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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint,

C.S. Lewis said, “And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred – like the Moon seen through a dirty telescope. That is why horrible nations have horrible religions: they have been looking at God through a dirty lens.”

I am looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. We have some good things to share with you.

Remember to give out your Easter invite cards to someone that you want to invite to our Easter service. We are excited to hear your stories as you share these invite cards with others.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 47:1-12. The title of this sermon is: Your Life Is A Journey. This is part of our Genesis series.

The Bible teaches in Ecclesiastes that life is made up of different seasons. Another way of looking at this is that your life is a journey that is made up of smaller journeys. From where you are in your life now, you can look back and see most of the smaller journeys that make up your overall journey. Some journeys (seasons) were more intense than others. Some you never want to forget and there are some that you wish you would never remember.

School is one such temporary journey. Elementary school is a journey, Middle school is a journey, High school is a journey. After high school is over, you may journey into the workforce or you might journey into further schooling.

Whatever decision that you make, it is still a temporary decision.

Every decision that you make is temporary but the consequences of those decisions can have lasting impact.

Genesis 47:1-2  Joseph went to Pharaoh and told Pharaoh that his father and brothers had successfully moved into the land of Goshen.

Joseph introduced five of his brothers to Pharaoh.

Genesis 47:3-4  The events started to transpire as Joseph said they would. Pharaoh asked his brothers what they did for a living.

Genesis 47:5-6  Pharaoh really liked and trusted Joseph or he would not have made the offer that he made for Joseph’s family.

Genesis 47:7-12   Joseph gets his father and his brothers settled in to the new land. They are given the best of the land in Goshen. Joseph provides for his family for the remaining time of the famine.

There is something that takes place that I want us to focus on. In the middle of this section of the Scripture, a very important conversation happens.

The conversation takes place in verses 8-9.

Jacob does not respond to Pharaoh’s question like we are accustomed to think. He equates his life with being on a journey. He does not consider this world to be his permanent home. He says that he is sojourning.

Sojourn: a temporary stay // a period of time when you stay in a place as a traveler

The Bible is very clear that this world is not our home:

Psalm 119:19  – I am a sojourner on the earth

Philippians 3:20  – Our citizenship is in heaven

Hebrews 13:14  – For here we have no lasting city

1 Peter 1:17  – Conduct yourselves with fear during the time of your exile

1 Peter 2:11  – sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh which wage war against your soul

When you are in a place but you don’t live there, you live differently.

  • You still obey the laws of that city
  • You only pack for the purpose of that journey
  • There is an urgency to your journey
  • You can live like the missionary that the Bible already says that you are

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint,

Change is rarely easy but is very necessary. Do you recall the changes that you needed to make for your 2016 to be different than your 2015. Have you taken the time to see what areas need improvement in your life? The only way that you can improve in one area is to evaluate the area that needs improvement. You can’t really make changes if you don’t know what needs to be changed.

We all have areas in our lives that need to be changed. We are not yet perfect. If you were, you would not be here right now. You are still a work in progress conforming to the image of our Redeemer King.

Get out of your comfort zone. The enemy of accomplishing your calling is comfort. You need to live on the edge of uncomfortable, expectant, waiting for God to use you in any situation. Be ready. It will happen.

Here are the announcements this week:

  • FaithPoint Men, we will not be meeting this Tuesday. I have been informed that not every one in our group has their books. We will reschedule for next Tuesday.
  • There will not be a Wednesday gathering this week. Use this time to spend time with and read the Bible with your family.
  • Easter is only six Sundays away. Be looking out for ways that you can send invites through your social media accounts. We are going to make it easier for you to invite people this Easter.
  • This Sunday, we will be back in Genesis. I look forward to being with my FaithPoint family on Sunday.

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from Matthew 5:37.   The title for this sermon is: Yes and No.

We have all heard the phrase, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” There is no shortage of videos of politicians, CEO’s, and other types of people who say one thing and thing back pedal, they say that they didn’t say something even when it is on video. People also like to say something and then pass it off as saying they didn’t really mean what they said.

If you or another person in conversation has to use the phrase, “I didn’t mean it.” or “JK.” How do you know if they are telling the truth? Why would you say something that you did not mean? Why would you say “JK” in a conversation that didn’t have the intention of being funny?

Matthew 15:18-19

From out of the heart, the mouth speaks. Jesus also includes what defiles a person. However, do you know what else comes out of the heart?

  • Doubt
  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Fear

Any of those things can easily cause you to say what you don’t mean.

Proverbs 13:3

Before opening our mouths or speaking rashly, it is better for us to think about what we are going to say or if we need to say anything at all.

In Matthew 5, Jesus talks about oaths and telling the truth.

Matthew 5:33-37

Don’t back pedal. Don’t change your story. Say what you intended to say and be mindful of it. Don’t be double-minded.

I want us to focus on Matthew 5:37

We need to learn how to say Yes and No better.

Have you ever met someone that said no when they meant yes or said yes when they meant to say no?

It is both confusing and frustrating for everyone involved.

You have a limited amount of Yes.

Don’t go around saying Yes to everyone. When you say yes to one thing, you are saying no to something else. Make sure that what you are saying yes to is something that you really want to do. Make your yes expensive. It is going to cost you something.

Remembering that you have a limited amount of yes will help you from over – committing. You can only do one thing at a time. Don’t promise something that you don’t want to deliver. Don’t commit to something that you don’t want to be held responsible for. For every yes, there is accountability. You are responsible for everything that you say yes to.

Say No quickly and Yes slowly.

Weigh what is important. What is valuable? What good is going to come out of this if you say yes? Saying no quickly and yes slowly helps you to evaluate what you consider to be important.

  • Say no to time wasters
  • Say no to laziness
  • Say no to distractions
  • Say yes to spiritual growth
  • Say yes to being challenged and uncomfortable
  • Say yes to what is going to help you fulfill the calling Jesus has placed on you
  • Say yes to what is going to help you become more like Jesus.

Say Yes out of truth and not out of fear.

Say yes because you really mean yes. Don’t say yes because you are afraid of what people will think about you if you say no. Don’t say yes when you want to say no. You have a limited amount of Yes. Use your Yes wisely. Don’t make commitments based on pain, anxiety, doubt, or fear. You have a limited amount of time. Only say Yes when you mean to say yes. It does not matter what people think or say. You need to make a decision and stand by your decision. If you say yes to something when you mean no, it is frustrating for everyone involved. You are frustrated because you said yes to something that you didn’t want to do in the first place. The other people involved are frustrated because you could have said no. Nobody would have been frustrated if you had just said no.

Learn from somebody’s response.

How do they act when you say yes?

More importantly, how do they act when you say no?

If a person gets mad at you for saying no, right then, they have let you know where you stand. Friends do not get mad at you for saying no.

Don’t apologize for saying No.

You do not need to be sorry for saying no to something.

No is a complete sentence.

You do not need to explain your answer.

Let your Yes be yes and your No be no.

Anything else is evil.

 

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

 

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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint,

I would like to encourage you to stay in the Bible. Be like the Bereans who studied and searched the Scriptures often. We want to be “Creatures of the Word” as Matt Chandler calls it.

As you are drinking your coffee or hot chocolate, I would love for you to share what God is currently doing in your life. Share with our FaithPoint family your testimony. Head over to our Facebook page, leave your comment and let us celebrate with you.

Here are the notes from the sermon this past Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 45. The title of this sermon is: God Has Sent You.

This sermon is part of our Genesis series.

We will do an overview of chapter 44. You can read the chapter in its entirety on your own.

Do you sometimes wonder why you live in the city you live in? Because you were born there? Because you have a job or went to school there? Do you wonder why you work where you work? Why do you live in the neighborhood you live in? Why do you go to that particular hair salon or barber shop? Why do you go to that particular oil change place? Why do you eat at certain restaurants? Why do you shop at that particular grocery store?

Hang on to your answers for those questions. We will come back to them.

In chapter 44, the men are getting ready to go back to their father. Joseph plots with the steward of his house to trick his brothers. The steward takes Joseph’s silver cup and places it in Benjamin’s bag. This will make it appear that Benjamin robbed Joseph.

They let the men go on their way and then Joseph sends his steward after them. He catches them and finds the silver cup. They are accused of stealing. They are taken back to Joseph’s house. Judah tries to convince Joseph not to keep Benjamin.

Genesis 45:1-15

Joseph finally introduces himself to his brothers. This is a reunion and a time of reconciliation. Joseph weeps aloud and the Scripture says that the people in his house heard it and the house of Pharaoh heard it. That is loud.

Joseph explains to his brothers that they are only two years into a five year famine. What they have experienced this far is only going to get worse. There will be no planting or plowing. There will be no harvest. Water sources begin to dry up. Animals can not eat because there is not enough moisture in the ground for the grass to grow. This is life threatening. People die faster from lack of water than they do lack of food.

To give you a very real example of a famine:

Friday, President Mugabe declared a state of disaster for the country of Zimbabwe. The country has suffered its driest weather ever recorded. The rainy season came two months later than they thought. Crops have been devastated. 2.4 million people are affected. Zimbabwe has two main crops for export: tobacco and cotton. Other countries that have also been affected: South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia.

Joseph explains that it was not the brothers who got him to where he is now through their act of selling him into slavery. It was God’s sovereignty that put Joseph where he is now. It is God’s sovereignty for why you are where you are.

Joseph tells his brothers that he will provide land and houses and that his brothers and all of their families, and their sheep and cattle will live there. Joseph said that they would be free from poverty even though they are in a famine.  

Joseph says, in Genesis 45:5  and Genesis 45:7  that God sent him. Joseph is in Egypt at this time because God sent him. His brothers and their families will all have homes and food because God sent him. They will thrive in that land because God sent him.

Let’s go back to the questions that I asked you at the beginning.

Why do you live in the city you live in? Why do you work where you work? Why do you live in the neighborhood you live in? Why do you go to that particular hair salon or barber shop? Why do you go to that particular oil change place? Why do you eat at certain restaurants? Why do you shop at that particular grocery store?

Because God sent you.

Acts 17:26

God has created you and given you likes and dislikes, tastes and distastes, so that you can accomplish His mission for His glory.

Why do you prefer:

  • Home Depot over Lowe’s
  • Kroger more than Publix
  • BK over McDonald’s
  • Outback over Longhorn

Why do you shop at the mall or the Shoppes at River Crossing?

Why do you like certain types of cars?

Why do you like working out or superheroes?

Why do you like a certain sports team?

Because you are sent.

Deuteronomy 31:8

The Lord goes before you. Do you see it?

He has given you exactly what He wants you to have. He has equipped you to stand against the enemy and be intentional about sharing the gospel with others.

He gives you every opportunity to intentionally build relationships with others.

There are people in this city who like the same things that you like. That is your doorway to beginning a relationship on common ground.

God has even given you Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat, YouTube, to use for His glory.

Use them wisely.

You are alive in this place at this time because God sent you.

He will be with you. He will not forsake you.

Do not fear.

You are sent.

Take time and ask God to open your eyes to see to where and to who you have been called.

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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint,

I wanted to take this time to tell you that I am grateful to be your pastor. It is an honor to be able to pray for you, lead you and to preach and teach the Bible to you. I am looking forward to doing more of this in 2016.

Here are some announcements:

  • FaithPoint Men, we will be meeting for our book discussion tonight. We will meet at the Wendy’s in front of Target at 7:00. I look forward to seeing you there.
  • Tomorrow is first Wednesday. Our theme for our fellowship is Italian. We look forward to all of the tasty dishes that are going to be served tomorrow during our Wednesday gathering. We will continue the video series we are in with Andy Stanley.
  • Sunday is going to be FaithPoint Football Sunday. We are going to kick things off with a tailgate breakfast at 9:30. Wear your favorite high school, college, or NFL team swag. We will begin our service at 10:30.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from Luke 10. The title of this sermon is: Your Person of Peace.

Have you ever gone to a person’s house and they acted like you were not welcome? Have you ever gone to a restaurant and the person working acted like they didn’t like their job? They didn’t want to be there and they definitely did not want to serve you?

People make or break your opinion of a store or restaurant. When you have bad service, you may or may not go back and give the restaurant another chance. If you have bad service on more than one occasion, you may just not want to go back.

Now if you go to a store or a restaurant and you have exceptional service, or you have a person that helps you with what you need – they seem to like their job, they seem happy to serve you, they make sure that they do whatever they can to ensure that you have a pleasant visit – they make you want to go back. Sometimes, you go to a store or a restaurant and the person treated you so well that you ask for that person on your next visit. A person like that is your person of peace.

Luke 9:62 – 10:12

Look at what Jesus says in Luke 9:62. You can’t plow a straight line if you are constantly looking behind you. This person is not fit for the kingdom of God. The person that constantly wants to live or think about the past or that is easily distracted is not fit for the kingdom of God. They have no focus. They can’t move forward because they are moving backwards or sideways.

This is like the saying: “Men are like trucks. the more weight you put on them, the straighter they drive.” When a person is focused on their task, goal, mission – they become intentional. They move straight. They move forward in the direction of their task, goal or mission.

Luke 10:1  Jesus sent out disciples two by two. Jesus is the one that gave the idea to Noah.

Luke 10:2  The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. There are plenty of people that Jesus wants to be part of his flock but nobody wants to go out and get them. Is there anybody that wants to be obedient? Is there anyone who wants to be holy? Jesus tells them to pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers. Jesus tells his disciples to fall on their face and pray that the Lord would send out workers.

Luke 10:3  Jesus tells the disciples to pray and then he turns around and sends the disciples out on their mission. They are the answer to their own prayers.

They weren’t praying for Jesus to send someone else. They were praying for themselves to be more obedient. They were praying that they would answer the call that Jesus had given them and they would accomplish the work that they were given by Jesus.

Have you ever prayed that for yourself? If you have, you will notice that the Holy Spirit urges you and provokes you to live in righteousness. He urges you or gives you the desire to want to obey Jesus. If you haven’t – are you scared? Scared? Jesus told us to not fear anything. That was a commandment. Which means if you are scared, you are both in sin and disobedient.

Here is Jesus strategy implementation for making disciples:

Luke 10:4  Jesus removes everything that they may need. Uncomfortable? Very. He wants them to be dependent on him and him alone.

Greet no one on the road – You don’t have time to waste or engage in shallow and meaningless conversations. You must remain focused on the mission at hand.

Luke 10:5-9  You will either encounter a person of peace or you will encounter a person that is hostile.

If you encounter a hostile person, do not finish the conversation. Leave. There is no reason to try and continue a conversation with a person that is a know-it-all, a hostile person, standoffish, a person that thinks they know the Bible better than you do, a person that has so many degrees that they have no personality, or a person that is just not interested in having a conversation about Jesus or the gospel. Leave. Don’t force it. It will go nowhere.

You are looking for a person of peace. Here is how you identify a person of peace:

  • They welcome you – they invite you into their life, into their house
  • They genuinely receive you – they are glad that you are there
  • They serve you – they are hospitable
  • You intentionally invest in them, pour your life into them
  • They are a gatekeeper – they open doorways into their network of relationships

How do you find a person of peace?

  • Identify who you most would like to see come to know Jesus
  • If you feel that it is a specific group – hip hop dudes, rednecks, bikers, cosplayers and comic book people, fitness people, muscle car dudes, single moms, single people, people in jail, families with small kids, teachers – then God is clearly calling you to that group and you will find your person of peace within the context of that group

The idea is that you are not influenced or distracted by the group you are called to reach.

  • They like you and you like them
  • Jesus has molded and shaped you to best reach what person or what group of people
  • Who already responds positively to you

Luke 10:9  The kingdom of God has come near to you

God is working in and through conversations to reach them

God is calling the person to a new work

God wants them to be saved

God wants them to introduce their friends and family to you

When God is working it will be noticeable and undeniable.

You have to be a person of peace to find a person of peace.

Who is Jesus telling you is your person of peace?

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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint,

I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I pray that you have a wonderful time of joy and celebration as you gather around the tree to open gifts, eat treats and drink hot chocolate.

Pastor James will be preaching this coming Sunday. I know that you will hear a good word from him.

We will have a special Wednesday gathering next week. We will gather for a communion service. I am looking forward to this time with you.

FaithPoint Men, you still have a couple weeks to get your new book. The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell is our new book that we will be discussing. We will meet the first Sunday in January at BK right beside the Ramada Inn.

We will be finishing up Genesis in 2016. I am excited to be walking through the rest of the book with you.

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:

The Scripture for this sermon comes from Matthew 1:18-23. The title of this sermon is: God With Us. This is week 12 of our DNA series. This is the last sermon in the series.

Before we jump into Matthew, we need to lay a little background.

Isaiah 40:11-31

Matthew 1:18-23

Luke tells us that the angel is Gabriel. Gabriel tells Mary that the baby’s name will be Jesus. Matthew then explains that this exchange between Gabriel and Mary had to take place to fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14

Isaiah gives us a glimpse into the power and majesty of Jesus. Isaiah 9:6 says, “For to us a child is born. to us a son is given. and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

All of these names or titles are hints to the character of Jesus.

Matthew is not any different. Immanuel means God with us.

What does Isaiah 40 have to do with Matthew 1? Everything.

  • the Shepherd that takes care of you and will never lead you astray, he says that he knows who belongs to his flock and no one will ever pluck them from his hand.
  • He knows the depths of the ocean, he knows how much water is in every river and lake. He knows how many granules of sand are on every beach.
  • He knows the weight of every mountain.
  • He is all sovereign. He does not take advice or counsel from anyone.
  • No one teaches him on any subject.
  • He is truth.
  • He is justice.
  • Compared to him, the nations are as empty as the vastness of space.
  • What can you liken to him? Nothing. Nothing compares to our King.
  • He is the Creator that sits above the earth, we are like grasshoppers.
  • He stretches out the heavens like a curtain and a tent for us to dwell in.
  • He is more powerful and more majestic than any earthly ruler.
  • He has named every galaxy. He has named every star. Every star hangs where he places it. Not one star is ever out of place.
  • The Lord is the everlasting God. the Creator of the ends of the earth.
  • He does not faint. He does not get weary or tired.
  • You will not ever fully understand him. He is unsearchable.
  • His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

That is who was laying in the animal’s feeding tray.

That is who was born as a baby. He came to earth to live with us. He grew up with us. He learned like us. He worked like us. He experienced the full range of emotions like us and he was tempted like us. He never gave in. He never sinned.

He loved you enough to die for all of your sins.

He gives you a new identity.

He gives you the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you but he doesn’t force you to follow.

He loves you unconditionally.

He chose you before the foundations of the world.

He has equipped you for what he has planned for you.

He showers you with grace and mercy.

He is our Shepherd.

He is our Redeemer.

He is our Creator.

He is our King.

He is our Lord.

He said that he would be with you always. There are no more comforting words than to know that no matter what you are going through, Jesus is there. Immanuel. God with us.

Merry Christmas!

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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I am enjoying creating video devotions to share with you. Currently, my videos are shot on my phone and you can watch live on Periscope. If you do not have the app downloaded, you can also watch live from my personal Periscope page. You can go to periscope.tv/jimmyproulx.

You can also come here and catch the replays. The videos will be posted here for your use.

I am getting better. By no means am I a professional. However, the only way to get better at something is to just get out there and do it. So, that is what I am doing.

You can also help me. I would love for you to offer suggestions of anything that you would like to talk about in these videos. My goal is to create videos that give you a glimpse into my life as a husband, dad, and pastor. Discipleship incorporates all of life and I hope to be able to help you see how to become everything that God created you to be as you learn to apply the Bible and Scripture into all of your life.

I do hope that you will follow these videos. I have some Bible studies, book reviews and other things coming. In December, I am wanting to share with you a walk through Proverbs. I could not think of a better way to prepare for the beginning of 2016 than by walking through Proverbs with you.

I do want to thank everyone who prayed for me while I was sick and battling a severe allergic reaction to some medication. Thank you also to everyone for sending me birthday greetings. I am grateful for all of you.

I hope that you enjoy the following video:

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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint,

I hope that you are having a great Tuesday.

I am praying that you are being impacted by our new DNA series. I hope that you are growing and being challenged to become everything that God created you to be.

I look forward to being with you tomorrow as we come together for discussion time in the Word.

Here are the notes from Sunday:

The text for this sermon is: Luke 8:22 – 25. The title of this sermon is: DNA: You Need The Storm. This is week 2 in our DNA series.

We have all experienced rain. It is easier to prepare for rain when you know it’s coming. It is not as easy if you never see it coming.

You wake up. You get ready for work, grab your coffee and head out the door. It may not have occurred to you to check the TV or your weather app before you left the house.

After work, it pours and maybe our God is there. You see darker clouds and you see the heavy rain. You know that you are about to be soaked because you don’t have anything that remotely resembles an umbrella or galoshes.

So you decide to make a run for it.

That is rain. What about a thunderstorm?

Have you ever been caught in a thunderstorm? You don’t even want to get out of the car…or boat.

Luke 8:22-25

Jesus told the disciples that they were going across the lake. Jesus knew it would take some time so Jesus went to take a nap.

Look at the second half of verse 23. This is not a smooth trip like they thought it was going to be. A windstorm comes. It’s not raining. It’s a windstorm. The wind pushes against the boat, and causes the water to become erratic. The calm lake became their enemy as it sent wave after wave crashing into the boat. The boat begins to take on water and they are in danger.

What kind of storm are you in the midst of right now?

It could be:

  • relational
  • emotional
  • financial?

It can be anything!

Storms tend to mess with people. Storms cause people to be:

  • afraid
  • angry
  • insecure
  • doubtful
  • anxious

Your perspective is distorted by the storm.

A fog rolls in. Certainty becomes doubt.

Maybe you have been in the storm for so long that you have started to believe that the storm is not going away. Days turn into weeks. Weeks turn into months. The waves have been crashing against you for so long that you don’t even see an end to the storm.

I am going to tell you something that is going to sound a little crazy: You need the storm.

I know what you are thinking. “What?” “How is that true?” “How is that possible?”

James 1:2

The testing of your faith produces steadfastness. We are back to foundations.

Storms are designed to push you to Jesus or away from Jesus. It is not about the storm at all. It is about your faith or lack of it in the midst of the storm.

You need the storm because it will very quickly let you know whether or not you truly believe what God says is true.

Luke 6:47-49

How solid is your foundation?

Why do we not have more steadfast Christians?

vs 24 – 25 The disciples went to wake up Jesus. Jesus calms the storm and asks them, “Where is your faith?”

Why would Jesus ask that? The testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

The disciples were in panic mode. They were overwhelmed by their current situation.

It never occurred to them WHO was with them.

They did not realize that the very One who spoke creation into existence was with them.

What is in your life that you find is overwhelming you?

If Jesus can rebuke one storm, He can rebuke your storm.

But…where is your faith?

You need the storm. The storm will show you how strong your foundation is or whether you have cracks in it.

Are you so overwhelmed by your current situation that you have forgotten who is on the boat with you?

Are you telling yourself that you are different? Your storm is impossible.

Impossible is God’s playground.

Impossible is where God likes to hang out.

Impossible is where God does His best work.

Impossible is the breeding ground for miracles.

Jesus is not absent from your storm. He is on the boat with you. Remember, He did say that He would be with you always.

If you can impact the outcome of your own storm, you don’t need God.

If you believe that your storm is bigger than God, you have the wrong god.

Every trial. Every test. Every storm. Jesus is right there with you.

Run to Jesus not away from Him.

The testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Steadfastness proves your foundation is strong enough to withstand the storm.

It doesn’t matter what you have to go through in this life. Jesus said, “I am with you always.”

 

I LOVE FAITHPOINT!

Pastor Jimmy

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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint,

I hope that you are having a great week.

Here are a few announcements that you need to mark on your calendar:

  • This coming Wednesday there will be a potluck dinner at my house. My lovely wife will be leading the discussion. Bring your favorite dish and get ready to have a great time of fellowship and time in the Word.
  • Sunday morning at 9:00 am. FaithPoint Men, we will meet at McDonald’s for our next chapter in our book. I look forward to seeing you there.
  • Sunday morning will be our second Sunday in our new series DNA. This would be a great time to invite a friend.

 

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon is Romans 10:1-13. The title for this sermon is: DNA: Foundations. This is Week one of our series: DNA.

A.W. Tozer quote: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

You may recall a series we did called God of This City. We did an informal study of our city. We asked people in our community what they believe about certain things related to Christianity and we got back a wide range of answers. We went to Scripture and showed you what the Bible said so that you could have better gospel-centered conversations.

Recently, Ligoner ministries and LifeWay Research teamed up together and did a study titled What is Our Theological Temperature? You can find the results online. I want to share with you some of their results.

They surveyed the evangelical church. Denominations that uphold to believing that Jesus is the only way to salvation through the hearing of the gospel. In other words, you are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, by Christ alone.

Here are some of the results that I find to be incredibly disturbing.

  • People are confused about God. They don’t know who God is or what to believe about Him.
  • People do not believe the Holy Spirit is a person.
  • People do not believe in the deity of Jesus – Jesus is God and second person of the Trinity.
  • People do not believe that sin is as bad as the Bible makes it sound.
  • More than half the people surveyed do not believe that the Bible is the Word of God.
  • The same number of people reject what the Bible says on ethical issues such as sex outside of marriage.
  • 6 out of 10 people believe in a literal place called Heaven but believe that you don’t need Jesus to get there.
  • 6 out of 10 people believe in a literal place called Hell but believe that you are inherently good and so there won’t be many people there.
  • People also believe that they do not need to be part of a local church. They believe that individual worship is just as valid as corporate worship.

So, what we have is a bunch of people who call themselves Christians that believe they look spiritual but they have no foundation. There is no deep root system.

We have all seen the guy at the gym, who has a big chest, and big arms and no legs. Right? He looks like an upside down pear with toothpicks for legs. He thinks in his mind that he looks good. But he has neglected his foundation. The human body works like this, strength and balance come from the core and the legs. Because he is top heavy, I could probably tackle him to the ground. There is no stability there. He would fall, the moment he felt the force of me crashing into him.

Jesus said this about foundations: Luke 6:46-49

Romans 10:1-13

Knowing is not believing.

Knowing does not translate into action.

Just because you know something does not mean that you will take action on it.

We all know things that we should or should not be doing but that does not change our actions because we do not believe them at the core of who we are.

We know french fries are bad but we are going to eat them anyway. Why? You don’t believe that french fries are bad enough for you to stop eating them.

For example:

  • If you truly believe in the forgiveness of sins, you would run to Jesus when you screw up instead of away from Him.
  • When money is tight, you will not give to the church regardless of what the Bible says, because you do not believe Philippians 4:19, My God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
  • You don’t believe that your Heavenly Father loves you like a Daddy loves his child. So, you don’t see the point in spending time with your Daddy.
  • You continue to stress, worry, be anxious, because you do not believe Matthew 6:25-34 Let’s hang out here for a second. A bird does not worry or stress about where it is going to sleep or where its next meal is going to come from. Likewise, a flower does not stress about the amount of rain or sunshine that may or may not get. The flower is not anxious or worrying about when is the appropriate time for it to bloom. Do you seriously think that you do not have more value than a bird? A bird. The Bible says that God is our Sustainer and Provider. He is a good Dad that loves to take care of His children. You have to believe that He is your Sustainer. You have to believe that He is your Provider.
  • You continue to walk in fear instead of faith because you only trust what you can see.

Belief translates into action.

You will only act upon what you believe.

This is why we are in this series called DNA.

We need to get back to an orthodox view of Christianity. We need to get back to the very core of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. What we mean by orthodox is normal by the standards of Scripture.

Look at Romans 10:9

It does not say: if you know.

It says: If you believe

If you do not believe the Bible, IT IS NOT THE BIBLE’S FAULT.

If you believe: We all know Scriptures. We have heard them since we were young or we have even memorized them. There is nothing wrong with knowing Scripture. The problem comes when those Scriptures have no bearing on how you live your life. You will only obey Scripture if you believe Scripture.

Why are you not making disciples? It comes down to unbelief. You either don’t believe that Acts 1:8 or Matthew 28 applies to you, or you don’t believe that the gospel is sufficient.

I am firmly convinced that you can not truly love God with all your heart, soul, and mind until your mind begins to be transformed by being renewed. Your mind has to be renewed. Why? Because you are full of unbelief. Your mind has to be renewed because there are Scriptures that you know but don’t obey.

It is hard to follow someone that you don’t believe in.

Everyone of you has areas of their life where they find Scripture hard to obey or believe. Where you are in your lack of believing is your setback to progressing in sanctification. You can’t conform to the image of Jesus or be everything that He created you to be if you don’t believe everything that He has laid out in front of you.

This is the time to cry out to Jesus.

Be like the father in Mark 9, He cried out to Jesus “I believe, help my unbelief.”

Cry out to Jesus.

Help my unbelief.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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Defining Strategy With Leadership

I had the incredible opportunity to attend the REACH 2015 conference. This is the second annual conference of its kind in Georgia.

The main idea or reason for a conference of this type is because of the astronomical numbers about the status of our state. Currently, there are over 7 million people in the state of Georgia who do not attend a church of any denomination and do not consider themselves to be Christian or otherwise. They are just turned off period. So, again, there are over 7 million lost people in the state of Georgia.

I want to put the biggest dent I can in that number. I am part of a group of pastors that are praying that God will use their churches to punch a hole in that number. Wouldn’t it be phenomenal if by God’s amazing grace; that number could be cut in half in the next 5 years? I believe that it can happen but it requires us to be intentional.

One of my favorite sessions at the REACH conference was led by Pastor Bill Purvis. His talk was titled: Defining Strategy With Leadership. I would love to share you my key takeaways from this session.

Defining Strategy with Leadership: Bill Purvis

Vision is your mental picture. Strategy is your map.

Churches don’t grow because they have a great vision. It is because they execute a good strategy.

2 Samuel 5:17-25

God provides David’s strategy.

Strategy is a leader’s most important role.

The leader is the strategist.

Why does your church matter?

Why do people need your church?

Be intentional about Your Mission.

What is your big win?

Be intentional about Your Personal Growth Plan.

Growing leaders grow churches. Your personal growth plan is the key to your leadership. You have to be on a quest for growth.

Be intentional about Growing Others.

Be intentional in Looking for Leaders.

Be intentional in Aligning People’s gifts so they can add value.

Share your vision with the people who can make things happen.

Send thank you notes to people.

Lead by example:

  • Your Marriage
  • Your Family
  • Your Integrity
  • Your Finances
  • Your Motives

Do the best you can with what you have where you are and God will not leave you where you are and He will increase what you have.

People need to know that the leader loves them.

Here is a video snippet of the session. I hope you enjoy it.

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FaithPoint News

FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint,

I look forward to being with you again this coming Sunday. After the past two days at the REACH 2015 conference, God has been stirring something up inside me. So much so, that this is going to change the immediate direction that we are headed.

I believe that God has given me something else for FaithPoint for the rest of this year. We have cleaned the calendar. Everything that was planned has been changed and we will begin a new series this Sunday.

The new series is called: DNA.

 

Here are the notes from the sermon this past Sunday:

The title for this sermon is: You Were Created For Evangelism

This is the last sermon in our series: Living On Purpose

1 John 3:8 says, “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil.”

Jesus even says in John 8, “Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil and your will is to do your father’s desires.”

Charles Spurgeon, in his book, The Soul Winner says, “Numbers of persons think that the Lord Jesus is available for the pardon of past sin, but they cannot trust Him for their preservation in the future. They trust for years past, but not for years to come; whereas no such subdivision of salvation is ever spoken of in Scripture as the work of Christ. Either He bore all our sins or none; and He either saves us once for all or not at all.

Another proof of the conquest of a soul for Christ will be found in a real change of life. If the man does not live differently from what he did before, both at home and abroad, his repentance needs to be repented of and his conversion is a fiction.”

There is a great need for evangelism. There is a great need for disciples to share the message of their Master. There are many gospel conversations waiting to be had.

What does it mean to be an evangelist?

An evangelist is a person who gives a presentation of the gospel with the goal of bringing the hearer to faith in Jesus Christ.

You may never be asked to speak about John Wycliffe and his unwavering faith. How he was persecuted and ridiculed until his death. Even years later after his death, he was so hated for his faith that his bones were dug up and burned.

You may never be asked to lead a panel on the Council of Trent. 450 years ago the Catholic Church took a stab at condemning and refuting the reformers such as Martin Luther and John Calvin. For example, the reformers taught that you are saved by grace alone through faith alone. The Catholic Church said that was a heresy.

You don’t have to lead crusades that sell out football stadiums.

You don’t have to write books or start a podcast.

You don’t have to have a show on TV.

You can have godly, gospel centered conversations.

Acts 1:8

Proverbs 11:30

2 Corinthians 5:20

When is the last time that you tried to implore anyone to do anything?

When is the last time you talked to the person throwing their life away in unrepentant sin and pleaded with them to repent and come to Jesus. Or…do you just sit back on your couch with your popcorn and peanuts so passively watching this person’s life unravel and disintegrate right before you?

You will not be blameless for not sharing the gospel.

Ezekiel 33:7-9

There is something beautiful that happens with every gospel-centered conversation that you have. As you point the other person to Jesus, you are also pointing yourself to Jesus.

It is like the pastor when he studies, and prepares the sermon, he gets up to declare the word of the Lord and he is preaching to himself just as much as he preaches to the congregation.

By speaking the gospel to yourself every day, you are speaking life into your spirit.

By speaking the gospel to others as often as you can, you speak life into both their life and yours.

If your heart does not break for the lost and broken, tell God to break it.

If you do not feel compassion for the lost, tell God to compel you.

If you do not feel moved to go and have these gospel conversations, Acts 1:8 says, You WILL BE my witnesses. Tell God to MAKE YOU His witness.

Do not harden your heart towards the Word of the Lord.

I pray that these Scriptures did not fall on hard hearts and deaf ears but that they fell upon fruitful and fertile soil and that God would cultivate this so that you may bear much fruit.

What did the Holy Spirit say to you today?

What are you going to do about it?

 

Here is a video of some of the worship that we had at the REACH Conference.

I hope you enjoy it!

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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