The church doesn’t do missions. The church is the mission. The church doesn’t exist to just do Sunday services but we exist to impact our community and culture throughout the week. When I was growing up in church you had different categories of missions. You had the local church that supported “home missions” which involved church planting in the United States and there was “foreign missions” which involved supporting missionaries in other countries. I can remember when we first started C3 and people would ask what are we doing for missions I would often say, “We are the mission!” What they were asking was are we going to support missionaries and take mission trips as they did in their former church. I didn’t mean that we shouldn’t think about having an impact globally I just felt like we needed to see what we are doing as a mission.
When you first start a church everyone is on mission. It is obvious that we are doing...
We lead the way, meaning leaders go first! The whole month of November we are focusing on our core value "We Lead the Way."
John C. Maxwell, "Leaders know the way, go the way, and show the way."
Leaders are the lid. The people that serve on our team are not going to get any more passionate for God than we are. They aren’t going to get any more excited about reaching our community than you are. They aren’t going to honor others more than you. They aren’t going to serve more than you are.
Martha and I wouldn’t ask anyone a part of C3 Church to do something that we aren’t willing to do.
Paul said, Follow me as I follow Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
We lead the way in 6 different areas:
This weekend C3 is celebrating our 20th Anniversary! God has done so many amazing miracles since we first planted C3, and it blows me away to see where we are now.
I wanted to take you down memory lane a little bit, and share some pictures along the journey.
Paul narrowed it down to one thing in Philippians 3:13.
“…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”
This makes me think of when the Israelites were going into the Promise Land. They sent the 12 spies into the land, but 10 of the spies came back and began to spread a negative report. Why? They were focused on the wrong thing. They were focused on the past. They would rather go back to slavery in Egypt than trust God for the promise land! They said things like, "There are giants in the land (truth) and we look like grass hoppers to them (lie)."
Numbers 14:1-4, “Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night.2 Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. 3 “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle?...
We see how Paul is Focused in Philippians 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead."
It is so easy to get distracted. With my personality I can get bored really easy. Sometimes if a conversation gets too serious for too long I like to just throw in some random humor, but Martha doesn’t call it humor, she calls it a distraction. LOL.
Sometimes it’s a movie quote from one of my favorite movies like ELF, “Why are you smiling?” “Smiling's my favorite” "Make work your favorite."
What are you focusing on?
You have the option to focus on:
I am blessed to have 3 awesome kids, and they have grown up way too fast. I’ve told them and I tell any young...
Being connected to God is about more than just a union; it’s about communion with Him. When Martha and I got married, it wasn’t long before I began asking, “Who is this woman?” And trust me, she was asking herself, “Who is this guy?” We both realized our marriage was not playing out the way the fantasy did in our minds.
We learned that relationships—real, lasting relationships—take work. We learned that communication is key for success. Whether good or bad, we found out we had to be honest about how we felt, and we had to encourage each other even when we didn’t feel like it.
We have worked at being connected not just by a marriage license, but by communing with each other and with God in relationship. To be successful in marriage and any other significant relationship, you have to be led by God’s Spirit and not your feelings.
Christianity—a relationship with God—is more than just saying a prayer of commitment....
This month we are focusing on our value of "We Honor." A lot of times we associate honor with just those in authority over us, but it is more than that! We should honor up, honor down, and honor all around.
Mark 6:4-5, Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief.”(NLT)
The power of Jesus was hindered because of the people's unbelief and lack of honor. He couldn’t do any miracles among them! Let us not be guilty of unbelief and not honoring. I just want to emphasize why Jesus couldn't do miracles - it was because of their unbelief and lack of honor.
The good news is when we honor God and we honor His Word, we position ourselves for the...
How do you find a Proverbs 31 woman? What does she look like? I don’t have all of the answers but I do know what a Proverbs 31 woman looks like because I married one! And we are celebrating her birthday! The birthday card I gave her said Happy 39th Birthday! But seriously when I think of Martha I think of what Proverbs says,
Proverbs 31:29-31“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
What I appreciate about Martha is that
Amidst Hurricane Florence, I have been meditating on this Scripture from Psalm 46 (MSG) and in particular verse 1 which says, "God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him."
During a time of crisis and uncertainty we want to mobilize the church and community to step up and serve those in need. No one knows the full impact of this storm but our passion at C3 Church for 20 years is to provide real hope for real people in a real world. And it’s an honor to serve.
Our God is a God who is ready to help. So, during the crisis and the storm, let's take refuge in our God. He has not forgotten about us, He is still on the throne. We have been praying and believing for God to turn this hurricane around and even die out! We believe that God does hear our prayers. Let's pray for those who are in the line of danger, and for the power of God to be displayed. Let's pray for the Church to rise up and that Jesus and His light would shine brightest right...
Everyone of us have probably been hurt and we have hurt someone else. Because hurting people often hurt other people. Sometimes we are even hurt by those who are close to us. But when I realized that Jesus is my Good Shepherd I now have confidence that even if people do or say hurtful things to me I’m ok because I have a relationship with Jesus who declares that He is my Good Shepherd. People may come and go out of our life but Jesus promises that He will never leave us or forsake us!
The Bible often refers to Jesus as a shepherd and to us as His flock. Let’s talk about what that means for us.
The shepherd served as the door to the sheepfold. He stood guard there during the day, and he slept across the threshold at night, making sure the sheep stayed where they were supposed to be and the thieves and wild beasts kept away from his precious flock. This is what Jesus was trying to explain to the Pharisees in John 10 about who He was—and who He is to us.
He is our...