Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Elevation Church- Core- Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own

Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own
Two key components that make relationships meaningful in our lives- the time that you would point to as the time where you felt most fulfilled in relationships have two elements, there were real relationships and common goals.
This core values definition is “authentic relationships committed to a common vision.”
Real relationship means that you've learned how to be yourself around these people in your life. A few ways to know is by seeing if you have refrigerator rights with this person, which means, can this person walk into your house and you into theirs and look inside their fridge.
What is a real relationship?
It's when a person can just call you to call you, they don't need a reason to call you. How many people do you have in your life who you can just call to call? How many people in your life make you feel happy on the inside when you see their caller ID? That's a true test of real, healthy friendships. Are they a voicemail friend? Or do you look forward to their call?
Other indicators of real friendships are: you don't have to mind your manners around them, you can be honest with them, tell them what's really on your mind. You have to worry about offending them because the relationship is deep enough and they know the real you.
You and your friends should have common goals. The church has the most meaningful relationships. The reasons some people might not fellowship with other church members is because they feel they don't have time, God values his people being in deep relationships, we can see that through the book of Acts, so we're stuck with it because God wrote it and we don't have a big eraser to erase what God wrote.
Community is not what we do as a church it is a by product, we are not primarily in a church so people can make friends although that is a lot of the main reason why people go to church. So a lot of reasons why people keep attending the same church especially young people is because there are people that look like them and think like them. That's fine but that's just the by product of the church being the church, doing the work that God left the church to do. When it comes to community in the church think of army not fraternity. Think of it as the aim of what Jesus called us to do.
When we treat community as the goal instead of the by product, the goal is doing what Jesus has called us to do, the goal is lifting Jesus high, the goal is making Jesus known, the goal is worshiping Jesus. But when we make a community and friendships and having our needs met the priority, everything turns in and so the focus becomes “me”, feed “me”, bless “me”, notice “me”, recognize “me”, he didn’t speak to “me”, she didn’t speak to “me”, I don’t feel like they care about “me”. So you need to start thinking battleship and not cruise ship, if you went on board with this ship, in this house, because a battleship is about mission and a cruise ship is about “me.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-31. When you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing in the church the whole church suffers.
You need it and you’re needed, these are the reasons for community.
We are one body with many parts, when you think about unity in the church and community in the church it’s important for you to realize that God has ordained us to be a body, when you think of the body of Christ think of unity but not unison, think unity but not uniformity, it means we can be different but fulfill the same purpose.
God made you the way He made you so you can do what He made you to do, so you can be what He made you to be, in conjunction with who he called her to be and when you get with her and get married, she is going to start to compliment you and fit with you and aggravate you but its for a purpose because the very things you despise about her are the very things that are going to make you the man that God wants you to be. Think about it, why do puzzle pieces fit together if their shaped differently? So the very thing that annoys you about the key people in your life is the very thing that God designed to use to bring you into conformity with the image of His son so you can be like Jesus and the very thing that rubs you the wrong way about the most important people in your life is the very thing that is pointing you the right way so you can be on mission with God. You need community and we need you because God is in the business of stacking intervals so that we’re all working in harmony. This is important because we are different, but we can still be unified. We don’t have to look alike to be focused on God’s ultimate objective and to move forward in the same general direction together.
“I do not want people in my life who compete with me, I want people in my life who complete me.”
Who has God put in my life to complete me, even if they rub me the wrong way, or correct me because I need it?
Community shapes you, who you let into your life and who you keep out of your life will directly influence your destiny and your future more than any other single decision you make on a human level.
Some of you are struggling because nobody is allowed in your life, you can’t be God’s best that way. It shapes you, it forms you, who you let in your life and who you keep out of your life, that’s just as important because there are some people who do not belong in your life.
Psalm 1 and Proverbs 1 are both centered around instructions about who you associate with and they are both warnings about who you associate with. The main theme of both chapters are about who you associate with.
Who you keep out of your life whether they are the people who God intended to step into your life, and change the deep places through true real relationships and common goals, are who you keep out of your life who God intends for you to keep out of your life because they’re nothing but trouble. You are still a direct reflection of the people you allow in your life, it’s shaping you more than you know and if you don’t allow people in your life who have the ability and authority that means they can both do it, they’re able to and you allow them to, into your life who can speak to you concerning the things of God, who can lay it all on the line. You don’t have those kind of people in your life if you don’t get plugged into it, in some form or another., you’ll never be what God wants you to be because it shapes you.
John 17: 20-23. > Jesus asked his father for unity. This is Jesus prayer for all of us, unity. As we focus up on God and as we focus out on our mission and we grow close to each other like a triangle, and as all of our eyes are fixed on Jesus because his opinion is the only one that counts, we naturally gravitate to each other and real relationships naturally form. As we focus up, everything moves up, every attitude is lifted, all eyes are on Jesus. There are few reasons why we have to be unified:
1) Jesus gets what he prays for, and he gets what he pays for.
2) God is invisible. Jesus said make them one, so that the world may know that God sent Him. Since God is invisible what we do as the body of Christ, is the visible representation in the earth of who God is, and so what the world sees in us they believe about our father who they can’t see. We have the power to misrepresent our Father.
3) Lives are on the line.
Three things we believe as we structure a church.
1) We believe that leaders should lead. Proverbs 29:18
2) Voting creates losers. Leaders will lead under the accountability of God and the direction of the Holy Spirit with another layer of accountability to make sure the information is always provided to the congregation so that you know exactly why we’re going, where we’re going. That is God’s way.
3) Groups work best. True care comes from Ephesians 4:11-13.



Elevation Church- Core- Something's Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give
The church doesn't talk nearly enough about money, and when the church does talk about money, we dance around it and apologize for it. Here are some of the reasons why the church should talk more about money.
1) Preachers should preach for the reasons Jesus preached.
Luke 4:18-19
Jesus preached at this time on earth to set people free & so if Jesus preached to set people free pastors should preach to set people free also.
Can you think of anything that concerns our daily lives that has more people in bondage & more people more tightly wrapped up and consumed than the issue of finances and money? Jesus came to open blind eyes. Can you think of anything that's more blinding than materialism.
2) Jesus preached about money
Pastors should preach about what Jesus preached about.
Nothing holds people more tightly in bondage in our society and in this part of the world that God has plopped us down in than money, the lack of it, the abundance of it, the building our lives around it, the chasing it, the funneling it, the routing it incorrectly.
There are more verses in the Bible about money than there are about prayer. There are about 500 verses about prayer, there are less than 500 verses about faith, there are over 2,000 verses about money in the Bible. 16 of the 38 parables that Jesus spoke on the earth had to do with possessions. One out of every ten verses in the Bible in the New Testament of the Bible is about money. One out of every six verses in the Bible in the Old Testament is about possessions.
3) Preachers should preach according to the agenda of Jesus not the agenda of the church business meeting.
Refuse to be the preacher who preaches about money in the church when moneys getting low for the church. For example; if the sound systems getting old you might preach about giving.
If Jesus is building a church he is paying the bills. "If its Gods will its Gods bill, so we ain't hurting for nothing and you're not paying Gods way my friend!"
Who better to speak to you about your money than a preacher of the gospel representing a God who owns it all and who knows it all. Who better to stand in your face and tell you the things you need to hear so that you're life can be set free and your eyes can be open, than a preacher representing God.
Although we may be finite and limited in our resources we serve a God who is infinite and unlimited in His resources and He's promised to provide, and we're in line with Him and we are on mission with Him.
Five reasons why it's important for us to be generous and why it's important for us to give.
Luke 12:13-21
God only struck people dead on the spot twice in the Bible and the reason was over money. In the New Testament.
1) Verse 13 - Possessions interrupt our lives. (Viruses on the computer, flat tire etc.)
We have to understand, it’s all Gods. Everything we own, everything in this world, is all HIS!
You might be successful and make a lot of money, but God gave you that talent, that personality and those skills. God gave you that gift.  Don’t forget it’s all Gods.
The gospel says that every good and perfect gift comes from above.
Count all the personal pronouns in verses 17-19.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18
God is the source, everything else is just a resource.
It’s not how much will I give him? but it’s what will I do with what He’s given me?
2) You are loaded.
We always have the excuse that we never have enough to give to the church, yet we are a nation that spends millions of dollars on materialistic things but can’t give back to the God who provides everything for you.
Mark 12- The widow gave all that she had.
You dont have anything He didn't give to you. You are not anything He didn't make you to be. James chapter one says "Every good and perfect gift comes from above."
You cannot out give a God who is gracious and has already given you the kingdom.
2 Corinthians 9
Where your treasure goes your heart follows.
Where you put your money it determines where your heart is at.
Put your money in things that are worth in the kingdom.
That have eternal worth.
When you invest in God’s kingdom on the earth, through the local church, when you give generously to other organizations that are feeding hungry people and clothing bodies, when you meet individual needs of people that you personally know, not only can you outgive God but your heart starts to be more intune with his heart because your heart is hitched to your treasure.
Eternal investments deserve a systematic approach.
Luke 12:20- Jesus illustrates how worthless and pointless and fruitless it is to put all of your heart and all of your money and all of your time in earning things that will stay here on this earth when you’re gone.
Everything else is wearing out, getting old, becoming useless and not even cool anymore.
What are you investing systematically into the kingdom of God?
It’s not how much you make, it’s not how much you earn that secures your financial future, it’s how much you save, how much you put away. This secures your financial future.