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Why Kid's Ministry Matters- Moriah Brown





LOOKING AHEAD:


We are looking ahead by looking down.

Proverbs 22:6

6 Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”


If we raise lukewarm kids, then we will get lukewarm adults. 

We cannot be just “in the moment” Christians.

It has to be a generational effort.

Mark 10:14-16

”When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”

Indignant- Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.

“83% of Christians make their first commitment to Jesus between the ages of 4 and 14”
-International Bible Society

Children are hungriest for answers, and that makes Children hungriest for God.

Psalms 127:3-5
 
“3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”

Children are a weapon for the kingdom.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7:  "These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

This isn’t about us, it is about our children, their eternal life in Heaven, and the lives of those who our descendants can impact.










Holy Ghost: The Wind




John 3:5–8 (NLT) 5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

John 6:63 (NIV) The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life.

Acts 2:2 (NIV) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

John 20:21–22 (NLT) 21“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Why Wind?
John 4:24 (NLT) God is Spirit.

“The Holy Ghost is predictably unpredictable.”

Led by the wind

Romans 8:1–4 (NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Romans 8:14–16 (NLT) 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.


1. The mentalities we possess.

Identity Based:  Led as a child of a kind Father.
“Being led by the Spirit is as much identification as direction.”

“The Holy Spirit doesn't simply “modify” our behavior. He transforms our identity.”

Romans 8:5-6(NLT) 5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

To be Spirit-led is to be Spirit-fed.

2. How we are carried.
Wind in sails. 

Zechariah 4:6 (NIV) ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

3. Surrendered to his leadership/Lordship

We partner with the wind:
Ezekiel 37:9–10 (NIV) 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

Holy Ghost: The New Wine




New Wine
John 2:1–11 (NLT) 1 The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”  4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. 9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” 11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

The Outpouring of the New Wine. 
Acts 2:11–16 (NLT) 11 …We all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” 12 They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. 13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!” 14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel…

Wine speaks of:
1. Influence

A. He influences the things we say.

Romans 15:13 (NLT) I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

B. He influences the way that we are.

Galatians 5:22–23 (NLT) The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

C. He influences the things we do. 
  • I Corinthians 12

2. Intelligence
Job 32:8 (NLT) There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

3. Indulgence.
Romans 14:17(NLT) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Psalm 16:11 (NIV) You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Receiving the New Wine: 

Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

1. Loosen up
Luke 5:37–39 (NLT) 37 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. 38 New wine must be stored in new wineskins. 39 But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say.”

“Stiffness Stifles”

1 Thessalonians 5:19(NLT) Do not stifle(quench) the Holy Spirit.

“The Holy Spirit is not going to do His work on your terms.”

2. Drink deep
1 Corinthians 12:13 (NIV) We were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Ephesians 5:18(NLT)  Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit. 


John 20:22 (NLT) Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Holy Ghost: The Intercessor



The Anointing

Acts 10:38 (NLT)  We know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

2 Corinthians 1:20–22 (NIV) 20 No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Anoint: “to smear or rub with oil.”

The Oil
Exodus 30:22–33 (NLT) 22 Then the Lord said to Moses, 23 “Collect choice spices—12½ pounds of pure myrrh, 6¼ pounds of fragrant cinnamon, 6¼ pounds of fragrant calamus, 24 and 12½ pounds of cassia—as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel. Also get one gallon of olive oil. 25 Like a skilled incense maker, blend these ingredients to make a holy anointing oil. 26 Use this sacred oil to anoint the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, 27 the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and all its accessories, the incense altar, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the washbasin with its stand. 29 Consecrate them to make them absolutely holy. After this, whatever touches them will also become holy. 
30 “Anoint Aaron and his sons also, consecrating them to serve me as priests. 31 And say to the people of Israel,
‘This holy anointing oil is reserved for me from generation to generation. 32 It must never be used to anoint anyone else, and you must never make any blend like it for yourselves. It is holy, and you must treat it as holy. 33 Anyone who makes a blend like it or anoints someone other than a priest will be cut off from the community.’ ”

The Oil of the Spirit
1. Produced by a Process

Jesus Praying at the Mount of Olives in a garden called Gethsemane.(Matthew 26)
Gethsemane:
“The Olive Press”

Psalm 133:1–3 (NIV)1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing,even life forevermore.

2. Applied for a purpose
Anoint (Hebrew Mashiach/Greek…Chrio), which means “to smear or rub with oil,” The implication is to consecrate for office or religious service.
 

Luke 4:16–21 (NLT) 16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” 20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

“Jesus is the anointed one, and We are anointed “ones.”

The same oil as Jesus…
“It’s not our anointing, it’s His.”
Romans 8:11(NIV)  The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you….

John 14:12 (NLT) Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

3. Positioned for Holiness

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NLT) Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

4. Primed under Pressure. 
“Pressure does not minimize our functionality. It maximizes it.”

1 John 2:26–27 (NIV) 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Ministry:

Romans 11:29 (NIV): For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.


Father's Day Panel





This message is a panel discussion about fatherhood at Overflow Church. The panelists discuss a variety of topics related to being a dad, including the most influential men in their lives, the hardest and most enjoyable parts of being a father, and how to navigate fatherhood.

The vmessage starts with a lighthearted icebreaker question about favorite child (which is quickly shut down). The panelists then introduce themselves and share a few words about their dads. The conversation then dives into a deeper discussion about fatherhood.

Here are some of the questions the panelists discuss:

Who are the three most influential men in your life and why? (1:00)
What's the hardest thing about being a dad? (3:12)
What's the most enjoyable part about being a dad? (5:42)
The panelists also share personal stories about their experiences as fathers.

At the end of the video, there is a prayer for the fathers in the audience. (8:25)

#fathersday #fatherhood #overflowchurch #dadlife #dad #faith #family www.overflowdfw.com

Holy Ghost: The Anointing




The Anointing

Acts 10:38 (NLT)  We know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

2 Corinthians 1:20–22 (NIV) 20 No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Anoint: “to smear or rub with oil.”

The Oil
Exodus 30:22–33 (NLT) 22 Then the Lord said to Moses, 23 “Collect choice spices—12½ pounds of pure myrrh, 6¼ pounds of fragrant cinnamon, 6¼ pounds of fragrant calamus, 24 and 12½ pounds of cassia—as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel. Also get one gallon of olive oil. 25 Like a skilled incense maker, blend these ingredients to make a holy anointing oil. 26 Use this sacred oil to anoint the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, 27 the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and all its accessories, the incense altar, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the washbasin with its stand. 29 Consecrate them to make them absolutely holy. After this, whatever touches them will also become holy. 
30 “Anoint Aaron and his sons also, consecrating them to serve me as priests. 31 And say to the people of Israel,
‘This holy anointing oil is reserved for me from generation to generation. 32 It must never be used to anoint anyone else, and you must never make any blend like it for yourselves. It is holy, and you must treat it as holy. 33 Anyone who makes a blend like it or anoints someone other than a priest will be cut off from the community.’ ”

The Oil of the Spirit
1. Produced by a Process

Jesus Praying at the Mount of Olives in a garden called Gethsemane.(Matthew 26)
Gethsemane:
“The Olive Press”

Psalm 133:1–3 (NIV)1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing,even life forevermore.

2. Applied for a purpose
Anoint (Hebrew Mashiach/Greek…Chrio), which means “to smear or rub with oil,” The implication is to consecrate for office or religious service.
 

Luke 4:16–21 (NLT) 16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” 20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

“Jesus is the anointed one, and We are anointed “ones.”

The same oil as Jesus…
“It’s not our anointing, it’s His.”
Romans 8:11(NIV)  The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you….

John 14:12 (NLT) Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

3. Positioned for Holiness

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NLT) Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

4. Primed under Pressure. 
“Pressure does not minimize our functionality. It maximizes it.”

1 John 2:26–27 (NIV) 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Ministry:

Romans 11:29 (NIV): For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.


Holy Ghost: The Comforter





John 16:5–15 (NLT) 5 “But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. 6 Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. 7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. 9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. 10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. 11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.  12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’


Provisions of The Comforter
“Comfortable is not promised; The Comforter is.”

1. Calm in the chaos
John 16:1–4 (NLT) “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. 2 For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. 3 This is because they have never known the Father or me. 4 Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning…

John 14:26–27 (NLT) 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.  27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Supernatural Peace.
Philippians 4:6–7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

2. Confirming our identity
Ephesians 1:13-14(NLT) …When you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.  The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.

Romans 8:14–16 (NLT) 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

“The accuser questions your identity while The Comforter confirms your identity. 


3. Correction

“While the Holy Spirit does not condemn believers, HE does correct them.”

Hebrews 12:8(NLT) If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.
“Correction from the Holy Spirit is not condemning our identity but confirming it.”

Proverbs 12:1(NLT) To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

4. Counsel
John 14:26 (NLT)  When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

John 16:13(NLT)  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.

5. Confiding in us.
John 15:15(NLT) I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.

1 Corinthians 2:7–10 (NIV) we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

Holy Ghost: Who is the Holy Spirit?



John 14:8–21 (NIV) 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.  15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth.  The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

Who is the Holy Spirit?
1. He is God
Genesis 1:1–2 (NIV) In the beginning God(Elohim) created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God(Elohim) was  hovering over the waters.

2. He is the Holy Spirit 

Holy: 

Spirit:
3. He is a person, not an “it.”

“The Holy Spirit is not weird, but he is wild.”

John 14:17 (NIV) The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him…

“The Holy Spirit may seem strange, but he is no stranger.”

When we are filled with the Spirit:
1. We are God’s dwelling place

John 14:17-19 (NIV) 17…For he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

He resides in those who are his.
“Under the Old Covenant, The Holy Spirit would rest temporarily; in the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit resides permanently!”

I Corinthians 6:19(NLT) Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?


2. We can experience total victory
John 14:19 (NIV) …Because I live, you also will live.

Romans 8:11 (NIV) The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

1 John 4:4 (NLT)  You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

3. To function like Jesus

John 14:12(NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.

Jesus on the earth was the prototype of those filled with the Spirit.

Philippians 2:6–7 (NLT) 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.

Acts 10:38 (NIV) God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

His only limitation is our yielding!
1 Thessalonians 5:19(NIV)  Do not quench(stifle) the Holy Spirit.

Ministry:
Acts 19:2 (NIV) "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

Holy Ghost: The Outpouring




Holy Ghost: The Outpouring 

Mark 1:8–11 (NLT) 8 “I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!” 9 One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”

Acts 1:4-8 (NIV) 4 "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." 6  So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7  He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Acts 2:1-4 (NIV) 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 

Pentecost:
Mount Sinai: (Ex. 19:16-19) 
  • At Sinai God's presence was accompanied by fire, smoke, and the sound of thunder. At Pentecost, by the sound of wind, tongues of fire, and the sound of tongues.
  • At Sinai, The Torah became the teacher. On Pentecost, The Spirit became the Teacher
  • At Sinai, The Law was written on stones. On Pentecost, The Spirit on hearts.
  • At Sinai, 3,000 people died. On Pentecost, 3,000 people believed!

John 1:17(NIV) The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

“Pentecost speaks of a second experience for God’s people.”

Acts 19:2 (NIV) "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

The Tower of Babel:
Genesis 11:4–7 (NLT) 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” 5 But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. 6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! 7 Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”
  • At Babel, they were working. On Pentecost, they were waiting.
  • At Babel, the people were ascending. On Pentecost, God descends.
  • At Babel, language was confused. On Pentecost, the language was understood.
  • At Babel, the people were scattered in judgment. On Pentecost, the people were sent to spread the gospel
  • At Babel, it was for the fame of man. On Pentecost, it was for the glory of God.

What to expect when you are filled with the Holy Ghost:

1. More tangibles 
John 14:12 (NLT) “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

2. More fervency

Romans 12:11 (NIV) Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

3. More courage & boldness
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Acts 2:14 (NIV) Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd. 

Acts 4:31 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (See also Acts 4:12)

4. More Power 
2 Primary Greek words for Power:
1. Exouisia: Rights
John 1:12 (NIV) Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

2.  Dynamis: Ability
Acts 1:8 (NLT) You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Receive the Baptism of The Holy Spirit 
Luke 11:9–13 (NLT) 9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

Ministry:
Acts 19:2 (NIV) "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

Mother Day 2024



Holy Curiosity





Holy Curiosity

Luke 18:15-17 (NLT) 15 One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. 16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 17 I tell you the truth: anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.

Luke 19:1-10 (NIV) 1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man, he could not because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner.'" 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now, I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount." 9 Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." 

Zacchaeus
1. He is a chief tax collector
2. He is wealthy.
3. He was vertically challenged
4. He carries a curios child-likeness 

A Childlikeness of Zacchaeus.
Curiosity

“Remaining curious about God is something we must maintain lest we become bored spiritually.”

Things that squelch curiosity:
  1. Making excuses
  2. Being a know it all
  3. Looking elsewhere.

"Curiosity breeds gladness."

“Joy is a necessity, not a luxury.”
Romans 14:17 (NIV) The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

“Encounters that endure are contingent on our capacity to carry joy in the journey.”

Luke 19:6 (NLT)  Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.

Holiness that isn't joyful isn't very holy.

Cultivating Holy Curiosity
1. Position Yourself to gain a better view of Jesus.
2. Respond to His invitations.
3. Posture yourself in who Jesus calls you.

I Don't Want To Grow Up- Pastor Chris Jones



Matthew 18:1-5 (NIV)
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
James 4:6 (NIV) But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.
If your primary focus in life is becoming the G.O.A.T, you stop acting like sheep.

Micah 6:8 (NLT) No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.


In the Kingdom of God childlike faith is not childish, it’s mature.

1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT)
 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

Walking in humility is not humiliating

Romans 10:11 (NIV) As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”


Walking in humility doesn’t cause low self esteem

Romans 12:3 (NIV)
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you


Humility is the key motivator for the best servants.


Matthew 23:11-12 (NIV) The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Philippians 2:5-11 ( NIV) In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness.8 And being found in appearance as a man he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Obedience is only possible if you are humble.

It's a Heart Thing- Aaron Guthrie






Proverbs 4:20-27 (NIV)
20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Proverbs 4:20-27 (MSG)
Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.

We guard what we deem is valuable to us.

Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

2 Questions I want us to look at today. Why should we guard our heart? How can we guard our heart?

  1. Why should we guard our heart?

Vs 23 For everything you do flows from it.



Mark 7:20-23 (NLT)
20 And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. 21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”

Apart from God, we all have a heart problem!

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Carnal Temptations, Emotional Trauma, Spiritual Doubts, Marital Conflict, Criticism from others, Workplace Disappointment, Physical Pain

John 16:33 (NIV)
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

  1. How can we guard our heart?

3 Principles for Guarding Our Heart

Proverbs 4:24 (NLT)
24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.

1. Guard Your Tongue

James 1:26 (NLT)
If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

Luke 6:45 (NLT)
45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

2. Guard Your Eyes
Proverbs 4:25 (NLT)
25 Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you.

Too many times we are looking at the wrong things. We look at our circumstances, we focus on the problems and issues in our life instead of focusing on Him.

Matthew 6:22-23 (NLT)
22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

3. Guard Your Conduct
Proverbs 4:26-27 (NLT)

26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. 27 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

Christians are often plagued with inconsistency.

We have prioritized satisfying the outside at the expense of the inside.

We’re ok with harming our soul at the expense of making us happy.

God wants to make you Holy more than he wants to make you happy!



Matthew 16:26 (NLT)
26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Nearness To Jesus





Nearness to Jesus 

Psalm 103:7 (NIV) He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel.

“Jesus doesn’t simply want obedient followers; He wants intimate friends.”
James 2:23(NIV) “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.

Mark 3:13-14 (NIV) 13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve--designating them apostles-that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.

“He chose you for nearness, and devotion follows.”

John 15:14–16 (NIV) 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

Slow down, lean in, and listen up.


It all begins with him doing something in us.

1 John 4:19 (NIV) 
We love because he first loved us.

John 13:8-9 (NLT) 8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” 9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

Worthy: God's Chosen People





The Power of Chosen.

Saul/David
Acts 13:22 (NLT) God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’

1. A Chosen People
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 

A. Chosen 
“He likes you, He loves you, He wants you, That’s it, that is the credential.”

B. Royal Priesthood

James 1:18 (NLT) He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

C. Holy Nation

D. A people belonging to God.


When we realize that we belong to God
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) “…That you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

2. A Chosen Purpose

Isaiah 61:3 (NIV) To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

3. A Chosen Posture
1 Peter 2:9 (AMP)God’s own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:10 (NIV) Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God.


Ephesians 1:3-8 (NLT) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

Philippians 4:19(NIV) My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)  For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

"You are worthy of belonging to God."

Worthy: Death Defeated





Luke 24:5: “He is not here; he has risen!”

John 20:1-9 (NLT) 1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4 They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, 7 while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. 8 Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— 9 for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then they went home.


The Resurrection is reasonable.
1. Scripture.
2. Secular sources.
3. The tomb is empty.

Why is the resurrection so critical to Christianity?
1 Corinthians 15:17(NLT) If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.

“At the cross, the work was finished, and from the resurrection, new life begins."

John 11:25(NLT) “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

Encountering The Risen Christ
1. Respond to his voice (Mary)
John 20:11-16 (NLT) 11 Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. 12 She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing thereIt was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.” 16 “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).    

John 6:44(NIV) No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them.

Respond to His voice!

2. Reach out and touch him. (Thomas)
John 20:24-27 (NLT) 24 One of the disciples, Thomas, was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” 26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound on my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 


Jesus went through great extents to have you.

Matthew 13:45-46 (NLT) “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!
 


Worthy: Crucified with Christ





Mark 15:20-25 (NIV) 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. 21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 25 It was the third hour when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.

The Crucifixion

Mark 8:31-37 (NIV) 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32  He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

The Call to Follow
“Deny Yourself”
  • Greek:” Deny: “Say no to yourself.” Disown yourself
Pick up Your Cross”
“He sees our life as worthy of a gift that He will receive.” 

Self-worth is not self-centeredness. 

“You are worthy of the His Cross. Is He worthy of yours?”

Put on your new self
Ephesians 4:24 (NIV) Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

1. Stop trying to find yourself.


2. Give your life to him


Romans 6:4-6 (NLT) 4  For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. 5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.

“You will never find freedom from sin until you find freedom from self.”

3. Submit your wants

The reward of “no.”
Luke 22:39-46 (NLT) 39 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. 45 At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.” 


4. The prize is greater than the pain.

"We are the joy set before him, and 
He is the joy set before us."

Philippians 3:10-14 (NIV) 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 


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Worthy: Peace of Soul





The Human Soul- Your non-physical self. 

Matthew 27:27-31 (NLT) 27 Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29 They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. 31 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.

Thorns:

Thorns are an ancient symbol of a curse.
Genesis 3:17-18 (NIV) 17…” Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 

  • Dysfunction
  • Shame
  • Emotional/ Mental trauma: 

Galatians 3:13(NLT) But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

“Christ has broken the curse!”

Mockery:
  • Accusation
  • Humiliation
  • Shaming

Isaiah 53:3-5 (NIV) 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Peace of Soul
1. Peace has been purchased and promised
John 14:26-27 (NLT) 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

“You don’t get supernatural peace through natural means.” 

2. Peace must be placed

A. By placing faith in Jesus
Romans 5:1 (NLT) We have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
“To have the peace of God, you must have peace with God.”

B. By making sound decisions
Romans 16:19-20 (NIV) I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

C. By renewing our mind
Romans 12:2 (NIV) 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

“Worldly patterns produce worldly peace.”

Renewing our mind:
  • Repentance.
  • The Washing of the Word. (Eph 5)
  • Submitting our thoughts to Jesus. 
  • Putting our past in its place. 

3. Peace must be protected
Philippians 4:6-9 (NLT) 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

“Peace is protected by praying and by thinking about the right things.”

4. Peace is a person
“Peace has little to do with what is happening around us but more to do with who resides in us.”
Ephesians 2:14 (NIV) For he himself is our peace.

How is your soul?


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Worthy: Healing





Ephesians 1:3(NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

Isaiah 53:3-6 (NLT) 3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sinsHe was beaten so we could be wholeHe was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. 

Ancient Flogging/Scourging

Why so much pain and suffering?
Isaiah 53:5 (NLT) He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

You are worthy of healing!

False assumptions 
concerning healing.

1. Somebody Sinned
John 9:1-7 (NIV) 1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 

“Pharisees tend to prioritize preference and process over people.”
“The religious will scrutinize methods, & ignore the results.”

John 9:25 (NLT)  “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” 


2. Somebody doesn’t have enough faith.

James 5:14-15 (NLT) Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well.

3. God doesn’t want to. (It’s not God’s will.) 
“We don’t build theology around unanswered prayers!”

Objections…
1. “His ways are not our ways….”
2. 
What about Paul’s thorn in the flesh!? (2 Cor 12
3. Doesn’t God use suffering? 

Healing is available; God wants to!

Luke 5:12-13 (NLT) 12  In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. 

Appropriating Healing
1. Believe
  • Don’t be passive about healing.  
2. Nurture Expectation
  • Speak/Declare the word
  • Meditate on the Word. 

3. Steward wholeness

4. Pray
Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV) 9 “This, then, is how you should pray:” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

The Full Gospel of the Kingdom:
“You can preach healing without the Gospel, but you can’t preach the full gospel without healing.”

Matthew 10:7-8 (NLT) 7 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!
  • HEaling is a mandate(Mark 16:18)

Psalm 107:19-20 (NLT) 19 “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 20 He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.

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Worthy: Cross Worthy





Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Ephesians 1:3-8 (NLT) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

We are not worthless. We are valuable to the Father, who considers us worthy of Jesus. 

Deserving vs. Worth
1. Deserving: is merit-based.  
  • Mercy is not getting what you deserve. 
  • Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.

Moral Goodness
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

“We could not come to him in our righteousness, so he came to us with his!”

2. Worth: Value-based. 
  • Worth is determined by what someone is willing to pay.

Value
1 Peter 1:18–19 (NLT) 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

“The Lamb of God.”

Hebrews 10:11–14 (NLT) 11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. 12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. 14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

Because of the Cross….
1. Our value is revealed.

2. We belong to God.
1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV) 9 You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 

James 1:18 (NLT) He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

3. We recognize our value, so we live with values.
Ephesians 4:1 (NLT) I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.


Matthew 13:45-46 (NLT) “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!


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We are Overflow: Life In The River





Core Values:
-Presence: Every time we gather everywhere we go.
-Family: We follow Jesus together
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Honor: up, down, all around. 
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Power: God is moving today.
-Generosity: Blessed to be a blessing

Four Mandates
1. Love who He sends
2. Keep the Fire burning
3. Open Wombs
4. So we do (Transform Haiti)

Ezekiel 47:1-5(NLT) 1 In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. 2 The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway. 3 Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. 4 He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. 5 Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the River was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through. 


Depth in the Spirit.
Psalm 42:7 (NIV)  Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

Matthew 3:11 (NLT) “I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 

John’s baptism was for forgiveness. Jesus baptizes for fire.

Life In The River
1 Corinthians 2:10 (NIV) The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

1. 
Desire. You have to want it.
Matthew 5:6 (NIV) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

John 6:44 (NLT) For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me.

The draw can become a drag if we don’t give in.

2. Persistence. You have to Go after it.
Luke 11:9-13 (NIV) 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

3. Continue: It’s an ongoing work.
Encounters are the floor, not the ceiling. 
Ephesians 5:18 (NIV) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 

Ezekiel 47:6-9(NLT) 6 He asked me, “Have you been watching, son of man?” Then he led me back along the riverbank. 7 When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the River. 8 Then he said to me, “This River flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. 9 There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this River flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows.

The dead sea: 
  • Its low: The Lowest point of the earth surface.
  • It’s salty:  5-10 times more concentrated than other salt waters.
  • It’s lifeless: Nothing can live there.

The River:
  • The low places filled. 
  • The salty made sweet.
  • There is life and healing.

Ezekiel 47:12 (NLT) 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the River. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the River flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.”

Isaiah 44:3-4 (NLT) 3 For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. 4 They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.

John 7:37-39(NLT) “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit


We Are Overflow: Mandates





-Presence: Every time we gather everywhere we go.
-Family: We follow Jesus together
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Honor: up, down, all around. 
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Power: God is moving today.
-Generosity: Blessed to be a blessing

Mandates:

Genesis 1:28 (NLT) God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.
Genesis 2:15 (NLT) The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.

Four Mandates:
Matthew 13:33 (NLT) “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.” 

1.Love who He sends

Matthew 23:37 (NLT) “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.

“We are an extension of his blood-stained wings providing mercy and welcoming whoever the Lord sends us.”


John 6:12 (NIV) When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”


2. Keep the Fire burning

Leviticus 6:12 (NLT) The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must never go out.

Matthew 21:13 (NIV) “My house will be called a house of prayer.”

3. Open Wombs

John 7:37-43(NLT) 37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.

“First comes the natural, then comes the spiritual.” 

4. So we do (Transform Haiti)
  • Henry Lee Sullivan Sullivan 1974.

Proverbs 19:17 (NIV) Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.


 What Partnership looks like.
Matthew 9:35–38 (NLT) 35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

1. Pray
2. Practice faithfulness
3. Be an Advocate
4. Participate

We Are Overflow: Generosity





Generosity: Blessed to be a blessing

Genesis 1:22 (NLT) Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply.”
Genesis 1:29 (NLT) Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (NLT) God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.

“We partner by planting.” 

3 seeds every person has:
1. Time
2. Talent 
3. Treasure


Matthew 6:21 (NIV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

We want to be generous:
1. Because we want to be like Him.

“You can give without love, but you can’t love without giving.”

2. Because we are blessed.
Matthew 10:8 (NIV) Freely you have received, freely give.

Genesis 12: 2 (NLT) I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.

The Macedonian church, Poor Rich people.
2 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NLT) 1 Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. 3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 

“In the Kingdom, wealth is measured by generosity and poverty by greed.”

2 Corinthians 8:7-9 (NLT) 7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. 8 I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. 9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. 

Growing in generosity 
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (NLT) 6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.

1. Cheerfully
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT) You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.

2. Consistently
1 Corinthians 16:2 (NLT) On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned.

Proverbs 3:9 (NIV) Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.


3. Sacrificially 
2 Corinthians 8:3 (NLT)  They gave not only what they could afford, but far more.

God doesn’t need your money; He wants you.

In generosity, sacrifices are more pleasurable than painful!”

Developing a Generous Spirit 
1. Give Thanks  
2. 
Give Something 
3. Give Sacrificially
4Give Consistently
5. Give from this day forward


We Are Overflow: Power






Power: 
God is moving today.

Is God moving today?


Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

How is God moving today?
Genesis 1:1–2 (NLT) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

-You know overflow not by what is coming in but by what is pouring out.

“We are not just a full people; we are an overflowing people.”

SPIRIT+TRUTH!

Who is the Holy Spirit?
“Holy”
  • Hagios gk.: Different, Set apart (Sacred), Other than.
“Spirit”
  • Hebrew: ruwach(roo'-akh) wind, a breath, a violent exhalation.  
  • Greek: pneuma = current of air, blast of breathe, a strong breeze.

1. He Is God!

  • “Cousin eddy” 

“To ignore the Holy Spirit is to ignore God.” 

2. The Holy Spirit is a Person, not an “it.”

3. The Holy Spirit resides in those who are His.

Under the Old Covenant, The Holy Spirit rested temporarily on God’s people. Under the New Covenant, He resides permanently on his people!

  • “He moves through those that are his.”

 How does God move today? 
Acts 10:38 (NLT) You know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

1. Anointing- Assignment

  • Christ= The Anointed one- Christians= little anointed ones. 

1 John 2:27 (NIV) As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you…

“The anointing doesn’t lift; it remains.”

“The purpose of the anointing is not to enhance our experience but to maximize our effectiveness.”

2. Authority 

John 1:12 (NLT) But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right(Power) to become children of God.

 
3. Ability 
Acts 1:4–5, 8 (NLT) 4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”…8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Power- Dýnamis “ability to perform” for the believer, power to achieve by applying the Lord’s inherent abilities.

John 14:12–17 (NLT)12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! 15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit.

Acts 5:15–16 (NLT) 15 As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. 16 Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed.

God is moving today by His Spirit through His people.”


We Are Overflow: Honor





Honor: up, down, all around. 

Man was created in the highest honor in God’s likeness. 
  • Genesis 1:26 (NLT) Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.

When sin entered the scene, so did shame.
Genesis 2:25 (NLT) Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
Genesis 3:7 (NLT) At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
Genesis 3:8–10 (NLT) 8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”

God covers shame.
Genesis 3:21 (NLT) The Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

“The gospel is not only about the guilty made innocent but bringing honor to the shameful.”

“Jesus experienced public shame in order to crown humanity with the highest honor.” 

Honor cultivates an atmosphere for miracles.
Mark 6:1-6 (NLT) 1 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.” And because of their unbeliefhe couldn’t do any mighty miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6  And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. 

  • “Honor is a currency of the kingdom.”
  •  Familiarity can debilitate our ability to honor.

Honor/Dishonor
  • Honor- gk. Timey- A Valuing: Recognize the value, appreciate, esteem favorable regard.
  • Dishonor- gk. Atimey- to treat as common or ordinary.

“Honor requires intentionality.” 

We Honor God in:
1. Our Worship (Psalm 29:1-2)
2. Our Priorities(Exodus 20:3)
3. Our Finances(Proverbs 3:9) 
4. Our Bodies(In purity: 1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)
5. Our Convictions(Timothy 2:21) 
6. Our honor to others.

Honor: Up, Down, all around.
1. Honor Up.
A.Civil Leaders: Government, military, police(Romans 13:1-5)
1 Peter 2:17(NIV) Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.  

B. Social Leaders: Bosses, Teachers, Coaches, etc (Colossians 3:22-25)

C. Home Leaders: (Ephesians 5:22-33, 6:2)

D. Church/Kingdom Leaders(1 Thes 5:12-13, Heb 13:17, 1 Tim 5:17)


2. Honor Down.
Philippians 2:3-4(NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

Everyone Jesus honored was “down”.

“Following Jesus means we honor people that seemingly don’t deserve it.”


3. Honor All Around 
Romans 12:10 (NLT) Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 

Practical Honor:
1. Words

“Criticism and Cynicism rob your ability to honor.”



“Honor speaks of the one who brings it.”

2. Action
Hebrews 13:18 (NLT) Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do.
“Tension is where honor is tested.”
“Talking about a person never brings resolve, but talking to them can.”

3. Attitude
“Honor starts in the heart.”

Isaiah 29:13 (NIV) The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.

Mephibosheth: 2 Samuel 9

"If we sit at the table it will cover our shame."

2 Samuel 9:12 (NLT) And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons.
Mephibosheth: Dispeller Exterminator of shame

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Isaiah 61:7 (NLT) Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.

We Are Overflow: Family





Family: We follow Jesus together.

Family from the beginning:
Genesis 1:27-28 (NLT) 27 God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.
Genesis 2:18 (NLT) Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”

“Kingdom government is expanded through the reproduction of family.”

Jesus re-establishes family
Matthew 12:46–50 (NLT) 46 As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 47 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak to you.” 48 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

John 6:28–29 (NIV) 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

John 1:12 (NLT) To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

God’s Family
“The Church is the only family God has.”

Ephesians 2:19 (NIV) You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.

Acts 2:42–43 (NLT) 42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 

We are building a family, not a crowd, which takes time.”

Family: We follow Jesus together.
Galatians 6:6–10 (NIV) 1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Following Jesus together. 
1. Accountability.
Galatians 6:1 (NIV) “If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.
“Restoration requires confrontation.”- Accountability.
“Confrontation of sin only works in the context of relationship.”
The point of accountability is restoration.”

Galatians 6:1 (NIV)... “But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

2. Carry Burdens
Ephesians 6:2 (NIV) Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

If you are burdened, ask for help!

Romans 12:15 (NIV) Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

3. Personal responsibility
Ephesians 6:5 (NIV)  for each one should carry their own load.

4. Stay Faithful & Be fruitful 
Galatians 6:9 (NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Deep connections take time.

5. Prioritize the family of faith
Galatian 6:10 (NLT) Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone especially to those in the family of faith.

What Now?
  1. Take the next step. 
  2. Take a seat at the table. 
  3. Open up your life


We Are Overflow: Presence





John 7:38–39 (NIV) 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.

 “Have you encountered the God that is here?” 

We Value: The Presence of God.
Presence: Every time we gather everywhere we go.

Moses:
Exodus 33:1–3 (NLT) The Lord said to Moses, “Get going, you and the people you brought up from the land of Egypt. Go up to the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I told them, ‘I will give this land to your descendants.’ 2 And I will send an angel before you to drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 3 Go up to this land that flows with milk and honey. But I will not travel among you, for you are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I did, I would surely destroy you along the way.”

  • Some will be content with the promise without the presence. 
  • "The intended journey OF the Lord is WITH the Lord.”

Exodus 33:15–19 (NIV) Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here….17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you..

Presence:
1. His Glory
2. His Goodness

Hebrews 1:3 (NIV) The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.

David bore a similar longing.
Psalm 63:1–4 (NIV) 1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;  I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 27:4 (NIV) One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

His Presence:
A. Every time we gather
1. His presence is at the center of our gatherings.
2. Our bible teaching & preaching is centered around Jesus.

John 5:39 (NLT) “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!

3. Our worship is centered around Jesus. 

4. Our prayers are centered around Jesus.

B. Everywhere we go.

A life that values presence:
1. Prioritize daily
2. Lean frequently
3. Pray continually
1 Thessalonians 5:17(NLT) Never stop praying.
4. Awareness always

Ministry:
Matthew 13:33 (NLT)“The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

We Are Overflow: Encounter Jesus





Our Purpose is that  
Every person we encounter will Encounter the reality of Jesus.
Our Philosophy is that if people are well connected to Jesus, He will bring fulfillment to every area of their Life. 

John 7: Feast of Tabernacles

John 7:37-38(NLT) 37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ 

Jesus is revealing:
1. “I am The Rock!” 
2. The rain is here.” 
3. “Water will flow!:”

 “We don’t live from what falls but from what flows.” 

Jesus is calling to: 
1. Whoever is thirsty.


2. Believe, Come & Drink!
John 7:38(NLT) Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.

“When we drink of Jesus, the River takes over.”

“The result isn’t simply satisfaction but participation.”

Life in 
The Holy Spirit:
John 7:39(NLT) When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.

John 4:6–14 (NLT) Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” 11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” 13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal Life.”

We know several things about this woman:
1. She’s a woman.
2. She’s a Samaritan. 
3. She’s immoral.
4. She’s ridden with guilt and shame.
5. She was broken.

Jeremiah 2:13 (NLT) “For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me— the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!

But 
Jesus…..
1. Repairs what is broken!

2. Jesus rebuilds

“Jesus doesn’t repair things to the place they once were. He rebuilds them into that which he intended them to be.”

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” 
― Oscar Wilde(Irish author/poet)

She drank of Jesus, and The river took over:
John 4:28–30 (NLT) 28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

John 4:39 (NLT) Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!”


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