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IlovemyChurch_MainI Love My Church! | Week Three

“I Love My Church.” Do you?

Last week, I announced that we are now translating our 9:45am service into Spanish.  Also, we are adopting the Village of Las Joyas in Guatemala and will be giving an offering in December towards a new well and school facilities.  We are taking 2 mission trips in 2016 to Mexico and Guatemala. Get more details on our website or The Hub! EXCITING! 

Life is about more than “me”. Life is about “we”.

November is when the weather begins to chill down quite a bit, but for me it’s a very emotionally warm month. I love the change of season. The family time. Hanging out with family, eating, sharing stories of the year, loving on one another, a break from work.  We are taking some time this month to think about the value of our church family. Life is about more than “me”. Life becomes much more rewarding and fulfilling when you remember that God created “we”.

Ephesians 2:19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.  22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

ordinationPromiseLand San Marcos is a healthy “We”. What a great place to connect with others.  Many of you have not heard the story, but this “we” started 12 years ago in 2003.

There were about 30 of us gathering on Friday nights. We knew that God was in it and that he had great plans, but I want to be real honest with you. I had no idea that it would be like this.

A first, I remember thinking, “man it would be amazing if we had our own building.” That would be so amazing!

Then I remember thinking, “we will have arrived if we get our own building and we have like 500 people gathering on a Sunday. Wow! We would have arrived.”

Little did we know all of what God would have in store for us.  When we were faithful to the message and not stuck in our ways, God produced growth!

 

I Love My Church Because it Will Never Change its Message but it is Not Afraid of CHANGE its Methods.

Our message is Jesus. Our message is not about rituals or statues or superstitious. Our message is that you can trust the ancient manuscript of the Bible. We stand on the Bible as the Word of life!

The Word of God is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path. memorize it and store it.

In the Bible is the mind of God. In the Bible is the state of man, the doom of sin, the way of salvation, the happiness of the believers.

The bible’s doctrine is Holy, its precepts are binding, and its history is true  You can read it and be wise, believe it and be saved, practice it and be holy.  It contains light to direct. It has food to sustain you. It can comfort you.  It can cheer you.

It’s the travelers mount. the pilgrim’s staff. the Christian’s charter

There is nothing like the Word of God! There Heaven is open, the gates of Hell closed, Jesus is the Grand subject, and the Glory of God is its end.

It shall fill the memory. It should rule the heart. It should guide the feet  You read it slowly. you read it frequently. you read it prayerfully.

It is the mind of Wealth. the river of pleasure. It is given to you here in this life. it will be open to us in judgment. it is forever settled in heaven. it involves the highest responsibility. it condemns all who trifle with it pages.

This book is supernatural in origin, eternal in duration, divine in authorship, inexhaustible in meaning, perfect in precept, universal in readership, personal in application, powerful in effect.

It is sharpen than a 2 edged sword. it cuts both ways. No blade equals it

It has survived every attack. there is no book to equal it.  It is life, a hammer, a seed, it penetrates darkness, it breaks opposition. It will melt, and consume. Its incorruptible, it uplifts, upholds, builds, sustains, orders your steps, gives hope, it shows us his will.

The Word of God: produces fruit, convicts sin, converts souls, cleanses the conscience, corrects the wrong, supports the right, conquers all foes.  Read it, heed it, desire it, and preach it, Rightly divide it, live it, suffer for it, use it  and if need be die for it.

Know it in your head, store it in your heart, show it in your life, and sew it in the world

No wonder the devil and Hell hates the Bible.

At PromiseLand San Marcos, we are always going to stand on the word of God. Believe in the Word of God, preach the Word of God. That is our Message!

The literal parts, the prophetic parts, the parables. Most of all the core message of:

John 10:7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

We will never change our stance on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

At the same time, I Love My Church Because of its willingness to change any method necessary to reach more people.

We have been called to be fishers of men and we are not afraid to change hooks and bait at any point.  Our Sunday Celebration schedule, location, music, creative elements, preaching style, use of technology, social media, advertising, outreach events, small groups, leadership team, new membership process, office hours…

All of these things change over time.

We have bought property, added a service, added another service. Started streaming online, started a weekly podcast, Built a new $2million building, added another service.

We are looking forward to the next 5 years… to 2020. We have been asking God what might be the next step for our church. What is our 2020 vision?

(2020 Vision Video)

My pastor always said, I have built churches without money, but I have never built a church without people. During this sermon series, I want to convey the rich and robust culture of PromiseLand, give you an insight on how things happen, and also inspire you to jump in at a deeper level.

Things don’t just happen. Growth, development, and progress are a direct result of a planting seed, working the farm, and then relying on God to produce supernatural growth with what we have sown in the ground, THEN we go back to work and exert a lot of labor to bring in the harvest.

The same is the case with your personal life. Your life is the result of the seeds you have  drought. However, over the term of many years, you will reap exponentially more than what you have sown.

Let’s start sowing good seed in your life. Let’s start a new cycle. A new growth track.

PromiseLand San Marcos is here to walk with you through the planting seasons of life. The difficult parts when you don’t enjoy the fruit of your labor yet. We know how it is. We have been there. In fact, some people in our church that have been in the family of God for years are in a planting season right now. Nothing to show of it right now. In fact, looking at soil with seed in it looks boring, barren and discouraging.

 

I Love My Church | Week One | Sermon Notes

IlovemyChurch_MainHere we are in a new sermon series called, “I Love My Church”.

I believe our life fulfillment begins when we realize that:  Life is about more than “me”.  Life fulfillment begins when I understand that:  Life is about “we”.

From the beginning of the Bible, we learn that: It was not good for man to be alone. (Genesis 2:18)  So, God creates community. GOD created the concept that humans would gather, pool resources, trade, share ideas, work together, collaborate and when they did, The sum of that community would be greater than the sum of its individual members.  God designed humans to gather and form partnerships. The synergy of these partnerships would create something that was impossible form individually.

 

Ephesians 2:19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.  22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

Acts 2:42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Read the whole book of Acts for more info on this first church. This church changed the world! We are here today because of the efforts of this group. This community. This church body.

Characteristics of the First Church:

  • They met together regularly at the church property and in homes.
  • They worshipped together.
  • They gave generously of their possessions.
  • They stuck together in the midst of a culture that was opposed to their way of life. (we know this from other historical study and further scriptures in Acts.)
  • They enjoyed each other.
  • They Lord increased the size of their church family. (by thousands)

The local church was an enormous part of their life. In fact, it was the core part of their life. It was from their local church that they based their life.  God honored their loyalty and dedication to the local church and gave supernatural growth to them individually, healing physically and emotionally.

I want to talk just a bit about 2 reasons why I love my church:

  1. I Love My Church Because of its DIVERSITY

PromiseLand is colorful. PromiseLand is heavenly. Heaven is not going to have a white section and a Hispanic section and a black section. Heaven is going to look like PromiseLand.

A place where color absolutely does not define you.
A place where your talent or your money absolutely does not define you.
A place where your gender does not elevate or demote you.

At PromiseLand San Marcos we love every person, race, ethnic origin, every gender. Men are going to lead. Women are going to lead. We are going to have black and white and brown pastors.  Quite honestly, we aren’t going to talk much about it, we are just going to be it.

If you are new to a multi-cultural environment, then I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and become friends with people of other colors, other economic

You know what else I love about my church? I love that we embrace those who challenged physically and mentally. We have a adult, teens, and kids who were born with special needs and they have the exact same value here as everyone else. Sometimes they make noise, walk around, act differently than we do. We love ‘em!

We have a phenomenal special needs class room for our younger ones. Some of you might not realize the importance of this class because your life hasn’t been touched personally with this situation. Having a child with special needs means it takes twice as long to get ready. Means you often have to lap a parking lot to find a parking spot because someone parked illegal in the one spot where your van has room to unload the wheel chair. It means people stare at you in the grocery store. It means some give you an evil eye in church when they get a little loud.

I’m thankful I have a church that welcomes all of God’s children no matter who they are or what they can do!

I want to introduce you to Maria’s family. Maria was born with Autism. Her parents didn’t speak English. They wanted to find a place to worship. A place that would accept them for who they were and love on their daughter. Check out this video.

(VIDEO of Chavez Family)

I am so happy to say that beginning today we are interpreting our Sunday morning services in Spanish! If you know folks that need this translation, invite them to the 9:45am service.

  1. I Love My Church Because of its HEART FOR THE WORLD

At PromiseLand, we believe that we have been blessed in America because our ancestors put God first in their lives. However, at the same time, we do not believe America is better than other nations. Instead, we understand the responsibility that comes with blessing.

Luke 12:48…When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

We have been given much in the way of education, health, business, finances, spiritual renewal. Instead of wallowing in it or squandering it. At PromiseLand, we find places across the globe to partner with and participate in God’s transformation of that area.

We believe and pray that God’s Kingdom will come and His will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. We also believe that we should not just pray for that to happen across the world, but that we should put on some boots and gloves and dig wells, build homes, build schools, feed kids. We should drive long distances, get on planes and fly around the world.

Our international mission is: Transformation. We want to participate in the transformation of our world in two ways: spiritual and physical.  First, we want to help communities naturally with fresh water and education.  Second, we want to help local pastors and churches.  We believe that if we first help with the natural needs, then the spiritual transformation will follow more effectively.

Beginning in 2005, we went to Monterrey, Mexico built a house for a single mom and helped her start a childcare business.

In 2010, we went to the Nigerian village of Izzi. We drilled the first well their community had ever seen.  We bought land and built a church. A last year we built a school for them.

This year, we started a relationship with Guatemala We sent money to rescue 7 babies through World Help.

I’m so excited to announce today that we are officially adopting an entire village in Guatemala beginning a 4 year plan for a Total Village Transformation.

Check this video out:

(VIDEO of Guatemala Total Village Transformation (7min))

It is now our turn! As of this past month, we have officially adopted the village of Las Joyas.

 

We will be providing: clean drinking water, new school facilities, new church building, self-sustaining businesses, and possibly homes for villagers.

We have trips planned for both Mexico and Guatemala in the summer of 2016. Go to our website for more info.

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