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Breakthrough Week 1 Reaching Out To God In Fasting and Prayer

Isaiah 58:1-2, 6-9; Matthew 6:2, 5, 16

  1. To pursue God’s presence, you must also embrace God’s heart for the broken
  2. Public prayer should always be accompanied by private prayer
  3. Humility in life, in heart with prayer and fasting will always bring spiritual breakthrough.

Big Idea: Sincere faith is more about what you do in private than what you do in public

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Christmas Perspectives Week 3

Matthew 2:1-4, Luke 2:8-20

  1. The wise men experienced Christmas as authentic seekers.
  2. Herod experienced Christmas as a threat to his control.
  3. The angels experienced Christmas with an attitude of praise. 
  4. The shepherds experienced Christmas by sharing the message of Jesus.
  5. Mary experienced Christmas by fully submitting her life.

Big Idea: How you experience Christmas is a great indicator of your spiritual life.

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Christmas Perspectives Week 1

Luke 1

  1. Always expect God to work through ordinary people.
  2. Understand that the gospel changes everything.
  3. Learn from Mary how to respond to Jesus.

Big Idea: Because God paid the ultimate price for me, there is no part of me that doesn’t belong to Him.

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No Fear Christmas

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of God shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angels said to them, "Do not be afraid."  (Luke 2:8-10)

Fear dominates God’s story & fear dominates our God story as well

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare; but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe." (Prov 29:25)

When Out of Balance..Man Becomes My Functional God

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him..."   (Matt. 2)

  1. The Gospel Humbles Me
  2. The Gospel Makes Me Pleasing to God
  3. The Gospel  produces in me a desire to Elevate what God thinks of me over what man thinks of me. 

Matthew 3:16

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, "this is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

 

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Building & Becoming Week 11

Nehemiah 13:6-18

Big Idea: Character is doing what’s right no matter the results.

  1. Make the hard calls.
  2. Focus on the right priorities
  3. Be consistent.
  4. Never tire of presenting the basics
  5. Have high expectations when it matters

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Building & Becoming Week 10

Nehemiah 10

  1. Being completely committed to Christ will impact my sexuality and my family. 
  2. Being completely committed to Christ will affect my work and time.
  3. Being completely committed to Christ will strengthen my worship and finances.

Big Idea: Christ won’t be just part of what you do, he wants to be at the center of who you are.

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Building & Becoming Week 9

Nehemiah 9

  1. Look to God first
  2. Realize that you’re never too far from God’s love
  3. Understand that spiritual growth is a lifelong process
  4. Commit your life to him right now

Big Idea: It’s never too late for a new start with God

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Building & Becoming Week 8

Nehemiah 8, Psalm 107:9

  1. Hunger leads to spiritual vigor
  2. God’s Word is the center piece for spiritual renewal
  3. God’s Word always challenges us to respond

Those who hunger and thirst for Jesus will always be satisfied. 

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Building & Becoming Week 7

Nehemiah 4, James 1:19, Proverbs 17:28, 18:13

Big Idea: Good listening lets you lead strongly, honor God, and love others well.

  1. The people said: We have lost our strength. We have lost our vision. We have lost our confidence.
  2. Listen to the needs of people and make changes accordingly.
  3. Remind everyone of the bigger deeper picture.
  4. Remind people of God’s promises to give them courage.

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Building & Becoming Week 6

Nehemiah 6:1-15, Matthew 26:39, Gal 6:9

Big Idea: Its always to soon to give up.

  1. Don’t let others knock you off course.
  2. Prove yourself with results not words.
  3. Don’t take the easy way out.

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Building & Becoming Week 5

Nehemiah 5

1. Take time to think through it.
2. Understand that people are not the problem.
3. Address the problem directly.
4. Offer realistic solutions.
5. Set the right example
6. Ask for a commitment

Big Idea: Healthy and effective problem solving honors God and helps others.

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Connected for Good

Guest Speaker today Pastor Rick Parker

John 15:1-8

  1. Your position for connection must be constant.
  2. Your cultivation for connection must be consistent.
  3. Your production from connection must come from the root.

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Building & Becoming Week 4

Nehemiah 4:1-4, 6, 7-9, 10-13, 14

  1. Pray about it.
  2. Keep working.
  3. Keep your guard up.
  4. Stay close to the right people.
  5. Be ready but not on offense.
  6. Remember your reasons.

Big Idea: Responding to criticism in a God honoring way allows me to grow.

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Building & Becoming Week 3

Nehemiah 2:16-18, 3:3, 3:19-20, 

Big Idea: God gives us inspiration so we can inspire others.

  • Inspire by sharing a compelling vision.
  • Inspire by giving them ownership in the project.
  • Inspire by recognizing them for a job well done.

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Building & Becoming Week 2

Nehemiah 2, Mark 1:12-13

Prepare your heart and mind while waiting.

Big Idea: Preparation honors God, and the gifts He’s given me.

Eight Steps while Preparing for a Fresh Vision!

  1. Ask the right questions.
  2. Read the right things.
  3. Talk to the right people.
  4. Watch the right trainings.
  5. Associate with the right people. 
  6. Practice the right skills.
  7. Network with everyone who may be able to help.
  8. Share your vision with the right people.

Prepare for lonely times.

Prepare to be criticized by people that don’t get it.

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Building & Becoming Week 1

Nehemiah 1:11

Big Idea: Building a strong life starts with willingness.

Be willing to become more than you are.

Nehemiah 1:1-4

Be willing to have a broken heart

Nehemiah 1:5-6

Be willing to take responsibility.

John 10:18

Big Idea: Building a strong life starts with willingness.

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Sacred Rhythms Week 13

  • Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)
  • Lectio (Read Slowly)
  • Oratio (Pray Thoughtfully)
  • Meditatio (Focus Meditatively)
  • Contemplatio (Listen Carefully)

Big Idea: Its important to get into God’s word. But it’s more important to get God’s word into us.

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Sacred Rhythms Week 12

Big Idea: Learning to love Jesus is the process of our disciplines turning into devotionLearning to love Jesus is the process of our disciplines turning into devotion

Deuteronomy 7:7-8, Psalm 63:1-8

  • The Bible is a love story about God’s relentless pursuit of you
  • Transformation comes when I am filled with an awareness of God’s love and presence.
  • Devotion through contemplation is longing for Jesus, not for what Jesus can do for you

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Sacred Rhythms Week 11

Acts 27:18-38

  1. Look for Him during chaos.
  2. Allow yourself to feel the sadness and frustration.
  3. Take care of your basic needs.
  4. Always stay with the ship during chaos.
  5. Remember that God turns simple evil into complex good.

Big Idea: Chaos only comes in the middle of the story. In the end, Jesus clams all our chaos.

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