You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Housegroup’ category.

10557365_10152989785968942_882845880819055752_n
“The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift.”  — Francis Chan
The big idea today is that the depth of your character will determine the vertical depth and horizontal reach of your influence.
The further and faster your influence extends, the deeper your foundation of character and conviction must be.
Public service requires private submission.
Build who you are off the stage and behind the stage and beside the stage way before you start thinking about getting on the stage.
Have you ever met someone and they talked a good talk but didnt walk the walk?  How did you feel? Disappointed?  Let down?  As a youth pastor and as a person I am always thinking what is it like to live on the other side of me?  What do people see when they see my life?  Am I living in such a way that those who see me will want to know God more?
We all are growing credibility accounts with people – and our character will either make deposits or withdrawls in that account.
Spiritual maturity isn’t based on how much truth you know, but on how much truth you live.
Jesus is interested in our heart and our behaviour.  His mission is to transform us  The good news is we dont have to clean ourselves up ever to come to Him but that He is at work in us to make us willing to be transformed.  Christianity isnt a bunch of rules but about a relationship but the way we live our lives does matter and make a difference, first with our vertical relationship with God, and secondly in the horizontal relationships with the people in our world.
 

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Passionate people…

pursue God

worship

pray

take daring steps of faith

humble themselves

walk with people in life

learn

know their Word

are filled with the Holy Spirit

serve

lead

 

 

what would you add to the list?

P1260863 P1260864

 

 

Have you figured this out already?  Still arm wrestling with the usual suspects over whether the return on investment is worth the cost?

 

Here are 10 killer benefits of a thriving small group ministry:

 

  1. Life-change happens best in small groups.
  2. Small groups make churches personal.
  3. Small groups provide a nearly unlimited leadership development pipeline.
  4. Off-campus small groups provide nearly unlimited space at optimum times.
  5. “Come over to my house” is a much easier invitation than ”come with me to church.”
  6. Small groups provide the best opportunity for one-anothering.
  7. Small groups can provide a sense of family for many whose biological family lives far away.
  8. I can ask questions in a small group.
  9. Small groups make it possible for more people to be cared for between Sundays
  10. Small groups provide an ever expanding network for communication and impact.

from PASTORS.COM

 

 

some specific things i’ve love about OUR housegroup this year are:

worship times

our noise level

robust conversations about the hobbit/war/english history + theology of course

its not just about wednesday

philippians with matt chandler

sex makes you stupid with mark gungor

what we believe

dessert nights

movie nights

my name is luka, i like on the 2nd floor

life app nights – oh the questions!!!

unglued

54e1a9959b61e505bc567c699007dea0

**** notes from The Best Housegroup In The World with guest speakers Peet & Estelle

 

what makes us successful?

the world would say fame, power, money, status, recognition, = wealth

this is a trap from satan – he lies and says that success = money

 

 

how does GOD see success? 

godly success is the ratio between talents given and talents used

USE your gifts

follow your dream

bloom where you are planted

make a difference

 

1 Kings 2:3 – observe what the Lord your God requires: walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.

 

how do i become successful and what does it look like?

  • salvation – be filled with God
  • contentment
  • ability to handle problems
  • peace
  • wisdom
  • joy
  • eternal life

 

where your treasure is there your heart is

 

matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

 

the world spells SUCCESS with W.E.A.L.T.H
but God spells SUCCESS with P.E.O.P.L.E

 

the meaning of life is to find your gift. the purpose of life is to give it away. Pablo Picasso

 

men of success in the bible:

  • joshua / joshua 1:7-8 ‘Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. : FOCUS ON HIM
  • david / 1 samuel 18:12-14 Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul. So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns. In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. : GOD WAS WITH HIM
  • joseph / genesis 39:2-4 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favour in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. : GOD WAS WITH HIM

 

whatever the circumstances God can make us prosper, be faithful

live for an audience of One

your name doesnt have to be on a billboard but it does have to be written on the palms of His hands (isaiah 49:16) and in the book of life

 

would you rather find your success in the world or in The Word?

 

jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

 

if it is so simple – we are we struggling?  why do we feel like failures?

  • pride – we think more of ourselves than we should and try to do things in our own power
  • doubt and unbelief – do we really believe its possible?
  • rejection – self and others, we believe a lie because of hurt
  • unforgiveness – unresolved issues with others that take our joy
  • jealousy – unable to celebrate the success of others
  • unrepented sin – builds a wall between us and God

6a07ee14e7441bb5fac7c24f1f288e5b

our mums group have been watching Mark Gungor’s LAUGH YOUR WAY TO A BETTER MARRIAGE – and its brilliant.  it was recommended to me by a counsellor who spoke at our women’s conference this year.  and its so bang on.  so what our group needed.  fantastic resource. 

Mark is a pastor, and a counsellor and hilarious.  He has a way of pushing the envelope to make you think in a good way.  He is very funny and you can so picture yourself, and your marriage, in the context of what he is sharing.  He disarms us with humour but also has this thing about him that is so fatherly and pastoral that when he tells you off, you take it.  His insight into the differences between men and women is, for lack of a better word, insightful.

Our young adults have also been watching his singles series STINKING THINKING.  we watched DATING DO’S AND DON’TS (session #3) and the next session SEX MAKES YOU STUPID.  best nights ever.  mark is very black and white and uses all the right words and is straight up.  love love love it.  love that last night two of the youth leaders got their guys group to watch it.  gives comprehensive reasons to wait until married to be sexually active (in any shape or form!)

Read the rest of this entry »

2b93194b0377b9bd9f62749ddbb5756b

 

Now the universe is built on laws. Men of science throughout history have known that everything in our universe is under the reign of law. The entire world of physical science is dominated by laws. Whether you’re talking about everything from astronomy and agronomy and biology and botany clear to the end of the alphabet and zoology, all of those areas of study are absolutely predictable, because the universe is built on absolute physical laws.

If you are driving down a road at 100km hr and get to a corner that says 45km hour – chances are pretty high that you’re going end up getting hurt because the law of physics is in operation. Even if you have a Christian radio station on. And a Christian bumper sticker. The laws of physics apply to you regardless of your salvation status.

I the same way the laws of life and living apply to us.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:7-9

 

Direction determines destination. Every time.

We have to connect the dots between the choices they make and the outcomes they experience.

Are there discrepancies between what you desire in your heart and what you are doing with your life?

Direction is everything.  Direction determines destination.  That is why we cannot afford to live disconnected lives. When we discover those subtle and sometimes not so subtle discrepancies between intent and lifestyle we should stop and pay attention. 

We should break the habit of drawing a circle around individual decisions and events and dismissing them as isolated occurrences.  These are steps.  Steps that lead somewhere.  Because life is connected.

The principal of the path is operating in your life every minute of every day.  You are currently on a financial path of some kind, you are on a relational path, you are continuing down a moral and ethical path.  And each of these paths has a destination.  My hope is that by becoming aware of this powerful principal you will have the wisdom to know which path to choose and the courage to stay the course.

The challenging aspect about picking the right paths is that the choices are NOW.  The outcomes are LATER.  The decisions you make today have ramifications down the road.

Andy Stanley

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

In what ways should we acknowledging God?

What does that look like in real life?

What does it look like to NOT acknowledge God?

What is the consequence of acknowledging God?

How can we connect the dots between where we are today and where we are going tomorrow?

 

Define Vision:

Vision means: “a clear sense of purpose regarding what God wants to do through your life”

How does vision affect your life?

What does the bible say about having vision?

How do we get vision and purpose?

What is one thing you can do this week to step towards that?

 

Are we exchanging a bowl of stew for things of eternal worth – like esau? (Genesis 25)

 

Behavioural therapists and others who study human behaviour will tell you there’s only one difference between those who succeed and those who don’t. “It’s all about their habits,” they say.

1. They reveal what you value least—and most.

2. They reveal where you spend your time.

3. They reveal the state of your mental health.

4. They reveal the state of your spiritual health.

5. They reveal the state of your physical health.

 

1. They reveal what you value least—and most.

A habit as simple as arriving late or constantly procrastinating can show what you rank at the bottom of your scale of priorities—and also what you rank at the top. What do you hold as important and unimportant in this life? Just take a look at your habits. They will speak for themselves—and most likely, they will speak to others as well.

If you have a habit of working hard, helping others or always being on time to work, it shows that you see a great deal of value in your future, your character and your work ethic. Likewise, if you are perpetually late, interrupt times with friends because you always answer your phone or commit initially only to back out late, it will be clear to the people around you what comes first in your life—and what doesn’t.

2. They reveal where you spend your time.

Habits don’t just happen overnight. If a habit takes 30 days to form, then those 30 days will tell you a lot about your commitments. Are you cutting down on your Starbucks habit so that you can read Scripture in the morning before work? Or are you routinely hitting snooze and falling off your exercise program 10 days in? We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and have to make choices about we’re using our time. We make trade-offs based on what we deem most important at the time—for better or for worse.

3. They reveal the state of your mental health.

OUR HABITS ARE SHAPED BY EITHER A SELF-DISCIPLINED WILL, OR A POWERFUL FELT NEED—AND THE LATTER CAN OFTEN PULL US INTO HABITUAL SIN.

Some habits are internal, more than external. They live in our thought processes, our attitudes and our outlook. And if these mental habits go unchecked, it can cause us to live in a state of mental compression because our habits are living our lives for us. But the truth is, mental health is the beginning of all habitual health problems. If a habit, such as envy, lust, comparison, discontent, takes root in your mind, that mental habit is eventually going to be given the reins to the rest of your health if not taken care of.

4. They reveal the state of your spiritual health.

Your habits play a massive role in your sinful nature. Our habits are shaped by either a self-disciplined will, or a powerful felt need—and the latter can often pull us into habitual sin. If you really think about it, most sin is derived from a habit that has been formed over an extensive period of time, and then exposes itself when that habit yearns to be activated. On the other hand, forming habits of prayer and worship can also create virtuous habits that can counteract the destructive pull toward sin.

5. They reveal the state of your physical health.

We’re a society of busy people—and there’s a multitude of fast food, drive-thru options just for our convenience.

Look at your food and exercise habits: do you make late-night taco runs, put off your gym membership renewal, lounge around playing video games all weekend? Or do you make it a point to work out three times a week, floss your teeth daily, fill your cart with produce? Your habits will tell you a thing or two about your physical health.

It’s easy to go about our days as usual—with our habits and routines fixed in place without a thought. But if we do evaluate our default patterns, we might learn what we’re doing well and where we have room for improvement. And in 30 days, we might even be able to turn ourselves around.

 

 

What habits and behaviours are you trying to establish or change?

What attitudes do we need to have?

How do you determine / classify if you have a good attitude or wrong attitude? What is the bench mark? How do we find out?

 

 

How do we CHANGE our attitudes?

  1. Romans 12:2 RENEW YOUR MIND

– read the Word of God, read His promises

– act on the Word of God – resist own thoughts/attitudes and CHANGE the way you think and behave

– Neurological Change happens when we renew our mind – we make new neuro pathways

  1. Get a big person who can see a bigger perspective – meet with a mentor – be honest about attitudes and things and allow them to speak into your life

 

 

How do you define and weigh success and failure, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable, in any particular situation?

Are you satisfied with where you are now?

What do you think some of the obstacles to getting to the destination?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPW3EB5U0bo

 

**** notes from the best housegroup in the world last night

**** notes from housegroup this week with special guest Daria

 993516_483873475024302_126361884_n

REAL LIFE KEY LEADERSHIP QUALITIES

 

  • Courage

not just in stepping out but also in seeing yourself as you truely are – the good and the bad

 

  • Integrity

again, see yourself truly and address the things that get in the way of other people (and God)

vertical and horizontal honesty

speak truth to yourself and others when appropriate

speak the truth with love

 

  •  Kindness

be an encourager to self and others

debrief with yourself about projects and life

dont beat yourself up

be kind to yourself

speak to yourself the same way you would speak to others

 

  • Learning Orientation

know how you learn

learn something everyday

 

  • Perseverance

all of the above require an element of perseverance

dont give up

learn the lesson

 

  • Emotional Intelligence

EQ

you can practice managing your emotions

you can set the temperature of a room

 

 

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

what is the most important thing? it is people, people, people

 

 

 

+

find your passion

your influence goes on long beyond your time with someone

respect is only earned – not tied to a position or a leadership title

credibility is essential

leaders are readers

learn something every day

sometimes decisions are based on best fit not on a long term career plan

C HOUSEGRUOP

You are a world changer and have been strategically placed. Whenever God wants to reveal Himself in an area to saved the lost and transform society through His presence and power, He anoints and commissions individual we call world changers. God’s plan has been and continues to be to plant world changers across the planet, strategically positioned to make a difference for the Kingdom of God.

What if you truly began to believe and live like you were created, positioned, empowered called by God to?

I loved what winkie pratney shared on Sunday night at church – and the underlying premise that you shouldn’t lesser or unspiritual if you are called and gifted in “non religious ways”. Because God isn’t limited by anything or anyone and isn’t limited to a organisation or box a system – because the whole world is His and His plan is to reach the whole world.

Esther was a young woman who realized that God had sent her to be a world changer. She also understood that she had been deliberately placed by God in the royal palace for a purpose. Esther knew she wasn’t alive just to enjoy the palace and all the pleasures and benefits it would bring, rather she grasped the revelation that she was intentionally placed there “for such a time as this”

There are countless examples of people in the bible who were positioned in their ordinary lives and made a difference for the Kingdom. Debroah, the prophet – yes perhaps a more traditional religious role – lead the military into battle. Non traditional. Jael though, a stay at home mum, was really the one who had the decisive breakthrough for Israel (in Judges 4) and it happened in her home, in her sphere of influence, doing what she had spent a life time doing really well.

There are men and women recorded in the bible who were anointed by God to build and craft, to decorate, create and administrate.

We are all unique and created by God to be who we are. We are created for a purpose and a plan.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

“God has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,”- 2 Timothy 1:9.

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5

Don’t ever feel that you have to be limited to this sphere (working for the church) to be used by God or that you’re not called.

 

Do you have a vision for your life?

Do you have a direction you are heading in?

Do you have a purpose and a priority that defines who you are and what you are doing?

 

vision defines the parameters of our life.

Vision means: “a clear sense of purpose regarding what God wants to do through your life”

Vision is all about knowing God and making Him known.  In whatever way we’re called and passionate about.  It MIGHT be ministry.  It MIGHT be business.  It MIGHT be as a stay at home mum.  It might be as a teacher, doctor, journalist, artist, plumber, banker, barister… the main thing is to live out our lives glowing in the dark for Jesus that that world can see He is real and relevant!

 

“There is no thing as secular employment for the believer. Once we are born again, everything about us is redeemed for Kingdom purposes. It is all spiritual. It is either a legitimate Kingdom expression, or we shouldn’t be involved at all.

Every believer is in full time ministry – only a few have pulpits in sanctuaries. The rest have their pulpit in their areas of expertise and favour in the world system.

The call of God is important, not because of the title it carries, or doesn’t carry. Its valuable because of the One who called us. An assignment to be in business is as valuable in the Kingdom as is the call to be an evangelist. The privilege to be a stay at home wife and mother is equal in importance to being a missionary. Embrace your call with the faithfulness and thankfulness worthy of the One who has called you.” Bill Johnson – Dreaming With God

Discussion:

Brainstorm what you would do if you had the time, money, effort, energy, and passion to do whatever you want. Let your imagination run wild.

Assess your natural talents, skills and strengths for evidence of your calling. Are there any patterns, indicators or themes?

What makes you come alive? What causes your heart to burn? Is there a cause or a topic/subject that fires you up? Ask the Lord how your life can bring His Kingdom into this area/activity/issue.

Identify the area(s) where you would like to see your life make a difference, and for what you would like to be remembered.

Who are your role models? What kind of person do you think you ought to be or want to be?

 

 

Reminders that God is guiding us and at work is case we’re freaking out about missing it and missing out:

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.  Psalm 37:5

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

*** housegroup plan for tonight

196025_10151355663848156_639279346_n

 

 

{WORSHIP SET}

One Thing Remain

Came To My Rescue

 

{SKYPE} Psalm 27

 

{8 TO BE GREAT} 1. Passion. 2. Work. 3. Focus. 4.  Push. 5. Ideas. 6. Improve. 7. Serve. 8. Persist.

 

{101} Group and Pair Discussion

P: What does “success” mean to you?

P: What is your definition of influence?

P: What are you doing with the influence you currently have?

P: Are there discrepancies between what you desire in your heart and what you are doing with your life?

 

G: "You only have as much influence as people have respect for you." How do you increase or get credibility?

G:  What does the bible say about credibility and influence?

 

Too many people are content to live a life of information rather than revelation. But knowledge alone will never inflame a sustained blaze in you to love Jesus passionately. Only revelation will do that ~ Banning Liebscher

 

G: World changers understand their dream of the Kingdom of God invading earth doesn’t come by simply sitting around inactive. They know “the ball is in their hands and take steps to co-labour with Jesus and see His desire fulfilled. What are two things you could do today to shift your life out of passive mode and into an offensive posture?

 

P: Think back to a time when you felt the love of God. Talk about how it happened and how it impacted your life. In what way did it change and empower you?

P: Pray for each other

b8a5e901bcf639ca9020a9d7f654a922

Jesus, i pray that You would write Your message upon our hearts that we might speak life, hope, destiny and purpose into these young people

i pray that You would open their eyes to the reality of Your love and greatness, that they would find their greatest satisfaction in You.  i pray that they would know who they are in You, what their giftings are and what You have called them to do and be.  that they would be secure in purpose and confident in serving, empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

i pray that we would have lots of fun and that you would build community amongst us, that we would create lifelong friendships and be open with one another, able to challenge honestly, encourage lavishly and walk through life together.

i pray we would learn well, that we would love Your Word and love Your presence.  teach us new ways to communicate with You, to connect with You, to communicate with each other and to follow hard after Your ways and Kingdom. 

Follow One Passion One Devotion on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Worship Wednesday

1000 Things

November 2017
S M T W T F S
« Oct    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  
%d bloggers like this: