What’s In Your Hand? God Wants To Super-Charge It!

Message Notes

What’s In Your Hand? God Wants To Super-Charge It!

-Moses And The Burning Bush

(Exodus 3:4-7, 10) When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” (5) “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (6) Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (7) The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. (10) So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

(Exodus 4:1) Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Q. What’s that in your hand?

A. “A staff”

(Exodus 4:3) The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.

Stick becomes super-charged, supernatural, powerful, a symbol of authority.

Why?

1. For Moses: Sake

-Approval of the call – re-instatement

(Ephesians 1:4-5) For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
2.For God’s Sake

-Empowerment of the plan

(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.

3.For The People’s Sake

-Lift and liberation

(Luke 4:18) “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

(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.

Jesus – Lord And Samurai

Message Notes

Jesus – Lord And Samurai

Lord = Shu

Samurai

2 parts to Japanese word.

ji – waiter, wait upon.

shi – gentleman, samurai,

-‘It’s not all about you or me’.

(Mark 10:42-44) Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. (43) Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, (44) and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.

– Jesus reveals self as Lord and Samurai.

(Mark 10:45) For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

– He was not a servant by another’s will, but by his own desire

(John 10:17) The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.

1. We Serve THE LORD With A New Nature

(2 Peter 1:3) His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

2.We Serve With Joy And Strength

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

(Nehemiah 8:10b) For the joy of the Lord is your strength.

3.We Serve With Purpose And Vision

(Romans 12:6a) We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

4.We Are Touched By God (Anointed) To Serve

(Exodus 36:2) Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work.

5.We Are Rewarded – Now And In Heaven.

(Mark 10:29-31) “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel (30) will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. (31) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

“Viv and I didn’t come to Japan to be served; but to serve Jesus, and to purposely reflect his glory to the beautiful people living in Japan’.

(Philippians 2:5-11) In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; (7) rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (8) And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (9) Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (11) and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Joy of the Salvation

Message Notes

The Joy of the Salvation

1. What is the salvation?

‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:8-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
「But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”」

2. Don’t decide with what you can see

‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬
「For we live by faith, not by sight.」

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NIV
「making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.」
‬‬

3. Party in the heaven!

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:4-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬
「“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.」

Questions

1, How do you remember the day you got saved?

2, Let’s share your testimony with your lifegroup members.

3, Pray that we will be able to see things by faith.

Jacob: The dreamer and promise

Message Notes

Jacob: The dreamer and promise

1.The dreamer and promise

(Genesis 28:12-15) He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (13) There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. (14) Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. (15) I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.

-He was not very nice person at this stage of his life

-He was in a place of conflict at this time. …And God shows up

-God confirms the promise to him right there (before he had a chance to become nice=grace). ‘I am with you’

2.The Dream

(Genesis 28:16-17) 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.”

a. The House of God
-A bit of heaven on earth

b. The Gate of Heaven
-an open door to heaven

(Matthew 6:9-13) “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, (10) your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (11)Give us today our daily bread. (12)And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (13)And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

-the dream can occur anywhere! Anytime! Anyhow!

Jesus message to Lifehouse Churches

(Matthew 28:19-20) 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.”

Stages as a church for ‘Heart for the House’.

1.We’ve got a promise.

2.We’ve got a dream

3.We’re got a plan

4.We’ve got an opportunity

Lifegroup Questions & Prayers

1.Are you ready for the promises of God?

2.Are you ready for the open doors from God.

3.Let’s pray and give thanks.

Financial Freedom – Leaving a Legacy

Message Notes

Financial Freedom – Leaving a Legacy

A Good Steward – Handling God’s Money, God’s Way, for God’s Kingdom

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)
2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Matthew 25:23 (NIV)
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

What Does The Bible Say About Money?
-Stay on a Budget
-Avoid Debt
-Have Good Relationships

-Save and Invest
-Give and be Generous

7 Steps To Financial Freedom
1. Get A Plan For Your Money – Budget Each Month

2. Save a Beginner Emergency Fund

3. Get Out of Debt – The Borrower Is Slave To The Lender

4. Save a Full 3-6 Month Emergency Fund

5. Invest for the Future

6. Pay Off Your House Early

7. Build Wealth, Be Incredibly Generous and Leave A Legacy

5. Invest for the Future

Rather than living month to month or paycheck to paycheck, it is wise to have a plan for the future.

Matthew 25:19-21
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

6. Pay Off Your House Early
Any extra money you have now can be used to pay off your house ahead of schedule, allowing you to build more wealth in the future.

Proverbs 24:27
27 Put your outdoor work in order
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.

7. Build Wealth, Be Incredibly Generous and Leave A Legacy
The more blessed we are, the more of a blessing we can be to others.

2 Corinthians 9:7
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.

Proverbs 13:22
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.”
‭‭
As For Me and My House …
Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
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.”

The Language of Heaven

Message Notes

The Language of Heaven

Your Words Create Your Reality

Hebrews 11:3 (NIV)
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
‭‭

What Is The Language of Heaven?

Faith Filled

2 Corinthians 4:13 (NIV)
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.

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.

Uplifting

Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
29 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.

Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.

The Word of God

Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Financial Freedom – How To Get Out Of A Mess

Message Notes

Financial Freedom – How To Get Out Of A Mess

A Good Steward – Handling God’s Money, God’s Way, for God’s Kingdom

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)
2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Matthew 25:23 (NIV)
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
What Does The Bible Say About Money?

Stay on a Budget

Avoid Debt

Have Good Relationships

Save and Invest

Give and be Generous
Money Myths Busted

1. (Busted) Money is the Root of Evil
1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
2. (Busted) It’s Harder for Rich People to Enter Heaven

Luke 18:24–25 (NIV)
How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

3. (Busted) God Doesn’t Care About My Money
Luke 12:34 (NIV)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

7 Steps To Financial Freedom

1. Get A Plan For Your Money – Budget Each Month
2. Save a Beginner Emergency Fund
3. Get Out of Debt – The Borrower Is Slave To The Lender
4. Save a Full 3-6 Month Emergency Fund
5. Invest for the Future
6. Pay Off Your House Early
7. Build Wealth, Be Incredibly Generous and Leave A Legacy
Step 3. Get Out of Debt – The Borrower Is Slave To The Lender

You will never be able to move into financial freedom as long as you have the weight debt around your neck.

Proverbs 22:7 (NIV)
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
‭‭

Proverbs 6:1–5 (NIV)
(1)“My son, if you become surety for your friend, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you are snared by the words of your mouth;(2) you are taken by the words of your mouth. (3)So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; for you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; plead with your friend. Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.”

Months Until Debt Freedom = Total Debt / Monthly Savings

Step 4. Save a Full 3-6 Month Emergency Fund

There will be financial emergencies and job losses in life, and you should be ready for them when they come.

Proverbs 6:6–8 (NIV)
“Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.”

Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

Don’t Give Up!

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Financial Freedom Pt 1

Message Notes

Financial Freedom Pt 1

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)
2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Matthew 25:23 (NIV)
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

7 Steps To Financial Freedom

1. Get A Plan For Your Money – Budget Each Month

2. Save a Beginner Emergency Fund

3. Get Out of Debt – The Borrower Is Slave To The Lender

4. Save a Full 3-6 Month Emergency Fund

5. Invest for the Future

6. Pay Off Your House Early

7. Build Wealth, Be Incredibly Generous and Leave A Legacy

1. Get A Plan For Your Money – Budget Each Month

A budget is telling your money where to go, not wondering where it went.

Proverbs 21:5 (NIV)
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

‭‭
The difference between success and stress is living on less than you make.

Luke 14:28 (NIV)
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

2. Save a Beginner Emergency Fund

Save 100,000 yen ($1000) as an emergency fund so you don’t have to borrow money and go into debt, or use credit cards, in a tough time.

Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

Matthew 25:1-10 (NIV)
1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

Martha, Martha ….

Message Notes

Martha, Martha ….

(Luke 10:38-42) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. (39)She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. (40)But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (41) “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, (42)but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

1, This story is so mundane – Our ordinary lives are of interest to Jesus

2, The family, house, community situation is where he wants to work first

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

3, Martha, Martha = love and calling to respond

(Exodus 3:4) When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”

4, One Word from Jesus can change everything. Are you listening for it?

So Finally
1, Know Jesus loves and wants to interact in your house/family life

2, Invite his blessing into your family

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

(Luke 10:5-6) “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ (6)If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.

3, Understand different personalities – strengths and weaknesses

4, Listen to his simple word of wisdom and change

(Revelation 2:7) Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Grace Is Leading Me

Message Notes

Grace Is Leading Me

2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)
15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Grace Involves People
-We wouldn’t need grace if we didn’t have to do life with people.

John 21:15-17 (NIV)
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Grace Leads To Thanksgiving
-Unthankfulness blocks the flow of grace.

2 Corinthians 9:14-15 (NIV)
14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Colossians 2:6-8 (NIV)
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Grace Overflows (Margin)
-We need to make room for God to move.

Romans 5:15 (NIV)
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

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.