Last night I went to service because today there are family things we need to take care of. What an incredibly powerful night and I am always blessed when I get to be a part of the Saturday night church service. Pastor Steve was preaching on the church of the now! The church that is needed in today’s world that speaks clarity rather than non-sense. The church that speaks hope, love, grace, truth into this hurting world. The church that uses God’s Word as a standard and then allows the Holy Spirit to speak through them in a way to prophetically speak into the situation people around them find themselves in and need an answer, a word, some comfort from God about. So let’s be GRACIOUS, LOVING, SPIRIT LEAD, SPIRIT FED people! We are God’s masterpiece. We can be a doorway or a gateway that God uses to point people back to Him! We can be a doorway or gateway that God uses to speak hope and life into the people He has put into our world. We are in such a place at such a time as this on purpose and for a purpose! So let’s run the race to win! And winning means bringing others with us into the Kingdom of God!
My Notes from the service…
- When it is darkest, shine the brightest
- When in spiritual drift, society drops
- When God gave us His Word, He was giving us His Word (promise)
- No Word of God ==> like the book of Judges
- People fell away from God and tried to live like those around them rather than in alignment with God
- And God continued to provide people to speak prophetically over them and try to draw them back to Him
- It is God who helps keep us on track
- The WORD of GOD is what keeps us on track!
- Consider what is really going on. It’s not PC it’s NS
- It seems right to man but it leads to death
- We need a personal encounter with God! Like the one we see in the book of Acts
- When the Holy Spirit come on them. When Peter who denied Jesus 3 times is filled with the Holy Spirit and is able to prophetically speak into the lives of the people around Him and we see God have encounters with the people
- We need to realize what is taking place in this very moment! We need to be ready to speak into the lives of the people around us. God thru His Spirit will allow us to speak prophetically into the lives of those around us
- Speak forth the hope because of the love of God through His Word
- The purpose of prophetic speech is to encourage, strengthen, and comfort.
- Consider Romans 12 – speak as if the Word of God
Life in God’s Service
1So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. 2Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
3And because of God’s gracious gift to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you. 4We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. 5In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body. 6So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; 7if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; 8if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.
9Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. 10Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. 11Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. 12Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. 13Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.
14Ask God to bless those who persecute you—yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. 15Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. 16Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise.
17If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. 18Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. 19Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.
- Let’s speak without protest, but rather let’s speak with prophetic clarity!
- What you sow you will reap!
- Choose whom you will serve!
- Have answer for people who are getting to the end of their rope!
- Acceptance ≠ Wholeness
- Reconciliation requires Forgiveness
- Imagine a world where every church in the world on the same day preached “The Grace of God” … single message in unison to this world we live in
- Consider what we read in Genesis 28 where Jacob has a dream…
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10Jacob left Beersheba and started toward Haran. 11At sunset he came to a holy place and camped there. He lay down to sleep, resting his head on a stone. 12He dreamed that he saw a stairway reaching from earth to heaven, with angels going up and coming down on it. 13And there was the Lord standing beside him. “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham and Isaac,” he said. “I will give to you and to your descendants this land on which you are lying. 14They will be as numerous as the specks of dust on the earth. They will extend their territory in all directions, and through you and your descendants I will bless all the nations. 15Remember, I will be with you and protect you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done all that I have promised you.”
16Jacob woke up and said, “The Lord is here! He is in this place, and I didn’t know it!” 17He was afraid and said, “What a terrifying place this is! It must be the house of God; it must be the gate that opens into heaven.”
- Ever realize that the house of God may seem terrifying to people?
- Ever realize that to some it is a place of judgment and condemnation
- Ever realize that it takes us stepping out of our comfort zone in order to welcome them in, embracing and loving them with the grace of God
- God’s house is like a hospital where we can go and be healed, not a court house to be judged nor condemned.
- Jesus is in their midst
- Surely the Lord is in this place
- We need to let the power of God be evident in us
- We need to be the people whoa re willing to put it out there!
- We need to run this race to win!!
- We are God’s masterpieces!
- We need to be people who are tearing down strongholds!
- We need to be people like the people in Acts 2:42
42They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers.
- Then we can start to live like the people in Acts 2:43-47
43Many miracles and wonders were being done through the apostles, and everyone was filled with awe. 44All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. 45They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed. 46Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, 47praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.
- We need to believe in and for miracles and live in the miraculous
- Live to be who the world around us needs us to be
- We got here because we are suffering/in pain/hurting people (into this situation we have around us)
- hurting people hurt people
- This is a generation of sexual confusion because of the removal of God’s Word
- We need to be GRACIOUS, LOVING, SPIRIT LED, SPIRIT FED
- Consider the book of Ephesians’ calling…We used to be under the wrath until Jesus
From Death to Life
1In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. 2At that time you followed the world’s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God. 3Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God’s anger.
4But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, 5that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved. 6In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. 7He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus. 8-9For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. 10God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.
One in Christ
11You Gentiles by birth—called “the uncircumcised” by the Jews, who call themselves the circumcised (which refers to what men do to their bodies)—remember what you were in the past. 12At that time you were apart from Christ. You were foreigners and did not belong to God’s chosen people. You had no part in the covenants, which were based on God’s promises to his people, and you lived in this world without hope and without God. 13But now, in union with Christ Jesus you, who used to be far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For Christ himself has brought us peace by making Jews and Gentiles one people. With his own body he broke down the wall that separated them and kept them enemies. 15He abolished the Jewish Law with its commandments and rules, in order to create out of the two races one new people in union with himself, in this way making peace. 16By his death on the cross Christ destroyed their enmity; by means of the cross he united both races into one body and brought them back to God. 17So Christ came and preached the Good News of peace to all—to you Gentiles, who were far away from God, and to the Jews, who were near to him. 18It is through Christ that all of us, Jews and Gentiles, are able to come in the one Spirit into the presence of the Father.
19So then, you Gentiles are not foreigners or strangers any longer; you are now citizens together with God’s people and members of the family of God. 20You, too, are built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus himself. 21He is the one who holds the whole building together and makes it grow into a sacred temple dedicated to the Lord. 22In union with him you too are being built together with all the others into a place where God lives through his Spirit.
- All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God … but that isn’t the end of the story…
16For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior. – John 3