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.