SERMON NOTES: GIFT OF THE FATHER

Special Focus: ALTAR’D: 21 Days of Transformation

  1. We will kick off Sunday, January 6th and run from the 7th to the 27th
  • Theme Verse: Romans 12:1 (TPT) – Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
  • ALTAR’D – Altar: to build an altar in our lives… and offer our lives as scared, living sacrifices. Alter: to be changed – we are believing for change in each one of our lives.
  • We are going to:
    • Fast – we are going to encourage everyone to fast in some capacity for the 21 days
    • Pray – we are going to have daily prayer targets, prayer calls.
    • Read – we are going to read the word of God together. 
    • Watch – we have daily video devotionals
    • Gather together – we are going to come together for prayer/worship on the Friday nights
  • Let’s start 2019 by putting God first and set our course for what He wants to do in the coming year.

The Gift of the Father

We are continuing our series on the Gift of the Father and I want to take some time to talk about the heart of God as revealed through Jesus

John 3:16-17 (TPT) – 16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him[b] will never perish but experience everlasting life. 17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it!

1) “For this is how much God loved the world”… God is love (1 John 4:8)

1 Cor 13:4-8 (TPT) – 4 Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. 5 Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. 6 Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. 7 Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. 8 Love never stops loving….

  • A Great Study: Insert God where you find LOVE

“4 GOD is large and incredibly patient. GOD is gentle and consistently kind to all. He refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. GOD does not brag about His achievements nor inflate His own importance. 5 GOD does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek His own honor. GOD is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. 6 GOD joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. 7 GOD is a safe place of shelter, for He never stops believing the best for others. GOD never takes failure as defeat, for He never gives up. 8 GOD never stops loving….”

  • THIS CHRISTMAS LET’S REMEMBER THAT GOD LOVES US… PERIOD.

2) “He gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift”… God is a giver

Here are just a few things that God has given to us:

  1. Justification by faith (Romans 5:1)
  2. Peace with Him (Romans 5:2)
  3. Access to the Him as our Father (Romans 5:2)
  4. To stand before Him in grace (Romans 5:2)
  5. Hope of His glory (Romans 5:2)
  6. Love (Romans 5:7)
  7. The Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5)
  8. That we are saved from wrath (righteous judgment) (Romans 5:9)
  9. That we are reconciled to Him (Romans 5:10-11)
  10. We have been adopted into His family (Eph 1:4)
  11. We are redeemed through His blood (Eph 1:7)
  12. Our sins are forgiven (Eph 1:7)
  13. Purpose for living (Eph. 1:12, 14)
  14. The righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21)
  15. Christ in us (Col. 1:27)
  16. Life (1 John 5:11-13)
  17. Mercy (Ps. 103:10-11)
  18. The Peace of God (Phil. 4:6-7)
  19. Joy (Ps. 16:11)
  20. Victory over Sin (Rom. 6:6-23)
  21. The Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-27)
  22. Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-7, Rom. 12:5)
  23. Future Glory (Rom. 8:17-18)
  24. Two great intercessors – Jesus and the Holy Spirit (Heb. 7:25, Rom. 8:34)
  25. The power of God (Eph. 1:18-20)
  26. Prayer (Heb. 4:16)
  27. Wisdom (Prov. 2:6, James 1:5)
  28. A home in heaven (John 14:2-3)
  29. Freedom from fear (Ps. 23:4)
  30. No condemnation (Rom. 8:1)
  31. An advocate (1 John 2:1)
  32. Future rewards (1 Cor. 3:11-15)
  33. The presence of God (Matt. 28:20)
  34. The Word of God (Ps. 119:105)
  35. Provision (Ps. 37:25, Phil. 4:18)
  36. Guidance (Ps. 23:3)
  37. Protection (Ps. 91)
  38. Restoration of our soul (Ps. 23:2-3)
  39. A future inheritance (1 Peter 1:3-4)
  40. Kept by God (Ps. 125:5-8, 1 Peter 1:5)
  41. Life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)
  42. A call (Gal 1:15, 1 Tim 1:12)
  43. Every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3)
  44. Great promises (2 Peter 1:4)
  • THIS CHRISTMAS LET’S REMEMBER ALL THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US

3) “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it”… God is not about condemning people but rescuing them!

  • God is not about condemning people but rescuing them… we should be too!
  • Condemn = to express complete disapproval of, especially in public. To sentence someone to punishment. To force someone to endure something unpleasant or undesirable. To show the guilt of. To officially declare unfit for use or service
  • Rescue = to save someone from a distressing or dangerous situation. To keep from being lost or abandoned
  • THIS CHRISTMAS LET’S MAKE SURE THAT WE SHARE THE GIFT OF JESUS WITH OTHERS AROUND US
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SERMON NOTES: A HEART OF HONOUR #2

1 Corinthians 16:9 (ESV) –  for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

  • We are in a season where great and effective doors are going to be opening… 
  • I’m sensing a double focus – stepping through doors but also preparing for doors that are about to open …but there will also be many adversaries

 If we are going to walk through these doors… (and even beyond that… simply because God is our heavenly Father and He wants us to mature and grow) each one of us needs to allow the Lord to do work in our hearts.

  • We need allow God to work in us so He can work with us and through us
  • The degree to which will allow the Lord to work in our hearts is directly proportionate to the degree to which we will walk in our destiny/purpose

Psalm 139:23-24 (TPT) – 23 God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. 24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—the path that brings me back to you.

BRIEF REVIEW

  • Honour is to have high respect, to esteem. To consider a privilege. To honour someone is to appreciate them, esteem them and regard them
  • We are called to honour God, our spouse, our parents, our spiritual leaders, our governmental leaders and those in authority, and one another
  • When we honour we are in obedience to God and we create an atmosphere to receive all God has for us, and to receive the fullness of the gifts that He has placed in each one of us.

WHAT DOES HONOUR LOOK LIKE?

Romans 12:10 (ESV) – Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

1 Peter 2:17 (ESV) – 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Let start by looking at some synonyms for honour:

  1. Give attention to– do we give attention to others or just want it for ourselves?
  2. Celebrate– do we celebrate others well – who they are and their accomplishments.
  3. Have confidence in– do we have confidence in others or are we expecting them to fail?
  4. Give credit to– do we give credit to people where it is due? 
  5. To give dignity to– do we see people as being worthy of honour and respect?
  6. To give distinction to– do we look for what makes people special and unique and honour that?
  7. To esteem– to have a high estimation of someone. To respect and admire.
  8. To have faith in– do we believe the best about one another? Do we see the gold in people and call it out?
  9. To praise– do we express warm approval, admiration and gratitude to others?
  10. To recognize– do we go out of our way to recognize others for who they are and what they have done?
  11. To pay tribute to– do we give gifts that show gratitude, respect and admiration?
  12. To trust– do we trust people or automatically distrust them

HERE ARE SOME PRACTICAL WAYS TO HONOUR (Bishop Joesph Mattera):

  1. Respect every human being as an image bearer of God (Genesis 1:27)
  2. Put other people before ourselves according to the attitude of Christ shown in Philippians 2:3-12.
  3. Recognize and celebrate one another’s unique gifts, personality and calling. Defer to one another and make room for one another’s gifts (jealousy is the opposite spirit of honor because it breeds insecurity and limits your ability to accept a person’s calling, ability and place in the kingdom).
  4. Highly regard (ESTEEM) one another with our words when we are with them and when we are not
  5. Recognize the true value of each person’s contributions and speak it to them and to others.
  6. Do all we can do through our prayers, acts of kindness and teamwork to aid those around us to accomplish their calling in the kingdom.
  7. Give a person monetary gifts or public praise and recognition equal to the quality, sacrifice and kind of work they have accomplished.
  8. Use our gifts to serve, and protect other people.
  9. Trust a person’s word. Through this, we give them honor and respect.
  10. Keep our word to a person. Through this, we honor them and show them respect.

“Don’t give me flowers when I’m dead, give them to me when I’m alive” – Mrs. John-Baptiste

SERMON NOTES: HEART CHECK – A HEART OF HONOUR

1 Corinthians 16:9 (ESV) –  for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

  • We are in a season where great and effective doors are going to be opening… 
  • I’m sensing a double focus – stepping through doors but also preparing for doors that are about to open
  • …but there will also be many adversaries

If we are going to walk through these doors… (and even beyond that… simply because God is our heavenly Father and He wants us to mature and grow) each one of us needs to allow the Lord to do work in our hearts.

  • We need allow God to work in us so He can work with us and through us
  • The degree to which will allow the Lord to work in our hearts is directly proportionate to the degree to which we will walk in our destiny/purpose
  • In this season each one of us needs to allow the Lord to work in our hearts.

Psalm 139:23-24 (TPT) – 23 God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. 24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—the path that brings me back to you.

I WANT TO FOCUS THIS MESSAGE ON HAVING A HEART OF HONOUR

Matthew 15:8 (ESV) – This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;

What is Honour?

  • Honour is to have high respect, to esteem. To consider a privilege
  • NT Greek: Timao – to place value on something, precious, weighty
  • To honour someone is to appreciate them, esteem them and regard them

Who Should We Honour?

  1. God – 1 Timothy 1:17 (ESV) – To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen
  2. Spouse – 1 Peter 3:7 (ESV) – 7 Husbands, you in turn must treat your wives with tenderness, viewing them as feminine  partners who deserve to be honored, for they are co-heirs with you of the “divine grace of life,”  so that nothing will hinder your prayers
  3. Parents – Ephesians 6:1-3 (ESV) – Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
  4. Spiritual Leaders – 1 Timothy 5:17 (ESV) – Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
  5. Governmental Leaders/Those in Authority – 1 Peter 2:17 (ESV) – 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
  6. One another – Romans 12:10 (ESV) – Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

What does that mean? That means that you go out of your way to demonstrate honor to them. Whether they deserve it or not (and honestly, many won’t), you give it out freely. Treat honor like it’s the most renewable resource on the planet. If there are people who take care of your children during the week while you work, show them honor. Find out their names. Learn their birthdays. Bring them gift cards and handwritten thank-you notes. When a person serves you, whether at a business or a restaurant, make a point to be overly courteous to them. Tell them that you appreciate what they do. Offer them some encouragement and a smile. Tip generously. Ask them if there’s anything you can pray for them for. If they give you something to pray about, then pray for them. At your church, single out the people who serve you. Thank them. Show them honor. Write a note to those who minister to your kids. Bring a gift to your small group leader. Email the worship pastor to say thanks for helping you grow closer to God through worship. Outdo one another in showing honor.Lean in. Listen closely. Outdo each other. Lift them up. Encourage them. Esteem them highly. Tell them you value them, and then demonstrate it by your actions. You might just be surprised to see them grow into what you speak to them in faith. – Craig Groschell

Why Does HONOUR Matter So Much?

Mark 6:1-5 (ESV) – He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.

  • We see here that because of the dishonour Jesus could do no mighty works there except a few miracles
  • Everyone who fully honoured Jesus received all He had for them, everyone who did not received on part (if any)
  • When we honour we position ourselves to receve all that God has for us. When we dishour then we disqualify ourselves from what He has.
  • Note how dishonour manifested: 
    1. “Who do they think they are?” attitude
    2. Murmering and whisperings
    3. Offense

Honour Matters:

  1. Because God said so!
  2. When we dishonour our spouse our prayers are hindered (1 Peter 3:7) – it would be Biblically correct to suggest that this extends beyond our spouse to people in general.
  3. Honouring our parents causes things to go well with us and that we will live a long life (Eph 6:1-3) – it would be Biblically correct to extend this principle as well.
  4. When we honour we receive reward – Mark 10:41 (ESV) – The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.

Proverbs 3:9-10 – 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

  • A major manifestation of honour to the Lord is when we bring our tithes and offerings to Him
  • When we withhold we are dishonouring and we disqualify ourselves from so much that He has for us
  • There are many believers who are living so far below what God has for them because of a lack of honour in this area of their lives.
  • There are many churches that are living so far below what God has for them corporately because of a lack of honour in this area.
  • TEST THE TENTH AND WATCH WHAT GOD DOES!

SERMON NOTES: HEART CHECK

09: HEALING THE WOUNDS OF A SHATTERED HEART

1 Corinthians 16:9 (ESV) –  for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

  • We are in a season where great and effective doors are going to be opening…
  • I’m sensing a double focus – stepping through doors but also preparing for doors that are about to open
  • …but there will also be many adversaries

If we are going to walk through these doors… (and even beyond that… simply because God is our heavenly Father and He wants us to mature and grow) each one of us needs to allow the Lord to do work in our hearts.

  • We need allow God to work in us so He can work with us and through us
  • The degree to which will allow the Lord to work in our hearts is directly proportionate to the degree to which we will walk in our destiny/purpose
  • In this season each one of us needs to allow the Lord to work in our hearts.

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Message Notes: HEART CHECK #3

03: A HEART FOR GOD

1 Corinthians 16:9 (ESV) –  for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

  • We are in a season where great and effective doors are going to be opening…
  • I’m sensing a double focus – stepping through doors but also preparing for doors that are about to open …but there will also be many adversaries

If we are going to walk through these doors… (and even beyond that… simply because God is our heavenly Father and He wants us to mature and grow) each one of us needs to allow the Lord to do work in our hearts.

  • We need allow God to work in us so He can work with us and through us
  • The degree to which will allow the Lord to work in our hearts is directly proportionate to the degree to which we will walk in our destiny/purpose
  • In this season each one of us needs to allow the Lord to work in our hearts.

Psalm 139:23-24 (TPT) – 23 God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. 24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—the path that brings me back to you.

OUR FOCUS: HAVING A HEART FOR GOD

Matthew 22:37-40 – 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

TPT – 37 Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’[b] 38 This is the great and supreme commandment.

STORY: ICA Meeting

  • Psalm 27
  • Psalm 63
  • Psalm 84

Key Indicators of a “Healthy Appetite”:

  1. Heart for Jesus
  2. Heart for the Word
  3. Heart for Prayer
  4. Heart for Worship
  5. Heart to Give
  6. Heart to Serve
  7. Heart for Souls
  8. Heart for Purity

Luke 24:32 (ESV) –  They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

Hebrews 12:28-29 (TPT) – 28 Since we are receiving our rights to an unshakeable kingdom we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights his heart as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe. 29 For our God is a holy, devouring fire 

Want to get more plugged into Toronto City Church? Here’s 3 simple ways:

  • Attend our monthly TCC Family Night (First Friday)
  • Join a Connexion Group
  • Start serving in a Ministry

Message Notes: HEART CHECK #2

02: HEART ATTACK

1 Corinthians 16:9 (ESV) –  for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

  • We are in a season where great and effective doors are going to be opening…
  • I’m sensing a double focus – stepping through doors but also preparing for doors that are about to open… but there will also be many adversaries

If we are going to walk through these doors… (and even beyond that… simply because God is our heavenly Father and He wants us to mature and grow) each one of us needs to allow the Lord to do work in our hearts.

  • We need allow God to work in us so He can work with us and through us
  • The degree to which will allow the Lord to work in our hearts is directly proportionate to the degree to which we will walk in our destiny/purpose]
  • In this season each one of us needs to allow the Lord to work in our hearts.

Acts 8:21 – You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God…

 SOME AREAS WE NEED TO CHECK OUR HEARTS:

1)    A SINFUL Heart 

Acts 8:21-22 (NIV)  …21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.

  • Sin in our heart disqualifies us from purpose/destiny.
  • The antidote for a sinful heart is repentance (1 John 1:9)

2)    A WOUNDED Heart

Psalm 147:3 (ESV) – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

  • Everyone of us is hurt/wounded in our lives and this often hinders of from running the way God has called us to.
  • The antidote for a wounded heart is healing

3)    A CAPTIVE Heart

Luke 4:18-19 (ESV) – 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

1 John 3:8 (NKJV) – He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from thE beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

  • The Greek word for ‘destroy’ actually means to untie our to unbind
  • The antidote for a captive heart is deliverance

4)    An OFFENDED Heart

Matthew 13:54-58 (ESV) – and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished… 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

  • When we hold unforgivness we put ourselves in a prison, we open up ourselves to demonic torment and we actually limit what God can do in our lives
  • “Unforgivness is like drinking poison and expecting it to hurt someone else”
  • The antidote for an offended heart is forgiveness

5)    A DULL Heart

Matthew 13:15 (ESV)  – For this people’s heart has grown dull…

Hebrews 6:12 (ESV) – 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

  • The antidote for a dull heart is a fresh encounter with the love/presence/power of God

Romans 12:11 (TPT) – Be enthusiastic to serve the Lord, keeping your passion toward him boiling hot! Radiate with the glow of the Holy Spirit and let him fill you with excitement as you serve him.

The Solution: Do A Heart Check!

Psalm 139:23-24 (TPT) – 23 God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. 24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—the path that brings me back to you.

  1. Invitation – in a moment but also day by day in a season
  2. Examination – God and you…
  3. Testing and Sifting
  4. Opening up our areas of Pain
  5. Change

Want to get more plugged into Toronto City Church? Here’s 3 simple ways:

  1. Attend our monthly TCC Family Night (First Friday)
  2. Join a Connexion Group
  3. Start serving in a Ministry