Here’s how you find freedom:
F-forgetting the past.
R-restoration. God wants to undo what you did
E-expanding. Expand your mind.
E-enthusiasm. God wants us to be fully alive.
D-destination. You’re going new places.
O-open. Open your mind to new beginnings.
There are over 700,000 people in Louisville who don’t attend church. We want our church to reach those people. We don’t need to build the church with people from the church who closed down the street or from people who are disgruntled with other churches or pastors.
We want to reach people who don’t know Jesus. We are the church for the unchurched, dechurched, and over churched.
If you had all the answers you would have fixed your problems yourself.
We have to stop judging people and have GRACE AND MERCY first. You wouldn’t be sitting here if it weren’t for God’s mercy.
Church is for the hurt and broken. God says “let me take you through a process.”
We need maturity. We’re building a new house. Not every house is the same. How boring would church be if everything was the same?
Opposition is going to come when you go against what the world tells you you should do or be.
We don’t fit the mold. We don’t need to fit the mold. You can belong before you behave or even believe.
God’s mercy is endless but there comes a time that it does matter you did last night.
We have built this house on knowing God, finding freedom, discovering purpose and making a difference.
Half a truth is a whole lie. Second hand information is causing problems in the body of Christ and marriages. We are to listen to the source and the source is Jesus.
Our “but” gets us in trouble. I know I should do this but……
But Why? BECAUSE GOD SAID SO.
We live in a culture that promotes that we are our own Gods. Our GPS should be GodPS. God wants to divert you from all the potholes in the road.
The devil tries to entice you with what has left your life because of God, or the thing you know is wrong.
The barriers distort our view.
God isn’t just “the man upstairs”
God is not a scorekeeper or drill sergeant.
God is not a Starwars God that is just a force out there.
God is not a Chipotle God that you get to pick and choose what you want.
God is not a Siri God. He is not just there to keep in your pocket to only use when you need something.
God isn’t a Grandpa God that is outdated.
God isn’t a President God that we just take stuff to for the big decisions. God says bring EVERYTHING to me.
Information without application can’t cause transformation.
We have expectations of God to look and be a certain way but he wants to be closer to you than a brother.
A relationship and a house isn’t built overnight. He wants us to trade our admiration for devotion. He wants us to ask questions and seek Him. He wants us to trade our knowledge for an intimate relationship with Him. If we turn off our distractions, God will speak to us.
We were created to love God. We were created to be in relationship with Him.
If you wanted to become a better person and thought you could do it by yourself, you would have already done it by now.
Jesus broke down all the barriers and misconceptions.
God is saying I just want you to know me. I’m not a million miles away.
God is where you left Him, He hasn’t left you. He says it doesn’t matter how far you’ve gone, He just wants you to come back to Him. Come home. Come as you are.
It was March Madness for Jesus:
Were they hungry or HUNGRY? Did they want something to eat or were Jesus’ followers hungry for His word and teachings?
Jesus was looking for players, not spectators.
Are we in the game or just go to the game?
There’s no real commitment
Fans mistake admiration for devotion.
They mistake knowledge for intimacy.
Jesus doesn’t what you to know about Him, He wants you to know Him.
There’s no way to follow Jesus without interference. You’ll see changes in your life. He’ll start cutting things out
Jesus says, “do you love me or just want my benefits?”
The enemy is trying to convince you that your old life was better.
When we think of “a house divided” we think of UK and UofL. But the enemy wants to divide your house, divide your marriage, divide your friendships, and so on.
Your family and friends will see that your life is changing. If there’s not a change in your life than something’s wrong. People will start noticing which team you’re on when you’re on team Jesus.
Division stifles what God wants to do.
He couldn’t do anything with the home team so we went recruiting. Jesus will never stop until the team is complete.
Jesus is calling us to be on His team. He’s the coach. The problems we have are happening because we haven’t figured out how to be a team player.
The bench can motivate you or make a victim out of you.
We love walk-ons. They didn’t get a scholarship but they know what team they want to be on. They put in the hard work knowing they may never get the spotlight. I MAY NOT HAVE THE SPOTLIGHT BUT I KNOW I WANT TO BE ON GOD’S TEAM.
There’s UNITY in commUNITY.
Maybe you feel like you’re not in the game, not on the bench, or even in the stadium. No matter the score, no how much time is left in the game or who the opponent is- with Jesus we win.
God is the God of the comeback! He sees you as valuable.
We need to tell the devil NOT IN MY HOUSE.
Sometimes you just have to take a time-out to:
•re-evaluate the team you’re on
•create momentum for yourself
•break the momentum of the enemy
God rested in Genesis! on the 7th day he RESTED.
God isn’t just looking for the star of the team, He’s looking for YOU.
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