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Why Kid's Ministry Matters- Moriah Brown





LOOKING AHEAD:


We are looking ahead by looking down.

Proverbs 22:6

6 Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”


If we raise lukewarm kids, then we will get lukewarm adults. 

We cannot be just “in the moment” Christians.

It has to be a generational effort.

Mark 10:14-16

”When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”

Indignant- Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.

“83% of Christians make their first commitment to Jesus between the ages of 4 and 14”
-International Bible Society

Children are hungriest for answers, and that makes Children hungriest for God.

Psalms 127:3-5
 
“3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”

Children are a weapon for the kingdom.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7:  "These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

This isn’t about us, it is about our children, their eternal life in Heaven, and the lives of those who our descendants can impact.










Holy Ghost: The Wind




John 3:5–8 (NLT) 5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

John 6:63 (NIV) The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life.

Acts 2:2 (NIV) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

John 20:21–22 (NLT) 21“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Why Wind?
John 4:24 (NLT) God is Spirit.

“The Holy Ghost is predictably unpredictable.”

Led by the wind

Romans 8:1–4 (NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Romans 8:14–16 (NLT) 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.


1. The mentalities we possess.

Identity Based:  Led as a child of a kind Father.
“Being led by the Spirit is as much identification as direction.”

“The Holy Spirit doesn't simply “modify” our behavior. He transforms our identity.”

Romans 8:5-6(NLT) 5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

To be Spirit-led is to be Spirit-fed.

2. How we are carried.
Wind in sails. 

Zechariah 4:6 (NIV) ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

3. Surrendered to his leadership/Lordship

We partner with the wind:
Ezekiel 37:9–10 (NIV) 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

Holy Ghost: The New Wine




New Wine
John 2:1–11 (NLT) 1 The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”  4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. 9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” 11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

The Outpouring of the New Wine. 
Acts 2:11–16 (NLT) 11 …We all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” 12 They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. 13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!” 14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel…

Wine speaks of:
1. Influence

A. He influences the things we say.

Romans 15:13 (NLT) I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

B. He influences the way that we are.

Galatians 5:22–23 (NLT) The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

C. He influences the things we do. 
  • I Corinthians 12

2. Intelligence
Job 32:8 (NLT) There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

3. Indulgence.
Romans 14:17(NLT) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Psalm 16:11 (NIV) You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Receiving the New Wine: 

Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

1. Loosen up
Luke 5:37–39 (NLT) 37 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. 38 New wine must be stored in new wineskins. 39 But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say.”

“Stiffness Stifles”

1 Thessalonians 5:19(NLT) Do not stifle(quench) the Holy Spirit.

“The Holy Spirit is not going to do His work on your terms.”

2. Drink deep
1 Corinthians 12:13 (NIV) We were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Ephesians 5:18(NLT)  Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit. 


John 20:22 (NLT) Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Holy Ghost: The Intercessor



The Anointing

Acts 10:38 (NLT)  We know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

2 Corinthians 1:20–22 (NIV) 20 No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Anoint: “to smear or rub with oil.”

The Oil
Exodus 30:22–33 (NLT) 22 Then the Lord said to Moses, 23 “Collect choice spices—12½ pounds of pure myrrh, 6¼ pounds of fragrant cinnamon, 6¼ pounds of fragrant calamus, 24 and 12½ pounds of cassia—as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel. Also get one gallon of olive oil. 25 Like a skilled incense maker, blend these ingredients to make a holy anointing oil. 26 Use this sacred oil to anoint the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, 27 the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and all its accessories, the incense altar, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the washbasin with its stand. 29 Consecrate them to make them absolutely holy. After this, whatever touches them will also become holy. 
30 “Anoint Aaron and his sons also, consecrating them to serve me as priests. 31 And say to the people of Israel,
‘This holy anointing oil is reserved for me from generation to generation. 32 It must never be used to anoint anyone else, and you must never make any blend like it for yourselves. It is holy, and you must treat it as holy. 33 Anyone who makes a blend like it or anoints someone other than a priest will be cut off from the community.’ ”

The Oil of the Spirit
1. Produced by a Process

Jesus Praying at the Mount of Olives in a garden called Gethsemane.(Matthew 26)
Gethsemane:
“The Olive Press”

Psalm 133:1–3 (NIV)1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing,even life forevermore.

2. Applied for a purpose
Anoint (Hebrew Mashiach/Greek…Chrio), which means “to smear or rub with oil,” The implication is to consecrate for office or religious service.
 

Luke 4:16–21 (NLT) 16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” 20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

“Jesus is the anointed one, and We are anointed “ones.”

The same oil as Jesus…
“It’s not our anointing, it’s His.”
Romans 8:11(NIV)  The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you….

John 14:12 (NLT) Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

3. Positioned for Holiness

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NLT) Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

4. Primed under Pressure. 
“Pressure does not minimize our functionality. It maximizes it.”

1 John 2:26–27 (NIV) 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Ministry:

Romans 11:29 (NIV): For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.


Father's Day Panel





This message is a panel discussion about fatherhood at Overflow Church. The panelists discuss a variety of topics related to being a dad, including the most influential men in their lives, the hardest and most enjoyable parts of being a father, and how to navigate fatherhood.

The vmessage starts with a lighthearted icebreaker question about favorite child (which is quickly shut down). The panelists then introduce themselves and share a few words about their dads. The conversation then dives into a deeper discussion about fatherhood.

Here are some of the questions the panelists discuss:

Who are the three most influential men in your life and why? (1:00)
What's the hardest thing about being a dad? (3:12)
What's the most enjoyable part about being a dad? (5:42)
The panelists also share personal stories about their experiences as fathers.

At the end of the video, there is a prayer for the fathers in the audience. (8:25)

#fathersday #fatherhood #overflowchurch #dadlife #dad #faith #family www.overflowdfw.com

Holy Ghost: The Anointing




The Anointing

Acts 10:38 (NLT)  We know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

2 Corinthians 1:20–22 (NIV) 20 No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Anoint: “to smear or rub with oil.”

The Oil
Exodus 30:22–33 (NLT) 22 Then the Lord said to Moses, 23 “Collect choice spices—12½ pounds of pure myrrh, 6¼ pounds of fragrant cinnamon, 6¼ pounds of fragrant calamus, 24 and 12½ pounds of cassia—as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel. Also get one gallon of olive oil. 25 Like a skilled incense maker, blend these ingredients to make a holy anointing oil. 26 Use this sacred oil to anoint the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, 27 the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and all its accessories, the incense altar, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the washbasin with its stand. 29 Consecrate them to make them absolutely holy. After this, whatever touches them will also become holy. 
30 “Anoint Aaron and his sons also, consecrating them to serve me as priests. 31 And say to the people of Israel,
‘This holy anointing oil is reserved for me from generation to generation. 32 It must never be used to anoint anyone else, and you must never make any blend like it for yourselves. It is holy, and you must treat it as holy. 33 Anyone who makes a blend like it or anoints someone other than a priest will be cut off from the community.’ ”

The Oil of the Spirit
1. Produced by a Process

Jesus Praying at the Mount of Olives in a garden called Gethsemane.(Matthew 26)
Gethsemane:
“The Olive Press”

Psalm 133:1–3 (NIV)1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing,even life forevermore.

2. Applied for a purpose
Anoint (Hebrew Mashiach/Greek…Chrio), which means “to smear or rub with oil,” The implication is to consecrate for office or religious service.
 

Luke 4:16–21 (NLT) 16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” 20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

“Jesus is the anointed one, and We are anointed “ones.”

The same oil as Jesus…
“It’s not our anointing, it’s His.”
Romans 8:11(NIV)  The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you….

John 14:12 (NLT) Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

3. Positioned for Holiness

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NLT) Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

4. Primed under Pressure. 
“Pressure does not minimize our functionality. It maximizes it.”

1 John 2:26–27 (NIV) 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Ministry:

Romans 11:29 (NIV): For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.


Holy Ghost: The Comforter





John 16:5–15 (NLT) 5 “But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. 6 Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. 7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. 9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. 10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. 11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.  12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’


Provisions of The Comforter
“Comfortable is not promised; The Comforter is.”

1. Calm in the chaos
John 16:1–4 (NLT) “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. 2 For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. 3 This is because they have never known the Father or me. 4 Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning…

John 14:26–27 (NLT) 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.  27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Supernatural Peace.
Philippians 4:6–7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

2. Confirming our identity
Ephesians 1:13-14(NLT) …When you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.  The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.

Romans 8:14–16 (NLT) 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

“The accuser questions your identity while The Comforter confirms your identity. 


3. Correction

“While the Holy Spirit does not condemn believers, HE does correct them.”

Hebrews 12:8(NLT) If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.
“Correction from the Holy Spirit is not condemning our identity but confirming it.”

Proverbs 12:1(NLT) To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

4. Counsel
John 14:26 (NLT)  When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

John 16:13(NLT)  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.

5. Confiding in us.
John 15:15(NLT) 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.

1 Corinthians 2:7–10 (NIV) we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

Holy Ghost: Who is the Holy Spirit?



John 14:8–21 (NIV) 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.  15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth.  The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

Who is the Holy Spirit?
1. He is God
Genesis 1:1–2 (NIV) In the beginning God(Elohim) created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God(Elohim) was  hovering over the waters.

2. He is the Holy Spirit 

Holy: 

Spirit:
3. He is a person, not an “it.”

“The Holy Spirit is not weird, but he is wild.”

John 14:17 (NIV) The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him…

“The Holy Spirit may seem strange, but he is no stranger.”

When we are filled with the Spirit:
1. We are God’s dwelling place

John 14:17-19 (NIV) 17…For he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

He resides in those who are his.
“Under the Old Covenant, The Holy Spirit would rest temporarily; in the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit resides permanently!”

I Corinthians 6:19(NLT) Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?


2. We can experience total victory
John 14:19 (NIV) …Because I live, you also will live.

Romans 8:11 (NIV) The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

1 John 4:4 (NLT)  You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

3. To function like Jesus

John 14:12(NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.

Jesus on the earth was the prototype of those filled with the Spirit.

Philippians 2:6–7 (NLT) 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.

Acts 10:38 (NIV) God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

His only limitation is our yielding!
1 Thessalonians 5:19(NIV)  Do not quench(stifle) the Holy Spirit.

Ministry:
Acts 19:2 (NIV) "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”