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)
Is it possible to live a life that is Blessed?
Blessed - Held in reverence. Honored in worship.
Everybody wants to be a champion. Everybody wants to get First Place. No athlete says my goal is to win a silver medal.
Anyone who wants to be successful doesn’t strive to be second place. Every football team wants to win the Super Bowl. Then they will hang a flag over their arena and let everyone know that they got FIRST PLACE! Nobody hangs a banner that says "We finished 5th Place in the Tournament."
For us to live BLESSED we must understand this principle that God Must Be FIRST!
If you want to be a champion for God the key is making sure that HE is FIRST PLACE IN YOUR LIFE
We see the principle of First-Fruits and Giving throughout scripture. It’s one of the first principles we need to understand after conversion.
The word "faith" or its variations is used 246 times in the Bible. “Without faith it’s...
How you start the year impacts how the rest of the year goes. We are a triune being - mind, body and soul. It's important to invest in each area of your life to live your best life! Which is why in the month of January, we took 21 days to pray and fast to put our focus on God.
Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.”
Matthew 22:36-38, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.”(NIV)
Stats: Average American lives to be 74 years old.
24 years sleeping. We sleep 1/3 or our life.
24 years working. We work 1/3 of our life.
10 years of our life watching tv. 1/7 of our life. 2,000,000 commercials.
That’s 58 years… That only leaves about 16 years. What do we do with...