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33: Sunday August 11, 2019 | Mindy Watson : Futuristic – The Future of the Church

33: Sunday August 11, 2019 | Mindy Watson : Futuristic – The Future of the Church 150 150 Melissa Scott

“you cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today” — Abraham Lincoln

Culture is Loud while the Church is Quiet 
– we’re allowing culture to shape us instead of the Church shape culture 
– we can’t expect things, people, government to change if we’re not doing something about it 
– culture wants us to bow our knees to it but GOD wants our knees to Him

It’s time for us to be missionaries for the next generation
– start training up the next generation 
– ““These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Luke‬ ‭10:2‬

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. — Malcom X 
– Today we are preparing to make the world a better place tomorrow

Based George Barna’s Research from the Barna Group
– Gen X: 1961-1981
– Grew up in “Apple Pie America” 
– Went to church on every Sunday 
– Idol: look good on the outside but don’t let people know the mess you are on the inside 
– created the spiritual mask 
– Key Scriptures: 
– 1 Samuel 16:7
– Matthew 23:28
– Matthew 7:20 
– the average church model ONLY reaches Gen X 
– Millennials: 1981-1996
– The bridge generation: one foot in Gen X and one foot in Gen Z 
– Fastest Generation leaving the church
– WHY? Because they want authentic, REAL relationships with Jesus and others with messages that they able to apply to their everyday lives 
– Idol: own ego 
– Key scriptures:
– James 4:10 
– Jeremiah 9:23-24 
– Gen Z: 1996-Present
– faith is the least important thing in their lives 
– WHY? 
– The evil in the world 
– “if there’s a God how can there be evil in the world?” 
– Christians are hypocrites 
– 61% say they can find God somewhere else besides church 
– Idol: Tolerance 
– anything goes and anything is okay as long as they’re happy

The future of the Church is only going to be effective if we ask these three questions:
1. What is truth? 
2. Where do I belong? 
3. Does my life matter?

The answer for the future of the Church is to be Multi-Generational

32: Sunday August 4, 2019 | Kegan Wesley – Can You See My Cracks?

32: Sunday August 4, 2019 | Kegan Wesley – Can You See My Cracks? 150 150 Melissa Scott

Things happen, life happens and pain hurts, but when we get in the presence of God He puts us back together. Broken is beautiful. It has a story. It’s a mosaic.
– The stuff you go through is what God uses for other people. 
– Your life isn’t really about you. 
-The ones that pay the biggest price are the ones with that biggest life.

31: Sunday July 28, 2019 | Rich Watson – Don’t Try to Get Used to the Water, Just Jump In!

31: Sunday July 28, 2019 | Rich Watson – Don’t Try to Get Used to the Water, Just Jump In! 150 150 Melissa Scott

Come on in, the water is fine
Matthew 3:13-16
-Everyone came to get baptized by John but no one really knew what was gonna happen. 
-John laid down his pride when Jesus came and he said here comes the son of God. 
-Jesus is our message not our politics, our ideas or our ways. Our government rests on Gods shoulder. 
-Jesus is our message, we can’t figure it out on our own. 
-Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life
– Religion restricts you and relationship releases you!!!
– Jesus will walk with you through always 
– Jesus was sinless. Why would he want to be baptized?
– Jesus had to submit and represent us
– Philippians 2:6
– Jesus got in the water with us he didn’t judge us. 
– Jesus was not afraid of their mess. He met them where they were. Come the way you are and dive in the water and Jesus will take you where you need to go. 
– There is another in the water standing next to you. 
– Jesus takes you into a process and he makes and molds you. 
– Not everyone will see your process. 
– Example of you being in the process: You don’t talk the way you did. 
– They don’t see the full process but the see the end product. 
– If there is no lasting change in our lives we must come and repent. 
– Jesus associated with sinners but not with sin. 
– We are in the world but not of the world. 
– We have to cut the things off in our life that are pulling us down. 
– God is throwing us a life preserver 
Matthew 3:16-17
Jesus was identified as a son
– validation comes after obedience. 
– He said not my will be done but your be done, God. 
– If we just get in the water and not worry about what it looks, smells, taste like we will be born again. 
– If we confess and believe we will be saved 
– Being saved doesn’t lock you up, i it unlocks you
– When we give our heart to Jesus our life has just begun. 
– We can discover who we are. When Jesus was baptized he was identified as the son. 
– False identity comes from insecurity 
– We are not what others say we are. 
– God validates you as a son and daughter. 
– God has standards in his life but if we don’t live up to them he doesn’t love us any less. 
– He affirmed Jesus before he ever performs a miracle. 
– God loves you and affirms you
– You don’t have to catch up to Gods love because it’s right in your reach. 
– It’s very important to know scripture. You must hide scripture in your heart for times in need. 
– In my weakness he is made strong. 
– Philippians 4:13 
– Be brave be fearless
– II Chorithians 6:18
– Romans 8:17
If you feel like you are drowning, whatever you emerge yourself in, you come up as. 
If you keep emerging yourself in depression, bad relationship, etc you won’t see change. 
If you emerge yourself in better things you will see change 
What you saw that once drowned you, you will walk on that one day.

30: Sunday July 21, 2019 | Rich Watson – Our Praise is Our Weapon

30: Sunday July 21, 2019 | Rich Watson – Our Praise is Our Weapon 150 150 Melissa Scott

•Our praise is our weapon
-We fight our battles through praise 
•You May have to do the work, but God is standing in your corner cheering you on
•We don’t need another, slogan, message, etc. We need a MOVEMENT of God. 
•Why is God not moving in America the way he is in other countries? 
-Our freedom isn’t free. Count your blessings. 
– Hunger and desperation always gets Gods attention. 
– He is waiting on a move from us
– We have been on the sidelines for too long. It’s time to get in the game.
– No one else is coming. God has put you in the situation so stop looking over your shoulder. No one cares more about your family, no one cares more about your school. 
* II Chronicles 7:14 
* Matthew 23:12
– if we humble ourselves God will exalt us
– Jesus came as a servant. He washed people’s feet. (The was the worst job at the time). When Jesus came he showed us how to be humble. 
* Matthew 7:7 –
– Ask, seek, and knock if you want change in your life. 
* James 5:16
– take whatever you have to God and he will change it. 
* James 4:17 What is sin?
– Anything that you do that you know you are not supposed to do is sin. 
– We spend too much time trying to compare and find out what other people’s sin is that we lose track of what our own sin is. 
* There is always a right and wrong. Just because we give in, ignore, or feel we can’t overcome it, doesn’t make it okay. 
* Romans 6:15
-We are not under law, we are under Grace. 
Gods grace is sufficient for everything, but there comes a time where enough is enough. 
-Our actions determine Gods movement. 
•Gods love in unconditional but Obedience is not optional. 
* He won’t love you more if you do more, he won’t love you less if you do less. Be we must humble ourselves. 
* II Chronicles 7:14
-Where you are determines what you hear. 
– we let so many distractions get between us and God and we begin to lose what God is trying to tell us. 
•We need to live a lifestyle of repentance 
– Repentance means Turning and not returning. 
* Psalms 24:3
Gods knows your heart and your intentions 
Before we come to the table we must examine our selves. 
REPENTANCE

28: Sunday July 7, 2019 | Rich Watson – Freedom isn’t Free

28: Sunday July 7, 2019 | Rich Watson – Freedom isn’t Free 150 150 Melissa Scott

China and Iran are the fastest growing churches in the world – they have to take a risk.

In some parts of the world, the only way people can talk about God is when they’re ministering to their executioners.

Are you free or under the impression of being free?

Liberty- the state and condition of people who are able to act and speak freely.
Free- not under control of:

Church isn’t for perfect people. If you had it all together, you wouldn’t be here.

Find freedom through ACCOUNTABILITY.

Jesus was the greatest freedom message.

Jesus didn’t come to hang with the popular crowd.

If everyone fit in, Jesus wouldn’t of come like He did.

True ministry is messy. This is heartbreaking work. 
Sometimes you’ll wonder, “Is this what you’ve really called me to do, God?”

2 Peter 2:20-21

To get freedom, you have to know you’ve already been given freedom. God is looking for us to accept that we already have freedom through Him. — Addiction, depression, anxiety.
It only gets bad if you go back to where you were.

Accountability + responsibility = freedom.

Once you have knowledge of God, you are accountable to Him.

The truth will set you free. Jesus is the way, truth, and light. The truth is the key to freedom.

Stand in your freedom, even when it’s not easy.

Galatians 5:1

Stand in your salvation. Know what God has already done for you. Stand in your physical and emotional healing.

ACCEPT your freedom. God wants to undo what you did.

Isaiah 58:6

God sees your sin in pencil. You see it in permanent marker.

God knows you’ll make mistakes in the future and He’s already forgiven you.

Sin leaves residue. God wants to wipe away the residue of what you’ve done.

VALUE your freedom.

Our freedom cost God something. You were night with a price.

David wouldn’t offer sacrifices that didn’t cost him something. Getting to your purpose will cost you something but it’s worth so much more.

You become a slave to whatever you give yourself and attention to.

Paul, who wrote 3/4 of the new testimony, said, “I’m a prisoner of the Lord and a slave of righteousness.” 
True freedom comes from dependence. God wants us to give up our way of doing thing.
Is your pride in the way? Are you suffering underneath the surface?

When you come to God it’s not a democracy. You don’t get a vote in it when you come to Jesus.

When you fire yourself and die to the way you want things to be, you’ll love who you hire more (God.)

History lesson: July 4th wasn’t actually the day of independence- it’s the day they approved the wording on that day, but signed it in August ..but the word got out.

When the word gets out hat you’re free, you don’t have to have someone else sign off on it!

Bound people can’t free people.

Live in your freedom from _________. Fill in the blank.

Have you been sitting in a cell for years? You have access to get out. Jesus opened the door to give you freedom, you just have to get up and open the door.

27: Sunday June 30, 2019 | Special Guest – Tim Jones

27: Sunday June 30, 2019 | Special Guest – Tim Jones 150 150 Melissa Scott

Rev 3: 20-22

God’s moving and I want to get it. Besides, I want to hear Jesus’ voice.

John 10

The holiness of God’s worship is powerful.

The pastor said, “Stop. There’s a man that needs the Lord right now. Come to the front of the room” He ran forward.Lord was speaking to him and he thought “I have to know God like THAT I don’t know what it is but I have to have it.”

I’m not the person I could have been.

The Lord was showing me what He was calling me to be but I was living luke warm.

All your life you’ve been doing your ministry, now get out of the way and let God do His ministry.

Jesus is speaking a deep word of correction out of His love for us.

You’re going to be tempted in life to hide with your good looks, talent, and it’s hiding the desperate place. You need Jesus.

There was a hungry to hear the voice of God.

He was praying to God about things he never told another person—-
God I wish I knew if you were real
My mother thinks I’m in a cult because of this bible study. My dad can’t help pay for school.
I thought I was supposed to marry this girl.
God responded: Cory knocked on his door. I was in my room and praying for you. He told me to tell you He’s real, don’t worry about your mother or how to stay in school- I will handle it. And that girl you were not supposed to marry that girl. She was not of Me.

God said, “You don’t have to be like me. The harvest is plenty but the workers are needed.”

That boy got a scholarship and his mother joined a bible study.

The Lord can speak to anyone. Even you.

If I moved into what you moved into my church would run me out.

Are you desperate to go deeper with Jesus?
The joy of hearing the voice of god.

Don’t think God can’t use you. That’s a lie from the pit of hell. Don’t believe it. There are some things that need to happen. Repentance. Desperation.

God says Seek me and find me and you’ll find me with all of your heart.

26: Staff Spotlight | Elle Becker – Social Media

26: Staff Spotlight | Elle Becker – Social Media 150 150 Melissa Scott

25: Rich Watson | Holy Spirit Series – Let’s Talk About It!

25: Rich Watson | Holy Spirit Series – Let’s Talk About It! 150 150 Melissa Scott

The job of the enemy is to convince you that the Holy Spirit is weird. The enemy understands the power of the Holy Spirit.

God is not the author of confusion.

The pillars of the church- we neglect to talk about the Holy Spirit.

God says, “I’m about to bring some things out into the open.”

TONGUES:
Acts 2:4-7

Tongues are a sign.
The word speaks for itself.

During the time that Acts was written, 120 people spoke in a language they had never heard.

God doesn’t choose the best, He chooses the willing. He removed the language barrier to unify the church.

Sometimes you have to stay in the process to get to where God wants you to go.

What if all faiths spoke the same tongue? What if we were a unified church?
The devil isn’t scared of a big church, he’s scared of a UNIFIED church!

Tongues allows you to speak what GOD wants you to say, not what you want to say to God.

Tame your tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:23-25
God wants you to do everything in decency and order. He doesn’t want people to see the church as chaotic.

We want the world to come into the church and experience a God that they’re not scared of.

The Holy Spirit will convict if people need it.

Tongues are a gift.

Do you feel like you’re not enough or like you don’t measure up? God compares you to nobody else. He has a plan only you can execute.

Romans 10:9

Do you need comforting from the Comforter? Pray to God and ask for what you need. He is the great provider.

Have you ever just not known what to say? The Spirit will make intercessions for you. Prayer language is a language that God can understand but the devil can’t.

SEEK SPIRITUAL GIFTS.

Maybe you don’t understand everything or didn’t grow up in church, but God says, “seek me and you will find me!”

It doesn’t always come if you try to force it.

Be careful what you speak over someone’s life on behalf of God because you can’t take it back.

Why was the Holy Spirit sent?
John 16:7
The Holy Spirit is the HELPER.

We’re naturally rebellious.

He makes people aware by drawing them to Him.
John 6:44
God’s spirit is everywhere. You don’t have to be in church to be saved just like you don’t have to be in a funeral home to die.

He’s everywhere, and He’s all encompassing.
He keeps us on the right track.

God doesn’t go anywhere, we go away from Him. Say yes to Him and He will make Himself known.

Righteousness is right-standing with God.
He paid the price for your sin-past, present, future.

God’s already taken care of your past. It’s covered in the blood of Jesus and is forgotten as soon as you ask for forgiveness ONE TIME. It’s your day to let it go.

You don’t have to be who you’ve always been.

John 16:11

Good news: The enemy has been defeated. Jesus said, “It is finished.”

God sees you.
The blood is a covering for all of our sins. We are forgiven.

At the end of our lives, Jesus is going to ask you if you know who He is, not how often you went to church or how many stories you knew about Him.

The Holy Spirit is our helper and our guide.

The bible is the word of life. Ask God for help if you don’t understand it.

24: Staff Spotlight | Israel Isaac – Big Church Worship

24: Staff Spotlight | Israel Isaac – Big Church Worship 150 150 Melissa Scott