House of Prayer

Message Notes

Matthew 21:12-14 (NIV)
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.‘”
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

Our House

Reaching the Lost

Luke 19:9-11 (NIV)
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Making a Difference

Matthew 20:28 (NIV)
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

House of Prayer

Isaiah 56:7 (NIV)
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.”

How Do We Pray?

Pray With Faith For Healing

Luke 7:12-16 (NIV)
12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”

Pray with Zeal

John 2:15-17 (NIV)
15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Psalm 69:9 (NIV)
9 for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

Pray with Imagination

Habakkuk 1:5 (NIV)
5 “Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.

Philippians 4:19 – My God Shall Supply

Message Notes

(Philippians 4:19)And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

1.”My God”
-Paul’s situation wasn’t a good example of God’s riches was it?

2.Will Supply All Your Needs
-The power of hope

-The power of sowing and reaping

(Luke 6:38) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

(Galatians 6:9) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

(Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want

3.According To His Riches

God is rich

Man of sorrows

(Isaiah 53:3 NLT) He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

(Ephesians 3:16) I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

(2 Corinthians 8:9) For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

(Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Overcomer

Message Notes

Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV)

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.‘”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.‘”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

1 John 4:4 (NIV)
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

What Areas Do We Need To Overcome?

1.Provision – Will God Provide?

2.Identity – Am I Good Enough?

3.Priorities – What is Number 1 In My Life?

How Can We Overcome The Devil?

1.Know Your Bible
Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV)
3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:16 (NIV)
16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.

Deuteronomy 6:13 (NIV)
13 Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.
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2.Let The Devil Know “Not Today”

James 4:7 (NIV)
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
3.See the Kingdom of Heaven Coming Closer
Matthew 4:17 (NIV)
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Dreamers And The Purposes Of God

Message Notes

(Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

(Genesis 37:3-7) Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. (4) When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. (5) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. (6) He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: (7) We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

1.A Dream Can Come To Anyone

-Family background doesn’t matter

-Personal history doesn’t matter

-Present resource doesn’t matter

-Age and gender doesn’t matter
(Acts 2:17) In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

2.A God Dream Comes To Lift Us. To Sustain Us. To Move Us Forward.

Peter: rock and will build my church

(Matthew 16:18) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

3.A Dream Comes In An Atmosphere Of Faith

-Joseph’s dad Jacob visionary too

4.A Dream Speaks Of The Future

(Habakkuk 2:3) For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

5.The End Does Not Look Like The Beginning. But We See It Like A Star In The Sky.

(Genesis 15:5) He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.

6.A Dream Increases As We Wear The Restraints Of Responsibility

-Wear the jacket

(Proverbs 29:18) Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

7.A Dream Can Be Snuffed Out By Negativity

-but true visionaries will never let go of their dream

8.A Godly Dream Is Always Linked To God’s Purposes

a.Know God

b.Reach people for Jesus

c.Make a difference

(Ephesians 1:4) For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
(Ephesians 2:10) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

What Will You Do…If Someone Tells You “NO”?

Message Notes

(Genesis 4:2-8 NLT) Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel. When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. (3) When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the lord. (4) Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The lord accepted Abel and his gift, (5) but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. (6) “Why are you so angry?” the lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? (7) You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (8) One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.”And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.

–We often forget to ask for the reason and just accept the rejection

1.God Is Not Denying You!

(Genesis 4:4-5 NLT) Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The lord accepted Abel and his gift, (5) but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.

–Why Does God Say No Then?

(James 1:4 NLT) So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

(Proverbs 16:1-3 NLT) We can make our own plans, but the lord gives the right answer. (2) People may be pure in their own eyes, but the lord examines their motives. (3) Commit your actions to the lord, and your plans will succeed.

– When you hear the voice of God, it’s harder to hear the No’s than the Yes’s

–It’s important to journal everyday to collect the pieces

2. Learn The Importance Of Receiving

(Genesis 4:6-7 NLT) “Why are you so angry?” the lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? (7) You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

–We made decisions based on things that we can see but God sees things that we cannot see

–Cain couldn’t receive God’s advise and just acted based on whatever he wanted to do

(Jeremiah 7:23 AMP) But this thing I did command them: Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people; and walk in the whole way that I command you, that it may be well with you.

3. Just Look Up!

-Cain looked down after God told him.

(1 John 4:8) Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Life Group Questions and Prayer

1. Have you had an experience where your thoughts and God’s didn’t match? What was it about?

2. What do you receive when you’re disappointed?

3. Let’s pray!

Lifehouse – 15 Years On This Amazing Journey With God

Message Notes

Life is a journey, not a sprint – A pilgrimage – moving towards something God has shown us ahead.

(Psalm 84:4-7) Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. (5) Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. (6) As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. (7) They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

– Complete The Work

(Philippians 1:6 NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

 

-3 Words That Sustain Me

 

The Blessing Sustains Us

(Genesis 12:1-3) The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (2) “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. (3) I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

The Vision Sustains Us

(Genesis 15:5-6) He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (6) Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

The Presence Of God Sustains Me

(Exodus 33:12-14) Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ (13) If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” (14) The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Seek God’s Heart

Message Notes

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

(Proverbs 16:1-4 NLT) We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer. (2) People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. (3) Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. (4) The LORD has made everything for his own purposes.

What kind of person seeks God’s heart? A person who seeks God’s kingdom.

1.The Faithful Hearted

(Matthew 25:14-17 NKJV) For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. (15) And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. (16) Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. (17) And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.

(Matthew 25:20-23 NKJV) So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ (21) His lord said to him, ‘Welldone, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ (22) He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ (23) His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

(Luke 16:10 NKJV) He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

2. The Ones that Know they are Given Much and Entrusted with Much

(Luke 12:48b) From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

(Romans 12:1-3) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (2) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (3) For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

3.The Ones that Value Unity more than Individuals

(1 Corinthians 12:7 TLB) The Holy Spirit displays God’s power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church.

(Ephesians 4:2-3 NLT) Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (3) Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

Lifegroup Questions and Prayers

1. What can you do more to Seek God’s Heart?

2. What can you do more to have unity?

3. Let’s pray together

Serve the Lord with Gladness

Message Notes

(Psalm 100:2) Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

-Paul writing from filthy prison. Yet he is praying for Philippians blessing

(Philippians 1:9 NHEB) This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;

-still, more

-more and more

-More and more what? … abound!

-perception – able to see levels, depths, 3D picture.

-discernment which “cuts through” hazy moral values to really “size things up

Q: Why does great love lead to great perception? And why is this important?
A: Live for God with influence and destiny. —> (v.10)

(Philippians 1:10 NEHB) so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ;

-to put to the test in order to succeed.

-excellence – to take all the way through (i.e. to the end), excellence.

-pure- shining like the sun’s rays – i.e. with spiritual vision

-free from hurt, not offending and not causing offence.

(Philippians 1:11 NEHB) being filled with the fruit of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

-having been filled – it’s a done deal

-fruit of righteousness. It’s all Jesus!

(Galatians 5) love, joy, peace, able to cope with difficulty.

eg. 1 – Paul in prison (yet writing books for us 2,000 years later)

(Philippians 1:12) Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.

eg. 2 – Joseph in prison (yet able to be an example for us 3,500 years later)

(Genesis 50:20) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

-Conclusion:

So love … to able to see the big picture in every situation.

So love … to be filled with good things – in the hard times – ready for the future.

The Great Turnaround!

Message Notes

The Great Turnaround!

(Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

1. Joseph’s Life Was Full Of Difficult Challenges

(Genesis 37:5) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

–  Saw a dream when he was 16 → A dream completely denied → Gave Up On The Dream

(Genesis 37:28) So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

–  His brothers sold him → Identity was rejected → Could not trust anyone. Lost confidence.

(Genesis 39:1b) an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

– Sold into slavery → his body was trafficked by money → Lost hope. Lost purpose

(Genesis 39:20) Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

-Tempted & Attacked by master’s wife → falsely accused → Bitterness. Doubts God

(Genesis 40:23) The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

-A Promise with 2 prisoners → Forgotten Promise → Unable to trust, hopeless future, no faith.

Joseph was able to see things through the right lens. But how?

He knew About The Greatness Of God

(Ecclesiastes 3:11) He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

(Luke 16:10) “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Kept On Letting Go Of Bad Things

(Genesis 45:4-5 TEV) Then Joseph said to them, “Please come closer.” They did, and he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. (5) Now do not be upset or blame yourselves because you sold me here. It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people’s lives.

(Matthew 18:21-22 NLT) Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” (22) “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer

1、What does it look like to have your biggest imagination?

2、What can you learn from Joseph’s life?

3、Let’s Pray!

Love to Change Our world

Message Notes

Love to Change Our world

(Matthew 22:34-40) Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. (35) One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: (36) “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” (37) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and greatest commandment. (39) And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (40) All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

-Teacher of the law (expert) Pharisee.

-A high-level professional – 10,000’s hours in the law.

Knew 600 laws

248 +ve laws. ‘Do this and live’.
365 -ve laws. ‘Don’t ….’ (one for every day of the year) 

(v36) ‘Which command is greatest?’

Not about preference, Not about knowledge,
-but the one to live our lives to. The priority, the foundation stone, the one on which all changes upon?

1.LOVE GOD – The First and Greatest

‘Love the Lord with all whole heart, whole soul, whole mind.’ (from Deuteronomy 6:5)

2.LOVE SELF, LOVE OTHERS

‘the second is like it’.
-same in nature and stature – next in line, the result from the same.

-Empty hearts – searching to love self, wanting to love others as we were created to.

-Full hearts – l can love self and others.

3.Will the questioner receive this? Will we?

“Well answered teacher…”

(Mark 12:32) “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.

(Mark 12:34) “You are not far from there Kingdom of God.

Blessings of this verse

(Deuteronomy 6:3) Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

Teach it to your children – pass it on

(Deuteronomy 6:7) Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

God’s love poured

(Romans 5:5) And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer

1.Are you full of God’s love?

2.Do you want more?

3.Let’s pray.