Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #MYCHURCH week 4 “Product Placement”

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.

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January is about “newness.” Whether we are talking about a new start, new life, new opportunities, or just new vision, a new year naturally directs our focus forward into endless possibilities.

And its every January where we celebrate the newness of what God has in store for Kfirst  community as we kickoff our annual #MYCHURCH series. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

Yesterday, we looked ended our series with a message called, “Product Placement.” We, ourselves, have the amazing opportunity to be “product placement” in our communities of the Kingdom of God. People can, and should, see Christ in us, the hope of glory.

We spent our entire service in Colossians 1:21-29 as we answered 4 questions about Kfirst and gave simple answers:

  1. What are we doing? (v. 22-23, 28)
    • We proclaim Jesus. As much as there are a variety of ways to proclaim Christ, we believe the easiest way is to share your story.
  2. Why do we do it? (v. 28-29)
    • We love people. And our love is not based upon any conditions. God loves us with an unconditional love and we need to model that.
  3. How will we do it? (v. 23-24)
    • We (KFIRST) will work hard, rely on God, and stay humble in helping people become “steadfast and stable, not shifting” in their relationship with God. So we introduced two huge changes:
      • 1 – Discipleship Pillers
        • Prayer, Bible, Identity in Jesus, Stewardship
      • 2 – Kingdom Builders
        • We’re shifting the support for our missionaries to our general fund as we “tithe” off of it to missions. Then we’re starting a new offering fund called “Kingdom Builders” to help facilitate missional opportunities in our community.
  4. Who are we? (v. 21-23)
    • We are a church that is a part of The Church. And we walk as those reconciled, blameless, and above reproach so that others can see and experience the Kingdom of God.

This week, what can you do to display the Kingdom of God in the sphere of influence that God has placed you? Spend some time each morning asking the Holy Spirit to help you express that unconditional love to someone in your life.

Love you all. We’ll see you next Sunday as we kick off a new series, “Kingdom Builders.”

BTW: Here’s a song for your weekly playlist:

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #MYCHURCH week 3 “Marked By Fire”

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.

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January is about “newness.” Whether we are talking about a new start, new life, new opportunities, or just new vision, a new year naturally directs our focus forward into endless possibilities.

And its every January where we celebrate the newness of what God has in store for Kfirst  community as we kickoff our annual #MYCHURCH series. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

Yesterday, we looked at a colossal shift. God moved his presence from “buildings” to “people” as the new temple for Him to dwell. And we focused on the fact that God’s presence with people was marked by fire. Both 2 Chronicles 7 and Acts 2 give us fantastics examples of God’s presence “falling” and “resting” on a location. We, as New Testament believers, have experience that;  God’s presence lives within us “burning” in our hearts.

We made 3 statements about fire.

  1. To fight fire, you need to be on fire.
    • Like a “controlled fire” by firefighters, we need the Lord to set intentional fires (passion and work of the Holy Spirit) in our lives.
  2. The Devil can’t burn what’s already burning. 
    •  Like the “back-burn” of a fireman looking to stop the flow of a “mega-fire,” the Holy Spirit wants to work so deeply in our lives that we give no fuel to temptation in our lives.
  3. The problem isn’t the supply but the demand.
    • God’s power isn’t a limited commodity. But the issue isn’t His desire; He’s not reluctant to revive you. If we ask, He’ll give.

Our messages are for Monday and we need to put action to what the Lord is speaking. So your next steps this week are:

  • What can I do this week to walk in CONNECTION to Jesus.
    • Spend some quality time in prayer, in the Word, as well as in worship. If you need a great reading plan, check this plan out.
  • What step can I take to walk in COMMUNITY with His body.
    • Get connected to others.  I think the best way to connect to others AND develop a deeper walk with Christ is through serving. If you want to serve, check out our blog from last week.

Love you all.  See you this Sunday as we continue our series.

BTW: Here’s a song for your week’s playlist.

Kingdom of Generations: Notes From Today at Kfirst

Had a number of people as me if I’d share the thought from this morning from my journal:

Either I am part of making a church healthy or I am part of making a church sick…It’s my choice.

What would church look like if people outside of my generation made the same level of effort to connect with that I make?

1 – Every generation needs connection before criticism.

  • INITIATE relationship; CULTIVATE relationship
  • It is easier to be a tool of criticism than a vessel of correct behavior

2 – Every generation needs to listen before lecturing.

  • James 1:19: “slow to speak; quick to listen”

3 – Every generation needs your stories but not just your successes.

  • Have you ever shared your story? Have you ever shared your failures?

4 – Every generation needs to stray from preferences and stay on target.

  • Don’t separate yourself; Be willing to walk cross-generationally

Drawing from Rod Loy, Pastor of First Assembly North Little Rock: “David, so many of our churches struggle is we target the wrong thing. Be a church that targets the essentials”

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Opinions – Probably only shared, in a healthy way, over coffee.

Traditions – Unique to our church.

Essentials – What is essential to a soul.

We need to stay on target…AND IT STARTS WITH Genesis 22:1  “Here am I”