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03: THE PRODIGAL FATHER (PART 3)

2020 FAST FORWARD

As we come into 2020 the Lord has impressed on me His desire to speak to every member of our church family about the calling, purpose, and destiny, not just for 2020, but for the coming decade. I believe there are some things he wants to speak to us as a Church family as a whole, but I believe he wants to start with us individually. He is calling us to be a people with a “Holy Ambition” to do great things for Him and serve His purposes in our generation!

In response to this, we are setting aside 20 days, from January 5th to 25th, to pray, fast and focus as a united church family. In doing this we are believing for ourselves, and for one another, to hear so clearly from the Father regarding the coming year and the coming decade. 

We encourage and invite every member of the TCC Family (and others who want to join us) to do the following:

1] FAST

  • Fasting is a scriptural practice where you set aside something you enjoy for a set period of time to seek God. It is most effective when combined with increased prayer.
  • There are many different ways to fast:
    • Juice Fast – drink only liquids
    • “Wesley” Fast – fast each day until dinner
    • Daniel Fast – no meats and no sweets – eat only fruit and vegetables
    • Partial Fast – fast one meal daily, or fast a certain type of food
  • While fasting is often related to food it can be about anything that you lay down – ex: a TV fast, or a social media fast
  • We encourage everyone to challenge themselves in this fast but to also use wisdom. For example: if your job involves strenuous physical labour a juice fast would not be wise. We will send out links with tips for healthy fasting to all who sign up to join us.

2] PRAYER

  • We encourage every participant to set aside extra time for prayer over the 20 days including the following:
    • Praying in Tongues for at least 15 minutes a day (challenge yourself to do more if you can)
    • Getting involved in at least one weekly prayer call with other TCC members (you can do more if you want)
    • Gathering together with the TCC Family on Friday, January 10, 17, 24 (7:30 p.m.) for prayer, worship and seeking God
  • Feel free to have other personal commitments to increased prayer during this time

3] READ THE WORD

  • We encourage every participant to spend time daily reading the Word of God
  • Our reading plan for this fast will be the “1-3-5” Reading Plan
    • 1 Proverb a day 
    • 3 Psalms a day 
    • 5 Chapters of James – read them every day. The idea behind this plan is that you read the same five chapters every day for a set period of time to really dig deeper into the text.
  • We are focusing on the Book of James as it has incredible insights on keys/principles to walking out your destiny, purpose and calling from God

4] WATCH DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONALS

  • In addition to reading the Word, Pastor Brendan has prepared 20 daily video devotionals (approximately 5 minutes each) that we can all watch
  • Each day in the videos he will be focusing on a different verse that encourages us regarding our destiny, purpose and calling
  • We also will be sending you a daily worship video for your personal worship/prayer time

Special Guests: Prophet Yul and Jane Crawford

As part of 2020 FAST FORWARD we are also excited to welcome Prophet Yul and Jane Crawford to minister to us. The Crawfords serve alongside Bishop Flynn and Carolyn Johnson at Metro City Church in Atlanta, GA and are very anointed in both the prophetic and prayer and intercession. They will be ministering at the following:

  • January 17th – Friday Night Gathering (7 p.m.)
  • January 18th – Prophetic Masterclass: Prophetic Intercession (9:30 a.m. – Cost is $15. Sign up here:
  • January 19th – Sunday Services

The daily videos, scripture readings and other encouragements and reminders will be sent daily to the 2020 FAST FORWARD E-mail list. You can sign up for this list at TorontoCityChurch.com or by going to this link: shorturl.at/EIKLM

THE PRODIGAL FATHER Part 3

Luke 15:1-2, 11-34

  • We are called to be a spiritual family
  • HOME = the dictionary defines it as the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household
  • The more we grow as family… the more this becomes home.
  • What are some key lessons we can learn from this parable about being “home” – how do we move for just being a ‘house’ to being ‘home’

1] We want to constantly be growing in our revelation of the love of our Heavenly Father

  • As we have discussed this parable was about the Prodigal Father, not the Prodigal son (Vs. 11 – there was a man who had two sons…)
  • Jesus told us this parable to give us a picture of the overwhelming, never- ending, reckless love of God
  • The more we grow in and walk in the love of the Father the more we walk as family… and the more this place becomes home
  • Ephesians 3:17-19 (ESV) – 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
  • 1 John 4:19 (ESV) – 19 We love because he first loved us.
  • I believe in the coming year, and in the coming decade God wants to do something unprecedented that is all about His love – He is the God of the Universe who ‘picks up his skirts and robes’ and runs to His sons and daughters.

2] We want to grow in our heart for prodigal sons and daughters and see them come home

  • We have seen that both sons were ‘prodigals’ in their own way – the Prodigal Father’s heart was for both of them to ‘come home’
  • As Kenneth Bailey says: “The younger son was a rebel and knew it. His brother is a rebel and does not know it” (Cross, 71).
  • We see that the Father went to both sons, and covered them, forgave them even though they shamed him, and welcomed them home
  • This is the heart of Father God towards the GTA – He is looking for sons and daughter who will catch His heart and walk in it
  • This is all about the call to be a “Rescue Ship Church” rather than a “Cruise Ship Church”
  • This mindset will lead us to sacrifice, to be inconvenienced, to lay down our lives, to give of our time and finances… but it’s worth it because it’s our Father’s heart!
  • I believe in the coming year, and the coming decade we are coming into a time of unprecedented harvest – where millions are going to come into the Kingdom – but it’s not going to be neat and tidy… it’s going to be hard, it’s going to hurt sometimes, it’s going to cost us but it’s going to be glorious, it’s going to be what you were born for, it’s going to be supernatural, it’s going to all be with it!

3] We need to be prepared to bear the “shame” of loving God and loving people

  • One thing I was very marked by in this study was the shame the Father took on in how He loved his younger son and His older son. Those around him would not have understood this love as it was completely counter-cultural.
  • We need to make a commitment that we will love people, and welcome people even when it’s hard, even when we are mocked, even when they come home ragged, destitute and they need to get cleaned up.
  • We also need to make a commitment that we will stand with our Father even when the ‘culture’ doesn’t get it.
  • Acts 5:41 (AMPC) – 41 So they went out from the presence of the council (Sanhedrin), rejoicing that they were being counted worthy [dignified by the indignity] to suffer shame and be exposed to disgrace for [the sake of] His name.
  • We live in a culture that is increasingly, and blatantly telling us, that you are crazy for believing the Bible. You are narrow-minded, you are wicked, you are a bigot, you are out of touch, you are on the wrong side of history.
  • Will we stand with the Father no matter what? If loving God and loving people costs us will we still do it?
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