MESSAGE NOTES: Home #2

02: THE PRODIGAL FATHER (PART 2)

Special Focus: Reminder regarding 2020 Fast Forward

Introduction

  • We are continuing our series entitled “HOME”
  • One of the strongest themes of Christmas for most of us is ‘family’ – right at the core of our vision here at TCC is to be a spiritual family. Right at the core of Christmas is about God the Father sending His only son to save us, so we can be welcomed into family.
  • When you are part of a family then you have a home – the dictionary defines it as the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household
  • Over the next several weeks I want to talk about a family, and a home, and how God’s heart/character was revealed through them.

Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 

Quick Review:

  • We are focusing on the parable of the Prodigal Father – it’s often called the Prodigal Son but we see clearly that Jesus said the story was about a father with two sons… not a son with a father and a brother.
  • Jesus told this parable to answer the Scribes and Pharisees who were scandalized by the fact that Jesus ate with Tax Collectors and Sinners.
  • They were deeply offended by this, but Jesus told them this parable to illustrate the heart of God the Father, and the heart that he walked in. Many Bible scholars believe that this parable offended them so deeply that it was at this point that they decided that Jesus must die.
  • The first part of the parable focuses on the first son, who did something incredibly offensive when he asked for his inheritance, which was usually given when a father died. The Father granted his request even though this would have brought even greater public shame on the Father. 
  • The son left, wasted it all, and then returned destitute – but even when he was a long way off the Father saw him, had compassion on him, ran to him, hugged him, kissed him and welcomed him home. He gave him his best robe, the family ring (of authority), put shoes on his feet and killed the fattened calf and threw a party.
  • All of this would have been very shameful in the eyes of the community as they would have felt the son should have been disowned and punished, Father’s never ran to sons and definitely didn’t welcome them home with a party.
  • This all illustrates the heart of God the Father towards us – who gives prodigal grace and forgiveness to us and welcomes us home. The God of the Universe “picks up His skirts and robes and runs to us” and embraces us fully even though we do not deserve it!
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MESSAGE NOTES: Home #1

01: THE PRODIGAL FATHER (PART 1)

Special Focus:

  • In January we are going to have a time of united prayer and fasting called “2020 FAST FORWARD”
  • We are going to take 20 days from Sunday, January 5th through Saturday, January 25th to fast, pray, read the Word, gather together
  • The focus of this time is going to be seeking God and listening for vision for the new decade.
  • We are going to have Prophet Yul and Jane Crawford joining us January 17th to 19th as well.
  • Save the date and get ready for what God is going to do

Introduction

  • This series in entitled “HOME”
  • One of the strongest themes of Christmas for most of us is ‘family’ – right at the core of our vision here at TCC is to be a spiritual family. Right at the core of Christmas is about God the Father sending His only son to save us, so we can be welcomed into family.
  • When you are part of a family then you have a home – the dictionary defines it as the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household
  • Over the next several weeks I want to talk about a family, and a home, and how God’s heart/character was revealed through them.
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MESSAGE NOTES: Money Talks #2

02: WHY I TITHE

Introduction:

  • We are continuing our series focused on discipleship in the area of our finances.
  • Discipleship is following Jesus… what does it look like to really follow Jesus in the area of our finances? 
  • In my bag is a term that refers to being “focused, diligently working on something, being in the zone” – I believe that God has some big things in store for us but part of the prep is embracing discipleship when it comes to our finances.
  • We are called to be a blessing to nations.
  • God is looking for people and church families to whom he can give great resources – because He trusts them to be ‘distribution centres’.
  • We have to be faithful with little so we can be rulers over much (Matthew 25:21) – we need to be in our bag where we are at so we can be trusted with more.
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MESSAGE NOTES: Money Talks – In My Bag 01

01: DEFEATING THE LOVE OF MONEY

Introduction:

  • We are starting a new series focused on discipleship in the area of our finances
  • Discipleship is following Jesus… what does it look like to follow Jesus in the area of our finances? 
  • In my bag is a term that refers to being “focused, diligently working on something, being in the zone” – I believe that God has big things in store for us, but part of the prep is embracing discipleship when it comes to our finances.
  • I was really challenged/encouraged by the team from “I Live Again” Uganda last week
  • First: I was encouraged by their selfless commitment to the call of God on their lives
  • Second: I was marked by the this: “man, I want to help these guys”
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MESSAGE NOTES: Soul Food #6

PROSPERING IN YOUR EMOTIONS (Part 2)

3 John 2 (NKJV) – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

  • God’s desire is for us to prosper and be in health in this season… this is directly connected to our ’soul prosperity’
  • 1 Thess 5:23 (ESV) – …and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We are a spirit, we have a soul, we live in a body
  • Our soul = our mind, will, and emotions
  • God wants to prosper our souls in this season

Prospering in Our Emotions

Again, there are two sides to this topic that I want to make sure we touch on. The first is the danger to be led by our emotions rather than being led by the Spirit. The second is the danger to be disconnected not be ‘emotionally healthy’. In the last lesson we focused on the first, in this, we want to focus on the second.

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MESSAGE NOTES: Soul Food #5

3 John 2 (NKJV) – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

  • God’s desire is for us to prosper and be in health in this season… this is directly connected to our ’soul prosperity’
  • 1 Thess 5:23 (ESV) – …and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We are a spirit, we have a soul, we live in a body
  • Our soul = our mind, will, and emotions
  • God wants to prosper our souls in this season

So far in this series, we have focused on prospering in our minds, and prospering in our will, in this teaching I want to focus on prospering in our emotions

Prospering in Our Emotions

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MESSAGE NOTES: Soul Food #04

Special Focus:

Get connected in what God is doing at TCC:

  1. Connexions
  2. Serve
  3. Growth Track

PROSPERING IN YOUR WILL

3 John 2 (NKJV) – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

  • God’s desire is for us to prosper and be in health in this season… this is directly connected to our ’soul prosperity’
  • 1 Thess 5:23 (ESV) – …and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We are a spirit, we have a soul, we live in a body
  • Our soul = our mind, will, and emotions
  • God wants to prosper our souls in this season
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