Heart for the house


Posted: March 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Church, Kingdom of Heaven, Worship | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »


Psalm 26: 8

I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells.

 I love the house

David was this amazing character who rose from being a shepherd boy – to being the king

One of his defining qualities was that David loved the house of God

He was called by God ‘a man after God’s own heart’

Acts 13: 22 God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

God chose David because of his heart for God

 

He also had a dream to build the house of God

Because of his heart for the house – God blessed him and elevated him

2 Samuel 7:8, 9

Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.

 

Just like David we need people in this age with a heart for the house

It’s God’s house

It’s where God puts his name

It is charged with reaching a lost world

 

where you live, O LORD

Psalm 84:10-12

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 

David knew where he wanted to be

I can imagine David – leaving the lavish parties to go and worship God

His officials would not understand his heart for the house

He led the people of Israel to seek and worship God

And his son Soloman had a golden age of influence and blessing in the world

1 Chronicles 16:27

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

 

the place where your glory dwells.

David loved God’s presence

Psalm 63:2-4

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

David was a worshipper

The book of Psalms were essentially worship songs

 

As you connect with God – as his presence touches your life

Your heart for the house will increase

For me – worship has been a big part of my experience with God

Connecting to God

Get a fresh hunger for God’s presence

Psalm 140:13

Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.

Live your life in the presence of God

 

There is a world out there finding altars and idols in they’re own hearts

We need to teach them how to worship God

We need more people with a heart for the house

 

Don’t just attend

Love it and get passionate for it

Protect it

Stand up for it

Build it

 

 

 


A TRUE SON


Posted: September 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Church, Discipleship, Fellowship, Kingdom of Heaven, Leadership | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »


One of the great Fathers in the bible was the Apostle Paul

He had no children of his own – but he became a Father to Timothy, discipled him and raised him up as the Senior Pastor of one of the biggest churches of the ancient world

1 Timothy 1:2

To Timothy my true son in the faith:

Philippians 2:19-24

I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.

Paul became a spiritual Father and Timothy became a son

The are too many sons and daughters without spiritual Fathers

 

How to be a true son

 

1. Seek out a spiritual Father

In today’s society we often run from voices of authority in our lives

But in the kingdom we all need to know the voice of a Father

Wise people will seek out Fathers in the faith

If you have a loving Father appreciate your dad – seek them out

So many live without a loving Father

Appreciate him for who he is – he is your father

But also find a spiritual Father

If you haven’t got a loving Father – don’t try and live without one – it will leave a great hole in your life

You will be insecure and undeveloped

Seek out someone with Godly character to speak into your world – to be a spiritual Father

 

 

2. Be a willing disciple

I get asked a lot to disciple people

But i have learned to only disciple the willing

It’s just too hard to try and disciple the unwilling

Some people like the idea of being discipled – but they don’t respond to the reality

They don’t change – they don’t turn up

There is a term in church - a son of the house

If you ever get called that – it is an honor

But it would be less than 10% of the church

 

Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

 

Have a willing attitude to be discipled

Become a son or daughter of the house

 

3. Listen

Proverbs 19:20

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Listen to those with authority over you

Don’t be a know it all

Arrogance has never been an endearing quality

If you listen to your leaders you will find God’s wisdom coming into your life

Timothy listened to Paul and became a spiritual son

He went from a timid young person – to a bold leader who Paul sent to sort out problems in the churches

 

4. Make some changes

2 Timothy 1:6

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Let someone lay their hand on you and develop your life

Do what they ask of you

I find many people want to hear my advice

Not so many want to make the changes

 

Over the past forty years I have proved champions are everywhere provided they receive the proper training –

Arthur Lydiard

 

Get into some spiritual training and become a champion of faith

 

5. Be committed to building a long term  relationship

Give time to the relationship with a spiritual Father

Stick around and become a true son

I have no one else like him

Timothy had committed himself to this relationship in such a way that Paul had no one else like him

He became a true son

I have at least 2 older voices speaking regularly into my life

They are a blessing to me

I seek them out and I am greater for these voices

Both i have been building with for about 7 or 8 years

Build some long term relationships with spiritual leaders

 

 

 

 

 


honor


Posted: August 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Discipleship | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »



1 Peter 2: 17
Show proper respect to everyone:
One of the kingdom traits is being able to honor others
Insecure people can’t honor anyone – they always have to drag others down to feel ok about themselves. Kingdom people know how to honor others
What is proper respect for each other?
Matthew 7: 12 In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
How do you want to be treated? Start treating others that way
It disappoints me to see arrogant Christians – It is such a bad example
It takes the smallest thing to set some people off. We let God down when we act like this
Love the brotherhood of believers
Romans 12: 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
When people walk into church treat them with respect and give them an uplifting experience of being around believers
Maybe they are coming in to really see if God is real
Can we show them a bunch of people that really care about each other?
Can we love each other and demonstrate God’s love that is in us
When I walked into church in 1986 I received that – these people weren’t perfect but they demonstrated acceptance and love and I want C3 church to do that for people
I want our church to do an amazing job of welcoming people into the kingdom
We have the most amazing thing here; Christian community
This idea could bring great change to our city if people see it working
fear God
What does it mean to honor God? – To put God in his rightful place
1 Timothy 1: 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The bible says fear him – what does that mean? It means to have a healthy respect for who he is. He is big! He is the great God, the ancient of days, the alpha and omega
Revisit today the place God occupies in your life and put him in his rightful place
If you honor God in your life – you will see him honor you
1 Samuel 2: 30 Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.
honor the king
Honor those in authority
Romans 13: 1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.
Honor the boss – How do you treat those who you work for?
This is one of the most important witnesses you can have
In the bible Joseph was one of the greatest at honoring others, even though he was mistreated, he honored those in charge of him and God blessed him   
His honor put him on the pathway to greatness
The best tip to be successful in life is to do a great job at what you are working on right now
Honor church leaders
1 Timothy 5: 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
At church respect and follow your leaders – you can’t love God and disrespect his leaders
Honoring our national leaders
So many people dishonor elected leaders – God won’t bless that behavior
David honors a bad leader in Saul unto his death – he killed the servant who killed Saul
Whoever our elected leaders are we should pray for them and respect them
We are not picketers and protestors – we are influencers in society
We are not the weirdo’s into Christian conspiracy theories – we are to be the head and not the tail – so lets act like it – lets honor people!

Qualities of a great disciple


Posted: May 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: All | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »


1. Disciples follow
In Matthew 4: 18 Jesus calls Peter and Andrew to be his disciples
What made Peter and Andrew great disciples is their willingness to follow him
They left their nets and followed him
You can’t be a great leader until you can be a great follower
So many Christians struggle to follow anyone, but if they can’t follow a leader they won’t follow God
God will ask more from you than any leader will

2. Disciples learn
The Greek word for ‘disciple’ is ‘math-ey-tes,’ which means ‘learner or student.’ In biblical times a disciple would attach himself to a teacher. He would follow him day and night, interact with him and learn – If we are going to be disciples we need to be willing to learn
Every believer needs to be in a discipleship relationship
Who are you learning from?
God will always put someone in your life, if your willing to see it and embrace it
A disciple will seek out people to learn from – will put themselves in positions where they can learn from others

3. Disciples commit
Luke 14:27
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
There is a cost to following Jesus – the idea is great – the reality costs us something
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Salvation is free, … but discipleship will cost you your life.
Great Christians who advance the kingdom have always paid the price
Stick around long enough to see what God can do with you

4. Disciples grow
Have a hunger to grow and develop
1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation
Aim to grow every year in your spiritual walk – don’t be trapped in the same issue and the same challenges
Great leaders will help you grow and go to the next level

5. Disciples honor
Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
The kingdom of God has a culture of honor
We honor God, we honor people, we honor those over us
Kingdom people are honoring and gracious
Whoever is your leader? – are you honoring them? – bless them, help them, serve them

6. Disciples produce fruit
John 15:8
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples
Disciples are fruitful – we should be aiming to produce fruit
There should be new life sprouting up around your life
Are people getting saved or revived around your life? – are they coming to church?
To produce fruit we need to plant seeds now – maybe it’s time to start planting

7. Disciples become like the master
Luke 6:40 Students are not above their teacher, but all who are fully trained will be like their teacher
When fully trained, disciples are like their master
How awesome is that –if you do the training –if you are a disciple you will become like Jesus
That is the test of a disciple – are you becoming more like Jesus?


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