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Me & My House

Message Notes

Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV)
14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the godsyour ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Keep God Number 1

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

The Next Generation Is The Future

Psalm 45:16 (NIV)
16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.

Be Thankful for Every Blessing

Psalm 127:3-4 (NIV)
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

What Type of Family Do you Want?

Set Your Family Culture Now

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Quantity Time Brings Quality Time

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

No Family Is Perfect, But We Are Better Together

Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Lifeline (Living Hope in God)

Message Notes

Hebrews 6:18-20
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.

1.) Grab the promised hope!

Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.””

2.) Jesus is pulling you in

Hebrews‬ ‭4:1-3‬ ‭MSG‬‬
For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting.

3.) There’s hope beyond any difficulty

Romans 8:28
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

3 Questions that Change the Future

Message Notes

Mark 10:51 (NIV)
What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

John 14:12 (NIV)
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing,and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

1. What do you want to see in your future?

John 9:1-3 (NIV)
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. [2]His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
[3] “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

2. Who would it help?

John 10:14-16 (NIV)
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— [15] just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. [16] I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

3. So, now, what should I do?

2 Corinthians 9:11-12 (NIV)
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. [12] This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

Connect group Questions & Prayer

1. What are you seeing in this world (Yokohama, Japan)?

2. Who are you living for?

3. What can you do now? Let’s Pray!

Door of Faith

Message Notes

Paul & Sila’s Door of Faith for The Gospel

Acts 14:26-28 (NIV)
26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.

Open Doors Bring Opportunity & Opposition

1 Corinthians 16:8-9 (NIV)
8 But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

One Door Closing Means Another Is Opening

Acts 16:6-10 (NIV)
6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.
7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Where’s Your Door Of Faith?

Start Every New Day With Faith

Psalm 100:4 (NIV)
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

Come to Church Full of Faith

Psalm 122:1 (NIV)
1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Step Into God’s Open Doors

Revelation 3:7-8 (NIV)
7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.


Message Notes

Synonyms – other words: big, considerate, unselfish, free, great-hearted, honourable, kind, open-handed, philanthropic, plentiful, ample, full, overflowing,

Antonyms – opposite negative words: selfish, greedy, mean, miserly, stingy, depleted, wanting.

Woman and jar
(Mat 26:6-13) While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, (7) a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. (8) When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. (9) “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (10) Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. (11) The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. (12) When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. (13) Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

(Matthew 26:10) Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.

( {emphasize v.10) ‘She has done a beautiful thing to me”.}

Generosity Has Impacted My Life:
-my 2 christian friends – Rob and Helen.
-The old pastor in 1979.
-My generous wife
-My sons’ hearts
-Response to Sendai tsunami 2011Gateway: Alive Bible.

Generous = Not simply acts of kindness: It’s a decision to live big.

(Proverbs 11:24 MSG) The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

Attitude shift: From ‘it’s all for me (greed)’ to ‘live to give’

(Luke 12:16-21) And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. (17) He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ (18) “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. (19) And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ (20) “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ (21) “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Give More, Save More, Consume Less = Happiness
(Acts 20:35b) ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

-for me
-for others
-for eternity (leave a legacy) 

How To Live Generous?
(2 Corinthians 9:5-7) So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. (6) Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (7) Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

1.Get a plan
2.Calculate (How much?)
3.Designate (Where to?)
4.Set it free (without guilt or regret).
tithe-ly is a great help

Connect Group Questions
1.Am I generous?

2.Does it matter?

3.Let’s pray to live generous.

Keep your eyes on the Prize! (Focusing on Jesus)

Message Notes

Matthew 14:25-33 NIV
“Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them:“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,”he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.“You of little faith,”he said,“why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.””

1.) Focus on Jesus to accomplish the impossible

Philippians 4:13 NIV
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

2.) Don’t look away

Proverbs 4:23-25 NIV
“Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.”

3.) Keep on walking

Philippians 3:12-14
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

Generations of Praise

Message Notes

Psalm 145:4-7 (NIV)
4 One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

It’s Not About Me

1 Corinthians 9:19-22 (NIV)
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.
22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.

The Next Generation Is the Future

Psalm 45:16-17 (NIV)
16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

What Can We Do For The Next Generation?

Share Your Story

Psalm 89:1 (NIV)
1 I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.

Experience The Power Of God Together

Acts 2:1-2 (NKJV)
2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Celebrate And Do Life Together

Romans 12:15-16 (NIV)
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Fill The City

Message Notes

Acts 13:47-49 NIV
[47] For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “ ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
[48] When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
[49] The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.

God’s Promise

You Are A Light
Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
[14] “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. [15] Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. [16] In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

We Carry Jesus
Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
[18] Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Japan is Ready for Salvation
2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV
[2] For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

How Do We Fill the City?

Honor The Word
Acts 5:28 NIV
[28] “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”

Serve With Joy
Psalm 100:1-2 NIV
[1] Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. [2] Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Believe Gods Promises – For You and Your City
Matthew 21:21-22 NIV
[21] Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. [22] If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

What’s Your Focus?

Message Notes

Philippians 4:8 NIV
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

1. Whatever is true

John 8:32 NIV
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Romans 8:28 NIV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

2. Whatever is right

Hebrews 13:18 NIV
Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.

Matthew 4:4 NIV
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

3. Whatever is lovely

Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, (27) and do not give the devil a foothold.

‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’

Message Notes

(Psalm 100:2 NKJV) Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

(Philippians 4:13) I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

-I have strength, am strong, am in full health and vigour, am able, overcoming strength

(Philippians 4:11) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

-content, satisfied = “myself is sufficient with God
-in the ‘whenever’ and ‘whatever’ I might face

(Philippians 4:12) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

-‘Learnt the secret’ – properly, shutting the eyes and mouth to experience the wonderful “mystery” of learning to be content in Christ in every scene of life –

– Overcoming Needy Situations
– Overcoming Plenty Situations
– Learnt the secret: How?

1.Know God And His Word
(Psalm 119:103) How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

-Failure is not final. (… if you simply get up again, and try again with God’s strength).

2.Know Your Strengths And Limitations. (Passions And Non-Passions)
-Serve the LORD with gladness
-Failure is not final. (Only if you don’t get up again)

3.Go Through Life With Others In Church
(Romans 12:15) Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.