Author: Destiny Gonzalez

Family Matters //
Part Two

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…” Ephesians 2:2 // 

This week Susan Peters shared part two of our series, Family Matters. Throughout our series we are unpacking the book of Ephesians, and talking about what it means to be a part of God’s family. Because we are a part of God’s family, the way we live matters. It is our natural tendency to put ourselves first, but we are a part of something much bigger! We took a deeper look at Ephesians two, and talked about who we were, who we are in Christ and who we hope to be.

WE ARE NOT SINGULAR, WE ARE UNITED TO THE FAMILY IN CHRIST.

Scripture tells us that we are inclined to put self first. But we were never meant to be isolated. Because we are followers of Jesus, we are in the family of God, and a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. Our new identity is in Christ, and once we understand this truth, we start living with an eternal perspective instead of a self-centered one.

Not only do we have a natural inclination to put ourselves first, but the enemy also pushes us to live for ourselves. The Bible says he comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life and power over the enemy. When we are secure in who God says we are, we have power to not submit to the lies the devil tries to feed us. When we chose to follow Jesus, we were made alive, giving us power over sin and death.

PRONE TO WANDER…

Our heart is prone to wander, which is why we need to stay connected to Jesus, His people and His greater purpose. If we don’t understand who we are in Jesus, we will just wander around and fall into things we were not meant for.

BUT GOD…

We know we are saved from death, but what are we saved for? Through Jesus’ work on the cross, we are saved for so much more. There is divine purpose within each of us. God not only saves us, He redeems the broken places of our lives and gives us authority to declare victory.

WE ARE THE HANDIWORK OF GOD.

The truth is, we are the handiwork of God, set a part for divine purpose. We need to stop focusing on what is wrong with us, and start celebrating the giftings, callings and talents God has placed within us. This week, as God who He says you are, and let that start being the thoughts that silence comparison.

IN RESPONSE //

There really is no better way to shift our perspective than spending time with Jesus. This week, take time to press pause and spend time in Word, worship and prayer.

  • Word // Throughout our series, we will be reading through the book of Ephesians together each week. Follow along with this reading plan, and spend time reflecting on the truth of God every day.
  • Worship // Whether it’s in your car, in your headphones at work or in the kitchen while you’re cooking dinner, we want to create an atmosphere of worship. In that place, we create space for the reality of heaven to come to earth.
  • Prayer // Have a conversation with God, and pray into the things you’re believing for.

Family Matters //
Part One

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:3-6 //

This week our young adult pastor Chase Moore kicked off our new series, Family Matters. Throughout the rest of the summer, we will be digging into the book of Ephesians and learning what it means to be a part of God’s family.

WHEN WE BECOME SO FOCUSED ON OURSELVES, WE MISS ALL WE ARE A PART OF.

As the people of God, we are a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. In Ephesians 1, Paul paints a bigger picture for the church in Ephesus and reminds them of who they are and what they are a part of as the people of God.

Thousands of years later, and we need that same reminder. It can be easy to put ourselves on the sideline, and fall under a mindset that says, “I am just…” But we are so much more. Ephesians 1:3-6 says we are blessed in Christ, chosen, holy, blameless, predestined and adopted.

GOD KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WHEN HE DECIDED TO GIVE US GRACE.

We are redeemed and lavished with grace. Through the blood of Jesus, we have been redeemed; making a way for the declarations in Ephesians 1:3 to be our reality.

Ephesians 1:7-10 says, “He lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight making know to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

We live in the tension of the now and the not yet. There is a promise that the perfection of heaven will redeem the brokenness of earth. We carry the hope of heaven within us, but we also release heaven on earth when we live out who God has called us to be.

HEAVEN MEETS EARTH WHEN WE DECLARE WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE, REGARDLESS OF HOW WE FEEL.

The way we live matters. Throughout our series, we will be unpacking how we are called to live. It all starts with declaring who we are in Jesus and living that out. We carry the hope of heaven within us, and we are called to live in a way that invites others into that hope.

IN RESPONSE //

Sometimes we need greater perspective to help us realize all we are a part of, and we find that when we spend time with Jesus. This week, take time to press pause and spend time in Word, worship and prayer.

  • Word // Throughout our series, we will be reading through the book of Ephesians together each week. Follow along with this reading plan, and spend time reflecting on the truth of God every day.
  • Worship // Whether it’s in your car, in your headphones at work or in the kitchen while you’re cooking dinner, we want to create an atmosphere of worship. In that place, we create space for the reality of heaven to come to earth.
  • Prayer // Have a conversation with God, and pray into the things you’re believing for.

Declarations // Start by declaring Ephesians 1:3-6 over yourself each day. It may not be easy to believe, in fact it may seem impossible, but we want to live out what God says about us rather than what our emotions tell us.

Father’s Day 2019

“But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” James 4:6 //

This Sunday was a special one! From our biological fathers to spiritual fathers, we are so thankful for the men in our church who cover, encourage and love us, and we loved celebrating each of them this Father’s Day. Throughout our morning, we heard from Kirk Freeman, lead pastor of Crossbridge Community Church. He shared on his parenting journey and ways he has exasperated, or caused frustration, in his children.

While Kirk spoke in reference to his children, we can all find ourselves doing these things in any relationship. Ultimately, each of these areas create an opportunity for God’s grace to heal our hearts and restore our relationships.

FIVE WAYS WE EXASPERATE OUR CHILDREN //

  1. We are not gentle // Gentleness is at the core of who the Father is. Philippians 4:5 says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” We want to be people who reflect the characteristics of our Father, and not act out of frustration.
  2. Using shame as discipline // The heart of God is not to shame us, but to set us free. Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” but the number one lie we carry is the one that says we aren’t good enough. Shame reinforces that lie.
  3. We freeze people out // When we withhold fellowship and relationship out of frustration, it causes confusion. Galatians 6:1 tells us to, “restore gently.” God’s plan for us is restoration, and when we shut people out we don’t allow God to restore that place.
  4. We use sarcasm to make a point // God uses kindness to draw us back to Himself. Sarcasm indirectly tells people they are stupid and unimportant. We want to use words that are kind and encourage, rather than words that tear down.
  5. We pretend we aren’t wrong // When we choose to not admit our own shortcomings, we are actually allowing pride to manifest in our lives. James 4:6 tells us that there is more grace for the humble. We are free to come to God and admit our failures. He is faithful to show us grace.

GOD IS NOT THE REFLECTION OF OUR EARTHLY FATHER, HE IS THE PERFECTION OF HIM.

Regardless of the emotions that arise with Father’s Day, we can find assurance in the truth that God is our perfect Father, and He has grace for us. Whether in parenting, estranged relationships or something else, He always gives us more grace.

TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR MORNING //

All Peoples // Part Two

“For He himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility  by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” Ephesians 2:14-16 //  

This morning our lead pastor Carl Gulley wrapped up our series, All Peoples. In this series, we have been taking a look at racial reconciliation with a biblical perspective and dialoguing about what that looks like in the church and beyond. Last week, we talked about the race continuum – from active racist, to passive, to beginner reconciler and finally, ambassador.

BELIEVERS CAN’T AFFORD TO BE PASSIVE.

We are called to be ambassadors. When we, as the Church, take up that call, we can be the healing balm our world needs.

Today, we took a look at the dual narrative dynamic and what it means to be bridge builders. Racial reconciliation conversations can feel difficult because there are always two sides to every story. Our story makes sense to us because of our background and life experiences. It’s easier to just stay with our people and be comfortable with our story. We won’t find unity until we are willing to go over the barriers and seek to understand the other side of the story.

Much like our society today, the early Church experienced division between the Jews and the Gentiles. The Jews typically stayed on their side of the wall, referred to the Gentiles as the unclean and the foreigners.

This began to change in Acts 10, which we read together this morning. In this passage, the Lord tells Peter to go with the Gentiles. As he does, he realizes that God has no partiality, but all are invited in.

RECONCILIATION RESULTS IN A MOVE OF GOD.

In Acts 10:44-48, the Holy Spirit falls on all who were gathered. The Gentiles finally have an invitation to meet God, and they are later baptized. Revival is still possible today, but it starts with us getting outside of our four walls and becoming bridge builders. We don’t want to just stay with our people or make everyone become just like us, we want to celebrate all people.

FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF A BRIDGE BUILDER –

  1. Intentionally build relationships across cultural lines // It starts with reaching across the barriers and genuinely building relationships with people who may not share your story.
  2. Good Listeners // Actually listen with compassion, and don’t just wait for your turn to speak. Ask yourself if you’re just listening to the statement, or if you’re listening to the pain below the statement.
  3. Seek to learn and understand // It is on all of us to take ownership of this topic. Take time to learn and educate yourself before engaging in the conversation.
  4. Not offended easily // Racial reconciliation is not for the faint of heart. It can get messy and it won’t always be easy, but it is what we are called to.

RECONCILIATION IS NOT A TREND, IT COST JESUS HIS LIFE.

Choosing to go against racial and social injustices may not always going to win you the approval of others. Even Peter received backlash from the other disciples when he chose to engage with the Gentiles. Choosing to go against society may not be the popular choice, but it is the way of the Kingdom.

James 1:19 says, “be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” It seems our culture has completely flipped James 1:19. We can’t let culture dictate our perspective, we need the Word of God to be our lens.

JESUS BROKE DOWN THE WALL OF HOSTILITY.

Ultimately, we all belonged on the other side of the wall, separated from Jesus. Our sin made us unclean, but because of what Jesus did on the cross, the wall is broken down and we are invited in.

Now, we have the opportunity to model what Jesus did. We can break down the walls and instead, be bridge builders.

IN RESPONSE //

Throughout our series, we recited this prayer together. Let this continue to be our declaration as we seek to bring reconciliation and make unity a reality –

“Lord, I know every person is an image bearer of the God I worship. Therefore, please empower me to joyfully extend my love to every person regardless of color, culture, gender or ethnicity.

Whether in my home, my school, my community or my church, I need your help, God, to promote a culture that values and celebrates diversity.

And by Your grace, Jesus, I will follow Your lead and dedicate myself to a lifestyle of honor, radical love, humility and action!

In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

Adapted from Willow Creek Community Church

All Peoples // Part One

 “…I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 //

This week, lead pastor Carl Gulley kicked off our new series, All Peoples. For the next two weeks, we are taking a look at diversity and race with a biblical perspective. Much like the early Church, we have high emotions and division around this topic. The discussion can feel awkward or tense at times, but this isn’t a political conversation, it’s a people conversation. Most importantly, it’s a conversation that needs to happen in the Church.

WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST. WE ARE CALLED TO CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER.

The early Church found healing and reconciliation by simply looking at the heart of God and hearing from Him. We believe that same healing and unity is possible for us today. It starts with these conversations that lead to compassion and then real action.

WITHOUT INTENTIONALITY, RECONCILIATION IS NOT POSSIBLE.

Unity doesn’t just happen, it takes intentional steps of action. Throughout our morning, we took a look at the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. The Samaritans were rejected and looked down upon. Jesus intentionally got in this woman’s world, and made her feel known and valued. It’s on us to do the same today; to reach across cultural lines and boundaries and invest in those around us.

EMBRACE DIFFERENCES RATHER THAN OVERLOOK THEM.

Some of us may find ourselves as passive when it comes to the race conversation. We wouldn’t define ourselves as racists, but we also aren’t joining the conversation as reconcilers. Staying silent or overlooking someone’s race can be just as hurtful as throwing out jokes or slurs. Ignoring someone’s race disregards their culture and simultaneously forces them to adapt to our culture.

WE ARE ALL CALLED TO BE AMBASSADORS.

Regardless of where we find ourselves on the spectrum, the truth is, we are all called to be Kingdom ambassadors that carry a heavenly perspective. As we journey together throughout this series, our hope is that we will all be quick to listen and be led to compassion.

IN RESPONSE //

Come Together: We started the conversation on Sunday, but we’ll be continuing on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Come Together. Join us for an evening of intentional conversation and connection centered around racial unity.

Baptism Bash 2019

“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:3-4

This week, we celebrated with eighty-six people as they publicly declared their decision to follow Jesus through baptism. There really is nothing better than seeing people step into new life with Jesus! Throughout our morning, lead pastor Carl Gulley led us through a recap, and took a look back at all God did throughout the year. We capped it all off with baptisms, and it was the sweetest end to an incredible school year!

CHECK OUT SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR MORNING:

Raised to Life

“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:3-4

 This morning U.S. Director Drew Steadman shared on the significance of baptism. Baptism itself does not seal our salvation, but serves as a symbol of our decision to follow Jesus. Similar to a wedding symbolizing the covenant of a marriage, baptism is a symbol of our covenant with God. It is an act of obedience and a declaration of the new life we have in Jesus! We centered our morning around Romans 6:1-10, and took a look at what it means to be buried and raised with Christ through baptism.

WHAT DOES BAPTISM TEACH US ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

We are saved by grace and grace alone. We cannot earn our salvation though works or anything else. Being saved by grace doesn’t mean we should just go on doing whatever we want. If this is our perspective, then we really don’t understand salvation.

SALVATION CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Baptism is the symbol that declares that change. By definition, baptism is the process of immersing someone in water as a sign of their new faith in Christ and their inclusion in the Church. This isn’t a symbol that just popped up in the New Testament, it is weaved all throughout the Old Testament.

BAPTISM REPRESENTED IN THE FLOOD //

The story of Noah and the ark is more than a fun Sunday school story. It is actually a sobering example of the destruction of sin. Because of the wickedness sin caused in humanity, the flood washed away everything on earth and made a way for new life. The flood waters, similar to the baptism waters, symbolize the cleansing and washing away of our sins.

BAPTISM REPRESENTED IN THE EXODUS STORY //

In Exodus, God supernaturally parted the Red Sea and made a way for the Israelites to step into freedom. This symbolized His promise to destroy our oppressors and set us free. The waters represent crossing the barrier between slavery and freedom.

BAPTISM REPRESENTED IN JOSHUA’S CONQUEST //

After freeing Israel from slavery, God promised them a new land to settle in, but they wandered for forty years before inheriting the land. Once again, they came across a flooded and impassable Jordan river that prevented them from entering. God supernaturally parted the water and allowed them to cross and claim their land. The Baptism waters remind us of the promises and inheritance we step into.

BAPTISM REPRESENTED IN CREATION //

At the sound of God’s voice, creation emerged out of the waters. Baptism signifies the new life we receive when we give our life to Jesus. When we accept grace and salvation, we are cleansed of our sin and made and new creation.

JESUS FULFILLED GOD’S PURPOSE FOR BAPTISM.

The Bible says we are baptized into Jesus, meaning we take part in His death, burial and resurrection. In order to step into the new life, we first need to die to our old self. Our sin will continue to filter into every area of our life until we lay aside our old selves and allow Jesus to be at the center.

BAPTISM IS MORE ABOUT GOD’S FAITHFULNESS TO YOU THAN YOUR FAITHFULNESS TO GOD.

God isn’t asking us to have it all together to come to Him. He invites us in our brokenness and promises to make us new. Baptism isn’t a requirement for salvation. It is a symbol of our new self being raised to life with Jesus.

IN RESPONSE //

Next Sunday is our Baptism Bash! It is going to be a celebration of new life, and if you would like to be a part, you can sign up here. If you would like to learn more about baptism, click here.

The Power of Prayer //
Part Three

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the One who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG //

This week was a special one! We celebrated our moms and wrapped up our series, The Power of Prayer, by hearing from Margie Atwood. Margie is on our Board of Advisors and has served as a spiritual mother for multiple people over the course of the last thirty years. Throughout the morning, Margie shared on living above our circumstances by through praise and reliance on Jesus.

THE VOICE OF GOD GIVES US EVERYTHING WE NEED.

When our circumstances and emotions are causing us to feel stressed, anxious or unsettled, we need to hear the voice of God. The voice of God brings peace, transforms us and gives us everything we need to move forward. When our circumstances are telling us one thing, we need the truth of God to give us perspective to live above our circumstances.

OUR CIRCUMSTANCES DON’T CONTROL GOD, HE CONTROLS THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

We can be confident that the Lord works all things together for our good. There is a refining that happens in the midst of challenging circumstances. There is hope beyond our current situation because God is faithful and good, and He controls our circumstances.

GIVING THANKS REFRESHES OUR SOUL.

It doesn’t always feel easy to worship and give praise when we are in the middle of a trial. However, rejoicing and giving thanks refreshes our brain, and lifts our perspective off of our challenge and on to God.

IT’S ABOUT RELIANCE ON GOD, NOT IMPROVEMENT IN YOU.

God isn’t asking us to have everything together. He actually invites us to press into Him, no matter the situation. When we choose to bring our mess, our anxieties and everything else to God, there is a promise that He will meet us in that place. He is inviting us to lay down our burdens and fully rely on Him and His word for everything we need.

IN RESPONSE //

Margie concluded our morning by challenging us to spend time in God’s Word every day. When we have a solid foundation of the Word of God within us, the Holy Spirit can use those Words to transform our life. If you aren’t sure where to begin, start by setting aside just thirty minutes – spend ten minutes in worship, ten minutes reading the Bible and ten minutes in prayer. Starting your day in the presence of God sets the pace for your day, and gives you the perspective you need to move forward.

The Power of Prayer // Part Two

“For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit…” Hebrews 4:12

This week, senior pastor Jimmy Seibert continued our series, The Power of Prayer, with a message on praying the Word of God. Whether praying for breakthrough in our personal lives or on behalf of other people, we can all get to a point where we aren’t sure what to pray. This is where we need the Word of God. When we pray the Words of God, it paves the way for Him to move.

THE WORD OF GOD IS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE WORDS OF MAN.

We need the Words and promises of God at the center of our prayers. Otherwise, we’ll run out of what to pray. When we declare Scripture over our lives and the lives of those we are believing for, we never have to worry about whether or not we’re praying accurately. The Word of God is always applicable and will never return void.

DECLARING SCRIPTURE IN OUR DEVOTIONAL LIVES //

  • From the moment we wake up, we can use Scripture as our framework to lead us into worship and prayer. Jimmy gave the example of breaking down Psalm 103.
    • “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name” // Start by worshipping and declaring the character of God.
    • “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits” // Verse two calls us to declare who God is and recount the places where we have seen His goodness.
    • This week take time to go through the next few verses of Psalm 103, and start your day by declaring the very Words of God.
  • We also want to intentionally pray into the lives of those around us. It isn’t enough to just ask God to bless our family, friends, co-workers and others we’re believing for. Ask God for Scriptures and promises you can pray and declare. The Word of God can never be shaken, and if we are standing on His promises, we can pray with confidence for those around us.

ABIDING IN PRAYER //

  • Scripture says to, “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) meaning we are continually invited to pray. Whether you are driving to drop the kids off at school, heading to work or walking to class, pray for the businesses and other places you pass. Ask God to bless the various places, and for Him to be glorified in every area of our city.
  • If we’re honest, we forget to actually pray after we tell someone we’ll pray for them. If you are able, pause and pray for someone the moment they ask for prayer.

BREAKTHROUGH PRAYERS //

  • We can be confident both in the character of God, and in the truth that His promises and Words will never return void. Whether you’re believing for breakthrough in your personal life, for your family or your city, ask God for a promise that you can declare in the midst of the waiting. The promises of God are not contingent on our circumstances. We need the promises of God to be our solid foundation that we can stand on.

We are invited to pray, and God gives us the very words to pray through His Word. As the people of God, we are the number one activators of the presence of God. It’s through our prayers that we see the presence and power of God unleashed in our lives.

IN RESPONSE //

  • Ask God for a Scripture to daily declare over yourself. Write the verse on your mirror, a sticky note in your car or any other place that you’ll see every day. Continually declare the identity and promise God has for you.
  • Corporate prayer ministry // If you are interested in getting plugged into all we have going on with our corporate prayer ministry, visit their website.

The Power of Prayer //
Part One

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 

This morning Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert kicked off our new series, The Power of Prayer. Throughout the next three weeks, we will be diving into what it means to unlock the power of prayer in our lives and see the promises of God come to pass through our prayers.

Every believer wants to have an effective prayer life, but very few understand how. The heart of God is for each of us to have a fruitful prayer life. Throughout our morning we took a look at Philippians 4:4-8 as a model for prayer over anxiety. A little anxiety in our lives can feel normal, but in Jesus we have access to total freedom from anxiety.

  • T: THANKSGIVING // Start with thanksgiving. Philippians 4:4 tells us to, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” When we rejoice, we enthusiastically celebrate and give praise. When we first give God thanks for all He has done in our lives, we put Him in His rightful place. Our praise is meant to precede prayer because praise gives us the perspective to pray.
  • H: HUMILITY // With humility, we give our requests to God. James 4:6, “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.” When we pray, we want to come with a humble spirit, rather than entitlement, acknowledging that God is in control and will work all things together for our good. If we go in with pride, anger, arrogance, etc. we miss the heart of God, and ultimately miss the power of humble prayer.
  • A: ALWAYS ATTACK ANXIETY // The reality of life is that anxiety is waiting for us at every turn. Everyone has different things in their lives that cause anxiety, but one common weapon that we all have is prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to not be anxious about anything. God invites us to give our anxieties to Him, and He promises that He will give us peace. Anxiety is not meant to be something that we get used to dealing with, we have access to freedom from anxiety. When we give our anxieties to God, we put them in a trustworthy place.
  • T: TRUTH // Philippians 4:8 says, “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.” We need to let the truth of God continually renew our minds. When we intentionally spend time in the Word of God and allow Him to shift our perspective, everything changes. We go from anticipating the worst to believing for God to meet us in our everyday.

WE AREN’T MADE FOR SOME FREEDOM, WE’RE MADE FOR TOTAL FREEDOM.

We were made to live in freedom, and prayer is the key to unlocking freedom in our lives. When we give our anxieties to Jesus, we exchange our fear for faith, hope and love. Jesus is inviting us to pray. In that place, He wants to meet with us and give us breakthrough.

IN RESPONSE //

  • Use the Philippians 4 prayer model we talked through today. Whether you take five minutes or an hour of your day, we encourage you to pause and walk through each step of this prayer model. For a downloadable card to keep with you, click here.
  • Our Corporate Prayer Ministry has various events that you can jump in with throughout the week –
    • Jesus Hour // This hour of worship and intercession is every weekday from noon – 1 p.m. in the Kids Auditorium.
    • Encounter // Join us on Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Kids Auditorium for an extended time of spirit-led worship, prayer and ministry.
    • Sign up for an hour of prayer // We encourage you to take an hour in the Prayer Room. You can jump in with an existing group or create your own. Visit our Corporate Prayer Ministry website to check out the weekly schedule and to sign up.
  • This morning, Jimmy mentioned the song, Look What the Lord has Done from the Brownsville Revival. If you need something to jump start your day with praise, check out this song!
  • If you are interested in learning more about the foundations of prayer, we encourage you to check out our past sermon series titled, Jesus, Teach Us to Pray.
  • If you are looking for resources on how to spend daily time with God, take a look at this packet.