Missional Realignment – Part 4

“MISSIONAL REALIGNMENT – Pt. 4” INTRO: Sometimes we need a life reset to clear some of life’s clutter and realign our life around our God-given mission. This is what God’s people did in the book of Ezra. Chapter 1 – the first group of Jews leave Babylonian captivity and go to Jerusalem to rebuild the…

Changing the Trajectory of a Crisis

“Changing the Trajectory of a Crisis” Pastor Becky Johnson Introduction  James 3:4 “Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.” We have the power in our tongue to literally change the trajectory of a crisis in…

A Revelation of the Ascended Jesus

“A REVELATION OF THE ASCENDED JESUS” INTRO: Easter celebrates Jesus’ resurrection (Jn. 21:1, 14; 1Cor. 15:4-7) – a necessity for salvation (1Cor. 15:14, 17; Rom. 10:9). I. YOUR REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. Your spiritual life is mostly dependent on your revelation of and connection to Jesus Christ (2Cor. 3:18; 1Jn. 3:2)! Jesus “revealed” Himself to…

The Shout of Triumph

“THE SHOUT OF TRIUMPH” INTRO: Palm Sunday is a week before Easter and a celebration of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry. The relevance? I. THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY (Matt. 21:1-16; Mark 11:1-11). Jesus told two of His disciples to find a donkey (vv. 1-6). Sometimes what Jesus asks of us is uncomfortable. Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on…

Missional Realignment – Part 3 [Ezra 3:8 – 5:2]

“MISSIONAL REALIGNMENT – Pt. 3” [Ezra 3:8 – 5:2] INTRO: Do you need a life reset to clear some of life’s clutter and realign your life around God’s purposes? The Coronavirus has cleared some clutter! Will we realign? I. RESTORATION OF THE TEMPLE BEGINS (Ezra 3:8-13). They lay the temple’s foundation (Ezra 3:8-10a). A diverse…

Missional Realignment – Part 2 [Ezra 2-3]

“MISSIONAL REALIGNMENT – Pt. 2” (Ezra 2-3) REVIEW/INTRO: Do you need a life reset to clear the clutter and realign your life around your God-given mission? This is what God’s people needed and experienced in Ezra. I. A LIST OF THE RETURNING CAPTIVES (2:1-70). Listed by community (v. 3-35) or family identity (vv. 36-58). 6…

Missional Realignment – Part 1 [Ezra Chapters 1-2]

MISSIONAL REALIGNMENT – Pt. 1 [Ezra chapters 1-2] INTRO: Sometimes we need a life reset to realign our life around our personal God-given mission. Technology resets are occasionally needed to clear some of the clutter that hinders performance. Do you need some clutter cleared? BACKGROUND TO THE BOOK OF EZRA Author – Ezra a priest…

Free Indeed – Part 6 (Conclusion)

“FREE INDEED” [Part 6 – Closing Message] INTRO: The last area of freedom we’re going to cover is from generational curses. I. WHAT ARE GENERATIONAL CURSES? Sinful behaviors that have been passed down to us directly from a previous generation/s. Not every sin we struggle with is a generational curse. It’s a sin, consequence or…

Free Indeed – Part 5 (Forgiveness)

“FREE INDEED” [ Part 5 – Forgiveness] INTRO: God wants us all to be truly free (John 8:32), and only Jesus offers us true freedom (John 8:36)! To be free indeed requires that we forgive those who hurt us. I. FORGIVENESS ILLUSTRATED. The Oyster & Forgiveness. We can’t choose what happens to us, but we…

Free Indeed – Part 4 (Healing Life’s Hurts)

“FREE INDEED” [Part 4 – Healing Life’s Hurts] INTRO: God wants us all to be truly free (John 8:32), and only Jesus offers us true freedom (John 8:36)! A part of that process is dealing with our beliefs which feed our behaviors by renewing our mind (Rom. 12:2). We can effectively deal with our roots…