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Finding Strength In Weakness Sermon from 8/12/18

 

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 Trading our Weakness For His Strength.

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; ( who found strength in weakness ) and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

Hebrews 11:32-34

They found strength In weakness,

Weakness produces dependency.

41 Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Matthew 26:41

  • Our weakness is our flesh.
  • Our answer is the Spirit.
  • Our answer is not stronger flesh.
  • Our source has never been an earthly Christ but the heavenly God head made manifest on earth.

Jesus is our Source. Jesus as the source for all things. My source of all things.

“Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it would leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:8-9‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Weakness is the prerequisite for Christ’s power in us.

  • We are empty to be filled
  • We are weak to be made strong
  • Our weakness is not a flaw.
  • Our weakness is our opportunity for STRENGTH in HIM!
  • Weakness is an opportunity for POWER to manifest in our live

What if we took pleasure in our weaknesses?

“So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:10‬ ‭CSB‬‬

When we’re weak, he’s strong.

Insider Trading

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“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:17-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Jesus is addressing LUKEWARMNESS

The lukewarmness was COMPLACENCY & INDEPENDENCE

I’m RICH:
4145
ploúsios (an adjective, derived from 4149 /ploútos, “abundance”) – properly, fully resourced; rich (filled), by having God’s “muchness” – i.e. His abundance that comes from receiving His provisions (material and spiritual riches) through faith (4102 /pístis).    
  • I’m good. No worries.    
  • I’ve got all I need, I’m doing well.
  •      I can solve my own issues.
    I can handle sin on my own.
  • I can produce my own righteousness, if I simply try hard enough.
The Problem : Poor, pitiable, blind, naked.
 
The solution: Buy from Jesus::
  • Gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich
  • White garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen
  • And salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
He gave everything he had so we’d have everything we didn’t. Christ is our solution to all of our inadequacies, faults, flaws, poverty.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9.
How do we buy what we can’t afford?
We give anything and everything we have. We give it all.
WE TRADE ALL OF OUR INADEQUATE RESOURCES FOR HIS!!!
We trade our brokeness to gain his wholeness.
We trade our unrefined gold for his refined gold. 
We trade our filthy rags for his white garments.
We trade our blindness for HIS SIGHT.
We trade our weakness for his strength.
We trade our less than enough for his more than enough. 
We fully surrender everything to him.
Some KINGDOM PRINCIPLES AT PLAY
  • The poor are made rich.
  • The naked are clothed.
  • The blind have sight.

South Africa Missions | Kimb & Christine Share About Their Upcoming Trip

Kimb & Christine will be traveling to South Africa in September 2018 to meet with and train disciples and work out some God-given mandates in the region.

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The Words We Speak

Rachel Bocobo shares a word on “Words”. We’re either creating life or death with our tongue.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21

Walking In Spiritual Authority

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The prodigal son was given a ring, sandals, a robe and a meal with the Father ….

• A ring on our finger signifying authority we’ve not earned
• Sandals on our feet showing Status we’ve not strived to attain , living in sonship and freedom.
• The Father’s robe, clothing us in his righteousness, giving us his appearance, walking in his likeness.
• Eating at a table in intimacy, consuming food and having our fill of that which will never leave us empty.

It begins with intimacy.

2 Chronicles 7:14
and my people, who bear my name, humble themselves, pray and seek my face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

His will for our land…. Healing. Bringing the Kingdom come WHEREVER WE ARE!

Hebrews 6
1Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2and of instruction about washings,a the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And this we will do if God permits.

Do we really want HIM or just the things that come along with him?

SEEK MY FACE | Do we want to KNOW HIM? Do we want HIS HEART?

Acts 13:22
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.‘”

Habakkuk 2:14
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

Where do we have influence?

( Gaining prophetic vision for every area of our lives )

  • Our Own Lives
  • Our Family & Household
  • Our Workplace / arena of income ( businesses )
  • Our Community of Faith
  • Our Role to the Body and the Lost ( ministry )
  • Our City , Nation , World
  • Any other place of influence

Matthew 7
7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Seek
Find
Agree
Repent
Declare
Obey

 

VIDEO: 4/8/18 | Praying The Will Of The Father

Special Guest James Weishaar with Disciple Nations shares on what it’s like to pray the will of the Father.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:9

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VIDEO: Easter Sunday Sermon | Believing In The Living God

Easter Sunday signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, three days after suffering crucifixion at the hand of the Jews. He appears over 40 days and teaches on the Kingdom before giving instruction and ascending to Heaven. Post-ascension, He appears to Saul then later speaks to Paul in prayer saying “my grace is sufficient for you”. He appears to John in Revelation as John is in the Spirit and continues speaking. We serve a Living God! He’s alive, he’s speaking, he’s revealing himself to this day. Join us as we explore.

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Grow Up! Identity In Christ

Kimb shares a word about maturing in the faith. From believing the Gospel, to following Jesus, to doing His will and living in obedience. Worth the listen or watch!

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BLOG: Functional Ministry

Functional ministry. This may not be a phrase that you’ve ever heard before, it certainly was not for me when I heard it. A while back in the wee hours of the morning, around 3 am to be exact, I woke up from my sleep and immediately between that awake and conscious place and the asleep and dreaming place I heard the phrase “functional ministry”. The first place I sought to find understanding of what this meant was on a Facebook forum of church planters. After having asked what they thought this meant I received the comment: “It’s better than dysfunctional ministry!”. Haha. Okay okay.

 

I have to give a bit of background before I type forward. Around October 2017, I began to sense from the Lord that we were going to be moving back into a Sunday morning gathering time, away from Sunday evenings. For me, this was a big deal. BECAUSE I’d been on a one-year “sabbatical” as some would say. Basically, the Lord allowed me to find a place of rest and refueling at our Sunday evening gatherings. This meant that I was not to use that gathering time as a platform for weekly teaching. It didn’t mean that teaching didn’t happen, it meant that I was not to take on the task of weekly sermon planning, series teaching or putting any work on my shoulders to try and make Sunday evenings a certain, anything. During this time, this year “off”, the Lord restored my soul. He poured into my identity as a son of God. He showed me my worth apart from being a teacher, or leader, or pastor. And guess what, the church didn’t die. Our community of believers continued to grow in deeper relationship with one another.

 

As the Lord began to impress upon me the move of our gathering to a Sunday morning time, this also meant that I’d be stepping back into my roles in teaching and leading. It meant a lot of things. In the past, I’d come from a place of being overworked, exhausted, carrying a load that was never mine to carry, and many other unhealthy things that young, eager leaders allow themselves to bear. I believe what the Lord did in this past year was prepare me for what was to come. To step back into my gifted roles in the body.

 

Now, having many thoughts and opinions on the way “church” is “done”, ( bear with my use of air quotes, not everything means the same thing to everyone, and some words have no business being utilized in sentences with other words ) I was worried that what we would start would turn into the same old thing that we’ve always done. Quite frankly, what most everyone else is doing. I get that it’s different all around because of the heart behind the matter, but I wanted it to accomplish something. To be something that accomplishes something. This is where this phrase comes in.

 

adjective: functional

— of or having a special activity, purpose, or task; relating to the way in which something works or operates.

— designed to be practical and useful, rather than attractive.

*Thanks to Google Dictionary.

 

There it is! The Lord gave it to me. “Of or having a special activity, PURPOSE or task”. AND, “designed to be practical and useful, rather than attractive.” YES!!!!

Functional Ministry is meant to accomplish a purpose. It will do something, and be something. A useful, purpose-filled MINISTRY. Ministry meaning: service, like waiting a table. It’s involved, servant-led servant-hearted selfless purposeful time together, growing in the Lord, loving each other and preparing for our ministry in our respective, daily life contexts.

 

AND, it’s not designed to be attractive. But wait, what if we turn people off? What if visitors don’t come back? You should certainly put some thought and strategy into the way things look, feel, smell, sound, and attract people to what you’re doing! Well, my friends, functional ministry doesn’t start with building something that you think is going to attract the masses, it starts with function in mind. As we’ve heard it, form follows function. What it becomes will be determined by what purpose it accomplishes, not the other way around. We don’t build a ministry to look and sound and feel a certain way so that we know people will want to come.

 

Jesus did just about everything he could do to get people to not follow Him. I know that sounds crazy. But he was sifting people out of the disciple dish once the crowds got larger. The function of his ministry would not take on a form of phonies. He wanted the people following him to be in. In like Flynn. Not there for the wrong reasons. Not there because he gave them food, or performed many miracles. He laid out the cost of being a disciple, and many turned away. Jesus could have a set up beautiful, earthly kingdom had he desired. He’d have put Solomon to shame. You think that guy did it up? If Jesus wanted to build a ministry that attracted people because of how beautiful the temple was, he could have. You get the point.

 

Functional ministry. This is our heart for our Sunday morning gatherings. We will seek the Spirit’s leading as to how to minister right then and there as we are together. I could teach for hours on why you should, for instance, forgive your brother if he wrongs you. I could talk all about how it hurts you, it hurts them, if you don’t forgive then the love of the Father is not in you, etc. etc. There you are, sitting in the gathering feeling terrible about unforgiveness. You hear “See you next week!” and you get up and leave the building, unforgiveness still existing deep within your heart.

 

Imagine then, if you will, this scenario. You hear me teach about unforgiveness and the Holy Spirit is showing you where it lives in your heart. Then you hear me say “Now we’re going to lead you into a time where we will approach the throne of grace, to receive mercy and grace in your time of need.” And as we lead into this prayer time, you, right where you are begin to engage in conversation in your heart, led by the Spirit in you, with the Father and you present to Him all of your unforgiveness. You hear us remind you that you are covered by the blood of the lamb, and that all of the unforgiveness you just confessed guilty to is washed away because you’re in Christ. Although you are guilty because of your actions, you’re deemed NOT GUILTY because of the actions of Jesus on your behalf. What freedom! This, my friend, is functional ministry.

 

We invite you to join us at Disciple Community where we seek the heart and face of the Father. We approach the throne to receive our grace and mercy in our time of need. We walk in with heavy hearts and convicted consciousness, except we leave cleansed and unburdened because what we just experienced accomplished the freedom in the Lord that scripture speaks of. It did what it was supposed to do, and that is what makes it attractive.

 

Disciple Community at The Source Wichita meets Sunday mornings at 11 am at 445 N. Market, followed by lunch.