How To… Own Your Reach

WHY YOU MUST OWN YOUR REACH

Matthew 13:3-8

If you want to fulfill the Great Commission, help reach the world and impact generations

If you want to reach your friends and the 20k+ in our communities not affiliated with any church,

If you want to reach every member of your family!

Acts 16:30 -34

Acts 11:13-14, John 4:46-53, Joshua 2:1-20, 6:22-25

 

HOW TO OWN YOUR REACH

24/7/52 Consistency

Hypocrisy is one of the most often used excuses people give for not attending church!

James 3:6-12

If you want to reach your community you can’t worship Jesus on Sunday morning and bless out the waitress on Sunday afternoon.

If you want to reach your family you can’t amen the preacher today then live something else the rest of the week.

[ctt template=”3″ link=”8cd32″ via=”no” ]If you want to reach your friends you can’t tell everyone “I’m blessed” at church then whine about everything in your life on facebook.[/ctt]


Be Real

[ctt template=”3″ link=”oV974″ via=”no” ]People who don’t know Jesus see what Christianity looks like while watching you.[/ctt]

 

Share Jesus

You don’t need a 15lb KJV Bible & a streetcorner to share the love of Jesus!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”j37Ga” via=”no” ]“Everyone should attend a church they brag about!”[/ctt]

 

Have a sense of urgency

Mark 13:31-33, Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 7:29, Romans 13:11, 1 Peter 4:7

Why the urgency?

7,195 people will die in the US today, and tomorrow, and every day after that!

How To… Shut Down Temptation

Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:15

[ctt template=”3″ link=”Uop70″ via=”no” ]Temptation doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. The choices we make open the door.[/ctt]

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

[ctt template=”3″ link=”oJ70k” via=”no” ]Don’t choose actions, words or a path that will delay a promise, end a relationship, destroy a blessing or lead to death.[/ctt]

[ctt template=”3″ link=”7aR3t” via=”no” ]There are a ton of things you CAN do, things you CAN say, things you CAN choose in life, if you don’t care about the outcome.[/ctt]

Adam and Eve chose death, they choose to embrace temptation

Genesis 3:3

Rather choose actions, words and paths that lead to life, promise, hope, joy, peace, fulfillment, health, etc!

Joshua 24:15

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Live in the Freedom You Received in Jesus

Freedom from addictions, yesterday, fear, abuse, bitterness, guilt, judgment, shame, anxiety, selfishness, obsessions, grief, darkness, anger, evil, materialism, jealousy, greed, immorality, lust, enslavement and sin! Freedom from anything holding you back! Sing it! Live in it!

Galatians 4:4-12

Galatians 5:1


How to shut down temptation and be truly free

1. Confess (profess, acknowledge, praise) Jesus as Lord

Romans 10:9-10

2. Purpose to not walk in your sin anymore

John 5:14

3. Do right things, things that lead to life!

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Blockbuster – Despicable Me 3

Live In the Present

[ctt template=”3″ link=”T382J” via=”no” ]Some people live in the past because it’s the last place they were happy.[/ctt]

Exodus 16:19-20

[ctt template=”3″ link=”Zo7J7″ via=”no” ]Some people, like procrastinators, live in the future, focused on what might be instead of what is.[/ctt]

Proverbs 27:1

Live For Something Bigger Than Yourself

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[ctt template=”3″ link=”uaB2P” via=”no” ]Only those who live for something bigger than themselves find fulfillment in life.[/ctt]

Those people we label as “great” or “heroic” had this in common, that they lived for something bigger than themselves.
Jesus, Ghandi, George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, etc.

Blockbuster — Cars 3

Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

He isn’t talking about Mater!

Wisdom is best, if you have the opportunity and willingness to do something with it.

Not every prison has bars.

“Racing data: tire pressure, downforce, weight distribution, aerodynamics. The racing world is changing.” – Natalie Certain

Times are always changing. Ideals, attitudes, and styles, too.

If you are not learning on a continual basis you have already been left behind.

[ctt template=”3″ link=”3CV8Y” via=”no” ]Those who have it figured out are doomed to never learn again.[/ctt]

 

But some things never change:
– the rules of sportsmanship, right & wrong,
– the rewards of integrity,
– the necessity of commitment and hard work, etc

There is only one thing we have on this earth that lasts forever.
Matthew 24:35

 

The Cars 3 formula is Youth + Experience + Wisdom = Winning

“I just never thought I couldn’t.”
– Lightning McQueen

“Get ready for what’s comin’. More speed, more horsepower. More of everything.”
– Doc Hudson

“Hud saw something in you that you don’t even see in yourself.”
– Smokey Yunick

“Hud loved racing, but coaching you?! I’d never seen the old grump so happy. Racing wasn’t the best of his life, you were.”
– Smokey Yunick

“I’ve always wanted to be a racer, because of you.”
– Cruz Ramirez

 

No matter who, what or where you are, everyone has something awesome to do for Jesus!

“Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance.” – Sally Carrera

Blockbuster — Dunkirk

We are all just ordinary people with the potential to do extraordinary things.

Dunkirk History –

  • In May of 1940, Germany launches “Plan Yellow” or “Manstein Plan” which invades Southern France.
  • It was only 45 miles – 39 nautical miles – from England, which would have been roughly two hours to travel by boat in 1940. While on land, Germany exploited the British and French army by using their famous blitzkrieg strategy, a swift and relentless attack on the opposition. Germany pushed both armies back to Dunkirk.
  • By May 27th, 400,000 British and French forces are pushed back all the way to Dunkirk.
  • Many British soldiers ask, “Where is the Royal Air Force?” They were getting bombed day and night by the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force.
  • On May 14, 1940, the BBC delivered a nationwide announcement from the British government: “The Admiralty have made an order requesting all owners of self-propelled pleasure craft between 30ft and 100ft in length to send all particulars to the Admiralty within 14 days from today if they have not already been offered or requisitioned.” 
  • The Germans destroyed 177 Allied aircraft and sunk more than 200 ships, including six British and three French destroyers. However, RAF and French Air Fighters shot down 240 German aircraft.
  • An estimated 338,000 Allied soldiers were rescued during the evacuation, which was officially known as Operation Dynamo. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and government officials had at first predicted that it would only be possible to rescue around 45,000 men before German forces blocked further evacuations. British citizens helped to shatter that estimate by offering their own boats and lives to help assist in the Dunkirk rescue.

There is no hiding from this!

 

You Get What You Go For.



Jeremiah 38:2-10

God didn’t intend for you to face adversity alone!

Jeremiah 38:11-13

Even when you do things right, difficult situations can happen, but God will bring you out of the tough places to help change people’s lives.

Isaiah 42:6-7

When you pursue God and His plan, no matter the cost, it will not only change your life, but also the people around you.

Blockbuster — Transformers

“Without leaders, chaos reigns.” Sir Edmund Burton
“Without sacrifice, there can be no victory.” King Arthur

Merlin was a fraud but he knew how to ask.
James 4:2

“Alright, we’re doing this together.” Cade Yaeger
“Bee’s always had my back. It’s time I had his.” Cade Yaeger

Find your voice! And share your message!

And in virtually every superhero story you’ll find this message: Do the right thing!

Mark 10:17-22

Let’s begin with the children in Ephesians 6:1-4

Make sure you are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Ladies next in Ephesians 5:21-24
Ephesians 5:33

So what does submitting to one another mean for a Husband?
Ephesians 5:25

The answer is not to give up the 90% you already have with your spouse but work toward the 10%.

  • Keep your eyes on what you have.
  • Pray to God for what you need.
  • When you get it, it will be more than you ever wanted!

So what are the right things? I can’t sum it up better than God’s Word. Love sacrificially, like Jesus.

Ask yourself, “Would Jesus treat my neighbors, my friends, my boss, my employees, my customers, etc. this way?”

Blockbuster — Wonder Woman

Christians have everything they need to fulfill the Great Commission. We just seem to think it’s optional.

“ The time for kumbaya Christianity is officially over. It is time for the church of Jesus Christ to rise up and preach His gospel of truth, love, and grace.’  Samuel Rodriguez

Acts 12:1-12
Peter was compelled to go back to the city!

   10 They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.

11 Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!”

12 When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer.

 


Peter knew his PURPOSE.
Luke 5:1-10

What talent, what seed, what gift, what story is in you that could literally change the future for someone else or the future for generations to come?

Peter knew about PROBLEMS. But he knew who could handle them.
Matthew 11:28-30

Peter knew POWER.
Acts 1:8-9



Sharing the Good News is urgent but it’s not optional!

Romans 12:11

Blockbuster — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

“The 1st movie was about becoming a family. This movie is about being a family.”
– James Gunn, writer/director

Ephesians 4:16

Having the same last name isn’t what makes you a family

THE GUARDIANS “FAMILY”
–  A collection of decidedly less-than-perfect oddballs that shouldn’t even like each other
–  They are each one wounded in their own way and alone are unfulfilled
–  None have very good social skills but work through it with a higher sense of purpose
–  They learn that for a family to function well everyone needs to know where and how they fit

Everyone has something awesome to do for Jesus!

Romans 12:6-8
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF THERE?
Peter Quill, the leader
Drax has the temperament of a prophet
Gamora is overcome by feelings of mercy
Baby Groot, both encourager and protector
Yondu, we learn, is a teacher and mentor
Rocket, a giver and helper

Hebrews 10:24

These first few hours spent in church every week are vital but what’s most important is what you do with it during the next 163 hours of your week!

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Have you ever noticed that even in our SciFi, what humans have written about other worlds, there is a moral compass? Morality, doing what is right, putting others first are not just global ideals. It’s obvious we believe they are universal!

Blockbuster — King Arthur

Destiny: fate, fortune, calling


1. To fulfill your destiny, you must deal with your past.

Too often, we allow the pain and disappointment of our past to poison our future.

Arthur couldn’t effectively wield Excalibur until he confronted his past.

Ezekiel 16:63 You’ll remember your past life and face the shame of it, but when I make atonement for you, make everything right after all you’ve done, it will leave you speechless.'” Decree of GOD, the Master.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.



2. No one can determine your destiny except you.

Even though he was raised far from the palace, Arthur’s leadership was evident in the streets.

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

No one outside of ourselves can determine who we are.

 Jeremiah 29:11-14  I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.  “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else,  I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” GOD’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”–GOD’s Decree–“bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. 



3.
There are people waiting to help you fulfill your destiny.

There was a band of people waiting to serve and fight alongside whoever could wield Excalibur.

1 Kings 19:18  Meanwhile, I’m preserving for myself seven thousand souls: the knees that haven’t bowed to the god Baal, the mouths that haven’t kissed his image.”

Before he could become King Arthur, he had to decide that he wanted to!

James 2:20  Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?