If we want to make a difference with our lives, we must submit our lives to God and serve Him with all our hearts.
Great churches aren’t built on the gifts and talents of a few but on the sacrifices of many!
Mark 10:42-45, “ So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”(NLT)
Jesus modeled for us what it looks like to serve. The Messiah! Our Savior! Humbled himself and got down on his knees and did the job that a servant does. He washed their dirty feet.
WE MUST BE WILLING TO GET OUR HANDS AND FEET DIRTY FOR JESUS
Ministry can be...
WE SERVE WITH HUMILITY FROM THE HEART
John 13:4-10, “So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘No,’ said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’ ‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’ Jesus answered, ‘A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean...”
Washing their feet shows leadership with humility. The disciples were very confused. They still thought that...
We are in a sermon series called Real Hope, which is similar to a series we used to do years ago called, Love C3 Style. Each week we will have a different Hope Focus and honor a different group of people. This week we are honoring Missions, specifically our team going to Guatemala on Friday, and our local school teachers.
When you hear the following names what do you think of?
Robert E. Lee Mother Teresa
Coach Joe Gibbs Adolf Hitler
Mae Fry Arnold Swarzenegger
Moses Dr. Jerry Falwell
Jack Welch George W. Bush
Joyce Meyer Tom Brady
Coach Bobby Cox Billy Graham
Martin Luther King Jr. Coach K.
These are all leaders. They have all impacted other people in a significant way. You and I may not agree with all of their beliefs or ethics but everyone of them are leaders that have influenced thousands of lives.
Leadership - is Influence.
If you think you are a leader and no one is following you you’re just going for a walk.
Everyone Influences Someone.
Who influenced you...
Last week was Part 1 of REAL LOVE and how we can forgive those who have hurt us.
We all need forgiveness, and we all need to extend forgiveness!
The fifth truth about love is:
This is so evil.
And your mind might immediately go to terrorist or those who murder or abuse young women and women, but if we are walking in unforgiveness we can want to get revenge.
If we hear something bad happened to them we can be tempted to rejoice a little.
The person could be someone who abandoned you, hurt you, stabbed you in the back, mistreated you, etc.
You know you aren’t walking forgiveness if you rejoice when you see injustice.
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping it kills the other person, but it actually hurts you.
Have you ever looked down on someone because they had done something wrong?
It’s easy for us to point the finger at everyone else when they make a mistake....
WHAT IS REAL LOVE?
Today we are going to talk about how LOVE FORGIVES
1 Corinthians 13:1-7, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every...
BECAUSE HE’S BACK I CAN MAKE A COMEBACK!
Today is Good Friday, one of Jesus' hardest days on earth, but he chose to endure the pain for our freedom.
1 Peter 2:24 (NLT) says, "He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed."
Here’s the amazing thing…
The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, is available to you to help you with your problems.
Romans 8:11, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”(NLT)
The same power that raised Christ from the grave is available to you today!
There is comeback power living inside of you! When you receive Him as your personal Savior and Lord!
There’s resurrection power inside of you!
The Same Power, That Raised Christ from the Grave, Lives In Me!
JESUS IS THE LIFE
We are two weeks away from Easter Sunday! We would love for you to celebrate with us on Sunday, April 21 at 8:30, 10:00 or 11:30!
The reason why Jesus came to this earth is to give us LIFE!
John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”(NKJV)
Jesus is… the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.
Let’s read the power of the resurrection:
Luke 24:1-8, “But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. 5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead...
FIND YOURSELF - How Do We Find Ourselves?
We find ourselves when we discover our purpose.
God loves you and He has a purpose for your life!
Jeremiah 29:11,“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”(NIV)
A great resource to help you discover your purpose would be the I AM book – When I encounter the Great I AM that’s when I discover who I am.
In the book there are 31 I AM Declarations, but here are the first three:
I am fearfully and wonderfully made by a Holy God. (Ps. 139:14; Is. 17:7)
I am God’s masterpiece. (Eph. 2:10)
I am made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 9:6; Col. 1:27)
Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus
You are God’s Masterpiece! You were hand crafted by God.
You are not an accident.
You are not a mistake.
God had a plan for you before you were even...
God has a purpose for everyone! His purpose is bigger than you could ever imagine.
I believe that this week's and next week's blog could have a radical impact on your life.
Mark 8:34-38, “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”(NIV)
A disciple is a learner and a follower.
The disciples were ...
Last week was Part 1 of my blog The Keys to Victory. I shared how the keys to victory are rejoice, pray, and give thanks. There were two guys in the book of Acts who lived this out first-hand through a powerful experience.
Matthew 28:19-20, “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”(NLT)
It was dark. It was midnight. They were locked up. In the natural it looked like there was No Hope…
Acts 16:25-34, “Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners...