This morning Jimmy Seibert continued our Imago Dei series with a message on the character of God. Our view of God and His character will shape our outlook on the rest of our lives. When we perceive God as distant we will distance ourselves from Him, and when we see Him as too small we overlook His power. But when we see God rightly, we have freedom to believe for the impossible.
CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S MESAGE:
- The biggest thing that will shape who you are is your understanding of who God is.
- If I see God as a helper, I will have the help I have always longed for.
- You were not made to live apart from God.
- Grace is the base of all things.
- It is right to honor people, but all glory goes to God.
- By the grace of God, you are enough.
- Your name is written on the hand of God. (Isaiah 49:16)
- All things are possible because of who God is, not because of man.
- To be a reflection of God’s glory, we have to encounter Him face-to-face.
- To miss the love of God is to miss everything.
- We don’t get everything we want, but God promises to give us everything we need.
- Don’t forget to join us as we declare Genesis 1:27-28 and pray Ephesians 1:17-19 every morning. To download the Scripture card with both passages, click here.
- Follow Jimmy Seibert (@Jimmy_Seibert) on Instagram, as he unpacks Psalm 23 throughout the week in his five-minute daily devotional series.
In Exodus 17, we’re told of an epic battle God’s people had to fight against the Amalekites. But there was something peculiar about this fight: As long as Moses held his staff high, the Israelites would win. But if he became tired and had to lower his arms for a rest, the tide of war turned and the Amalekites would begin to route Moses’ people. Finally, Aaron and Hur joined Moses and held his arms up for him and in verse 12 we’re told that, “his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”
HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO FIGHT FOR SOMETHING IN YOUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY?
If you haven’t, you should teach me your secrets because I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t! But seriously, have you ever had to believe God for something over a long and difficult period of not seeing the promise fulfilled? Maybe you’ve been waiting on the Holy Spirit to heal you. Perhaps you’ve needed Jesus to reveal Himself to a family member who is far from God. Or maybe you’ve been begging the Father for provision. This is the position in which my wife and I found ourselves not long ago. Having made the hard transition to overseas life, we finally felt it was time to grow our family. But the negative pregnancy tests began to roll by month after month, until those months turned into years of empty-handedness.
We sought God for advice on how we should grow our family and where we landed as being the best option for our unique situation was to fly home for a procedure that we felt confident the Lord had led us to. The only catch that was that it was by no means a sure-fire procedure and—living overseas on a budget—we would not be able to return home for some time to try again. It was now or never. We shared vulnerably with friends and family about how nervous and scarred we were and it wasn’t long before we were told by many well-meaning people what I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of times in your struggles: Just. Have. Faith.
JUST HAVE FAITH.
It sounded so easy and yet try as I might, I just could not conjure up the feeling that everything was going to be okay and not worry about anything going wrong. But that is when I read about the battle against the Amalekites. Specifically, I learned that ‘emuwnah—the Hebrew word used to tell us that Moses’ arms were steady—is also one of the words used for faith in the Old Testament. Indeed, verse 12 could be translated to say that Moses’ arms had faith. But this story isn’t about a feeling that Moses fought to conjure up. It’s about an action that he continued to do over a long period of time.
What if we viewed faith this way?
WHAT IF HOW WE FELT DIDN’T MATTER BECUASE ULTIMATELY, THE DEEP BELIEFS AND VALUES THAT DICTATE OUR ACTIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT TO US THAN OUR FEELINGS?
Wouldn’t we be able to understand passages like, “faith without works is dead,” or “if you love me you will obey my commands” so much better? So, my response to just have faith began to change. I didn’t try to make myself experience emotion or avoid the fact that I was scarred to death. Instead I held my head high and said, “I do have faith. Because no matter how I feel, I’m getting on that plane to go home and obey what God said to do.”
So if you find yourself in a fight to trust God for a promise, my question to you is not “how are you going to force yourself to feel about it?” My question is, “What are you going to do about it?” Because it doesn’t matter how scarred you are.
WHAT MATTERS IS THAT YOU CHOOSE TO OBEY GOD OVER THE LONG HAUL, NO MATTER WHAT.
As for my story, it really doesn’t matter how it ends. Because the point was never really for us to see if we would actually have a baby. It was to learn how to activate a real faith that shows itself through actions, not feelings. Although if you must know, we’re currently in the market for a baby stroller!
By an Antioch Missionary
Have you wanted to listen to the songs we sang at World Mandate again? You can!
CHECK OUT THE COMPLETE SET LIST FROM WORLD MANDATE 2018:
Also, check out this playlist to find all of the songs in one place!
*denotes that the song is not available on Spotify and not on the playlist.
World Mandate 2018 is in the books and it was incredible! We connected across 14 cities to worship God and get envisioned for His mission and His people. Check out some of our favorite moments from the weekend:
This morning All Peoples Church Pastor Robert Herber shared a message on laying everything at the feet of Jesus. We aren’t called to compete or to be perfect, we are called to give whatever we have. When we live a life of abandoned worship, we bring the presence of heaven everywhere we go.
CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM ROBERT’S MESSAGE:
- We should never get comfortable in our Christian lives.
- We all need a hero. We all need someone to model our lives after.
- In the midst of wanting to do something for God, we can get distracted from the very One we came to serve.
- All of our doing has to come out of our being.
- It’s amazing how God meets with you when you go on mission with Him.
- The brokenness of one will lead to the blessing of many.
- Don’t ever underestimate your act of fully abandoned worship.
- When you pour out your life, your sphere is filled with the fragrance of heaven.
- Just because you pour out your life on Jesus doesn’t mean everyone is going to be happy about it.
- God isn’t asking you to compete with other people, He’s asking you, “Did you do what you could?”
- The only fitting response to the Gospel is to say, “Jesus, I’ll give you everything.”
- Your true calling is knowing Jesus.
By Robert Herber – All Peoples Church Lead Pastor
Tonight JT Thomas wrapped up World Mandate with a powerful message on who we are as the people of God. We are called to proclaim the glory of God, be reconcilers and make a way for the next generation.
CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM JT’S MESSAGE:
- Discontentment and anger is unsustainable.
- We want to be the ones who help the nations receive their inheritance with us.
- God’s holy intention is to dwell with us.
- Mission exists because worship doesn’t.
- My people group changed when I passed through the blood of Jesus.
- You have to find yourself in the storyline of God.
- We need a spirit of discernment between the word of God and the opinion of man.
- Are you going to move at the sound of pop culture, or are you going to move at the sound of the voice from Heaven?
- We have to be messengers that can help men reconcile their hearts and their histories to God.
- With everything God does in the earth, He’s telling a story of an eternal reality.
- Jesus enters in beyond the pain of human history.
- The substance of the throne He sits on is the very worship of His people.
- The Gospel is a proclamation about the coming of a monarch.
- The solution to the racial and tribal conflict of today is for us to return to the basic foundation of what happened when Jesus died on the cross.
- You are not saying, “yes” for you to get a trophy, but for your children to get a trophy.
During session three, we heard from Jessica Honegger as she shared her story of walking out in obedience to Jesus. Obedience doesn’t have one specific formula, Jesus calls us into different spheres to glorify Him.
CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM JESSICA’S INTERVIEW:
- You hear from so many speakers at World Mandate, but what really sticks with you is what God speaks to you.
- God sees you. God has given you permission, so stop waiting for your commission. God believes in you, and that is enough.
- God told me, “Jessica, you don’t have to die to the way that I made you in order to live a surrendered life. In fact, quit dying to your dreams because actually perhaps I am the One who put those dreams in your heart. Quit comparing yourself to other people. Quit plastering someone else’s path on yours.”
- God doesn’t waste anything.
- Obedience is not one straight path.
- Can we follow so closely behind Jesus that we are actually tripping on His heels?
- Courage is being able to stand up and just go scared and walk through our fears.
- When we are operating in faith, that is where the fun is, and that’s where the joy is. God actually wants us to enjoy this life that He’s given us.
- I want to strive to experience what it is to be known by God.
- Don’t despise the small things, you have to start somewhere.
- Once I realized that Jesus holds the outcome no matter what, I was able to walk in a lot more freedom.
- God asks us to come alongside him, as his co-laborers, to cultivate and to develop this earth because someday we’re going to end up in this city that glorifies him completely.
- We can reconcile people to creation; we can be redeemers of culture, and be redeemers in our places of work.
- There are all spheres of life where we get to be God’s gardeners.
- Surrender is not dying to the fingerprint of God on your life. Surrender is just simply letting go and saying, “My life is Yours.”
- Be willing to go into a place that might be unchartered territory and do that with confidence as long as you are following along the heels of Jesus.
This morning Jim Yost shared a message on the need for a movement and for us to go. There is a world of broken people who need to know Jesus, and our compassion and actions have the power to reflect the character of God.
CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM SESSION TWO:
- A movement is not an event; events are easy, movements are hard.
- The purpose of all Bible study is to enter into the Bible story.
- People want and need hope.
- If you’re like Jesus, sinners and broken people are going to be attracted to you.
- When you see the news, look behind the news because God is on the move.
- You can’t separate sacred and secular, it’s all one
- Jesus is not all we need until He is all we’ve got.
- Danger is normal.
- Give up the right to safety and security for the sake of bringing people to Jesus.
- It’s not about your likes or dislikes, and it’s not about your abilities or inabilities, it’s about your obedience to God.
- All social problems come back to a broken image of God.
- Discipleship is not a method or a sermon, it’s a lifestyle.
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind, and be on mission with Jesus
- Our love and help reflects the character of God
- Love in action is going to change the world.
Francis Chan kicked off night one of World Mandate, and it was powerful! He shared a message out of Ephesians 1:15-22, and encouraged us to allow the eyes of our heart to be opened to the love, mercy and power of God.
CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM HIS MESSAGE:
- God, could you use me to paint a glorious picture of You?
- If I really knew the hope to which I was called, all the things of the earth would look stupid to me.
- God can’t wait to inherit us. Do you believe that?
- Every other insecurity goes away because you are loved by the God of the universe, and you know it deep within.
- The Scriptures always over power your thoughts.
- When we have degrading thoughts about ourselves, we aren’t being humble, we’re disbelieving.
- ‘God wants me,’ Do you believe that about yourself?
- “I did not become a cleaner version of myself. I became the righteousness of God.”
- If you’re going to go and make disciples and you’re not secure in His love, then you’re going to multiply insecurity.
- You think you’re limited because your mind is limited.
- The power that raised Jesus from the dead and lifted Him up above everything else is the power that is exerted toward you.
It was an exciting Sunday as we had the opportunity to hear from Jimmy and Laura Seibert, who are back from their three-month sabbatical. They shared about their time away, and shared vision for where we are going this next year. Check out our takeaways from today’s message:
- When you have time to pause, you have a chance to reconnect with what you value most.
- We need other input to rightly see what God is doing in our lives.
- We are people who can walk out in courage and hope because Christ is in us, and He is the hope of glory.
- C – Cancel all lies
- O – Open your heart to the truth of God; His Word
- U – Understand today’s revelation
- R – Renew your mind
- A – Ask God for a fresh assignment every day
- G – Give Jesus away
- E – Expect God’s presence
- 2018 is a time to re-dig the ancient wells. (Genesis 26:22)
- When we re-dig an ancient well and allow the life of God to flow out of us, not only do we get blessed, but everyone around us is blessed.
- God wants the people of God to become family so healing and grace will be an umbrella for all who are in need.
- The world is desperate for family.
- If God is speaking something and you attend to His word, goodness will be multiplied in your life.
- If you are a part of the Church of Jesus, your influence is unlimited.
- The Church sets people free.