Under Pressure, Pastor Jonathan O’Reilly, January 31, 2016

– Mark 1:9-13, 1 Cor. 10:13
– the same way God sees Jesus, He sees us
– not living FOR God’s love, but FROM His love
– God is still my Father – no matter how bad I mess up.
– if God brings you a test, you can be confident that He will guide you through it
– you can pick your decisions but you can’t pick your consequences. No matter what you choose, God will still be your Father.

Without a Vision, Jan 24, 2016

-Prov. 28:18, Habakku 2:1-3 (the Bible talks a lot about vision)
– we’re all called to fulfill God’s purposes on the earth
– we bless with our vision
1. we exist to love God (Mark 12:28-30) 0 with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength
2. we exist to love others (Mark 12:31) – from Jesus’ own mouth, “nothing is greater”
3. we exist to serve (John 13:2-17 – note that the blessing is in the doing, not the seeing or hearing, Mark 10:42-45)
4. we exist to act generously (Acts 10:35, Luke 6:37-38, 2 Cor. 9:6-7)
– prayer requests:
  – increase our serving base
  – Saturday service
  – adding a 3rd Sunday service
  – interviewing architects/builders
  – establishing satellite campuses

First Things: Honoring God with our Treasure, Jan 17, 2016

Col. 1:15-18, 1 Cor. 10:31
– First Things: Honoring God with Your Treasures
– Luke 12:13-34
– When we do not worry or fear about money and Possessions it magnifies 5 Great things about God. It would echo what we treasure about God
1. We treasure God as our Shepherd (Ps. 23:1)
2. We treasure God as our Father
3. We treasure God as our King
– Shepherd connotes protection
– Father connotes love, tenderness, authority, provision, guidance
– King connotes power, sovereignty and wealth
4. We treasure how free and generous God is (1 Cor. 4:7)
5. We treasure God as happy
– blessings is God’s defaut setting (Prov. 10:22)
– your heart moves toward what you cherish, where the object that you cherish is, there will be the organ that cherishes
– Luke 16:13

First Things: Honoring God with our Talents, Jan 10, 2016

– Col. 1:15-20, Matt. 28:18, Ps. 89:27
– 1 Peter 4:10, Matt. 6:33
– SHAPE (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences)
– there are no insignificant people in the family of God
– we are not all the same (Rom. 12:3-8, 1 Cor. 12:4-12) – we must be careful of comparison
– we must prove faithful (1 Cor. 4:2, Matt. 25:31-46)
– we use it or lose it (Matt. 25:14-30)
– are you employed or unemployed presently?