July 20, 2013 Series: We Are Overflow
“We value the Presence of Jesus, every time we gather & everywhere we go. We believe when Jesus reveals Himself, He speaks, heals, & transforms lives.”
1. Worship wages and wins wars:
- The battle against darkness was initiated because of Worship...it is for worshippers and it is won through worship.
- 2 Samuel 7:2 "Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."
- Psalm 22:3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
3. Through Worship we encounter Him intimately.
Jesus is Passionate about us being presence focused.
Matthew 21:12-13 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”
1 Peter 2:5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.
WE ARE THE DWELLING PLACE!
1 Corinthians 3:16 Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
“We need to stop viewing Gods presence as a place we visit but as a reality we live in.”
“The presence of Jesus is the content of what we carry that changes the context of how life happens.”
ABIDING: A Continuos Worshipping Dwelling Place
John 15:1-17 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.
Remaining & Abiding: Meno- to stay, abide, continue, dwell,, remain.…
1. Relational Obedience makes it possible.
- vs 9 “Remain in my love. When you obey MY commandments, you remain in my love….
- John 5:19 “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
- John 16:12-13 "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
- YOU HAVE PERMISSION to function like Jesus.
2. Reveals what is hidden
- Secrets: vs 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. ...Now you are my friends…
- Solutions: miracles, signs wonders, joy, encouragement.
3. Ruled by Love
- Remain in my Love! ….Love each other.
- From love: Relational obedience
- With Love: Love one another.
July 15, 2013 Series: We Are Overflow
1 Peter 2:4-10 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say, “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
Genesis 2:15-18 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
At Overflow We Believe…
- Relationships are Gods idea.
- Healthy relationships are non-negotiable.
- The people that are in your life will lift or limit the potential in your life.
- God called us together
- People are more important than "vision."
At Overflow Our People Are:
- Purposeful: Prioritize the kingdom intentioned &Poised for action.
- Passionate: Pursuant of Jesus hungry for ...presence centered.
- Potent: (em) powered by the Holy Spirit and positioned for signs, miracles and wonders in our life.
- Peculiar: Different: We are set-apart! Pure. We are more interested in Holiness than convenience, comfort….
- Problematic: We recognize we are imperfect, flawed…
True Things About People.
- People have favorites.…
- People enjoy life-givers
- People want you to value what they value.
- Correcting people you're not in relationship doesn't work.
5 Keys of Healthy of Relationships
#1 Honesty: Sincere, truthful, communication.
#2. Trust. A vulnerable confidence.
“If you live guarded not only will you never be healed you will never be the gift to this world you were designed to be!”
#3. Respect: Recognizing and embracing differences.
1 Corinthians 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
#4. Grace: Treating weakness with tenderness.
Philippians 2:3 Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. 4 Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but the interests of others as well. 5 You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, 6 who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. 8 He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death --even death on a cross!
1 Peter 1:22 ….You must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Ephesians 4:1-6 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
July 13, 2013 Series: We Are Overflow
WE ARE OVERFLOW. THE PURPOSE,
What is overflow? We are a church that is Part of THE Church.
Ekklēsia: The Church, The Assembly, A Gathering of the Called out ones.
What is the purpose of THE Church?
The purpose of the Church Demonstrate & Advance the Kingdom.
“The Church is Gods expression of the Kingdom of God on earth through his people.”
Jesus First mentions the church…
Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" 14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 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."
This conversation starts with a Question: “Who Do YOU Say I Am?”
A Question answered by a God Given Answer(Revelation) YOU ARE CHRIST
“Knowledge is for your head and Revelation for your Heart.”
“On this Rock I will build my church”
Controversy of scholars: Peter the Person vs. Peters Confession(from his revelation)
1. May I submit Jesus meant neither….
1 Corinthians 3:11 No one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have- Jesus Christ.
“I will build MY church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
2. May I submit Jesus meant neither….But Both
Petros: little, or piece of a rock. A Moveable stone or a stone that can be turned over
Peter Proved to be a moveable rock. The Kingdom is unshakable(Heb 12:28)
A piece rock but Jesus was speaking of a Bigger Rock… He was still in on it.
Peter had a Revelation, he needed a greater one to fulfill what Jesus was talking about.
It happens in Acts after Peter as An encounter with the Holy Sprit. The Launch.
“Revelation is a by product of Encounter!”
Petra: A large foundational stone.
“Jesus was saying upon This Rock... What this moment is made of “A Revelation of My Reality, of Who I am and What I am about to do…”
1 Peter 2:4-5 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.
“At Overflow our desire is that people would encounter the reality of Jesus. That they would have moments like Peter and the other apostles had. We believe that when people encounter Jesus like this it not only transforms their life but in changes the world.”
“I will give you the Keys of The Kingdom....”
- He didn’t just put you in the Kingdom. HE GAVE YOU THE KEYS!!!!
Matthew 6:9 &10 “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
“WE ARE THE KEY HOLDERS OF THE KINGDOM”
Genesis 28:11 (Jacob) came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: "I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 "Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you." 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it." 17 And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!"
THE ABC’s of an Open Gate....
ACCESS Release of Heavenly activity
BLESSING Increasing, Expanding and fruitful
CLARITY Clear communication with the Lord
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.