How To… Dream Big

Why did God give you and I an imagination?

Ephesians 3:20 ESV
Ephesians 3:20 MSG

Why would God speak to us in dreams?

Acts 2:17

Psalm 33:11

If an imagination is thinking without limitations and dreaming is God communicating to us without limitation then having a dream is learning to live without limitation.

Romans 8:10-12

Proverbs 19:21

Big dreams are lived out in little ways every day.

Psalm 90:12

1 Corinthians 12:12

“God sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 68:6

How To… Communicate With God

7 Prayers I am Praying Over My Church in 2017

  1. Remind us, it begins right here!
  2. Help us take our commitment to finance and otherwise support our mission more seriously
  3. Help us reach the next 180 who need to know Jesus
  4. Lead each one of us to Own Our Growth
  5. Lead us to welcome discipleship from one another
  6. Open more doors in more communities and bless us with the necessary means to reach them!
  7. Give us greater impact in our communities in 2017

We are not spending a half hour sermon on prayer today because communicating with God is difficult. We are taking this half hour because of the importance of prayer!

How the Bible teaches us to pray:

Matthew 6:9

Hebrews 4:16

1 Thessalonians 5:17 & Ephesians 6:18

Psalm 5:3 & James 1:6-7

James 2:26 & Jeremiah 32:16

For many Christians, prayer has become an escape from responsibility. Rather, prayer should lead us into the very acts and exploits for our God.
– Jan Willem van der Hoeven

Isaiah 58:6-7

James 5:16

2 Kings 19:14-16


Jesus on How To Communicate with God: Matthew 6:9-13


Slow down and do some dialoguing with God!

How To… Own Your Growth

I Corinthians 9:24-27

John 5:14 and 8:11

A lesson from physical therapy: Push up to the pain then focus on strengthening the other areas of your life.


When you don’t own your growth…
life chooses your battles,
circumstances choose the arena,
your enemies choose the weapons
and your preparation chooses the outcome!


What are you doing under the circumstances?
– Carman Licciardello


Romans 12:2-6

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

When we struggle, the first tendency is to disconnect. Because we don’t want to talk about it. We’re embarrassed we have problems. We often just don’t want to deal with it.

Jesus said He is a vine and we are the branches of that vine. God gave us His Family, the church, the Body to do life together not alone.

John 15:1-8



When we struggle, a second tendency is to focus inward.

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30 and Matthew 6:31-33 if we want His help, to focus on others. But when we need His help we often do the exact opposite!

When you and your problems are the biggest thing in your life, everything is major!

The Upside Down Kingdom

When we are struggling we need to be “solving” other people’s problems, ministering to their needs, etc.

How To serve even when you struggle – watch this video!



Four areas: Prayer, Bible, Giving, Reach


The Bible doesn’t say much about endings.

Jesus said He will be with us forever and even His words will never pass away. When Paul talked about his purpose being finished on the earth he went straight into what was next, not an ending, just a transition!

Matt 28:20, Matt 24:35, 2 Tim 4:7-8


But the Bible does speak a lot about beginnings!

Genesis 1:1 & John 1:1 “In the beginning…”
John 2:11 “This beginning of signs…”
John 8:44 even tells us about Satan’s beginning, that “he was a murderer”
John 3:3 Jesus tells Nicodemus, and us, about a New Birth
And the prophet Zechariah tells us to not “despise small beginnings…” Zech 4:10

Jesus told Simon Peter to take the 1st step out of the boat and another time to cast his net before he caught any fish. Jesus healed a blind man by sending him to wash his eyes before his sight was restored. Elisha told Naaman to dip in the river before he was healed. And we are told to give and if we do, afterwards, – NOT BEFORE – “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap”!

Matt 14:29, John 21:6, John 9:7, 2 Kings 5:14, Luke 6:38

Just like these today who are choosing to be obedient in baptism. Baptism is the first command we have once we begin to follow Jesus!

Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, Acts 10:48, Acts 13:24, Acts 22:16

The story of the Vineyard Workers

Matthew 20:1-16

It doesn’t matter WHEN you begin, just that you don’t wait any longer to do so!

How To… 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



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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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


[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.