MESSAGE NOTES: Surrendered



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.

A)  Many of us subconsciously put savior in here – It doesn’t say confess Jesus as savior but as Lord

B)  Lord = the Greek word Kurios which means “master, owner, supreme in authority”

C)  Savior is found 36 times in the Bible. Lord is found 7,800 times.

D)  Savior is good but it is focused on what Jesus does for us. Lordship is about giving our lives to Him.

E)  Many people have received Jesus as their savior but not as their Lord – they have received the gift of salvation but have not given their lives to Him.

F)   Good question: is Jesus your Lord or is he just your savior?


Luke 6:46 (NIV) –  “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 

A)  The answer is very simple: Lordship = Obedience

B)  Every area of my life where I’m walking in obedience to Him is an area where He is Lord. Every area where I am not then He is not.

C)  There is a clear danger we all must guard against – and that is calling Him Lord but not doing what He says

Matthew 21:28-31 (NIV) – 28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ 29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.

D)  “Your actions are speaking so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying”

E)  Jesus needs to be our Lord. He is our Lord in every area where we obey.


A)  Everything that God asks of us has purpose. We are called to the Lordship of Jesus because:

1)   Because He is God.

2)   Because He loves us and He is good… all the time. (Matt 7:11)

3)   Because He knows more than we do. (Job 38:1-7)

4)   Because When we do things God’s way we get God’s results – when we don’t then we don’t (Isaiah 55:8-9)

5)   Because true Lordship is the only foundation that will withstand storms. (Luke 6:46-49)


A)  Have I received Jesus as my Lord or just as my savior?

B)  Am I actively seeking out His word and will in my life and seeking to obey it?

C)  Are there areas of my life where I am living in disobedience?

D)  Are there areas of my life where there is delayed obedience? – which is really just disobedience.






MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity #2



A)   We are continuing our focus on RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIANITY

B)   Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) – 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

C)   Just as Jesus came to seek and save the lost… you and I are called to seek and save the lost as well

D)   We reject a CRUISE SHIP mentality and we embrace a RESCUE SHIP mentality

E)   Marine Law dictates that if someone is in distress you are bound by law to rescue them and if you don’t you are responsible for their demise. Continue reading →

General Booth’s Vision of the Lost

On Sunday at Toronto City Church as part of my message I read a large portion of General William Booth’s (Founder of the Salvation Army) “Vision of the Lost”. You can find it all over the internet but I still wanted to share it here. I believe it is a powerful picture and reminder of the importance of having a heart for people to come to know Jesus, and being prepared to do something about it:

On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window, I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to see them all . . . millions of people all around me given up to their drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their business and their anxieties, their politics and their troubles. Ignorant – willfully ignorant in many cases – and in other instances knowing all about the truth and not caring at all. But all of them, the whole mass of them, sweeping on and up in their blasphemies and devilries to the Throne of God. While my mind was thus engaged, I had a vision. Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity 01



A)    I want to talk to you about “Rescue Ship Christianity”

B)    READ: General Booth’s Vision


A)    Let’s look at a number of verses that talk about the heart of Jesus for people Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: House of Prayer 02


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 →

35 Inspiring Quotes on Prayer

This past week at Toronto City Church we started a new series on prayer entitled “House of Prayer”. We had special guests with us, Melissa and Anthony Medina for the weekend and she brought an amazing word on prayer to the TCC Family (you can check it out here)

Along this line of things: a number of years ago I came across a number of really inspiring quotes on prayer from many great men and women of God. I wanted to pass them on: Continue reading →

Message Notes: DEEP CALLS 03

If these notes look familiar it’s because they were the same notes as last week… I only made it through the Personal portion and decided to bump the Corporate and City/Nation parts to this week.

#2 – WORD OF THE LORD: 2018


Proverbs 3:9-10 (Passion) – Glorify God with all your wealth, honouring him with your very best (or first fruits), with every increase that comes to you. Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy.

A)   One of our practices here at Toronto City Church is to bring a special offering to the Lord at the beginning of the year – we call it our ‘First Fruits’ Offering. We will be taking this up on Sunday, February 4th, 2018.

1)    This offering is an expression of our love for God

2)    This offering is an expression of our commitment to God

3)    This offering is an expression of our dependence on God

4)    This offering is an expression of our faith in God

2 Cor 9:6-8 (Passion) – Here’s my point. A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest. Let giving flow from your heart, not  from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving – all because God loves hilarious generosity! Yes God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything – every moment in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do. Continue reading →