Message Notes: 30 + 18 = 5 – Remembering the Merge

“30 + 18 = 5” REMEMBERING THE MERGE 

John 12:24 (ESV)  – 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

I have really enjoyed the past several weeks of ‘A Summer to Remember’ – it has been very moving for me to reflect on all that God has done in both Toronto City Church and in Church Without Limits over the years. I have especially loved hearing the stories/testimonies from people.

Some things I have observed over the past several weeks:

  1. Both churches experience significant/special moves of God over their time
  2. There was great sacrifice/passion/faith that was invested in both churches
  3. Both churches “were family”
  4. Both churches had a passion to reach and impact our city… to advance the Kingdom of God, to impact the nations

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Message Notes: Living to Give #04 – Leave a Legacy

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  Today is our Breakout 2018 LEGACY Offering as well as the conclusion of our “Live to Give” series. A key theme for us this month has been legacy

B)  Legacy = something tangible that is passed from one generation to another

C)  Legacy and giving are powerfully connected – legacy is all about giving. Legacy is about sacrificing now, plowing the way, and laying a foundation so others can go further and farther

D)  Here at TCC we are experiencing the fruit of 48+ combined years of prayer, sacrifice, obedience, perseverance and giving… it’s the season to renew our focus on the legacy we will be leaving to the next generation

II     KEY LEGACY STATEMENT: WE ARE AN INTERCULTURAL SPIRITUAL FAMILY DEVOTED TO TAKING THE GOSPEL TO THE NATIONS Continue reading →

Message Notes: Living to Give #2 – Give and It Shall Be Given

#02: GIVE AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  I want to talk to you about our LEGACY Breakout Offering on Sunday, June 24th

B)  Legacy = something tangible that is passed from one generation to another

C)  This year Toronto City Church is celebrating 30 years. Church Without Limits would have been celebrating its 18th Anniversary. What we are experiencing now is because there were many people who have prayed, served, been faithful, scarfed and sowed… some who are here and some who are not. They have left a legacy to us.

D)  We are coming into a new season of faith, contending, praying, sowing and sacrificing for what God wants to do in the next 30 years and we are going to pay the price now to leave a legacy for the next generation. We are going to be FUTURE focused.

E)  For the next season, our LEGACY Offering is going to focus on two key thrusts: we are going to attack our mortgage and we are going to strategically invest in key advancements.

F)   Our mortgage is currently $2.6 million. Last year we were able to take an extra $60,000 off of it and our goal is that every year we will continue to go above and beyond our regular payments to pay it down. We are believing the Lord to be debt-free. And we still have Phase 3 to build.

G)  Next week I’m going to talk about some of the other elements of this years offering.

H)  I want to call on every member of our church family to seek God and give into this special offering (above your regular tithes and offerings)

I)     We are also going to be starting the LEGACY Company – a group of people who are committed to give above and beyond in the vision/mission of TCC in a strategic way and help us push forward into the future. Continue reading →

50 Things Holy Spirit Does in Our Lives (Frank Viola)

The following article comes from Frank Viola’s new book, Jesus Now: Unveiling the Present-Day Ministry of Christ.

1.      The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8).

2.      The Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13).

3.      The Spirit regenerates us (John 3:5-8; Titus 3:5).

4.      The Spirit glorifies and testifies of Christ (John 15:26; 16:14).

5.      The Spirit reveals Christ to us and in us (John 16:14-15). Continue reading →

Message Notes: DNA 03 – Pentecost Sunday: We Need Holy Spirit

#03 – PENTECOST SUNDAY: WE NEED HOLY SPIRIT

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  As we step into a new season we want to continue to ‘get back to the basics’ and focus on our DNA – who we are called to be as a church family.

B)  DNA is the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something. We want to take time in this season to focus on the fundamental and distinctive characteristics and qualities of TCC.

C)  We are growing, there are many great things going on but we also have a lot of work to do. We need to stay HUMBLE, HUNGRY and FOCUSED

D)  We want to continue to focus on our mission as a church family and dig deeper into the distinctives of what God has called us to do.

E)  Our Mission: To be a spiritual family where every person encounters God’s unconditional love, is established in their identity and equipped and engaged for their purpose Continue reading →

Beth Moore: A Letter to My Brothers

My last several posts have really focused around the topic of women and their place in Christian ministry and leadership (which I believe they should have full access to – read my previous three posts for full details here, here and here). I was going to shift gears but one of our leaders Kelly Cameron passed this blog from Beth Moore onto me (if you are not familiar with Beth she is a well known and outstanding Bible teacher that is quite popular) and it really moved me. I think it so clearly outlines the challenges women face, and why we need to be vocal about seeing change (especially us men). In many ways, my heart is saddened that something like this even has to be written in 2018 but I applaud Beth for speaking out and join her in being hopeful that it will be part of the change that is coming.

A Letter to My Brothers by Beth Moore

Dear Brothers in Christ,

A few years ago I told my friend, Ed Stetzer, that, whenever he hears the news that I’m on my deathbed, he’s to elbow his way through my family members to interview me about what it’s been like to be a female leader in the conservative Evangelical world. He responded, “Why can’t we do it before then?”

“Because you know good and well what will happen,” I answered. “I’ll get fried like a chicken.” After recent events following on the heels of a harrowing eighteen months, I’ve decided fried chicken doesn’t sound so bad.

You can read the rest of the post here.

Should Women Preach? Can they Lead? Dealing with some of the “Tough Passages” in the Bible.

Today in my message at Toronto City Church I talked about why there are no ‘glass ceilings’ in the Kingdom of God and that women can function in any area of leadership and ministry. I shared twelve different scriptures/passages that spoke of women in ministry including pastoring, teaching, prophetic, apostolic ministry, deaconship and more.

As I mentioned I wanted to write a bit about some of the so-called ‘tough passages’ from the Bible that at first glance could seem to suggest that women should not be involved in all of these areas. I’m not a ‘buffet-Christian’ where I believe we can pick and choose what verses to believe and what ones to ignore and so it’s very important to me that we address these passages in a solid and balanced way. Continue reading →