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Welcome to the weekly podcast of C3 Church Southwest Washington. To learn more visit our website at http://c3swwa.com or download the C3 SWWA Church App.
MORE Vision Builders
My Declaration: In 2020, God has MORE. MORE for me. MORE for you. MORE for us. MORE through us for them! I will not wait for MORE to simply show up. I am STRETCHING for the MORE God has for me. The STRETCH is the catalyst that unlocks the MORE that He has. As I do my part, God will miraculously do His part! I am stretching for MORE, because that is who God is. God is the God of MORE.
2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV) But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
context: this scripture was dealing with a vision builders offering in Corinth communicated for over a year, focused to meet the need of sister church in a different city.
excel – considerably more than what anyone expects
grace – something given freely and generously by God
giving – specifically in church
The following several chapters Paul talks about this offering. The following verses are directed at those who would participate in the Vision Offering:
2 Corinthians 9:6–8 (ESV) The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:10–12 (ESV) He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
Vision requires MORE than the day to day.
Vision will always require faith. Faith to see it. Faith to resource it. Faith to build it. Vision will always require Vision Builders.
When vision is embraced with faith, miraculous things happen to build the vision, AND miraculous things happen for the Vision Builder. When we help build God’s house, he helps build ours!
Excel In The Grace of Giving…
1. share something – our first efforts to take something of ours and give to the church.
2. return the tithe
first 10th income, return to house of the Lord, live on 90%
allows for bread in house, God’s blessing
the tithe recognizes God as source
it keeps money in its rightful place, controlling greed
unlocks a supernatural flow
3. give additional offerings
above and beyond tithe, for missionary, special project, etc.
see a need, give what you can
at first it will feel like, “but I already give so much”
4. become a Vision Builder, activating FAITH for His House and yours
at this stage, you’ve seen God do some amazing things
this stage vision driven, faith activated, requires a sacrifice
this stage, faith stories are created - vision is accomplished and givers unlock a back flow into their own life that is remarkable.
Become A Vision Builder
MORE of Him, FIRST
Psalm 37:4 (ESV) Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Luke 12:29–31 (ESV) And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
In 2020, God has MORE. MORE for me. MORE for you. MORE for us. MORE through us for them! I will not wait for MORE to simply show up. I am STRETCHING for the MORE God has for me. The STRETCH is the catalyst that unlocks the MORE that He has. As I do my part, God will miraculously do His part! I am stretching for MORE, because that is who God is. God is the God of MORE.
The first MORE we will always stretch for is MORE of Him.
DESIRE: something wanted that leads to a quest
There are two types of DESIRE: EMOTIONAL and INFORMED. Bother will take you to its destination.
Emotionally Fueled Desires Have Drawbacks:
have to be continually refueled by emotions and emotions often change, to sometimes contradictory desire, requiring a change of direction
easily influenced (turn off soundtrack in a scary movie)
can be easily manipulated (child support commercials – flies, watery eyes, dump, sad music)
can be misinformed, even deceived (think you’re being pulled over by police)
the epicenter where temptation occurs
difficult to arrive at specific solid destination
most destinations are filled with unmet expectations
Informed Desires Have Great Strengths:
ignores emotion, distraction, misinformation, manipulations, temptation, by continually re-informing itself of the “why”
regularly arrives at specific, highly valued destinations and regularly enjoys the benefits.
“The heart wants what the heart wants” is only half true. You can tell the heart what to want and it will!
When you set your heart on a desire and experience it, it is amazing. But in God’s economy, there is one superfluous desire that radically unlocks all other desires…Deisring More of God, FIRST!
When More of God is Your First Desire:
1. your first desire will be satisfied - Jeremiah 29:12–14 (ESV) Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.
2. He will influence your other desires for the better - He will give you the desires of your heart.
3. your other desires will also be satisfied - Proverbs 10:22 (ESV) The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
4. He will meet all of your needs – Luke 12:29-31 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
MORE of God, FIRST is more than an idea, it is a way of living!it is a series of simple, informed decisions that turn into a lifestyle filled with MORE!
Set Time With God, First
doesn’t have to be first thing in the morning
doesn’t have to be the longest time slot
focused, distraction free, intimate
time in the Word, time in prayer.
Listen To God, First
decide in advance to say YES to anything and everything that God says
when your discover God requires an adjustment in thinking or action, do it immediately.
when you disobey scripture, you put yourself first, or someone else first.
·allow the input of others to come after you have consulted Him
His words to you are at the level of scripture
don’t ignore, reject and ultimately grieve the Holy Spirit
Become Like Him, First
we look to others and emulate them, becoming more like them
we are made in His image, but the image is skewed
Romans 8:29 (ESV) For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order
3x10 Sunday - Steve Parrish Jr. - God Wants To Grow Your Leadership
“And then GOD answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.” Habakkuk 2:2-3 MSG
Get A Vision
Write It Down- list out the vision the God has for me so that when the vision becomes faint, unlikely, or I become discouraged, I can look back to it and allow it to propel me to keep going
Do It - all the vision planning doesn’t mean anything unless I actually put my hand to the plow and begin the work. It’s not going to be easy but the end result with be well worth it.
In our day and age, everyone seeks instant gratification and rewards. We constantly strive to reap the harvest before the seed has even been planted. The only way to truly reap: work and patience. Very rarely is pursuing God’s vision for our lives about the destination. It’s never about a milestone or title. The true harvest, is not reaching the finish line, it’s how we finished; who we have become to get there. It’s always about the journey God leads us on and how He helps us become who He has destined us to be, because if we are not prepared to receive the harvest when it comes, much of will be lost and ultimately we will be left unfulfilled. So I will run the race and fight the good fight not solely because of where I will end up, but who I will become.
3x10 Sunday - Jennifer Davenport - Fighting The Giant Of Overwhelm
Stepping past the overwhelm in our lives is a process that God says he will help us conquer.
God Calls Us To Joy!
Luke 6:23 ‘..Leap for Joy.’
Romans 12:12 ‘Let this Hope burst forth within you, releasing a continual joy.’
1 Thessalonians 5;16 ‘Let joy be your continual feast...’
God Offers Help- Lets Take It!
Isaiah 42:16 "But I'll take the hand of those who don't know the way, who can't see where they're going. I'll be a personal guide to them, directing them through unknown country. I'll be right there to show them what roads to take, make sure they don't fall into the ditch. These are the things I'l be doing for them-sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute."
Brain Dump - write out what is overwhelming you. Brings a to-do list for the things you can take care of to relieve the overwhelm.
Take care of your temple. Eat well and get exercise and good rest 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Read your bible and pray every day. Realigns our focus with the promises of God. Reminds us of the promises and fills our spirit in a way we sometimes don’t notice until we absolutely need it.
Proclaim the promise, rather then the problem. Stop perpetuating the problems and challenges...it doesn't fix or alleviate the issues. Proclaim the promises God has already given us over these areas. Gal 6:7-8 “What a person plants, he will harvest.” What I say and do out loud will start my results on their way to me.
Turn down opportunities in life that add to overwhelm and provide no quenching to your spirt. Giving myself more to do doesn't help overwhelm. Jump at chances to deepen faith and quench spirit. The spiritual renewing that takes place when we realign our focus on Jesus makes the future challenges easier to walk through with grace and correct perspective. That same effort you jump towards God filling your spirit is the same energy in your spirit you will experience as you go out and experience life!
Romans 5 3-4 We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengths our confident expectation of salvation.
3x10 Sunday - Phillip Mikesh - Believe Who God Says You Are
God Believed In You On Your First Day
““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you.”” Jeremiah 1:5 NASB
God Believed In You On Your Worst Day
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NASB
YOU are SACRED and HOLY to God And nothing you have done has changed that
Reading the word on a regular basis... -realigns my heart with Gods truth -Declares Gods love over me
Build godly relationships -Godly people treat me the way God sees me -reinforces the notion of how God uses the body to show His love
Do that next thing -what ever it is, that tug, step into it -it gives God opportunity to bless you and show you in tangible ways, who you are to Him
US: The Perfect Gift - Steve Parrish
Matthew 2:11 ESV And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
Ever had difficulty finding the perfect gift? But when you find it, you know it…
The Magi brought specific gifts for their recipient…
Gold, The Gift For A King Magi recognized Jesus as a king - Matthew 2:2 (ESV) saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Magi brought Jesus gold, the customary a gift from one Kingdom’s King to another.
Queen of Sheba visited king Solomon and brought him gifts, including 120 talents of gold, or 7936lbs or $186,273,792
How much gold would the wise men have brought Jesus? Gold is currently $1467 oz. An iPhone 5 size would be $47,000.
John 18:33, 36–37 (ESV) So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Revelation 19:11–16 (ESV) Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
The gift of gold was the perfect gift for our King, Jesus!
Frankincense, The Gift For A PriestFrankincense is an aromatic gum resin. Produced by scraping the bark of certain. When burned as incense, it creates a strong and beautiful aroma. The cost of frankincense precluded it from being common. It was burned to worship God.
Exodus 30:34–37 (ESV) The Lord said to Moses, “Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (of each shall there be an equal part), and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy. You shall beat some of it very small, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you. It shall be most holy for you. And the incense that you shall make according to its composition, you shall not make for yourselves. It shall be for you holy to the Lord.
Hebrews 4:14–16 (ESV) Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The gift of frankincense was the perfect gift for our Priest, Jesus!
Myrrh, The Gift For A SacrificeMyrrh is a fragrant spice derived from the sap of a tree native to the Near East.
Like frankincense, it can be used as incense,
It also had wider usage as a perfume