Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Faith, Scripture, and Intellectual Doubt”

There are over a dozen names and titles the Bible is known as.

Following is a list of the most well-known: God’s Word The Holy Scriptures Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (B.I.B.L.E.) My blueprint for life” Biblia Sacra (Holy Bible) Sword of the Spirit.

Among the world’s great books, the Bible is without parallel. At Kfirst, we believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. It is authoritative, relevant and applicable to our lives. It is foundational for all we believe. February we journey into a new series called ‘The Good Book.’ And our heart is to help provide a practical approach to the Scriptures. We want to put a deep focus on, not just what the Bible is, but how to approach it in everyday life. Why? We see the Bible as more than doctrine and narrative, history and prophecy. The Scriptures are an invitation to experience God.

This series, we revisit this ancient book and experience the God who speaks through it.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Christ is the source and object of our faith; Scripture shapes our faith.
  • Scripture is trustworthy historically and has been preserved reliably.
  • Intellectual doubt, for some, is a normal part of the Christian life.

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Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a new song (not really “new”) song I came across this week;

New book “Launch Point” is here!! #LaunchPointBook

It’s finally here!! Today is the launch of my second book “Launch Point.”

https://launchpointbook.com/
https://launchpointbook.com/

It has been my heart to create a tool for NEW Christ-followers that is both practical and economical.  Thus, we have “Launch Point.” Quite often, people starting their faith journey with Jesus can be overwhelmed with the litany of steps thrown at them. “Get baptized…Read your bible…Start praying…Serve somewhere...Start giving…” (and the list goes on).

Don’t get me wrong, these steps are all important. (In fact, very important!) But I wonder if, in our excitement of their decision to follow Jesus, we’ve stifled the growth of these brand new Christ-followers. We push them through processes, information, and connections with not recognizing that everyone operates and processes things differently.  Driven by where we want them to be, we can be blind to the fact that completing a program doesn’t equate to having spiritual progress.

Thus, “Launch Point.” For $5 per book, this tool not only creates tangible next steps, but gives the reader time to grow at a “fruitful” pace. In fact, because we at Kfirst believe “the Enemy works in isolation; God works in community,” I highly recommend going through the book with a friend or two. This is a fantastic tool to equip a Christ-follower to personally disciple someone new to their faith in Jesus.

Again, I wanted to keep this economic. You can pick one up for $5 per book at LaunchPointBook.com, at the Connection Center on Sundays at Kfirst, or at the Kfirst church office. None of the proceeds go to me but back into the Kingdom. In fact, for every 2 books sold, one can be given way to someone just staring their faith journey with Jesus.

Check out what it says on the back cover:

Faith in Jesus is both a finish line and a starting point.

It is the finish line for the way we had lived before we believed in Jesus. Living a life that revolved around sin and selfishness is done. This former way of living has passed, but it is the starting point for your new life discovered in Christ. It’s more than simply the arrival of a fresh life, it is also the beginning of a new adventure ahead. Just like any journey, it is discovered, developed, and realized by taking steps forward.

That brings us to the purpose of this book: to help you take foundational next steps forward in a faith journey of following Jesus. Like an apple tree needs strong roots for healthy fruit, we need these essentials to cultivate our lives so that we can produce the health that God desires for all of us.

If you’re new to faith in Jesus or if you know someone who is, this book is for you! Because, the success isn’t necessarily finishing the book but accomplishing a deeper experience in following Jesus by living each step out in community with other people. Some steps are more challenging than the other. But the “win” isn’t in the completion of a chapter but the consistency in following Christ.

My heart is to make it simple for people to FIND and FOLLOW Jesus. But simple doesn’t mean easy. There’s so much competing for our attention. It’s a challenging journey to develop a life-giving relationship with Jesus & follow Him. That’s why my mission is to make it simple, so that people who feel far from God, will find life in taking NEXT STEPS in following Jesus.

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Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”

Zechariah 4:10

Thank you for your kindness in considering purchasing “Launch Point.” Thanks for partnering with me to make it simple for people to find and follow Jesus.

Love you all,

David Barringer

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Generactivity” #IAmChurch

I love our church. In fact, I think that you love our church too – otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

But what is it exactly that we love about our church community? Why do we gather every Sunday here? Why do we volunteer here? Why don’t we see the people, not the building, as the church? We believe when the Church is working right, there is nothing like it. The Church is not an organization. It’s an organism designed to live, move, and have being. January is all about celebrating what Christ established. In Matthew 16, Jesus gave us this promise that He would build His Church, and that nothing could prevail against it. So, we don’t just attend a church and we don’t just tolerate the Church — we celebrate it, because we are part of that Church that Jesus is building! This month, we celebrate everything that God has done, while looking forward to the future. We have a rich history here at Kfirst, but we believe that the best is yet to come.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • A church that is neat is no longer necessary; real ministry is always messy.
  • The cross is the common ground where the generations can stand together.
  • We need to hear the PAST stories to equip us for our PRESENT journey.
  • You cannot pick up what you are not in proximity of.
  • Dealing with other generations:
    • 1 – LISTEN humbly to those with different preferences.
    • 2 – EVALUATE fairly and change as needed.
    • 3 – Be PROACTIVE in reaching across generational lines.
  • Generational bridges are not built through our perfection but through our brokenness.
  • Your surplus can meet another person’s deficit.
  • If the Kingdom was worth Jesus’ life to give for, its cause is worthy of our devotion.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the new song we introduced last week…

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Launch Point” #IAmChurch

I love our church. In fact, I think that you love our church too – otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

But what is it exactly that we love about our church community? Why do we gather every Sunday here? Why do we volunteer here? Why don’t we see the people, not the building, as the church? We believe when the Church is working right, there is nothing like it. The Church is not an organization. It’s an organism designed to live, move, and have being. January is all about celebrating what Christ established. In Matthew 16, Jesus gave us this promise that He would build His Church, and that nothing could prevail against it. So, we don’t just attend a church and we don’t just tolerate the Church — we celebrate it, because we are part of that Church that Jesus is building! This month, we celebrate everything that God has done, while looking forward to the future. We have a rich history here at Kfirst, but we believe that the best is yet to come.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Just because people don’t walk through the doors of a church doesn’t mean they shouldn’t experience the Church.
  • Spiritual growth isn’t just possible; It’s promised to you by God.
  • Nobody ever coasts into spiritual growth.
  • When God gives you a “launch point,” it wasn’t meant to comfort you but compel you.
  • Willingness is the test of tomorrow’s “yes.”
  • What area (Launch Point) do I need to partner with God?
  • Transformation is our invitation for participation with God.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the new song we used today…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Foundation of Formation” #IAmChurch

I love our church. In fact, I think that you love our church too – otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

But what is it exactly that we love about our church community? Why do we gather every Sunday here? Why do we volunteer here? Why don’t we see the people, not the building, as the church? We believe when the Church is working right, there is nothing like it. The Church is not an organization. It’s an organism designed to live, move, and have being. January is all about celebrating what Christ established. In Matthew 16, Jesus gave us this promise that He would build His Church, and that nothing could prevail against it. So, we don’t just attend a church and we don’t just tolerate the Church — we celebrate it, because we are part of that Church that Jesus is building! This month, we celebrate everything that God has done, while looking forward to the future. We have a rich history here at Kfirst, but we believe that the best is yet to come.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God, search our hearts and remove anything that doesn’t align with Your heart.
  • Myths of Spiritual Growth:
    • 1 – Spiritual growth is about finding the right formula.
    • 2 – Spiritual growth is optional.
    • 3 – The goal is to attract more of God’s love and the attention of people.
    • 4 – The test of spiritual formation is how much I know.
  • Spiritual formation is a process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.” M. Robert Mulholland
  • There’s nothing I can do to make God love me more and there’s nothing I can do to make him love me less.“ Philip Yancey
  • You and I have a choice of becoming more like Jesus or less like Jesus every day.
  • Partnership with God is doing what I can do while God does what only he can do.
  • Repentance: Aligning your life in the direction of Jesus.
  • Are my thoughts leading me, toward life (toward the best version of me) or in the other direction?
  • Why Repentance?
    • 1 – It causes me to take responsibility for my sin.
    • 2 – It is an act of humility that reconnects my heart to His.
    • 3 – It shows I’m relying on God’s strength to help me change.
    • 4 – It allows me to be continually healed.
    • 5 – Repentance sustains growth in my relationship with God.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the new song we used from the last two weeks…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “A ‘Yes’ Church” #IAmChurch

I love our church. In fact, I think that you love our church too – otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

But what is it exactly that we love about our church community? Why do we gather every Sunday here? Why do we volunteer here? Why don’t we see the people, not the building, as the church? We believe when the Church is working right, there is nothing like it. The Church is not an organization. It’s an organism designed to live, move, and have being. January is all about celebrating what Christ established. In Matthew 16, Jesus gave us this promise that He would build His Church, and that nothing could prevail against it. So, we don’t just attend a church and we don’t just tolerate the Church — we celebrate it, because we are part of that Church that Jesus is building! This month, we celebrate everything that God has done, while looking forward to the future. We have a rich history here at Kfirst, but we believe that the best is yet to come.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God never asks for my perfection; He only wants my “yes.”
  • When we say yes to God, we open ourselves up to receiving the good things He wants to do in and through us.
  • Church isn’t supposed to be perfect, it’s supposed to be home—that’s why we all fit in.
  • Jesus does not ask for people to clean up the lives before following him.
  • I wonder how many times I’ve missed God’s “yes” because I didn’t push through someone else’s “no.”
  • Life is messy. Church is messy. Faith is messy. Let’s get over it, and get on with helping people experience God’s grace.
  • “Jesus comes not for the super-spiritual but for the wobbly and the weak-kneed who know they don’t have it all together, and who are not too proud to accept the handout of amazing grace.” Brendan Manning ‘The Ragamuffin Gospel’
  • It’s a dangerous prayer to ask “God, what do you want me to say yes to today?” But it’s even more dangerous not to.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the new song we used yesterday…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “And It Came To Pass” #TrueNorth

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.

I’m not sure if you knew this, but a magnetic compass doesn’t always show “true north.” It has been historically known that “magnetic north” waders in diverse directions. At some periods in the earth’s history, it reversed so that magnetic north pole has been near the geographic south pole. What we know as “true north” is north according to the earth’s axis. Most of us only know magnetic north. We follow what a needle driven by a magnetic PULL and have learned to follow that.

There are many things “pulling” at our attention attempting to get the focus of our lives. Jesus is our “True North.” And in this series, we’ll dive into the Old Testament prophets who spoke out to draw the people of God back to “True North.”

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Joy is not what pushes a smile but what positions my heart.
  • “…this too shall pass” vs. “…and it came to pass”
    • One, places trust that something will pass.
    • One places trust the God will show up.
  • Joy is a statement of security.
  • Happiness is a symptom of circumstances. Joy is a byproduct of perspective.
  • God heals your past and secures your future so you can find joy in your present.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a great song for this week…