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

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

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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: “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: “Pivot into Progress” #PivotPoint

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

We wrapped up our series at Kfirst. “Pivot Point” has been our study of the life of Jacob. Even though he didn’t have the “model life”, God always had something beautiful in store for him. Our goal yesterday was to help people understand: “The church isn’t a gathering of perfection but place of progress.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

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Far too many misunderstand progress. And perhaps the biggest issue in it is we mistake progress for “product.” We fail to see how much someone has developed because we’re distracted by where we think they should be. But progress is what we should be noticing AND celebrating. When it comes to our walk with Christ, progress is realized when we see the image of Christ being revealed in and through us.

From the narrative of Genesis 32 and 35, we discovered simple ways to pivot into progressing in our walks with Christ:

  1. Position yourself for progress – Genesis 32:23-24
    • Jacob got alone with God. When we get alone with Him, and give Him all of us, we can be in position to get all of Him.
  2. Understand: Progress is not passive. – Genesis 32:23-26
    • Jacob had to wrestle more than a man, he had to deal with who he’s been the past 90 years. Progress will push you out of your comfort zone; it will challenge you beyond where you are at.
  3. Progress will require patience. – Genesis 35:10-15
    •  About ten years have passed. Instead of disciplining Jacob for not taking up his new name, God reminds him that his name is Israel. Too many people abandon the direction of progress because they don’t see the scope (or degree) of progress. God didn’t give up on Jacob; he just reminded Jacob of his calling.
  4. Progress will cost you. – Genesis 35: 19-21
    • We want to see God move but don’t want to pay a price for what we want Him to do. Can I challenge you with something: Don’t pray for what you are unwilling won’t pay for. If God is challenging you to do something, it will demand some cost/change on your behalf. Be open to what God wants to do and watch His blessings follow.

Why is this last message of our series so “pivotal”? Because of this:

Your two next steps this week: 

  1. Make what God says about you bigger than what happened to you.
  2. Take a next step; See your life as a vessel of progression and not a finished product

Also, if you need a scripture reading plan to go along with our message, check out this one.

Love you all.  See you this Sunday as we kick off a new series!

BTW, here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist:

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Rx for Offense” #PivotPoint

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

We continued our current series at Kfirst. “Pivot Point” has been our study of the life of Jacob. Even though he didn’t have the “model life”, God always had something beautiful in store for him. Our goal yesterday was to help people understand: “We can’t live in the Land of Promise without leaving our place of offense.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

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So many of us want the promises of God but don’t want to be obedient to what the promises require us to do. And one of those areas of obedience is releasing offenses. Jacob left the land of promise because of the issues between him and Esau. And he knew when God called him to go home in Genesis 31:13, he would have to face his brother and a 50-year-old offense.

In the narrative of Genesis 32, Jacob gives us three examples of what happens when we don’t deal with offense correctly:

  1. Dwelt on offenses lead to misguided reactions. (v. 3-4)
    • Instead of responding with a personal interaction, Jacob pushes his servants to take care of things for him.
  2. Picked up offenses will exaggerated issues. (v. 6)
    • Jacob finds out Esau is on his way. He panics and begins to divide his family to, in his mind, preserve some of them from his brothers wrath he assumes is still there.
  3. Unattended offenses create self-serving responses. (v. 9, 16)
    • He puts it on God to deal with.
    • He sends his servants again with a load of gifts to buy Esau’s favor.

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In view of Jacob’s decisions, our heart is to dismantle what the enemy wants to use to divide the body of Christ. We want to step into a biblical prescription for offense.

  1. Be intentional about offense. Matthew 18:15-20
    • Engage with God.
    • Re-engage the person who offended you.
  2. Be intentional about humility. 1 Peter 5:5
    • Humility opens up the door for opportunity for others to listen and for us to grow.
  3. Be intentional about information. Ephesians 4:15
    • We should never express ourselves at the expense of the character of Jesus.
  4. Be intentional about forgiveness. Proverbs 19:11
    • I can’t choose the offense I’m offered, but I can choose what I hold on to.

Ask the Holy Spirit to check your heart. Ask him to show you if any offense is being held in your hands. Rest in the grace that Christ offers and be a distributor of that grace.

This week, if you need a scripture reading plan, check out this one.

Love you all.  See you on Sunday!

BTW, here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist that we learned on Sunday:

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Distraction of Rejection” #PivotPoint

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

We continued our current series at Kfirst. “Pivot Point” has been our study of the life of Jacob. Even though he didn’t have the “model life”, God always had something beautiful in store for him. Our goal yesterday was to help people understand: “The rejection you feel has no bearing on the acceptance that you carry.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

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Like the narrative of Genesis 29-30 shows us, we can find ourselves shaping how we view our lives through the frame of our rejection.  And three of the main characters of our story shows us the variety of rejection we face.

  • Jacob – Performance Rejection (“if can do ______, then I can get my approval/achievement”)
  • Leah – Personal Rejection (“maybe if I try to _____, the he/she will accept me”)
  • Rachel – Reflective Rejection (“why does he/she get _______ and not me?”)

And because of rejection, we can easily find ourselves tethered by our pain. But as we said yesterday,

We believe that our places of brokeness can be God’s entry point for strength. As we look at the cross, we can see that see our hurt in the light of the acceptance He offers. Our simple next steps:

  1. Frame your vision with the mercy of God.
    • Every place where you sense that rejection is distracting you, see it through the lens of the mercy of God.
  2. Rest in God’s acceptance. Live for an audience of One.
    • Let go of the need to find approval and achievement. It doesn’t mean we stop “trying” to grow and accomplish things. It means we live for the audience of Jesus.

Spend some time in the Word and in prayer this week. Rest in the acceptance that Christ offers. If you need a scripture reading plan, check out this one.

Love you all.  See you on Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist:

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Forced into the Wilderness” #PivotPoint

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

I’ll be honest, this might be one of my favorite series to preach at Kfirst. “Pivot Point” has been our study of the life of Jacob. Even though he didn’t have the “model life”, God always had something beautiful in store for him. Our goal yesterday was to help people understand: “My struggle is my stepping stone, not my stopping point.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

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Like Jacob, we can find ourselves in a place where life hasn’t turned out quite what we thought it was going to be. So we run.  Sometimes it’s out of fear. Other times, we feel like frauds. Perhaps you’re running because you feel like a victim. Or maybe, you’re just restless. Regardless, we all run for one reason or another. And we find ourselves in a place of a struggle. For Jacob, he navigated through it by:

  1. He came to a place of rest. 
    • God gave us a sabbath. Simply stating, sabbath is about finding rest so that we can relocate our focus on trusting in God.

  2. Rest leads to revelation. 
    • When we rest, or trust, in Christ, He begins to give us new vision (dreams) for life.

You may be in the place of struggle (wilderness), but the Lord wants to take what the Enemy meant to break you to build something in you.  The “wilderness” is a place where God develops your life. And the reason why God brings you somewhere is not so you could BE somebody but so you can BLESS somebody. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Our next steps to do this week:

  1. What dream does God want to develop in me by resting in Him?
  2. How can I impact my world with what God is doing in me?

Spend some time in the Word and in prayer this week. Rest in your trust in Christ and follow the dreams He fills you with. If you need a scripture reading plan, check out this one.

Love you all.  See you on Sunday as we continue our series, “Pivot Point.”

BTW: Here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist:

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Idol of our Ideals” #PivotPoint

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

I’ll be honest, this might be one of my favorite series to preach at Kfirst. “Pivot Point” has been our study of the life of Jacob. Even though he didn’t have the “model life”, God always had something beautiful in store for him. Our goal yesterday was to help people understand “when we idolize our ideals, it confuses our identity.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

Ideals are defined as, “something regarded as perfect; existing only in the imagination; desirable but not likely to become a reality.” And the Enemy wants us pursuing our ideals more than us pursuing the presence of God.

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We put focus into the deterioration of Jacob’s identity when he put more focus into his ” perfect ideal” instead of the perfect heavenly Father who had great plans for him.  Ideals have a way of seducing us into serving them to get fulfillment. Jesus does the opposite. He gives us fulfillment in life to operate from. That’s why we said,

Our next steps to do this week:

  1. Deal with the real.
    • Get real with God. Give him your pain and frustration. Give him your present and your future.
  2. Allow God to shape you.
    • Have issues with your past, accept His forgiveness.
    • Want help with your present, God wants to empower your life.
    • Need a future, receive hope in Christ.
  3. Receive and respond to God blessing you.
    • God does not bless something that is complete; He blesses you to do a complete work.

Spend some time in the Word and in prayer this week. Rediscover your identity in Christ and follow His direction for you. If you need a scripture reading plan, check out this one.

Love you all.  See you on Sunday as we continue our series, “Pivot Point.”

BTW: Here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist: