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
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Message: Fulfilling the Purposes of God in Your Generation

This video is of a message I shared at the UpRising Canada Conference in August 2018 entitled “Fulfilling the Purposes of God in Your Generation”. In it I teach out of 1 Timothy 4 and share 5 keys for people who walk to truly walk out their destiny and purpose.

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

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 →