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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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 →

From my Heart: Some Thoughts After the Toronto Van Attack

Tomorrow at Toronto City Church as we gather to worship there is going to be a major focus put on the van attack in our city this past week that took the lives of 10 people, injured even more and devasted a city. We are going to worship, we are going to pray, and we are going to talk about some practical things we can do to show the love of God and make a difference.

One thing we will be talking about is a multi-church prayer walk and love outreach that will be happening leading up to the city-wide vigil being held at Mel Lastman Square. It’s a great opportunity to serve in a real and practical way alongside many other believers.

This past Monday, on the day of the attack, I sent the following note to our TCC Family members. While it was written to TCC I felt like I wanted to share it with a broader audience by posting it here on my blog: Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: House of Prayer 02

I        INTRODUCTION

Matthew 21:13 (NIV) – “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.

A)   God has called us to be a house of prayer. He didn’t say a house of worship, or a house of evangelism, or a house of fellowship (althrough these things are important) but a house of prayer

B)   If we are corporately going to be a House of Prayer we need to allow the Lord to make us individual Houses of Prayer.

C)   If you missed Melissa Medina’s message from last week I encourage you to listen to the MP3. Continue reading →