Begin to evaluate where you are right now...
Do you have great confidence and vitality?
Have you surrendered to Jesus? Why not?
Keep in the Flow of the Spirit: Stop, Ask & Listen
What do you want out of your life this year? A year from now, what will you be telling yourself? What we really want is to be fully alive inside and yet knowing ourselves doesn't settle the soul.
The questions we should be asking are: Who am I to God? What does God want out of my life this year?
Consider this Mini Creed:
There is a God
I'm not Him
And He adores me!
Trevor explores the book of Luke for examples of how miracles happen to the Faithful and Available. Faithfulness is essential but not sufficient on its own. We need to also be available to be reliable.
In this sermon, Robert explores Angels and Demons...
Why a Virgin Birth?
Supernatural Power is For Your Greatest Good!
Robert discusses 1 Timothy 6 where those who are rich in this present world are commanded to NOT be arrogant nor to put our hope in wealth. There is another world that matters.
Consider: What if our eternity is impacted by our ability to be good at being rich in this present world? Is your investment strategy looking far enough to heaven?
Why are we so pressured? Why is cash so tight, no matter what our income? We spend too much of it...there is no margin
Stop the migration of hope to riches and return our hope to God by creating a discipline of MARGIN...
Chris explores one of the topics that Jesus talked about more than heaven and hell...wealth.
Being 'Rich' is a moving target and there are a couple of side-effects: 1) Denial
2) Discontentment: Upgrades anyone?
Explore this "lifestyle creep" and consider this: I will not trust in riches, but in Him who richly provides.
Robert talks about our nation being the richest globally and yet, the Northeast Region is the least generous, giving an average of 4%.
Robert calls us to reclaim our Christian Heritage of Generosity.
Conflict is Inevitable, especially with those closest to us. Robert goes through powerful scriptures in Proverbs that help us to FIGHT in a manner that helps all to grow.
F = Figure Out the Issue(s)
I = Investigate the Issues(s)
G = Get Perspective
H = Hash it out
T = Togetherness
You may want to watch the video recording and witness Robert do the worst "happy dance" in the history of Beacon Church.
Robert talks about how anger isn’t always bad...it’s just an emotion that we experience when something doesn’t happen the way we expected it to. It can make a person motivated to take charge. However, we need to appraise our anger and respond with patience.
Sex is one of the most polarizing and controversial subjects today. One the one hand our society obsesses about sex to the point where it’s always before us in various media. On the other hand it’s a topic that rarely talked about seriously.
Robert addresses this head-on as he talks about how it impacts our relationships and spirituality.
Trevor speaks about how pride is a preoccupation with oneself. Pride will reduce relationships to transactions and can render us immutable...among other things.
He asks the question: How does pride show up in our lives?
Robert speaks about how words are powerful and can be used to tear down or build up. It is important to control the tongue and keep it from unleashing damage.
Proverbs 10:21, 12:18, 15:4, 15;23,16:24, 20:5
Humanity was not meant to be alone...isolation is devastating! Robert calls us to consider that the unfulfilled longings in our lives can only be satisfied with a close relationship with God. When we decide to put God first, we open our relationships up to His profound wisdom.
In Ephesians 1 & 2 God calls us to:
1) Love God 2) Love People 3) Grow in Christ 4) Serve the World
Robert speaks on how Beacon will put this into an action plan by:
1) Loving God through Worship Gathering 2) Loving People through Group Life 3) Growing in Christ through Intentional Discipleship 4) Serving the World through Kingdom Ministry
In this episode, Chris encourages us to approach sermons with the following:
1. Prepare Your Heart
2. Arrive With Anticipation
3. Engage in the teaching
4. Stay Connected
5. Find Jesus in Every Sermon
Here's A Challenge: How can you (family/individual) use the time in worship more effectively?
Roberts speaks about how as Christians, we are servants of the world. We are commissioned by Christ. Romans 12 calls us to Surrender to God, become a Living Sacrifice and Serve with humility.
How will you deploy your gifts in the kingdom work?
Trevor calls us to be on the trajectory to know and grow in Christ...to move from being 'connected' to being 'committed'.
Know the growth barriers stated in 2 Peter 1, so that we can move forward. 1. Setting the bar too low 2. Growth is difficult 3. Weak Motivation 4. Forgetting the God of the Gospel
God created the church to be a place where we can heal, an antidote for loneliness...a genuine Christian community. Robert unpacks what this means as he guides us through key chapters in Ephesians, Romans, Galatians and Genesis.
Robert talks about the uniqueness of worship and it's connection to Jewish worship, songs, sacrifice and consecration to God. He discusses moving from Crowd to becoming part of the Congregation; in communion and consecration to God.
Christ talks with passion about FOOD, then he discusses Faith journey and strategies that move Community to Crowd. He ties it together at the Great Banquet (Luke 14:16-24) where some are invited but make excuses; others are invited and are eager to attend; and others have the role of servants who go out to invite others...come and see!
Robert calls us to rethink the purpose of wealth as we explore 2 Corinthians. God gives us wealth not so we can spend it on raising our standard of living but on raising our standard of giving.
Most go through life on autopilot; we wake up, go to work, pay bills and repeat.... Robert digs into 1 Peter 2 and urges us to consider that we were meant for so much more. He reviews the parallels between the Garden of Eden, the Tabernacle and who we were created to be.
Lean in to ignite your mind and your heart.
Trevor explores JOY as he unpacks Philippians 1:12-26 and talks about Paul's experience in the power, presence and love of Jesus. Paul was imprisoned when he wrote this! Jesus was his highest JOY! Jesus was his ONLY JOY!
Do you know Jesus like this?