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

A)  Our Legacy = being SPIRITUAL FAMILY

1)   1 Timothy 3:15 (GWT) – “I want you to know how people who are members of God’s family must live. God’s family is the church” 

2)   Psalm 68:6 (NKJV) – God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

3)   People are searching for family. People are searching for home. Part of our legacy is to be that.

B)  Our Legacy = being DEVOTED

1)   Acts 2:42 (NIV) – They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

2)   We will not be fair weather Christians who are devoted to Christ only when things are easy… we are a people who will persevere.

C)  Our Legacy = devoted to TAKING THE GOSPEL

 1)   Luke 19:10 (NIV) – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost

2)   Mark 16:15-18 (NIV) – 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation…

3)   We are a Rescue Ship Church

4)   We need to be devoted to the fullness of the gospel – freedom, healing, deliverance, economic empowerment

D)  Our Legacy = to touch ALL NATIONS

1)   Mark 11:17a (NIV) – And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations

2)   I believe that God wants to do something in us that will touch all nations… but we need to have a “GLOCAL” perspective.

3)   We are going to touch all nations but He has brought all nations to us. We have 50 + nations represented in TCC… why not believe God for more?

E)  Our Legacy = INTERCULTURAL

1)   We are a multicultural church and I’m thankful for that but I believe that God is calling us to lean into being intercultural

2)   Multicultural refers to a society that contains several cultural or ethnic groups. People live alongside one another, but each cultural group does not necessarily have engaging interactions with each other. … Intercultural describes communities in which there is a deep understanding and respect for all cultures.

3)   We truly are called to a house of prayer for all nations, by all nations.

III   A KEY INGREDIENT FOR LEGACY

A)  Luke 16:10-13 (NIV) – 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

1)   We need to be found faithful with the “little”

2)   We need to be trustworthy in handling worldly wealth

3)   We need to serve God and not money (and power)

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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.

II     THE POWER OF GIVING

A)  Today I want to talk to you about the power of giving

B)  As a young man who was growing in God, this was one of the first revelations the Lord showed me and that I walked in.

Luke 6:38 (NIV) – Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
 
Matt 6:33 (AMP) – But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides
 
Mark 4:11 (NIV) – He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables

C)  Jesus said “Give and it will be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together and running over…”

D)  When I read this I have a choice: I can choose to believe it or I can choose to not believe it (whatever form that takes)

E)  It’s actually really easy to tell whether you believe it or not… you just look at your actions.

III   PERSONAL STORY: MY JOURNEY OF GIVING

A)  I shared some of my personal journey in giving

B)  Some keys from my story:

1)   I heard the Word of God about giving and chose to believe it

2)   I listened to Holy Spirit

3)   I had to make a choice to step out on the Word of God = RISK

4)   I positioned myself to receive

C)  God is calling us to step out of the boat and to walk on the water (Matt 14:22-36)

Message Notes: DNA 03 – Pentecost Sunday: We Need Holy Spirit

#03 – PENTECOST SUNDAY: WE NEED HOLY SPIRIT

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  As we step into a new season we want to continue to ‘get back to the basics’ and focus on our DNA – who we are called to be as a church family.

B)  DNA is the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something. We want to take time in this season to focus on the fundamental and distinctive characteristics and qualities of TCC.

C)  We are growing, there are many great things going on but we also have a lot of work to do. We need to stay HUMBLE, HUNGRY and FOCUSED

D)  We want to continue to focus on our mission as a church family and dig deeper into the distinctives of what God has called us to do.

E)  Our Mission: To be a spiritual family where every person encounters God’s unconditional love, is established in their identity and equipped and engaged for their purpose

II     PENTECOST SUNDAY: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Acts 1:8 (NIV) – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth

A)  The disciples were facing the daunting prospect of having to push forward without Jesus

B)  He had told them it would be better if he left: John 16:7 (NIV) – But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you

C)  The reason was that when the Holy Spirit came upon them they would have power – the same power that Jesus had on Him!

III   WHO IS HOLY SPIRIT?

John 14:16-18 (NIV) – 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

A)  The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity – He is God. He is a person, not an ‘it’

B)  He is our “paraclete” (advocate) – our counselor, aid, standby, support.

C)  He is here to help us, He lives with us and in us. He will be with us forever

IV   HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR LIVES

A)  We do not have to ‘live this life’ on our own but every step we can take with the Holy Spirit!

B)  He will:

1)   Live in you (John 14:17)

2)   Reveal all truth to you (John 16:13)

3)   Transform you (Titus 3:5)

4)   Empower you (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8)

V    KEYS TO WALKING IN A GREATER RELATIONSHIP WITH HOLY SPIRIT

A)  Believe that He desires to fellowship with you.

B)  Welcome Him into your life and prioritize Him.

1)   “Good morning Holy Spirit”

2)   Give yourself to things that prioritize Him – Worship, pray in the Spirit, read the Word

C)  Guard your relationship with Him.

1)   1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NIV) – Do not quench the Spirit

2)   Ephesians 4:30 (NIV) – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption

3)   We need to guard against things, attitudes, actions that will quench or grieve the Holy Spirit

D)  Yield to Holy Spirit: follow His leading and direction

1)   Each time we respond to, follow and/or yield to the Holy Spirit our relationship with Him will grow

2)   Bill Johnson: “The quicker I respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit the more power that is released. The longer I wait the less power manifests”

Check out my next post for notes from Frank Viola on “50 Things the Holy Spirit does in our Lives.”

Message Notes: DNA 02 – No Glass Ceilings in the Kingdom: Women and Ministry

#02 – No Glass Ceilings in the Kingdom: Women and Ministry

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  As we step into a new season we want to continue to ‘get back to the basics’ and focus on our DNA – who we are called to be as a church family.

B)  DNA is the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something. We want to take time in this season to focus on the fundamental and distinctive characteristics and qualities of TCC.

C)  We are growing, there are many great things going on but we also have a lot of work to do. We need to stay HUMBLE, HUNGRY and FOCUSED

D)  We want to continue to focus on our mission as a church family and dig deeper into the distinctives of what God has called us to do.

E)   Our Mission: To be a spiritual family where every person encounters God’s unconditional love, is established in their identity and equipped and engaged for their purpose Continue reading →

Message Notes: DNA 01

#01 – ON MISSION

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  As we step into a new season I want to get right back to the basics and focus on our DNA – who we are called to be as a church family.

B)  We are growing, there are many great things going on but we also have a lot of work to do. We need to stay HUMBLE, HUNGRY and FOCUSED

C)  DNA is the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something. We want to take time in this season to focus on the fundamental and distinctive characteristics and qualities of TCC. Continue reading →

Message Notes: Surrendered – Reflections from this Past Week.

#3 – SURRENDERED: REFLECTIONS FROM THIS WEEK

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  As all of you are aware this past Monday we experienced a horrific tragedy here in Toronto. 10 people lost their lives. 16 were injured. Many more were devastated and traumatized by the events. I felt that it was really important that as a church family and spiritual community that we took some time to process together and pray into all that has happened.

B)  I have taken quite a bit of time to pray/reflect this week. I have asked the Lord how we should be responding. I want to share on several key things that have impacted my heart, and I believe they will impact yours as well. Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Surrendered

#2 – LOOK TO THE THRONE

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  I want to teach today on a key principle for life as a Christian and in the Kingdom of God – embracing the Lordship of Jesus in our lives

B)  This principle is foundational – everything else is built upon this. When we get this right we have a solid foundation for everything else. If we don’t get this right… things may look good but we won’t stand the test of time.

II      LORDSHIP 101

Romans 10:9 (NIV) – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Continue reading →