Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert kicked off our 40 Days of Breakthrough series by talking about breakthrough in our relationship with God. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection are central because He made a way for us. Jesus is the bridge, taking us from sin, guilt, and shame to redemption, truth and grace through a relationship with Him.
“You were made for breakthrough by the Spirit of God and the people of God.” Jimmy Seibert //
When it comes to breakthrough, it can seem as if our circumstances rule; addiction, anxiety, finances and relationships are all areas we want breakthrough but feel like it will never come. We are often hopeless amidst our circumstances, faced with big giants and even bigger unbelief. But, as believers, there is more in store. Breakthrough isn’t for some of us, but all of us; God is committed to breakthrough more than we are and intervenes on our behalf. He raises us up, anointing us for change well before we even want it. And, He doesn’t want to help us just a little bit – He wants to let the water flow.
Let’s take David, for example. He was rejected by man but anointed by God (1 Chronicles 14:8-11). He didn’t have to raise himself up amidst his circumstances, but God was with him and was committed to a breakthrough in David’s life way before David was. Breakthrough changed the trajectory of his life – and the lives of thousands of others.
So, the question is, how do we find breakthrough?
Everything begins with an honest prayer of the heart. David openly and honestly cried out to God, pouring his heart out. Many times, we are great at pouring our hearts out but forget to ask God what to do next. When we are honest with God and give Him space to speak, He will lead us to action, and this can get us on the path to breakthrough (1 Chronicles 14:10, Luke 18:1). When we cry out to God, He shifts our perspective from a focus on unbelief, but to a remembrance of the goodness of God and His commitment to us. Pray to God honestly about where you are needing a breakthrough.
Scripture is God’s revealed will for us and His words are promised; they never come back empty and we know He hears us (1 John 5:14-15). We can be confident in the requests we’ve made known to Him and stand on the solid truth of scripture. What is the promise from God related to your need? Find scripture to cling to and declare it over your life!
Seeking change on our own doesn’t work. We were meant to partner with brothers and sisters in Christ to fight and celebrate one another. We see in Mark 2, the story of a paralytic man who is lowered into the house by his four friends to seek radical healing from Jesus. His friends were just as desperate as he was for breakthrough and this is where glory is found; it’s not within personal breakthrough but battling with our friends and celebrating victories together. Who are you believing with for breakthrough? What are they believing for? (Mark 2:4-5)
Breakthrough calls for a commitment to real change. This is the point where direct action is needed to change a habit or a mindset (Romans 12:2). We can’t passively pursue change – we are called to partner with God for a real breakthrough. As we repent, we turn away from old habits and turn to Jesus as we are led to the promise of a breakthrough that is coming. In the area you are believing for a breakthrough, what habits can you change?
Throughout the process of breakthrough, we need to adopt a posture of praise: praise before, praise during and praise after. We can present our needs, rest in His promises, declare His victories – it’s all praise. An environment of praise gives God every opportunity to move in our lives, even if we haven’t yet seen our breakthrough. Our circumstances don’t matter and don’t keep us from experiencing breakthrough (Acts 16:25-26).
Everywhere Jesus went, He brought breakthrough – the circumstance didn’t matter. A paralyzed man, raging seas, even death. Jesus demonstrated breakthrough emotionally, physically and spiritually, and through the resurrection, demonstrated the ultimate breakthrough. We will never be hopeless in our circumstances because Jesus has already claimed the ultimate breakthrough.
Senior Pastor, Jimmy Seibert, set the vision for our upcoming series, 40 Days of Breakthrough, by looking at the life of David, the giants he faced and how God showed Himself to be the God of the breakthrough. Jimmy encouraged us to press into five areas these next 40 days: prayer, promise, people, personal change and praise, as we find a breakthrough for ourselves and others.
This week we celebrated our twentieth anniversary as a church with senior pastor Jimmy Seibert sharing stories from the past two decades. We looked back on God’s faithfulness to us as a church and looked expectantly toward what He has for us in the future. As we each continue to say yes to Jesus, we enter into what we were created for – to be a people who have a passion for Jesus and His purpose in the earth.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 //
This Sunday senior pastor Jimmy Seibert reminded us of our corporate vision for the year, The Time Is Now. He encouraged us to press in and run into the last third of the year. We are called to move beyond past mistakes and press on toward prayer and community both personally and corporately.
WHEN GOD SAYS IT IS A NEW TIME, WE DON’T LIVE IN THE OLD.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” Hebrew 12:1
To live this new time, walking out in obedience to the “now” words, we cannot continue to live in the past. We are not the accumulation of our failures. If we step into the new season with that mindset, we will not be able to run with the freedom and endurance to which we are called. Instead, we take what we learned and go forward in God.
OUR OBEDIENT RESPONSE TO GOD SETS OTHERS FREE.
Having an obedient response to the invitation of God is important, not just for ourselves but for those around us. Our response has the potential to forge a way for others around us to encounter Jesus and find freedom.
Saying, “yes” to the next thing can feel risky, but if we never step into the new, we will have no idea how God desires to move in us individually, as a church body, throughout the city of Waco and ultimately the world. We are called to be a people who fully live by faith, finding freedom, introducing people to Jesus and positioning ourselves to receive God’s breakthrough.
OUR NOW MOMENTS //
There is a quarter of 2019 left, and there are two key words for us to respond to, both personally and corporately:
- Community // In October we are launching a 40 Days of Breakthrough series because we believe breakthrough is found among the people of God. Throughout the six-week series we are creating opportunities to find community by starting 200 new small groups. Whether you are already a part of a Lifegroup or you’re looking to get plugged in, we are encouraging everyone to be a part of a small group where we will take time to connect and dive deeper into the topics covered on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in joining a group, keep your eyes open because in a few weeks we will have an opportunity for you to sign up! If you want to make a way for others are find breakthrough in the context of community, whether or not you are currently in a Lifegroup, you can sign up to host a group! Please fill out this form and one of our pastors will get in touch with you.
- Prayer // We are creating space for prayer and worship throughout the week, and we hope that you join us for these opportunities. Jesus Hour happens every weekday from noon – 1 p.m. in the Kids Auditorium. This is a time to refocus our attention on Jesus through thanksgiving, worship and intercession. We also have Encounter Nights every Friday starting at 7 p.m., also in the Kids Auditorium. If God has been putting something specific on your heart to carry in prayer or you want to stretch your prayer muscle, you can visit our Prayer Ministry’s website to see what groups are praying for and sign up to pray with them or start your own time slot.
We are expectant and excited for these last few months of 2019. The time is now for breakthrough.
This week our senior pastor Jimmy Seibert reminded us of our corporate vision for the year, revisiting The Time Is Now. When we receive a “now” word from God, we leave behind the old and step fully into what He is speaking. Our response to this word happens both at a personal & corporate level. With a third of the year left, we are saying yes again to being a people of prayer and community. As we do this, the family of God is built up and the world around us gets hope again.
This week senior pastor Jimmy Seibert wrapped up our series, Family Matters. With a message on living with a victory mindset in the midst of spiritual warfare. Whether it’s the result of living in a broken world or the schemes of the enemy, there are very real struggles that we face on a daily basis. But even in the midst of those struggles, we are called to strengthen ourselves in the Lord and stand firm.
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.
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.
This week we celebrated Palm Sunday with a message on the triumphal entry of Jesus. As. Jesus entered Jerusalem, worship erupted because people are naturally drawn to excellence. In the presence of Jesus, we can’t help but worship.
Before going into an extended time of worship, we took a look at Matthew 21:1-11. At the time of Jesus’ entry, parades and celebrations were common for kings and rulers. This entrance was different because Jesus was, and still is, the only One worthy of all of our worship!