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It's challenging to find a church. Each Sunday, Pastor Marcus and his leadership team take the time to create a weekend experience with practical teaching that will benefit your spiritually journey. Want to grow practically? This podcast is for you.

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It's challenging to find a church. Each Sunday, Pastor Marcus and his leadership team take the time to create a weekend experience with practical teaching that will benefit your spiritually journey. Want to grow practically? This podcast is for you.

    3_Born to Lead

    3_Born to Lead

    Born to Lead







    The wise woman ________________ her house.

    But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.


    - Proverbs 14:1







    The solution to the first thing in the world that was not good was _____________.







    Leadership often means being the first one to ________________________ .







    Any leader worth following must first be a person who leads ____________________ well.







    No __________________________ seems pleasant at the time, but painful.


    Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace

    for those who have been trained by it.


    - Hebrews 12:11







    Choose


    Long-term VALUES


    Over


    Immediate WANTS.







    Nothing in life will affect the quality of your life,


    your success in life and your direction in life


    more than ______________________________________ .







    He who walks with wise men will be _______________,


    But the companion of fools will _____________ ______________.


    Proverbs 13:20












    Choose friends with shared _________________


    not just shared ___________________________ .

    • 30 min
    2_Born to Lead

    2_Born to Lead

    Born to Lead


    Week 2: The Power of Moral Authority







    Key Point: If you are waiting for affirmation before you lead, you will never lead.







    Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him…




    Philippians 1:27-29









    The Keys to Long Term Influence:







    1. Discipline







    Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.




    1 Corinthians 9:24-27









    Key Point: It’s the stuff nobody sees that brings the results everyone wants.







    2. Consistency









    Moral Authority: The credibility you get from consistently walking your talk.

    • 30 min
    1_Born to Lead

    1_Born to Lead

    Week 1: The Power of Influence




    Leadership = Influence


    Influence = The ability to have an effect



    The people you influence (have an effect on):




    Your spouse



    Your kids



    Your extended family



    Your co-workers



    Your neighbors



    Yourself









    “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”



    “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

    - Matthew 5:14-16







    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.


    - Matthew 5:17-20







    Key Point: If you do the same thing as everyone else, you will get the same results as everyone else.







    You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment…Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift….







    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. - Matthew 5:17-28

    • 30 min
    2_Come Together

    2_Come Together

    2_COME TOGETHER


    WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER WHEN 2 OR MORE COME INTO AGREEMENT.



    Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?




    The Tower of Babel… Gen 11:1 - Now the whole world had one language and a common speech – (nothing they propose to do would be withheld)


    1 Corinthians 1:10 I urge you, my brothers and sisters, for the sake of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree to live in unity with one another and put to rest any division that attempts to tear you apart. Be restored as one united body living in perfect harmony 








    2 AREAS: 




    YOUR MARRIAGE (RELATIONSHIPS )



    YOUR GOD





    1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, you in turn must treat your wives with tenderness, viewing them as feminine partners who deserve to be honored, for they are co-heirs with you of the “divine grace of life,” so that nothing will hinder your prayers.







    Matt 18:19-20 - “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.









    SUMPHONEO - Sym = “together with” 


    Phoneo = “sound, voice” 


    VOICING THE SAME OPINION;  


    another word: LIKE-MINDED








    WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER WHEN 2 OR MORE COME INTO AGREEMENT









    Another Definition:


    fall into the line of the footprints in front of you?









    YOUR WALK WITH GOD 




    Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?









    BIGGEST GAP BETWEEN US AND GOD 


    – MIND GAP & MOUTH GAP







    EPH 5:1 - Be imitators of God, 




    BEING A COPY CAT  



    YOU AND I ARE A PRODUCT OF THE GOD-PICTURE THAT WE HAVE ON THE INSIDE OF US!










    1 COR 2:12-13 …No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak,








    TAKE HOME:


    TAKE A PICTURE AND JOURNAL YOUR ANSWERS THIS WEEK: 




    IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS


    – Where do we need to come into AGREEMENT? 



     IN YOUR WALK WITH GOD


    – In what area am I in DISAGREEMENT w/ God and how can I resolve this? 

    • 30 min
    1_Stronger Together

    1_Stronger Together

    Title: STRONGER TOGETHER



    Genesis – god told adam – “its not good to be alone!




    Ecc.4:9 – two are better than one, they have a good reward for their labor




    Prov 27:17 – iron sharpens iron; and one man sharpens another


    Matt 18:20 – where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, I am there!




    Hebrews 10:25 - and let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near




    ECC 4:10 - WOE to him who is ALONE when he falls and has no one to lift them up 




    Prov 18:1 - Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all sound judgment. 



    STRONGER TOGETHER; WEAKER ALONE

    Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. - ECC. 4:12 


    STRONGER TOGETHER REFERENCES


    GALILEE - 3 friends


    GARDEN - Jesus and disciples


     GRAVE OF LAZARUS - his friends, family 



    LAZARUS


    And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. – JN 11:44


     Jesus looks at his family and friends and says, “Unwrap him and let him go!”







    GEESE LESSONS:  STRONGER TOGETHER


    1. STAY IN ALIGNMENT




    2. SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN TOUGH TIMES




    3. TAKE TURNS LEADING 




    4. THEY CHEER EACH OTHER ON




    5. THEY ARE LOYAL TO THEIR PURPOSE








    STRONGER TOGETHER; WEAKER ALONE


    Ezekiel 37:1-10




    The LORD took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the LORD to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign LORD,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”







    Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”







    So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.







    Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”







    So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet\


    —a great army.








    APPLICATION:

    IF YOU FIND YOURSELF ISOLATED:


    1. EXERCISE / MOVE / SWEAT


    2. CONNECT


    3. FIGHT







    NEXT WEEK: STRONGER TOGETHER 


    IMITATE GOD


    Amos 3:3 - How can two walk together unless they agree?







    You are a by-product not only of “nature” and “nurture”. You are a by-product of the God-Picture you have inside your heart.  

    • 30 min
    2_Disappointed

    2_Disappointed

    Key Point: It’s not what happens to us that makes the impact. It’s how we interpret what happens to us.





    1 Corinthians 4:5


    Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.




    Philippians 1:3-16


    And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.






    1 Corinthians 15:19


    If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied….Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.







    Key Point: You can change your interpretation in light of the promise: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

    • 30 min

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