Ralph Breaks the Internet

1. Dads, we must help our kids grow up.

Proverbs 22:6

We must balance letting go while at the same time helping them not grow up too fast.

“Look, this place can bring out the worst in some people”
Yesss (speaking of the internet)

Your responsibility to keep your kids safe trumps their desire for privacy!

Parental controls protect your kids from being lured astray, from harm, from getting lost!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”bh2m1″ via=”no” ]Adulthood isn’t getting to live without rules. Being an adult means having the maturity to set your own rules.[/ctt]

2. Dads, we are the examples.

Ralph was a horrible example! He wasn’t thinking of what he was teaching by his actions.

We are the example from which they will most learn about:

  • Honesty
  • Apologies & making things right
  • Always learning & growing
  • Connecting
  • Evangelism
  • Bible
  • Prayer
  • Faith

Genesis 13:8-18

They were so focused on what they wanted, what they just had to have, they almost missed what they needed!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”94diK” via=”no” ]Don’t just teach your kids to chase what they want. Teach them to first and foremost chase Who they need![/ctt]

3. Dads, we have lead responsibility of discipleship.

Ephesians 6:4

Teenagers are more likely to imitate their parents’ faith than any other person’s faith in their life.

Article on the importance of parents’ example in discipleship and salvation.

  • Be purposeful

  • Consider their needs before your own

  • Point them to Jesus

Avengers: Infinity War

“to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle”
Marvel Studios

SPOILER ALERT!
In Infinity War, The Avengers, the good guys, didn’t win. But we loved it anyway because we loved seeing all the heroes AND seeing all the heroes working together!

Who had the most screen time?

God gave you people in your life!

Again, this lie being spread that you don’t need anyone, including God, that “you are enough.” It’s according to how big your dreams are because God’s are bigger than I can imagine!

“You can’t be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man if there’s no neighborhood.”
Peter Parker/Spiderman


“Tony, listen to me. Thor’s gone. Thanos is coming. It doesn’t matter who you’re talking to or not.”
Bruce Banner/The Hulk

Heroes say “yes,” they sacrifice, they are team players. Maybe they don’t start out that way but have to if they are to become a hero.

Philippians 2:3-8

It’s too easy to say “no”

The key is balance – at home – and between home and everything else

How can we know when to say yes or no?

Don’t just teach your family that they are important, teach them that everyone else is important, too. And there are times to say “no” to yourself so you can say “yes” to someone else!

We are given a choice every day to be selfish or selfless.

Matthew 16:18
That promise is not an individual promise but a corporate one!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”5cR2o” via=”no” ]Even if all hope seems lost a bigger hope remains. And we find it when we pursue God together![/ctt]

Ephesians 2:10
WE have an epic mission set for US long ago!

Exposing the Power of God

Who is the Holy Spirit?

1 John 5:7, Matthew 28:19

Titles in the Bible: Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ, Spirit of Grace, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Truth, Eternal Spirit, Comforter, Helper, Advocate, The Spirit, The Holy Spirit

Why then is the Holy Spirit so often overlooked?
Because His purpose is to promote Jesus, pointing people to Jesus, convincing us of our need for Jesus, drawing us to Jesus, confirming Jesus’ message with power!
John 16:13, 15:26

Our inadequacies are not an obstacle to the Holy Spirit!
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

It begins with a prophecy – John 1:42

But it didn’t happen right then
or during a multi-hour prayer meeting in Gethsemane,
or later that night when SP was asked if he was with Jesus, 3 times,
or at the cross,
or the next day when he was in hiding with the rest of the disciples,
or when he went fishing like we talked about 2 weeks ago.

It happened in Acts 2 when he and 119 others were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit! Acts 2:1-4

Simon Peter’s unbridled speech became the first sermon of the church where 3,000 accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord! Acts 2:41

His recklessly bold actions became a focused boldness in Jesus, not his own ability! Acts 4:20

The miracles about himself became ministry connecting others with Jesus! Acts 3:1-8

Simon Peter, without the power of the Holy Spirit, would have continued to
speak and act impulsively at times,
resort to cursing and swearing when backed into a corner,
create more problems than he was solving…

The Holy Spirit took Simon Peter beyond his faults and inadequacies!
Not merely to a place of realizing his own peace and power but beyond that to a place of purpose in helping others come to their own place of peace and power!

TWO THINGS

1. The gift of the Holy Spirit is God’s power for you!

2. His power also has these purposes:
Teach and then remind us what we have learned
Guide us into all truth
Comfort and help us
Testify about Jesus
Power to share Jesus everywhere we go
Power for miracles
John 14:26, John 16:13, John 14:16, John 15:26, Acts 1:8, Hebrews 2:4

Acts 2:38-39

Our Story

Our story is a biography
God is the Author

Psalm 139:13-16

Exposition – Beginning

Rising Action – Loss

The story is not over – He is still writing

Jeremiah 29:11

 

Climax- Promise

Psalm 20:4

The story is not over – It is a time of waiting

 

Falling Actions – Blessing

The story isn’t over – It is time to React

Another Story – The Apostles

Acts 1:4-5;8

What is your reaction?

Ephesians 6:12-13


 

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Exposing Self

John 21:1-12

Our default is what we know, what we are comfortable with, our way, our passions, our thoughts, etc.

So Jesus interrupted their fishing trip with…

First, a question.

What is Jesus asking you today? What will your answer be?

Miracles, at least two

We have miracles every day and don’t pay attention that Jesus is trying to get our attention!

Breakfast

Philippians 4:19

Breakfast was also an invitation to spend time with Him, in His presence.

The one most anxious to be with Jesus got the most time with Him!

Then Jesus sends him back into ministry!
God’s presence isn’t just for us!
The miracles are meant to continue!
His provision is meant to be shared!
Jesus’ words are too awesome to keep to ourselves!

Jesus didn’t condemn fishing but reminded Simon Peter there were more important things that he needed to get to!

We know you must do 3 things to be fulfilled, to become all God dreams, etc

1. CONNECT – With Jesus and other Christians

2. SERVE – Everyone has something awesome to do for Jesus!
Summer of Serve – meeting 5/19 4pm
Small Group – online meeting for leaders 5/14 8pm
Dream Team

3. OWN YOUR GROWTH

Doubt Exposed

Anyone ever have doubts? You’re in good company. Doubt is natural.

The strongest form of faith is one that has wrestled through doubt.
Alisa Childers

But doubt is dangerous. Doubt is a thief!

The first temptation began with a doubt – Genesis 3:4-5

Jesus chided people over their small faith because they were allowing doubt to steal their blessings, peace, confidence and power!
Matthew 6:30, 8:26, 14:31, 16:8, 17:20

Settle What You Know

John 20:27 24-28

Faith is not blind belief. Faith is trust.
Hebrews 11:1

Mary Magdalene didn’t recognize Jesus at first but then immediately, as if she had flashbacks of every time she heard Him say her name! John 20:16

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
Martin Luther

How Do I Settle What I Know?

Direct your doubt, and your faith, toward Jesus!

Mark 9:24

Even John the Baptist, the preacher God sent to lead the way before Jesus, to herald Jesus’ coming, even he dealt with doubt. Matthew 11:3

[ctt template=”3″ link=”28b2e” via=”no” ]Never allow what you feel to change what you know![/ctt]

Never Let Doubt Have the Final Word!

Exposed By The Cross

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.” – Steve Jobs

That we are uncomfortable with death is an understatement.
But if you think about it, we die a little bit every day.
Shakespeare said, “Cowards die many times before their deaths.”
Anyone ever had a career or business die?

death : a permanent cessation

And like death, the cross is also confusing

Luke 9:20-22

Death is the great “exposer.” It exposes all things that are temporary!
the trouble that dogs us,
the strongholds that keep us defeated,
even the sin that is killing us.

What dies at the cross?

Death reminds us what’s important, like every funeral we’ve been to. Let me say it another way:

[ctt template=”3″ link=”J006i” via=”no” ]Death reminds us that we hold too tight to that which is temporary, often at the expense of what truly matters.[/ctt]


It’s the things that are alive on Easter morning that matter! Things like freedom, hope, new life, purpose, meaning, forever, etc.

At the cross an old life focused on temporary, unimportant, insignificant things dies to make way for a new life that is real, with meaning, through Jesus!

Romans 6:7-9

Colossians 2:14-15


Even my sin was temporary!
But His victory is forever!


10th Anniversary

10 is an awesome number!

Just remember, a milestone and a finish line are not the same thing. A milestone is something you pass. A finish line is the end! And bad things happen when we mistake milestones for finish lines.

Kings don’t retire, they abdicate in exile.
Priests don’t retire, they fall from grace.
Warriors don’t retire, they start fighting the wrong battles.

Examples in the Bible of people who quit:

Noah was called righteous and blameless!
But the last event we learn of his life was a drunken event that brought shame and curse to his family!

Korah was of the chosen lineage to minister in God’s tabernacle
But died an inglorious death due to rebellion against God’s plan

Gideon was a nobody chosen by God to deliver Israel from oppression
But took advantage of his popularity and led his family and many in his nation away from God in the end

Eli was the High Priest of Israel
But his two sons and the Ark of the Covenant were both lost while he served as spiritual leader of Israel

King Saul was specifically chosen by God as the first king of Israel
But lost God’s favor because of disobedience

King Solomon was chosen by God and his own father David
But failed God terribly in his later years in leading his family and nation!

King Joash repaired the temple and reinstituted worship in Israel
But listened to the wrong people and was ultimately assassinated

Josiah led a national revival bringing the nation of Israel back to God
But died in battle when he didn’t pay attention to what God was doing

[ctt template=”3″ link=”I9923″ via=”no” ]A break is a day off, not a season of disengagement! Jesus took days off with disciples but right back to ministry.[/ctt]

David won many great battles, most famous of all? 1 Samuel 17:50-51
But he also broke half of the 10 commandments in one episode! 2 Samuel 11:1

The best in you will come out on the battlefield.
On the rooftop the worst in us comes out.
– Jimmy Evans

The battlefield is a metaphor for fighting, staying in the game, etc. Just as the rooftop is a metaphor for taking a break from responsibilities!

True kings never retire, they continue leading because of their passion for their people!
True priests never retire, they continue to mentor and pass along their anointing!
True warriors never retire, they continually rearm!

10 is not the finish line. Church 29:11 has passed a milestone! And there are many more to pass!

Light in the Darkness

Darkness is not a real thing.
Light is the real thing.

You can dispel darkness with light, but darkness can never dispel light!
John 1:4-5

[ctt template=”3″ link=”qb3U2″ via=”no” ]The only way for darkness to win is for light to be absent. The only thing that light has to do to win is show up![/ctt]

The world can be a very dark place, wherever there is absence of light!
Ephesians 6:12

If you’re in a dark place, turn the Light on!
John 12:46

Attending church services and small groups is powerful because of all the light!
1 John 2:8
John 3:19-21

What is your ministry dream?
Acts 26:17-18


Tips on Living in the Light – Ephesians 5

Other scriptures on Light in the darkness: Luke 1:79, John 8:12, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, Colossians 1:13-14, Matthew 4:16 (quoting Isaiah 9:2), 1 Peter 2:9