

Jesus came to earth with two interrelated missions

1> Take the judgment and penalty for the sins of everyone as the perfect God/Man and Sacrificial Lamb

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

2> Set in motion a movement that nothing could or will stop

The most important, longest-lasting, greatest life-changing, movement in history

These two separate but related missions come together as ESTABLISH A KINGDOM

Other kingdoms would come and go Read more

THE APOSTOLIC MODEL OF THE CHURCH – APOSTOLIC CENTERS

[Antioch: The Second Apostolic Center]

The early Church experienced a level of harvest of new believers none of us could even imagine.

Pentecost, and the initial harvest of 3,000 on the first day of the Church, initiated three centuries of sustained multi-generational growth and the continual expansion of the Kingdom.

How did they do it?

Part of the answer is that they had an administrative structure that allowed the fivefold ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12) of the Church to function in each and every local church no matter how large or small they might be.

The apostles first established Jerusalem as a teaching, training, and equipping center.

They began to equip the saints to do the works of Jesus (John 14:12).  Read more