SERMON NOTES: Revival

REVIVAL Pt. 1

Prophetic Roadmap for 2019

2019 is a year… 

  1. That will rise and fall on our prayer lives.
  2. To step out into new things that God is doing in your life.
  3. For a new level of maturity.
  4. To grow in and develop our faith and to exercise our faith
  5. To stand with our church family members who are believing for spouses
  6. For us to focus our prayer/action on the upcoming National Elections
  7. For us to contend for revival

Current Focus: REVIVAL 

I want to take some time to focus on Revival and the call for us to contend for it.

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SERMON NOTES: Word of the Lord 2019

SEVEN THINGS I BELIEVE GOD IS SAYING TO US IN 2019

1) 2019 will rise and fall on our prayer lives.

  • “History belongs to the intercessors, who believe the future into being. If this is so, then intercession, far from being an escape from action, is a means of focusing for action and of creating action” – Walter Winks
  • “God has placed the pen of history in the hands of a praying church” – Lou Engle
  • I Cor 14:15 (ESV) – 15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
  • We need to pray in the spirit and in our understanding
  • Prayer is not just for the faithful few but for every follower of Jesus
  • Luke 11:1 (ESV) – Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”
  • “Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.” – E. M. Bounds
  • “We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services, but few conversions; much machinery, but few results.” – R.A. Torrey
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SERMON NOTES: ALTAR’D #4

04: THE ALTAR AT MOUNT CARMEL

Special Focus:

  • Next week we are having our First Fruits Offering. The heart of this is that we give a special offering, on top of our regular giving, to sow a seed into what God is going to do in 2019.

Throughout the Fall our focus was “Heart Check”

  • “God wants to work in us so he can work with us and through us
  • We need to continue to allow the Lord to work in our hearts but He is working in us with a purpose
  • As we come into 2019 my heart is stirred that we will individually and corporately go after the callings and purposes of God in our lives. IT’S TIME!

Romans 12:1 (TPT)  – 1 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.

The key: I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifice! 

ALTAR’D is about building an altar to the Lord where we offer ourselves as sacred, living sacrifices and thus being ‘altered’ or changed and transformed.

For the past several weeks we have been talking about Abraham and the altars that he built – today in the closing message of this series I want to talk about Elijah and the altar he built at Mount Carmel.

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Re-Post: Growing in the Word and Prayer

This worksheet is designed to give you practical teaching and tools to grow in your life in the Word of God and Prayer.

Developing a Daily Devotional Life

I        The foundation of being a Christian is that we are following Jesus and so you want to develop daily time with Him – where you read the Bible and you pray.

II      Oswald Chambers said, “Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public things will be stamped with the presence of God.”

III   To have an effective devotional time you want to make sure that you have the following:

A)   Have A Time – pick a consistent time when you will read your Bible and pray. It doesn’t always have to be the same time but if you have a regular time you will be more consistent.

B)   Have a Place – pick a consistent place. Again, you don’t have to have one place all the time but if you have a regular place it helps.

C)   Have a Plan – there are so many ways to read the Word of God and pray. It’s important though to have a plan rather than just being random.

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SERMON NOTES: ALTAR’D #3

03: THE CALL TO CONSECRATION

Special Focus:

  • In two weeks we are having our First Fruits Offering. The heart of this is that we give a special offering, on top of our regular giving, to sow a seed into what God is going to do in 2019.
  • I want to encourage every member of TCC to participate and seek the Lord regarding what they are to give.

Throughout the Fall our focus was “Heart Check”

  • “God wants to work in us so he can work with us and through us
  • We need to continue to allow the Lord to work in our hearts but He is working in us with a purpose
  • As we come into 2019 my heart is stirred that we will individually and corporately go after the callings and purposes of God in our lives. IT’S TIME!

Romans 12:1 (TPT)  – 1 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.

The key: I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifice! 

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SERMON NOTES: ALTAR’D #2

Throughout the Fall our focus was “Heart Check”

  • “God wants to work in us so he can work with us and through us
  • We need to continue to allow the Lord to work in our hearts but He is working in us with a purpose
  • As we come into 2019 my heart is stirred that we will individually and corporately go after the callings and purposes of God in our lives. IT’S TIME!

Romans 12:1 TPT – 1 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.

The key: I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifice! 

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REPOST: Get the Most Out of 2019: F8 LIFE Goals

One of my personal disciplines at the start of each year is that I take a fresh look at my goals using something I call the ‘F8 Life Goals’. Basically, F8 Life Goals gives you a lens to look at your life through and identify goals, priorities and areas of focus. I have found it helpful to use it as a framework to make sure I’m looking at my life holistically and planning for personal growth. (Please note: the way I’m wired it works for me to have several goals in each of the eight areas. If that is too much for you feel free to pick one goal in each of the areas or even pick several of the areas to focus on for the coming year) Hope this is helpful.F

F8 Life Goals Worksheet

There are many good ways to approach setting goals for your life. At Toronto City Church we have learned/developed an approach we call F8 Life Goals. In this approach, you look at your life through the lens of eight different categories and set goals for each area. The categories are:

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