Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Message is for Monday” #StayTrue

The book of Galatians is one of the clearest presentations of the Gospel in the scriptures. God redeems people irregardless of their “lostness” through trust in Jesus Christ. Mercy undeserved; matchless favor for the broken. This is the glory of God’s grace. Galatians is both a letter to a church and a glimpse into their story. A people who’ve received Christ’s grace are at a crossroads in their own trust in Him. Though they’ve discovered redemption in Jesus, they face the pressure to conform to someone else’s expression of that faith. And the Apostle Paul writes to them to stay true to what the Gospel is all about: Hope comes from trusting Jesus, not what we can earn by performance or achievement. Salvation is a gift. And this gift is meant to change us. This series is all about staying true. And we are going to dive into this book in the effort to draw from it’s depths in order to stay true to Jesus.

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Salvation is more than an “escape” from hell—it includes the process of daily being made more like Jesus.
  • Being “in Christ” means:
    1.Our identity in Christ.
    2.Our imitation of Christ.
    3.Our participation with Christ.
  • Other people are not a threat to you being recognized and loved by Jesus.
  • Christ-followers are not rivals to compete for a prize but participants in a common life of following Jesus.
  • Being “in Christ” means that every resource that was available to Jesus is available to you.
  • Don’t give into what you face; press into what you possess.

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Law-less” #StayTrue

The book of Galatians is one of the clearest presentations of the Gospel in the scriptures. God redeems people irregardless of their “lostness” through trust in Jesus Christ. Mercy undeserved; matchless favor for the broken. This is the glory of God’s grace. Galatians is both a letter to a church and a glimpse into their story. A people who’ve received Christ’s grace are at a crossroads in their own trust in Him. Though they’ve discovered redemption in Jesus, they face the pressure to conform to someone else’s expression of that faith. And the Apostle Paul writes to them to stay true to what the Gospel is all about: Hope comes from trusting Jesus, not what we can earn by performance or achievement. Salvation is a gift. And this gift is meant to change us. This series is all about staying true. And we are going to dive into this book in the effort to draw from it’s depths in order to stay true to Jesus.

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • We’re accepted not based on our performance but on the finished work of the cross.
  • “We are more sinful and flawed than we imagine, yet we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” – Tim Keller
  • God doesn’t unconditionally accept our behavior, but He does unconditionally accept us.
  • The law (of God) points us toward grace; grace empowers us to live out His law.
  • The law is doing what is expected so that you can be accepted.
    Following Christ is about being accepted so that you can live what is expected.
  • Following the law is about completing what you began.
    Following Jesus is about continuing what He completed.

Love you all. Have a great week.

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Measuring Up” #StayTrue

The book of Galatians is one of the clearest presentations of the Gospel in the scriptures. God redeems people irregardless of their “lostness” through trust in Jesus Christ. Mercy undeserved; matchless favor for the broken. This is the glory of God’s grace. Galatians is both a letter to a church and a glimpse into their story. A people who’ve received Christ’s grace are at a crossroads in their own trust in Him. Though they’ve discovered redemption in Jesus, they face the pressure to conform to someone else’s expression of that faith. And the Apostle Paul writes to them to stay true to what the Gospel is all about: Hope comes from trusting Jesus, not what we can earn by performance or achievement. Salvation is a gift. And this gift is meant to change us. This series is all about staying true. And we are going to dive into this book in the effort to draw from it’s depths in order to stay true to Jesus.

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Measurement follows grace; grace doesn’t follow measurement.
  • Jesus is not sill making up his mind about you.
  • Jesus is the SOURCE, the SUBSTANCE, and the SCOPE of the Gospel.
  • The Gospel should point us to the problem within ourselves and then point us to the only solution, which is outside of ourselves – Jesus.
  • No ritual and no commandment and no good deed of any kind can ever be a prerequisite for salvation, because the grace offered to us by Jesus is our only hope.” Craig L. Blomberg
  • The dominant voice of the gospel is Jesus. Anytime there is a voice louder than His within the Gospel, it is not the Gospel.

Love you all. Have a great week.

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Stuck in a Cul-de-sac” #TrailLeader

Hitting the trail with a group of people is a fantastic way to strengthen friendships or get to know new people. While you’re putting in the miles, the person at the FRONT has a vital role in keeping the group together, focused, and safe. That person is known as the Trail Leader. A good Trail Leader will: 1. Keep an eye out for trail markers to navigate the journey. 2. Manage the group’s pace 3. Pause at crossings and junctions to regroup. 4. Recognize and maneuver through challenges. That brings us to the Old Testament figure Moses. For his story can be summed up as the story of a Trail Leader. His life is an epic tale of one who faces personal challenges while leading an entire nation along a journey of twists and turns, freedom and challenges, failures and victories. Our series will follow this Trail Leader from the beginning of his path to the end. And I hope this series will not only help us come to know Moses, but see how the trail he follows speaks into our lives today.

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Sometimes God’s direction is not about where He is taking us but what God is doing in us.
  • God doesn’t lead us into a direction to destroy us but to build us.
  • I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control.
  • Faith cannot fix what you are unwilling to face.
  • Sometimes God will draw us into a cul-de-sac just so he can draw “Egypt” out of us.
  • Some of the most glorious moments will come in the face of the greatest resistance.
  • Often we can be looking for relief when God is trying to develop resilience.

Love you all. Have a great week.

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: Beyond “Just” #TrailLeader

Hitting the trail with a group of people is a fantastic way to strengthen friendships or get to know new people. While you’re putting in the miles, the person at the FRONT has a vital role in keeping the group together, focused, and safe. That person is known as the Trail Leader. A good Trail Leader will: 1. Keep an eye out for trail markers to navigate the journey. 2. Manage the group’s pace 3. Pause at crossings and junctions to regroup. 4. Recognize and maneuver through challenges. That brings us to the Old Testament figure Moses. For his story can be summed up as the story of a Trail Leader. His life is an epic tale of one who faces personal challenges while leading an entire nation along a journey of twists and turns, freedom and challenges, failures and victories. Our series will follow this Trail Leader from the beginning of his path to the end. And I hope this series will not only help us come to know Moses, but see how the trail he follows speaks into our lives today.

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God loves to take what seems “ordinary” and use it for something extraordinary.
  • What you see as ”ordinary,” God sees as “opportunity.”
  • God doesn’t call you because you are holy. He calls you so that you can be holy.
  • God often leads us to engage in something we feel we are incapable of.
  • When God wants to use you, He takes your humanity into the equation.
  • God looks for a willing heart more than he looks for the “best equipped.”

Love you all. Have a great week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Behind the Scenes” #TrailLeader

Hitting the trail with a group of people is a fantastic way to strengthen friendships or get to know new people. While you’re putting in the miles, the person at the FRONT has a vital role in keeping the group together, focused, and safe. That person is known as the Trail Leader. A good Trail Leader will: 1. Keep an eye out for trail markers to navigate the journey. 2. Manage the group’s pace 3. Pause at crossings and junctions to regroup. 4. Recognize and maneuver through challenges. That brings us to the Old Testament figure Moses. For his story can be summed up as the story of a Trail Leader. His life is an epic tale of one who faces personal challenges while leading an entire nation along a journey of twists and turns, freedom and challenges, failures and victories. Our series will follow this Trail Leader from the beginning of his path to the end. And I hope this series will not only help us come to know Moses, but see how the trail he follows speaks into our lives today.

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God sees. God knows. God is working behind the scenes.
  • God desires to draw us out of bondage and draw us into the plans and purposes He has for our lives.
  • “Faith is not believing in my own unshakable belief. Faith is believing in an unshakable God.” Beth Moore
  • The prayers of our pain do not fall on deaf ears.
  • Just because you may feel forgotten by God doesn’t mean he has forgotten about you.
  • “It doesn’t matter how great the pressure is; what really matters is where the pressure lies. Whether it comes between you and God or presses you nearer to His heart.” —Hudson Taylor
  • When it seems that God’s left the scene, it means He’s working behind the scenes.

Love you all. Have a great week.

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

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Backstory” #TrailLeader

Hitting the trail with a group of people is a fantastic way to strengthen friendships or get to know new people. While you’re putting in the miles, the person at the FRONT has a vital role in keeping the group together, focused, and safe. That person is known as the Trail Leader. A good Trail Leader will: 1. Keep an eye out for trail markers to navigate the journey. 2. Manage the group’s pace 3. Pause at crossings and junctions to regroup. 4. Recognize and maneuver through challenges. That brings us to the Old Testament figure Moses. For his story can be summed up as the story of a Trail Leader. His life is an epic tale of one who faces personal challenges while leading an entire nation along a journey of twists and turns, freedom and challenges, failures and victories. Our series will follow this Trail Leader from the beginning of his path to the end. And I hope this series will not only help us come to know Moses, but see how the trail he follows speaks into our lives today.

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Every story has a backstory; Your backstory matters.
  • It’s a dangerous thing to be jealous or critical of someone else’s “blessings” before you know their backstory.
  • We step into idolatry when we start worshiping what God has provided instead of worshiping the One that provided it.
  • You are writing tomorrow’s backstory today.
  • God‘s character is not contingent upon your circumstances.
  • Every broken backstory is a set up for a beautiful saviorIn the hands of the Enemy, your backstory is a weapon. In the hands of God, your backstory it’s a scalpel.

Love you all. Have a great week.

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