House of Prayer

Message Notes

Matthew 21:12-14 (NIV)
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.‘”
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

Our House

Reaching the Lost

Luke 19:9-11 (NIV)
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Making a Difference

Matthew 20:28 (NIV)
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

House of Prayer

Isaiah 56:7 (NIV)
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.”

How Do We Pray?

Pray With Faith For Healing

Luke 7:12-16 (NIV)
12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”

Pray with Zeal

John 2:15-17 (NIV)
15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Psalm 69:9 (NIV)
9 for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

Pray with Imagination

Habakkuk 1:5 (NIV)
5 “Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.

Dreamers And The Purposes Of God

Message Notes

(Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

(Genesis 37:3-7) Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. (4) When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. (5) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. (6) He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: (7) We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

1.A Dream Can Come To Anyone
-Family background doesn’t matter
-Personal history doesn’t matter
-Present resource doesn’t matter
-Age and gender doesn’t matter

(Acts 2:17) In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

2.A God Dream Comes To Lift Us. To Sustain Us. To Move Us Forward.
Peter: rock and will build my church

(Matthew 16:18) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

3.A Dream Comes In An Atmosphere Of Faith
-Joseph’s dad Jacob visionary too

4.A Dream Speaks Of The Future
(Habakkuk 2:3) For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

5.The End Does Not Look Like The Beginning. But We See It Like A Star In The Sky.
(Genesis 15:5) He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.

6.A Dream Increases As We Wear The Restraints Of Responsibility
-Wear the jacket

(Proverbs 29:18) Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

7.A Dream Can Be Snuffed Out By Negativity
-but true visionaries will never let go of their dream

8.A Godly Dream Is Always Linked To God’s Purposes

a.Know God

b.Reach people for Jesus

c.Make a difference

(Ephesians 1:4) For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

(Ephesians 2:10) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Closer Than You Think

Message Notes

Matthew 10:5-8 (NIV)
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Psalm 145:18 (NIV)
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.

What Keeps Us From Getting Closer To God?

A Proud Spirit

James 4:6 (NIV)
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”

Resisting Change

Luke 5:37-38 (NIV)
37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.
38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.

Unforgiveness

Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

How Can We Get Closer To God?

Take The Next Step

James 4:8 (NIV)
8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Seek God With All Your Heart

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
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.
12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Living In Forgiveness

Ephesians 2:13 (NIV)
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Journey With God

Message Notes

Life is a journey, not a sprint – A pilgrimage – moving towards something God has shown us ahead.

(Psalm 84:4-7) Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. (5) Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. (6) As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. (7) They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

– Complete The Work

(Philippians 1:6 NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

-3 Words That Sustain Me

The Blessing Sustains Us

(Genesis 12:1-3) The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (2) “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. (3) I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

The Vision Sustains Us

(Genesis 15:5-6) He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (6) Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

The Presence Of God Sustains Me

(Exodus 33:12-14) Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ (13) If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” (14) The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Mourning into Dancing

Message Notes

Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
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Why Do We Go Through Tough Times?

1.Our World Needs Jesus

2.We Make Mistakes

3.For Our Faith To Be Strengthened

James 1:2-4 (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

How Do I Turn My Mourning into Dancing?

1.Focus on The Good

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.

2.Stay Connected

Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Matthew 4:1-4 (NIV)
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘”

3.Do Something for Someone Else

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

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

‘TASTY’ LIVING WITH JESUS

Message Notes

(Lk 14:34-35) “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it
be made salty again? (35) It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure
pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

-Tasty. Salty:
pungent, tasty, sharp, spicy, seasoned, smelling like the sea.,
humorous, earthy, colourful, tangy, tart, zestful, lively,

-Tasteless: Saltiness lost. (Gr:moros)
boring, dull, drab, bland, unsalted, unsalty, blah, blah, blah.
not sharp,without an edge. “just got played”. “If you stand for nothing,
you will fall for anything”.

1.What is God like? Tasty!

(Psalm 34:8) Taste and see that the Lord is good;blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

2.What is God’s Word like? Tasty! 

(Psalm 19:7-8)The law of the Lord is perfect,refreshing the soul.The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,making wise the simple.(8)The precepts of the Lord are right,giving joy to the heart.The commands of the Lord are radiant,giving light to the eyes.

3.What is Jesus like? Tasty!

(Mark 2:12) He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

(Mark 6:2)When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?

(Luke 4:22)All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

4.What are we supposed to be like? Tasty! 

Love God, love peole, love life.

(1 Peter 2:1-3)Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. (2) Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, (3) now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

(Acts 4:13)When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

How do we know if we’re tasteless?

Like the older brother in Jesus’ story.

(Luke 15:25-28) “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. (26) So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. (27) ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ (28) “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

1.Calling goes down

2.Disconnecting rather than connecting

3.Take ourselves too seriously

4.Problems go up (without hope)

5.Not as fruitful. Team not so fruitful 

What do we do if tasteless?

(Luke 14:34)“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?

1.Call on God to renew us.

(Luke 18:27)Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.“28Peter sai

2.Rejoice and worship

(Ephesians 5:18-20)Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, (19) speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, (20) always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

3.Have a passion area to use for God

(1 Corinthians 12:4-6)There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. (5) There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. (6) There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Boomerang

Message Notes

(Luke 6:37-39) “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (38) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (39) He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?

1. Starts with forgiveness and release.

-The lesson of forgiveness.

-Be generous.

-Start there!

2.Continues with giving and receiving in ever increasing circles.

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

3.It’s Coming Back But…

1.Don’t know who

2.Don’t know how

3.Don’t know when

4.Don’t know what.

but it’s coming back bigger and stronger

“His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to carve out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. “I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.” “No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel. Is that your son?” the nobleman asked. “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly. “I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of.” And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London , and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.”

4.Be part of the Boomerang! Sow your seeds!

Me sowing seeds – or not.

(Galatians 6:7) Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Serve the Lord with Gladness

Message Notes

(Psalm 100:2) Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

-Paul writing from filthy prison. Yet he is praying for Philippians blessing

(Philippians 1:9 NHEB) This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;
-still, more
-more and more
-More and more what? … abound!
-perception – able to see levels, depths, 3D picture.
-discernment which “cuts through” hazy moral values to really “size things up

Q: Why does great love lead to great perception? And why is this important?
A: Live for God with influence and destiny. —> (v.10)

(Philippians 1:10 NEHB) so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ;
-to put to the test in order to succeed.

-excellence – to take all the way through (i.e. to the end), excellence.
-pure- shining like the sun’s rays – i.e. with spiritual vision
-free from hurt, not offending and not causing offence.

(Philippians 1:11 NEHB) being filled with the fruit of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
-having been filled – it’s a done deal
-fruit of righteousness. It’s all Jesus!

(Galatians 5) love, joy, peace, able to cope with difficulty.

eg. 1 – Paul in prison (yet writing books for us 2,000 years later)

(Philippians 1:12) Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.

eg. 2 – Joseph in prison (yet able to be an example for us 3,500 years later)

(Genesis 50:20) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

-Conclusion:
So love … to able to see the big picture in every situation.
So love … to be filled with good things – in the hard times – ready for the future.

Awesome!

Message Notes

Awesome!

Genesis 28:16-17 (NIV)
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

God Is Always Doing Something Awesome

Exodus 34:10 (NIV)
10 Then the Lord said: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you.

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Awesome Happens At Church

Acts 2:42-44 (NIV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

Luke 5:24-26 (NIV)
24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

So Lets Worship With Awe

Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

The Blessing Bounce

Message Notes

The Blessing Bounce

(Luke 18:15-16) People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. (16) But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

-Blessing is used about 400 times in the Bible.

What does it mean?

To speak good words over something.

‘good’ + ‘words’

The opposite is cursing: speaking bad words over something.

1.God always starts the blessing bounce – that’s who he is!

(Genesis 1:28) God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

2.The Blessing bounced into Abraham

(Genesis 12:1-3) he Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (2) “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. (3) I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

3.The blessing bounces into believers

(Galatians 3:9) So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

(Proverbs 10:22 NLT) The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Bounce the Blessing

1.Recieve it by faith in Jesus’ Name

2.Bounce it into your wife and husband, kids

4.Bounce it into church

5.Bounce it into those who have wronged us