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...
We are currently in the March Madness series, and we have heard two amazing testimonies of hope, one from Gabe Williams and then yesterday, we heard Owen Gray's testimony. If you missed them, you can watch the latest sermons HERE.
Hope = In Greek is “Elpis”. The expectation of good.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”(NIV)
REJOICE – Rejoice when? Always!
Rejoice even when we don’t feel like it! The power of worship is worshiping Him in Spirit and Truth. Feelings can go up and down but God’s Truth is for sure and forever.
16 “Rejoice always”
Rejoice – “chairo” in Greek. (pronounced Kah-ee-ro) “experiencing God’s grace and being glad in God’s grace.” Also “Leaning towards”
Your Experience should impact your Expression.
If you have experienced...
At C3, we have ten core values and the one for this month is We Focus on the Unchurched.
Vision provides direction. Values guide us and keep us on track.
The value that we talked about last month was We Are Holy Spirit Led. We aren’t led by traditions or popular opinion but by the Holy Spirit.
WE ARE A FOCUSED ON THE UNCHURCHED
Our vision has never been to try and reach people who already go to church. Our vision is to reach people who aren’t involved in church and may not know who Jesus is!
Outward focused church not an Inward focused church.
We must live our lives focused on others. It’s not about you. Yes God wants to work in your life and bless you, but He wants us to make a difference with our lives!
Small people think only of themselves and their needs. People that live BIG think of others.
C3 is a church that focuses on reaching the unchurched
Our vision has always been to provide Real hope for Real People in a Real World.
September 1998 - From...
Last week I shared in Part 1 how as we get healthier our relationships will get healthier. As I focus on myself rather than trying to fix other people, that’s when my relationships become healthy.
I compared working on relationships to how Chip and Joanna Gaines fix up houses.
Many relationships need to be:
1. LET GOD FIX IT
2. LET GOD STRIP IT
In this post, we're going to look at the next two ways to work on our relationships.
3. LET GOD PAINT IT
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”(NIV)
Give God the brush. He is our creator and knows his creation better than any of us. When we give him the brush, He will do more than we could ever do in our own power. When we give Him the power to fix the other person, He can do it in a much more gentle and effective way than we...
BEFORE AND AFTER
How many of you know as we get healthier our relationships will get healthier.
As I focus on myself rather than always trying to fix other people, that’s when my relationships become healthy.
Many relationships need to be:
One of Martha's favorite shows is Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines and I find myself watching it with her sometimes. I love seeing the before and after footage of the homes they fix.
What about before and after you get married? Before you are married, there's a date night planned with reservations and flowers. After marriage, you're like where you wanna go? Or take out tonight?
Before you are married, the gentleman opens the car door and makes sure you're good. After marriage, they can’t even get both legs in the door before you drive off!
Before marriage, you could easily pick out a movie and agree on what to watch because you just want...
It is important to have both vision and values in our lives. Vision provides direction. Values guide us and keep us on track. We have 10 Core Values at C3 and one of those is We Are Holy Spirit Led.
We aren’t led by the past.
We aren’t led by traditions.
We aren’t led by popular opinion.
We are led by the Holy Spirit.
Colossians 2:8, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”(NIV)
The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. He will never tell you to do something that is contrary to the world of God.
John 16:13, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”(NIV)