What If The Church? Part 2, Guest Speaker Troy McMahon, May 26, 2013

John 17:20-23
– what God began five short years ago has grown significantly. During that time frame,  over 50 churches in Kansas City have participated in “What if the Church”.
– this year, our Big Idea focus for this series is “Because Jesus is Lord, the Church comes together, barriers come down, and the city is transformed.”
– as the Israelites are taken captive and relocated to Babylon, God gives one of his prophets, Jeremiah, this message from Jeremiah 29:1,3-7
– how would we respond today if we were put in that same situation?
– Jesus tied this together when he taught we are a city on a hill: Matt. 5:14-16
– we can feel like exiles in our own land, when the world around us is wrong or evil or whatever. So how do we live well as Christ followers?
– we, like the Israelites, have one of three options:
  1. we can assimilate (the Babylonian way) – just like everyone else in every way – intellectually, socially, culturally, and spiritually. Christians lose our ability to be distinctive and become just like everyone else.
  2. we can isolate (Jewish way) – develop a culture of tribalism – we exist within the culture, but as minimal as possible. Whatever we do is only for personal gain.
  3. we can integrate (God’s way) – build homes, move in, raise our families, and passionately and persistently seek the peace and prosperity of all parts of our city.
– when it comes to our communities or cities, we have the opportunity to live this out locally as we partner and serve our local schools.
– if we together collectively take the rist, we can see dramatic, supernatural things happen
– how do we gain influence in our schools by absolute service? Not with our agendas, or for personal gain, but in service to those in leadership – in service to those in need.

What If The Church? Part 1, May 19, 2013

– becase Jesus is Lord, we can come together
– 3 values:
  1. Christ centered
  2. building relationships, connecting congregations together (unity is essential)
  3. city transformation – bringing spiritual and physical wholeness
Mark 12:29-31 – love God and love people
  – loving people blesses and encourages us
  – Jesus invested Himself to help people become whole
1 John 4:7-12, Ps. 133:1-3
Eph. 4:3, Prov. 6:16-19
– God desires that we work in unity
Col. 3:12-14, Gal. 5:22-23 (the Message, NIV)

After Steubenville: Things our Sons need to know about Manhood, May 12, 2013

2 Tim. 1:1-5
– real Manhood knows the heart of God for the daughters of His heart
– unless a man looks to Jesus, a man doesn’t know how to treat a woman
– God chose to make His entry point into the world through the holy space of a woman, to envold Himself inside of a woman, to drink of a woman, be held and nourished and cared for by a woman – that’s the jolting truth of how God loves His daughters with His honor.
– that Christ didn’t degrade women in His talk, but He made women heroes in His stories
– 3 ways God loves His daughters:
  1. with His words
  2. with His grace – He entrusted the veracity of His resurrection to the testimony fo the women
  3. with His regard – let Christ shape your view of women
– real Manhood never objectifies women. Real Manhood edifies women.
– real Manhood means you don’t get drunk, and a man can get drunk on a lot more than alcohol
– you can choose your choices, but you can’t choose your consequences
– real Manhood means peer pressure only makes you stronger in Christ
– real Manhood means you take responsibility for your body
– a woman’s immodesty is never an excuse for a man’s irresponsibility
– responsible men are response-able – you’ve got to be responsible for your attitude
– real men never pressure but treasure. No one tries to crush a diamond
– real manhood means you hallow womanhood
– a woman is of your rib, who birthed your rib, who cupped your rib, who is meant to be gently cherished at your rib, at your side
– the culture of boys will be boys – means girls will be garbage and you were made for more than this
– mom’s have the ability to influence and to impact their sons for good, to show them what strength, humility, honor, really looks like.

I Belong to God, Pastor Adam Kisler, May 5, 2013

Ps. 139:13-16, Jer. 29:11, 1 Cor. 6:19-20
Daniel 6 – Daniel prays to God even though a law was passed that made it illegal
– your sin not only affects you, but your family also
– we can be scared to face our lions, but God has a big blessing in it
– courage is defined by one small act of faith at a time; and when you’re faithful in the little things, you become stronger and you can be faithful in the biggter things