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Message Notes and Stories

These posts tell our story: what God is speaking to us, what God has done in our lives, and what we pray you see Him do in yours. You'll find recent video messages, message notes, individual stories of God's work. 

This is our story.

Valor

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Sharable notes for the June 18, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • A charge for everyone who wants to impact future generations for Jesus is that we carry each other’s burdens to fulfill the law of Christ, which is love.
  • Jesus is the ultimate example of manhood - chivalrous, humble, strong.
  • We should be stirred to live lives of passion and adventure for Christ. 
  • The love we share must be sacrificial, unconditional, given when it's not deserved, proactive not reactive, and at times we must show tough love.
  • Is my version of Christianity worth dying for?
  • Because the truth is offensive it doesn't make the truth wrong. 
  • In Jesus we see blood, sweat, and tears showing us that we must sacrifice, work hard and show empathy.
  • May we never lose our wonder of God. Don't let yourself become cynical.
  • "You can't have joy without sacrifice, character without suffering, success without failure, gain without pain, a testimony without a test. If you want it all you have to go all in." Mark Batterson 

We Are the Church Week 2

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Sharable notes for the June 11, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • We need a revolution of how we view church. We are part of a movement with zeal and passion! 
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to worship with others, choose to be present. 
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to grow together.
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to serve together.
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to GO together.
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to give generously.
  • There is no such thing in life as retiring from serving Christ or serving for Christ.

We Are The Church Week 1

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Sharable notes for the June 4, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • There's a right and wrong way to view our role in Jesus' church. Wrong way - what's in it for me? Right way - I'm committed to Jesus, to others and His church. 
  • I Cor. 12-14 is a great manual for the church.
    12 - Church is made up of many members.
    13 - Love is the center of all we do.
    14 - Holy Spirit Empowered and Led.
  • The movement Jesus started - His Church:
    1.We are different but we work together.
    2.Everything we say or do must be built on love.
    3.We are to be active.
  • Our gifts exist to bless others not to be seen and praised by men.
  • Be a unifier in Christ's body. In Romans 1 Paul lists gossip and slander right along side murder.
  • Are we striving to be a source of unity or do we only agree with things that meet our preferences?
  • In God's church there are no positions of power, only places to serve.
  • We need to pray for each other, our times of gathering, our leadership and those who need a relationship with Jesus.
  • When we treasure something we treat it differently. Our desire should be to view His Church as a gift not an obligation. 

We Are The Church - Intro

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Sharable notes for the May 28, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • A great movement takes a great sacrifice, commitment, dedication, a complete buy-in, an unwavering faith to see things through.
  • The Church is a movement gathered around a mission. It is not just a place you gather.
  • The church is a body of people who are followers of Christ, building one another up, growing together, serving and loving other for Christ.
  • If we are a part of God's church, our mindset should be one looking to engage, looking to encourage, looking to serve.
  • How God has treated us should effect how we relate to and treat others.
  • Christians have:
    Common source of righteousness - Jesus Christ
    Common foundation of truth - Word of God
    Common purpose - built as dwelling for God’s Spirit to profess the name and love of Jesus.
  • The Spirit doesn’t dwell fully in you individually, but in you when you are joined together with others.

In Christ Week 3

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Sharable notes for the May 21, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • You are not limited by your name. Jesus gives us a new name and a new identity! 
  • We will never find peace we are looking for until we find our true God created identity in Jesus.
  • When you believe a lie about yourself, you will view life differently. Don't let a false label have power over you.
  • Our speech should reflect who we are in Christ. Do the words we say and how we say them represent Christ well? 
  • Our actions and attitude should reflect who we are in Christ. Do our actions and attitude represent Christ well?

In Christ Week 2

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Sharable notes for the May 14, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • If we know who we are in Christ, it should change how we live our life. 
  • We cannot let our identity come from how others view us. We shouldn't live our life for the comment section or the "like" count.
  • Christian faith is not something you put on and wear on the outside, it is something that transforms us from the inside out. 
  • You don’t need to journey to find yourself. Find Jesus and you will find the truest part of you In Him.
  • No matter what has happened to you in your life, or what you have done in life, you can still be adopted into the family of God. You can become a child of God.
  • “Your self-concept comes from what you think the most important person in your life thinks of you.” - Charles Cooley - What if that most important person was Jesus?

In Christ Week 1

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Sharable notes for the May 7, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • The Truth of God is able to save, free, and transform the deepest needs of our soul.
  • When we find our identity in Christ, our soul finds its home. 
  • Values, beliefs, behaviors and relationships are all impacted by our identity, so where we find our identity is very important. 
  • Discovering Christ changes everything, because it changes who we thought we were in to who we really are. 
  • Don't let someone falsely identify you when your true identity is in Christ. 
  • Even though others may hold your past over you, Jesus never does. Focus on living the new life you have in Christ. 
  • Our identity in Christ is not earned, it is given. 
  • If our Identity is in what we do, there will be:
    Pressure to Perform
    Fear of Failure
    Constant Comparisons
    Wrecked Relationships
    Fatigue and Frustration
  • Our identity is not in what we do or did, it is in what Jesus did for us.

Why We Believe Week 7

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Sharable notes for the April 30, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • We are not to keep our love for Jesus to ourself, we are called to share that love. 
  • Our witness for Christ is not only demonstrated in our words but in our lives.
  • The outflow of our life shows what's at the center of our life. 
  • We need a mindset and heartset that every day is an opportunity to share the grace of Jesus.
  • Realizing the greatness of being saved, forgiven, and loved impacts how we worship, serve, and live for Christ.
  • If Jesus could pray prayers of love on the cross then we should be able to pray for our friends.
  • “When I pray, coincidences happen. When I stop, they don’t.” Mother Theresa
  • If God were to answer every prayer I prayed last week, would there be anybody new in His kingdom?
  • Often times the simple acts of kindness shine the brightest. 
  • Make an impact by being a person of prayer, being willing to have a conversation, and being authentic.

Why We Believe Week 6

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Sharable notes for the April 23, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • It's hard to shake God if you put your focus on Jesus, because Jesus will shake your soul.
  • God has never moved and will not move. He's always right there for us. We just have to turn to Him.
  • A soul in despair is a soul that's not home. God is beckoning you, come home! 
  • The desire in our soul is a desire for Jesus. We have to recognize it for what it is.
  • The good news is that all we need can be found in Jesus.
  • The grace of Jesus is free, but the price paid was costly. 
  • The gospel = Jesus in my place.
  • We should serve Christ not out of obligation, but out of love. 
  • The road home - Understand we're all sinners. That sin leads to death. Through Jesus though we can receive life. We have to believe, receive and confess our need for Him.

Why We Believe Week 5

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Sharable notes for the April 16, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • The truth of the resurrection of Jesus changes everything. Without the good news of the resurrection, there is no good news. 
  • “The total evidence is so overpowering, so absolute, that only the shallowest of intellects would dare to deny Jesus existence.” Paul Maier
  • How did the tomb become empty? The Romans – no they wanted Jesus dead. The Jews – they wanted Jesus to stay dead, they wouldn't take the body. Disciples – they were hiding/running/devastated until Christ appeared to them. They all died a martyr’s death and who would do that if they knew Jesus bones were in someone’s house?
  • Paul went from persecuting the church to partnering with the church. All because he saw a risen Jesus.
  • Jesus lived and walked the earth. Jesus died on a cross. Jesus rose and showed himself to others then went to Heaven. The way to eternity is through the cross of Jesus.

Why We Believe - Week 4

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Sharable notes for the April 9, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • Instead of letting skepticism stop you, let curiosity propel you towards Christ.
  • God is not playing hide and seek. If you seek Him wholeheartedly, you will find Him.
  • Ask yourself why you really do not want to believe. When you do, you may find it’s more worth it to believe.
  • When it comes to the critical central message of what you and I need to know the most about the Bible there is no ambiguity. It's all about Jesus.
  • John 1:12 - Believe + Receive = Become
  • Our faith is tied into an event that happened. It's not merely something we believe. It's something we have received, someone that we trust in.
  • Followers of Christ are not called to be entertained, we are called to be engaged in service for Him.

Why We Believe - Week 3

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Sharable notes for the April 2, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • Jesus is not a myth passed down, He is a part of history that was proclaimed from one generation to the next.
  • Who do you claim Jesus to be? Do you see Him as the Son of God?
  • Jesus beautifully combines the claims of divinity with His life of humility.
  • Jesus was a great teacher, but He was more than that. He is the way, the truth and the life.

Why We Believe - Week 2

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Sharable notes for the March 26, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • To recognize that there is meaning and purpose in life points to the truth that the Creator put that purpose in us.
  • When we try to create our own meaning we will end up empty and frustrated. 
  • To study the Bible is to go on a treasure hunt, discovering more and more the meaning of life. Why? Because the Bible reveals Jesus.
  • The Truth of the gospel, Jesus, sets us free to see the purpose of our lives - love God and love others. 
  • God can take what was meant to harm you and make you stronger, what was meant to make you doubt and reveal Himself through you.
  • Dissatisfaction is a proof that we are God’s creation, because deep within us we know something is missing.
  • Loving God makes the things in my life find their place and their purpose. 
  • Contentment is a learned behavior. https://www.bible.com/116/PHP.4.11-12
  • CS Lewis – “Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exist.  A baby feels hunger: well there is such a thing as food.  A duckling wants to swim: well there is such a thing as water.  If I find in myself a desire no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

Why We Believe - Week 1

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Sharable notes for the March 19, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • 1 Peter 3:15 points out that once you believe be ready to share your belief with gentleness and respect.
  • It's important to know what & why you believe in regards to The God who created us, Jesus who saved us and the Holy Spirit who empowers us.
  • The Bible reveals to us truth and most importantly who the Truth is, Jesus. 
  • A place where there is post-truth is a place where chaos will reign. 
  • The church isn't dying it is actually being identified. Chosen Christianity is growing, inherited faith is not.
  • “Stop demanding a belief in God to meet a standard that we don’t apply to other proofs...to state there is no God or there is a God, then, necessarily entails faith.” Tim Keller
  • The Bible declares our dignity because we are created in the image of God. Jesus declared his love for us through the cross. This is truth.
  • Sin is always going to be the problem and Jesus is always going to be the answer. 

What's In It For Me?

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Sharable notes for the March 12, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! (Each point is less than 140 characters!)

  • The pursuit of preferential pleasure may result in momentary satisfaction but never fulfillment.
  • The worship of "idols" is ultimately about the worship of ourselves.
  • George Barna, “We are a designer society. We want everything customized to fit personal needs-clothing, food, education. Now it’s religion.”
  • Consumer Christianity turns church and faith into a commodity.
  • “I want to see people committed to live for a great biblical cause, not a great earthly comfort." John Piper
  • It’s hard to be a disciple of Jesus when we view Him and His church no differently than a service rendered.
  • We need to change our thought from what's in it for me to what does God desire of me?
  • Life is meant to be about something bigger than myself.
  • The church is not just a place we go, but a body we’re a part of and the bride of Christ.
  • Church and our faith is more than a recreational event, it is a life we live.
  • Jesus is more than Savior, He is also to be Lord of our life.
  • God created us to be contributors, not consumers.

Dreams Week 7

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Sharable notes for the March 5, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! (Each point is less than 140 characters!)

  • Having a dream to finish well keeps us focused on Christ and what's important.
  • Desiring to finish well keeps us from living in the past.
  • Having a dream that is not about yourself, that is from God and for God, will give you the strength to handle the times of waiting.
  • If you want to dream God dreams for your life, you have to think long term.
  • "Your life can't be cut short when it lasts for eternity." Mark Batterson
  • When following Christ, obedience is a priority.
  • Nothing we do for God is empty. We may not see the end result, but every seed we sow will be honored by God.

Dreams Week 6

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Sharable notes for the February 26, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! (Each point is less than 140 characters!)

  • We are not born into our faith. We are born again by faith and belief that Jesus is the Son of God who died & rose again for our salvation.
  • There's a danger when we put anything (color, nation, political party, etc) as an adjective before our declaration that we are a Christian.
  • Nothing in our life is to modify who we are in Christ. Who I am in Jesus actually modifies every other area of my life.
  • People will often look at our character before they will hear our witness.
  • Salvation in Christ is available to everyone, no matter your race, age, economic class; and the church should represent this truth.

Dreams Week 5

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Sharable notes for the February 19, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! (Each point is less than 140 characters!)

  • One moment, one decision, one encounter with Christ can create an amazing ripple effect in your life. 
  • The more you seek to please God, the more your desires change. 
  • Never forget that your decisions now have future ramifications. 
  • You never know how your decision today to be used by Christ can lead to someone else's life tomorrow being changed by Christ. 
  • God wants our life to grow through daily encounters with Jesus, not just Sunday acquaintances.
  • May we dream of opportunities to have positive encounters in other people's lives that lead them to Christ. 

Dreams Week 4

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Sharable notes for the February 12, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! (Each point is less than 140 characters!)

  • Every abuse, prejudice and injustice towards another person is an affront to the Truth that we are created in God’s image.
  • For every injustice, God is raising up men and women to minster to those in need. 
  • We have been allowed to have the gift of life, so we should make the most of the life we've been given.
  • A failure in life is not the end. It's just a detour to a new door being opened. 
  • If we don't believe that God is greater and that He is with us, then we will see the problems around us as impossible.
  • God is looking for people of courage who will understand who they are in Christ, understand their mission, and be willing to go forward.
  • One decision of courage can change your life.
  • Salvation is the choice that changes our destiny, on earth and in eternity.
  • The story God is writing through your life may one day be a part of the subplot of someone else's life.
  • Never stop dreaming God’s dreams to use you to impact this world with the love of Jesus
  • Live this life believing God is real and His word is true. 

Believe in Your Us

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Sharable notes for the February 5, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! (Each point is less than 140 characters!)

  • Our dream as married couples should be to love at last sight, not just love at first sight. 
  • Love is more than an emotion, it is a daily choice. 
  • 1 Corinthians 13 is a list of truths about love that takes a lifetime of pursuit and work. A pursuit worth the work. 
  • In relationships, there is a gap b/w what we expect & how our spouse behaves. It's there we must choose to believe the best not the worst.
  • One of the most powerful things we can do to communicate that someone has not disappointed us is to believe the best.
  • Take every opportunity to draw your spouse in your direction. Don't create an environment where they don’t measure up.
  • What did I do this week that showed my spouse I am choosing to pursue them? 
  • Successful marriages are not testimonies of perfect marriages, but of two couples choosing to overcome through imperfections.