1 Corinthians 15:3-10 “3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
1. Grace Is the Defining Point for Life’s Direction
1 Corinthians 15:9-10a “For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God…”
Philippians 3:4-6 “If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.”
2 Corinthians 11:23 ”I have been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?”
2. Grace Is Where Our Identity Begins
1 Corinthians 15:10a “I am what I am…”
3. Grace Must Be Recognized to Do Its Work
1 Corinthians 15:10b “…and his grace to me was not without effect.”
4. Grace Fuels the Purpose of God
1 Corinthians 15:10c “No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
“Fan the Flame”
Confronting the fear that Keep Your Gifts Dormant
2 Timothy 1:1-7 (NKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
1. Know that God’s gift is in you. 2 Timothy 1:6 “…the gift of God which is in you…”
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all."
2. God is asking YOU to fan your gift into flame. 2 Timothy 1:6 “…fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…”
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NASB)
19 Do not quench the Spirit;20 do not despise prophetic utterances. 21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;22 abstain from every form of evil.
3. It’s time to confront our fears for what they are. 2 Tim. 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear”
Matthew 25:25“And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is. You can have it.” The Master responded by taking that talent from him and giving it to the first servant.
4. Use ALL of what the Holy Spirit has given you! I Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Romans 12:2 (TPT)
2 Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.
The Word Is A Light
Psalms 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Psalms 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
• Out of the 167 million Christians in the US, 9.9 million decreased their Bible engagement in 2019
• 15 million people who considered themselves “disengaged” in the last two years are now showing more interest in the present year.
• Though paper Bibles are still the preferred form of Bible reading, in the last 6 years the use of smart phones for Bible reading has risen from 15% to 70% among Christians in the US.
• There are 327 million people in the United States, and 330 million people have downloaded the Bible App.
• Through partnerships with publishers the Bible app now has 1,700 versions in 1,200 languages.
• Downloads in India increased by 228% this year, 155% in Iraq, 243% in Mozambique and 131% in Argentina.
• This year there were 19.7 billion chapters of the Bible read, 1.4 billion highlights, bookmarks and notes made on the Bible App
• There are 42.3 highlights, 96.1 audio chapters of scripture being heard and 532 chapters being read on the Bible App every second.
• 47% of Christians say they are motivated to read the Bible because it brings them closer to God.
• Only 12% are motivated to read scripture because it helps them discern God’s will for their life.
1. There Can Be Nothing Between You, Jesus And His Word
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…”
2. The Power Of Discipleship Is In The Process
Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
The Gospel Of Christmas
We Are All A Part Of The Family
Matthew 1:1 “This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
We Are Reminded That No One Is Perfect
We Learn There Is No Variable Status In The Family Of God
We Discover That No One Is Ever Alone
This week Pastor Ben Windle Joins us from Lifeplace Church in Brisbane.
Pastors Ben Windle and Cindi Windle began the journey of starting Lifeplace Church in Brisbane because they have a passion to see people discover Jesus, and to be a part of a church family that serves the community. They have a genuine love for people of all ages, and of all nationalities. Both raised in Brisbane and coming from ministry families, they have been married since 2002. In 2008 they had the joy of welcoming their first child, Houston into the world, in 2010 came their second son, Benjamin ‘BJ’, and in December 2012 they welcomed a third son – Jameson.
The Gospel of Gratefulness
Luke 1:26-50 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her…. 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”
Mary’s Gospel Journey of Gratefulness
Luke 1:26-29 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.”
Luke 1:30-31 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.”
Luke 1:32-33 32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Luke 1:34-37 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
Luke 1:38 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Luke 1:46-50 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”
1 Peter 1:22 “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply from the heart.”
Exceptional Love displays uncommon, extraordinary, remarkable grace to others in the face of internal or external opposition.
Love Must Come from a Truthful Place.
1 Peter 1:22 “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth…”
Truth is the prerequisite for love.
Love Must Come from a Sincere Place.
1 Peter 1:22 “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere (Philadelphia) love for each other…”
Brotherly Love (Philadelphia) means to actively show God’s love to each person equally.
Love Must Come from the Heart .
1 Peter 1:22b “…love one another deeply from the heart.”
“Deeply” means without slack, not letting up, to be fully outstretched, to reach deep.
OF THE GOSPEL
The Gospel Is Good News.
Matthew 9:35 “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”
The word “Gospel” literally means “Good News.” The two words summarize the whole story of Jesus, and the message that He desires to have an eternal relationship with each person.
The Gospel Refers to the Power of God’s Gift.
Romans 5:15 “But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Redemption – He paid the price.
Reconciliation – He healed the relationship.
Justification – He removed the consequence.
The Gospel Is Turning the Page in Your Story.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Ps 108:28-29 “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.”
Impervious to damage by storms: Sealed tightly as to exclude penetration by wind, rain, or snow in time of storm.
1. Storm Proofing Requires Close Proximity To God
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you do not be dismayed, for I am your God.”
2. Storm Proofing Is Rebuilding From The Last Storm
Ps 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
3. Storm Proofing Is Making Good Decisions
Acts 27:18 “18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.”
4. Strong in the Storm of Faith
James 1:6 “6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
God Did This For Something
Everything that God does, He does for a reason. In every situation He infuses divine purpose. His purpose is clear, His character absolute, and His provision available. Identifying the “for” precedes discovering the “how”.
1. His Covenant - Deuteronomy 8:18 “18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
2. The Great Commission - Matthew 28:19 “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
3. Stewardship - 1 Chronicles 29:14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
4. Transformation - Philippians 1:4-6 “4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
5. Glory – 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
Matthew 16: 13-18 Church requires a revelation of Jesus Christ. You can't get church right unless you get Jesus right. "You are the Christ" precedes Jesus' mention of the church. "You are Peter.. and on this rock.. Peter = little stone, pebble Rock = large rock, cliff. Psalm 127 "Unless the Lord buildes the house, those who build it labor in vain." Jesus owns the church, not us. "ekklesia" is used 114 time in the New Testament. Of those times, 90% refer to a specific local church. The local church is the emphasis of Scripture. A Local church is under the headship of Jesus who gives its leaders to be responsible for its care and oversight. Heb 13:17. If everybody is in charge, then nobody is in charge. Jesus wants theocracy. Theocracy is when God chooses His leaders. Acts 20:17,28 AND 1 Peter 5:1,2. The Local Church breaks down into 3 main roles. Elder- prebuteros- presbyter, Overseer - episkopos - Bishop, Pastor - poi men - Shepherd. The function of Elders: ruling, decision making, pastoring, teaching. God's form of government is theocratic, meaning He chooses, raises up, and anoints leaders. Our responsibility to Him is to discern and recognize [using biblical parameters] who He is choosing. If we can trust the Lord with our eternity, we should be able to trust Him in the leaders that he appoints to the Local Church.
We must worship God for WHO He is not just WHAT He does. Psalms 22:1-3. When you're not hearing from God, it doesn't mean that God isn't hearing from you. Worship has nothing to do with the size of our church, and everything to do with the size of our God. What is important in worship is not how we worship, but rather who we worship. Before Jesus was savior, He was already King. Yo-Shev [enthroned] means to be enthroned inside of something. A verb indicating that a person is actively taking the throne in a ceremony to make the beginning of their rule. Each time we lift our hands in worship, we are letting the Lord sit on the throne of our life. WE are saying Lord, take an active role in my life. The enemy will do anything he can to separate your focus on God and push your focus onto yourself and all your problems. The church is where you are supposed to run to when things are going wrong. It is a hospital for the broken. Do not forsake the gathering of the saints, instead encourage one another to be there an encourage each other to be there.
1. Galaxies and Governments: The Church Is Not Peripheral to the World, and the World is Peripheral to the church. When God comes in and begins to move, the world can't stop it. 2. Fitted: Know God, Discover Purpose, Build Community, Live Generously. 3. The crowd: Find your people, Change the world. 4. Fuel: What you need when you need it. Jesus gives us the fuel we need to face every challenge, to accomplish the plans He has for us, and to selflessly and generously serve others according to His will. God will give you everything you need beyond the maximum. Acts 1:8. Definition: The word power is the word dynamic. It is used 120 times in the New Testament, and it means power or fuel. It is where we get the word dynamite. God wants you to be surprised at how powerful he is when you need him.1. Humanity- The power of his resurrection. The river of God is always full and flowing. He is never empty. He has power for you. 2. The Church- The Power if God in the Great Commission. Eph 3:20. 3. The person- the power to restore, renew and refresh.
There are stones in our life that make up who our Church is. In matthew 16:18, its says "Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail. Our foundation is our life. If we have a strong foundation we can get through any storm that may come our way. No matter if we are spiritual or not, storms will come. Are you preparing for the storms by setting a firm foundation? Jesus is our cornerstone. We must have a relationship with the Lord before we try to do "church" without a relationship to push the conviction to serve. The cornerstone is the most important thing we do. its the center of our life. 2 Peter 2:4-5, only a living stone can build a living house. GOd's house is never supposed to be empty. 4 core values: know god, discover purpose, live generously, build community
We are a part of a realm that is bigger than just the building of the church. The word "church" never refers to a building, it always refers to people, either locally or globally. When God hands you you keys for life, ask him what he wants to open and then watch and listen. Prayer is listening. Small keys can open really big potential.1. God gave Jesus Authority of His Resurrection [under his feet] 2. You release you're own plans because He remains the head 3. You change the way you view the church 4. You change the way you view your role.
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Doug and Donna have long been considered two of the most respected youth pastors in America. They have given their lives to seeing people radically transformed by the message of Christ. Their deep roots in ministry began in Portland, Oregon where they served for 17 years as Executive Pastors and Generation Ministry Directors under Pastor Frank Damazio at City Bible Church.
“Our vision is to build a vibrant, life giving Church for this generation in the Denver Metro area, where people of all races, backgrounds, and socio-eco status, can experience God’s grace, rally in community, and champion the cause of Christ together.”
Pastor Doug continues the series It's Jesus with a transformational message on the story of Lazarus in John chapter 11. Speaking on the act of leaving your grave clothes behind, Pastor Doug encourages listeners to leave the old behind and step into the new.
Pastor Doug continues the series "It's Jesus" with a message centered around the healing and testimony of the blind man in John chapter 9. This powerful message unpacks the journey of the blind man Jesus healed, and the many trials his testimony faced- encouraging listeners to carry our testimonies the same way.
In the first message of the series "It's Jesus", Pastor Doug dives into the gospel of John and speaks on the man Jesus healed in John 5 at the pool of Bethesda. Powerful and encouraging, this message shows you are never forgotten, and that Jesus came for you.
Pastor Doug continues this year's Heart for the House series by speaking about the importance of tithing. He answers the frequently asked questions about tithing in an easy to understand way, using the foundations and truths of giving found in the Bible.
Pastor Doug begins this year's Heart for the House series with a message on transformational giving. He speaks to the truth that generosity began with Jesus, and is the most transformational experience that we can have on earth.
Gini Smith well known pastor, coach, encourager of leaders, and friend of The Pearl Church speaks on knowing Jesus at a level of intimacy and friendship that is transforming. He loves for who we are not what we do.
Pastor Doug in his last interview during the Life series, discusses Defining Moments with one of the worlds top pastry chefs Keegan Gerhard. His story is both moving and profound, from professional athlete, to paralitic, to Olympic athlete, to world class chef. Each moment "God had his back".
Pastor Doug interviews Jasmine Davenport whos hunsband struggled with mental illness and eventually took his own life. Hear how God walked with both of them on the journey and how his grace carried them through the most difficult situations imaginable...
Special guest Pastor Bo Stern speaks to walking through difficult times and how Jesus never leaves or forsakes us. He uses our tests and trials to magnify His love and grace. He chooses the journey, we choose the response.
Pastor Doug discusses the importance of #authenticity in fulfilling #purpose. Our weaknesses and insecurities tend to keep us from stepping up to the plate to serve in #church and in the kingdom. However, those are the very things that make us effective in the #Kingdom... an understanding that it is not us, it is God who does the work.
Pastor Donna Lasit discusses the power of trusting God and moving forward on His promises. The enemy has a strategy, but God has given us the anwer.. The answer is trusting God and moving into His plan for your life. Offence.
Living In The Overflow part 2. "Overflow Starts In The Little Things" is the story of Ruth and how she went from famine to overflow by ttusting God, being faithful, and clinging to what she knew was right against all odds.
Pastor Frank Damazio speaks on a love for the house on this special Sunday. On this particual day The Pearl Church is taking there very first Heart for the House offering for a building fund. This was a packed out, exciting, and vibrant service where a great offering was taken and many lives were prayed for and touched.
Pastor Doug discusses the "keys to the Kindom of Heaven" in the Gospel of Matthew. A key unlocks something that otherwise was off limits and out of reach. The Keys To The Kingdom unlock unlimited possibilities for every believer.
Pastor Donna Lasit speaks on the subject of the Seed, the Soil, the Sowing and the Measure. Be inspired to sow and recieve according to God's word... This message speaks faith directly into your heart and spriit concerning what you have sown into the kingdom.
Easter service at The Pearl Church. Pastor Doug delivers a message on the power of the resurrection and what that means to each of us. The resurrection gave us the ability to have a relationship with God, unhindered.
Pastor Doug, as a part of a new series "Made Whole", preaches the first of three messages on right thinking called "A Moment of Clarity". If we can think right, and allow God to involve Himself in our thought life, we will find the path to being made whole.
Pastor Doug describes the calling of the first disciples, and the day they spent with the first two after they followed Him. Though they had many questions they wanted to ask the Messiah, Jesus did not answer them. The destination is not the answers to the questions... the destination is the relationship.