Church in Owensboro | Vision for 2013

Church in Owensboro 2012 was it was a great year. I, look i, look at the the the stat, where around 1,500 people pray to rededicated their life to jesus christ of nazareth, and if we think about it, that’s 15 other people who walk through the doors of our church. They were on their way to help that walked out of the doors of our church on their way to heaven. And that’s because you love them, you serve them. You invited them in christ, did a work in their life and I can remember back to when we started this church jesse and either there’s some of the launch team that was around in those early days that are here. I can remember, I stand it on sunday nights in the brothers pizza shop, looking out and praying that somebody would show up just if anybody would show up or was going to be me preaching to jesse and then jesse preaching to me. You know about, but people come and god’s been faithful and we got some of the greatest team that work so hard and serve so hard and give and pray and I love what pastor brian houston hillsong church says he says:thatgreat churches aren’t built off of the talents of a few, but they’re built off of the sacrifices of minnie and i. Just want to appreciate you and let you know we love you we’re thankful, for. You were thankful for the sacrifice that everybody has made to make river city church happen. We honor you and we celebrate with you today it it’s incredible. It’s powerful! We give the lord one more hand, clap appraised memo go on in the service, so we had. Church in Owensboro We had an awesome, 2012 and awesome, 2012 and I believe we’re going to have even a greater 2013. Church in Owensboro How mean our god hasn’t brought us this far to leave us where we are but he’s going to take us higher and this next year, I believe the gods going to do exceedingly abundantly. Above all that we can ask or think, according to what paul wrote, in the book of ephesians and I want you to begin to pray with me and believe with me, and we’re asking ask for some people in the church. I’ve done it on wednesday nights throughout the month of january to find something to fast everybody say fast. Jesus talk about fasting, his disciples, fasted and fasting is going without food or type of food for a period of time find something to fast for a few days in january and pray for this church pray for its leadership pray for her. What were called to do in 2013 and I believe that god it is going to do miracles in our midst. It’s going to be exciting and I believe that that that number we’ve seen up there I want to double it this year, I want all those numbers took a double or triple or or whatever you know, I keep going, keep going, keep getting higher I like to welcome. We got a team here from central city, that’s going to be the starting a church, soon they’re planning to church pastor, justin latham! Where are you? Are you in here somewhere dinner, somewhere and they’re launch team? Would you got to stand up for one second? If you’re over there hey, they brought, they brought a true with them. These guys are planting a church and dom I like to pray for y’all. If I can do dollar, church, planters and I love people that think about america’s matter fact, a lot of the decisions and salvations that happen in america, a large percentage of them happen in new churches and there’s something about new, movement and I just want to pray that you guys are effective, led of the spirit that you’re wise as serpents and harmless as doves and I just believe that that god is going to use you to do something great.  Church in Owensboro Let’s pray for him, church stretch your hand stores in the name of jesus christ of nazareth. We pray father for this church. We pray for these planters. We pray that your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, father. We pray in jesus mighty name that you would use them to bring the gospel of jesus christ of people who don’t know what to create a church where the unchurched can come and connect. We pray lord that they would charge for and that they would break through the gates of hell and father bring out those who have been in bondage. So are we bless them now? Church in Owensboro We believe that the anointing is on them. We just pray and believe father that they would figure out how to operate culturally relevant where they can grab this generation in jesus, mighty mighty name. I say that their head. It lacks no oil for their assignment, no oil for their assignment in jesus, name amen. If you have it on you to matthew chapter 16, matthew, chapter 16 and we’re going to go to verse, 13 and we’re talking about the vision for this church in 2013, anything that loses a vision for life or for future or anything begins to die. The bible says this:where there is no vision, the people do what church, where there is no vision the people perish, but he that keeps the law happy. Is he won’t the same? That’s true about people is also true about a church where there is no vision in a church. People move to a different parishes. What normally happens in that church begins to die. How many people know of some churches that worship call and going and blowing and it’s day, but now the thing is, died and dissipated. You ever seen a church like that I go down I’m on the board of a church at marion kentucky and serve as an overseer there and I go down there from time to time and when I go into town, I can’t help but notice. Church in Owensboro

Church in Owensboro There’s a church on the left hand, side of a drag when I go into town and it used to be at church. It’s a church building. It’s got a church name up over the top of it, but now there’s a sign out front that doesn’t say church, it says museum and what used to be a church and a ark of god, a place that was used to bring christ to the community is now no longer active. There’s no preaching of the gospel. There’s no worship there, there’s no communion there that that there there’s no kids ministry, there they’re only old relics to something that happened years and years ago. How does that happen? It happens because, somewhere along the line, people began to lose vision on what a church was really supposed to do and really supposed to be. And now we have a museum instead of a movement of god made that never happen at river, city church somebody say amen. Maybe we stay for the spirit of god full of the vision of god. That’s my prayer, but the only way we’re going to have strong vision and strong future thinking is we got to understand what the church is. Scriptural identity really is what the church is called to be shouldn’t be set just by the culture. Church in Owensboro Now we do things to engage culture and to reach modern culture, and we don’t want to be viewed as a funeral home how many watts churches you walk into him and it’s the same vibe as you walk in the funeral home you’ll know what I’m talking about. There’s the flowers there’s the carpet from your grandma’s house and I’m, like man where’s, the body I know it’s got to be here somewhere. You know, I need some black on I need a tie on somebody. Would somebody show me where the body is and I’m not against, but up I’m sure, there’s a group of people who grew up in the funeral home business. It would feel very comfortable in that environment and we could lead to christ, but for the rest of the world. You know church out to change the vibe about the truth and the spirit of god and the word never changes. Somebody say amen to that. So, if I can find what did christ identify with when he talked about it and I can look at that identity and we begin to embrace that identity I believe it, our vision become stronger. Matthew chapter 16 and will begin reading inverse 13th. If you’re there go ahead and say I’m yours out reach. When jesus came into the region of cesery philippot, he asked his disciples sang. Who do men say that I’m, the son of man am so they said some say:john the baptist, some elijah and others jeremiah or one of the prophets he said to them. But who do you say that I am simon peter answered and said you are the christ, the son of the living simon peter, answered and said that jesus answered and said to him blessed? Are you simon son of jonah, for flesh and blood is not revealed this to you, but my father, who is in heaven and i, also say to you that you are peter and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell or hades shall not prevail against it, and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on, earth will be bound in heaven. Church in Owensboro Whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven, then he commanded his disciples that they should tell no one that he was jesus the christ. Here we have the passage of text where jesus reveals to his disciples that he’s going to build his church. He lets him know how the church is going to be built. He lets him know how important the church is that it is built. He also lets them know what the church is going to do when it gets built and so I believe we can look here and we can find her identity first thing. Let me explain to you what’s happening. Jesus is traveling with his disciples. Do you know how old disciples would have been that would have been 40 or 50 year old man to go to a evangelical play or something is out of church I’ll, passion play? How me know when they set up like never seen a living lord’s supper any kind of play like that I’ll passion play, anybody out there wave at me if you’re with me today, some of the five of you have, okay, if you go to most of time, will be like middle-aged guys they’re like 40 45 50 jesus disciples were more like teenagers 15 to 18 19. They say:peter was 19 more than likely on the day of pentecost, so jesus loads up his youth group. So what happens now use were a lot different 2000 years ago. Church in Owensboro Then they are now at 13. They became men. They’ve been working at the family for taking off their footie pajamas, put away their xbox came up out of their mama’s basement and became men. Now we’re still pacifying 13 14 15 year old men, I’m starting a farmer we’re going to work. The boise river, city, church and they’re going to get some work at that now I’m playing but i. Do it I’d love to do it cuz we got so many problems like that beat these are teenagers they’re going with jesus and he takes him to a place called cesery philippot, cesery, philip ii according to the jews. What’s the darkest place on the face of the earth no observe an orthodox jew would want to be caught dead at cesery phillipi. Why? Because they would have been deemed ceremonially unclean by jewish law for even being there since we fell apart was a center for pagan worship. Church in Owensboro

Church in Owensboro They worship the deity around cesery, philip I know what they believe was a god that was half goat. Half man had some of the most foul worship practices you could imagine, and abscess refill by there was a place that the natives called the gates of hell. There’s a giant rockwall still there to stay at the bottom of that wall. There’s a spring that comes up out of the ground and the people of cesery philip I believe that spring. What’s the gateway to everything, wicked everything file, everything from the spirit world that existed, then it would come up out of that spring and and wreak havoc in the earth and do what it wanted and when it got done it would go right back down into the spring here’s. What jesus did he loaded up his disciples and he didn’t take them to the bible bookstore? He didn’t take them to regent university. He didn’t take them up to louisville to southern. He didn’t take them to billy graham’s the cove. He didn’t take them to a big christian event. He loaded up as teenagers, and he took them to amsterdam to the red light district to bangkok downtown where the sex slave industry is out front and open. He took them to one of the roughest places in the earth. What’s the image there, do you know that you have a god? Who is not afraid of sin? Do you know that you have a guy? Church in Owensboro That’s against sammy’s, not for it. I like what one of the great evangelists setup of the last century, he said:send I’m against it. With my with my. I’ll punch it with foot i, kick it with my teeth:i bought it and when I’m old and fish with some food with some toothless I shall try to commit to death of jesus is against in just like billy sunday was but he’s not afraid of sent. Some of us have this presentation of christ as though he’s like this this week, kind of limp, wristed guy, that’s hiding from what’s going on in the world, but he’s not he’s in the middle of it. Take an authority over bringing an answer to it:cleaning it up loving people who are called him if he is, he is not force him, but he certainly not afraid of sent. I was reading a tweet just the other day. Bye-bye miss requirements of mine and manny was powerful. You know, we’ve said this week. Church in Owensboro We’ve said:love the sinner, but what was the love the sinner? But what hate to send? He wrote this and I think it’s probably the greatest thing anybody has ever said to the church. He said:love, the, sinner and hate your own sin, you’re, not good. Does that make sense to anybody out there? How many know I can preach to you? I can love you, I can teach you, but I can’t fix your sim problem, but I can repent and takes mine, love, the, sinner and hate your own send. So jesus goes to cesery philip on that dark place. That’s where he unveils. What he’s here to do, because the church is to overtake the darkness, any ask him a question he’s got his he’s, got his teenagers there with him and he says who do men say that I am and he leans down and looks around. They start barking up answers because everybody has an opinion about jesus. It’s still that weigh 2,000 years later. Jesus is the most controversial figure that ever stood on the earth and then go to different places and man people get nervous. If you start talking about jesus and opinions suffer surface jessie. Now we were at a concert, i, don’t know it was a year or two ago. Maybe a year-and-a-half ago we went and saw john cougar mellencamp, because 20 million rednecks can’t be wrong. Church in Owensboro You know the music, it’s all right and I’m standing there and john cougars on stage and you know he’s got maybe some religious background or something, and he says the name. Jesus real, strong, I didn’t know that he’s a christian I mean he was preaching, but he said jesus real, strong and whenever he said at this awkward like weirdness just fell over the crowd. Shouldn’t talk about god. You can talk about some higher power, but when you say jesus opinions we can the surface jesus said who do men say that I am and they said? Well some say your jeremiah, some say your elijah. You do miracles the pharisees hate you. They hate your tactics by the way. If the religious community isn’t uncertain about our tactics were not ministering like jesus would minister on the earth. You know that I pray, the religious community always questions my tactics, cuz. They questioned jesus anna, who do men say that i? Am they give answers? Church in Owensboro Then he says, but who do you? Who do you say that I am simon peter answers and he says I think you’re, the christ you’re, the son of the living god jesus, looks back and says blessed? Are you simon son of jonah for flesh and blood as a revealed this to you? But my father is in heaven who is in heaven and i, say to you that you are peter and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Peter says:you’re you’re, the christ you’re, the answer and jesus says that’s right on I want to give you the vision for river city church in 2013. We’re going to do the same thing that peter did 2000 years ago. We’re going to identify who the christ is to the people around us. We’re going to say that jesus is the christ. The best plan that I have as a pastor as a church leader as a teacher of the word of god, is to teach that jesus is the savior. Church in Owensboro

Church in Owensboro Jesus is the healer that jesus is the provider. That jesus is the redeemer that jesus how to restore the jesus? Is the one that we were all redeemed us from the curse of the law and the jesus is the soon-coming king? Somebody say amen to that. You want to know what kind of church we are where jesus church. That’s our message. That’s our story! That’s our song! It’s the gospels, matthew mark, luke and john are apart from that. We really have nothing other than the person of jesus christ of nazareth. You have an opportunity church to introduce the world to the greatest person that ever existed to hughes, sits on the throne and unto the lamb. Somebody say amen to that introductions, telling people who christ is listen as a pastor. Church in Owensboro I can’t just run around and talk to everybody all the time, and if the church is waiting on me, saturday’s cheese’s to everybody, it’s going to be trouble around here we didn’t see 15. Other people be reached with the message of christ praying a prayer by just our leadership in our staff. Reach matter fact my cover as a christian in owensboro, it’s blown and when people find out that I’m a pastor. Do you know that they’re there freaked out by me it’s just the way it goes? It gets weird I get on airplanes, I’ll! Try to think of other things, to tell people to ask me what I do for a living. Church in Owensboro I say things like you Know:i’m, a public speaker which is true of a public speaker or i. Tell them I’m in the cattle business which is true, I’ve got I’ve got some cattle got a phone or something like that and I’m trying not to say I’m a pastor, because the moment they find out I’m a pastor there freedom going to like for a holy water on them or get them down and make them pray the sinner’s prayer and our discussions over. But for you so many you are still under cover enough they’re, going to listen to you and you can tell them band I know what will help you I know what will save you I know what to give you some peace y’all to come with me to church, so you were so far undercover. We worry about you around here. To be honest, tell the world who jesus is that’s our number one plan at river, city church, and it’s never going to change as well as I stand in this pulpit. The only message we have is the message of the gospel in jesus christ of nazareth, so I says:listen, you’re, the christ you’re going to be peter, upon, this rock, or the confession that he’s the christ will I build my church, and then he says this and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Church in Owensboro You know what the church is called. The church is called to go and literally knocked down the gates of hell in jesus said this about the church, I’m building a church, that’s going to be strong enough and spirit, empowered enough and pull up the word in the wisdom of god enough, but it’s literally going to go to the gates of hell and knock them back. We are here to take territory back from the kingdom of darkness, their gates out there and every person who’s never called in the name of jesus exist within those skates can finds. We have loved ones who are today living inside the gates of hell. We have co-workers today core living inside the gates of hell. Family members were living inside the gates of hell, but jesus said I’m going to build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it, but church is tougher than anything than hell can bring to the four front. We have more power in our lives than hell has on its side, so church life it can get messy at times. Why can I get messy at times, because any church, that’s changing a culture or reaching the lost they wake up every morning at the gates of hell? Church in Owensboro It’s like you’re waking up every morning right here as hell right. Here’s the church and you know you’re winning people who just been on the game last night today how we know our church folk are not perfect, I mean just go out and look at your neighbor and look at your other neighbor church folk are not perfect. We know they’re not perfect. Church in Owensboro Why, but, but but they’re works in progress, we’re all works in progress. Why cuz we’re redeeming somebody from hell and i? Don’t want a perfect church if the church is perfect, it’s because we haven’t been reaching the lost. You want to church to be like this. I want him to be about 1/3, save mature. Church in Owensboro You know that they know who they are in christ. They know where they’re going I want about a third of them to beat to be getting somewhere young disciples learning where they’re headed what gods called him to do and then I want a third of them to be lost sitting in the pews right now:hey man, cuz. We got them and if you’re in the door and you’re looking for god and you’re a lot closer to him than when you work before you walked inside of here, and we we love you and we’re for ya and we’re not against you. Church in Owensboro We want to see you become everything to god has designed you to be, and I want our church to stay like that, a man, lots of people, view church, as it’s supposed to be a fortress, it’s a holy huddle where we take our kids, we take our house. We bring our families in this holy fortress this huddle and we hide from what’s going on outside in the world, and we don’t go out there. Church in Owensboro

We don’t see what they’re about where we’re not reach them. Church in Owensboro We just got this fortress of our own, but jesus never talked about a church that would be a fortress that we hot hit in. He talked about a church that would become a force that would literally blow down the gates of hell, listen hell’s, holding people captive and it’s up to the church to ransom them. Rescue them going reach them and how’s got some things going for it. I’ve got to be honest:do you know what the hell stone fort hill has an unbelievable marketing budget in the earth? I? Look at it. Hell’s got big investments in what it’s doing. Sometimes I look at christians and we can’t get them to invest on the side of the ball, but how’s guys they invest in what they’re doing think about the marketing budget of mtv and i. Don’t think mtv in and of itself totally represents hell, but it’s a slice of it. I’m just going to say that you look in our culture in america how it’s different than it was 30 or 40 years ago, which I agree with that the culture in america is different than it was 30 or 40 years ago and I’ll look at pastors from the 50s and the 60s I’m like how easy would it to a bento been a pastor back then all of the cultures moving in one general direction, there’s like a little more moral, clarity, there’s more absolutes, there’s rights and there’s wrong. Church in Owensboro Do you know when that start to evaporate in america talk about like the 60s sexual revolution, hippie movement into the 70s and the 80s? There’s mtv your money for nothing, york, search for free and it got into the minds and the hearts of young people of america in it begin to change our values to change us who we are and they put big dollars into it, because there’s a big plant, if we is the church, could just have a temp of the marketing budget that that mtv has I think that I could grab ahold of the heart and the mind and the intellect of the next generation, and we can make a real change to the route mocking us right now. Church in Owensboro But we are to do some serious marketing ourselves. Somebody give the lord of handclap, you think I’ll be out done. Baja and I’m I’ll just believe that and then he’ll scott gimmicks I’m all for gimmicks, whatever works, but what we have then he’ll can never have. The church has something the hell can never have number one. We have the spirit of god on our side. We’ve got greater, is he that is in us than he that is in the world? The second thing that we have is we have. We have something:he’ll can never touch or never really happened. That is that we have love. You know what I mean they think you can get on this earth you know what the bible says:never fails:love never fails now about these three faith, hope and love. Church in Owensboro The greatest of these is love. Corinthians, chapter 13, first corinthians. It says that love never fails. Everybody says love never fails, it never fails. So what’s the vision of river city church? What are we been about? 4 years? I just want to communicate it fresh in the new today number one we’re here to love, god everybody sale of gods come on. We won’t. We won’t have to fill that scripture. That says hear o israel, the lord, your god, the lord is one. You should love the lord, your god with all your heart, all your soul. All your mind, all your strength of god, really love. God I’ll. Tell you what our lives begin to change. What our lives begin to change. People take notice of a change life. Jesus said, if you love me, you’ll keep my commandments person that really loves god looks different from the rest of the world. Tell you can how you can really. You can really begin to see who’s for real over course of time. Lives begin to change when people of god I want this house to be a house of worship. I want to be a house with people who are radically in love with the king of kings and lord of lords and I want people to be able to see it and everything we do everything we say and every part of our lives of people, everybody say people. You know, people are wonderful, they’re, beautiful, they’re, glorious that there are wonderfully and fearfully made. The scripture say that everyone of you that you’re made in the image of the living god people are something worth giving your life for something we’re serving something worth going after. We want to love people around here. We won’t let people in every shape, form fashion, size, so cute socioeconomic background nationality, race creep. We want to love them. Why they’re all made in the image of god’s I was listening to a friend of mine? Church in Owensboro Actually jesse was a mentor to be pastors guts church, tulsa oklahoma. He told a story that really struck a chord in me and we talked about being a young guy. He east beast 55, now something like that, but he was younger guy and he was going to college all right out of school in tulsa. He said that they lived in a house and they had a spare room in that house and they would rent it to guys for about a month at a time, and he said he never really talked to him. They came and went from that house a lot, and so we didn’t make relationship with them that much, but one day comes running into his house and he’s going to change his clothes. Take a shower he’s in a hurry and he goes running by that door right there, where the guys staying in he said it just felt like I had to stop meet the guy had to do something. Church in Owensboro

Church in Owensboro Some of the inside of me was telling me. You know when I need to talk to this guy and he said I start up the steps, but it was awkward to talk about you like how do I do this? What do I say so it goes back and he knocks on the door and the guy opens the door and he said:hey, I’m, I’m, bill, I live upstairs and I just want to see how you doing. Are you doing alright? Because, like you, I’m fine, they just looked at him and said I want to know. Is that is there anything that I can do for you? Is there anything that I can do for you? What can I do for you today anyway? Church in OwensboroI can help you out I’m available to help you because I said hi I’m fine, but thanks for stopping by he said he went upstairs, took a shower left. The house didn’t think anything else about it. He said, 15 years later, he was preaching in a ministry event preaching to you that a youth conference youth conference was over and went back to the place where the minister’s would spend the night, and he said there was a knock on the door. You wouldn’t open the door and there was a guy there. That was, you could tell visibly disturbed have been crying and going to do something for you. Danny said you might not remember me, but I used to live with you in tulsa oklahoma that lived in a room you guys rented out a month at a time and one day I was in that room and I was getting ready to kill myself at a gun in my mouth. Church in Owensboro That hurt somebody run into the house and they went up the stairs and I still didn’t stop at my door and I said my heart I said god, so you don’t even care enough about me for anybody to stop at my door. He said when I said that you came back down the stairs. You open the door and you said:is there anything that I can do for you and he said man I put away my gun there course of events. Spell christ I got married. I’ve got a baby in the damage, youth, pastor and I’m here, leaving the church and I want to. Thank you all. Our youth group and I want to thank you for stopping and loving me how men are. We don’t know what we’re doing, what we’re loving people and christians under the sound of voice. There’s a lot of stories out here like that love you you you had somebody do that for you or maybe you did something in somebody’s life to tell you that. Church in Owensboro Down the road just little things we do to love people. It makes all the difference in the world a man. Would you set up on your feet with me one more moment and here’s the last thing I want to say we’re also going to love life, everybody say life, man, we’re christians. We ought to enjoy I’m out of time. We don’t embrace the life that god’s given us, and then people will want to live. That life just hang out with me one moment we’re going to receive communion I’m going to pray over the elements when I have one more song:worship we’re going to dismiss with, but I’m going to pray over these communion elements, and you can receive them right there where you are now want you to think about what god wants you to do and how he want you to flow in 2013 and we’re going to remember what he’s done for us in the past and by looking to him in the past, I believe we’re going to get some clear vision in the future. So I will pray over the elements if you’re in here you know you don’t have to be a member of river city church, but if you’re christian feel free to receive those elements, you’re just checking out the service, don’t take them today. Bible says if you drink them in an unworthy manner. You drink judgment on yourself, so I’m going to pray over the bread I’m going to pray over the top and then, whenever you get ready all right after you had a time of worship whenever you get ready to receive those elements, just take them at your own discretion. Let’s pray, father i, thank you for the bishop, river city church in 2013 I think I’m, older you’re, going to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think i. Think your father’s at the church, literally, is tougher than hell. I! Think of that you’ll build your church and the gates of hell will never prevail against it right now. Lord I bless these elements and i. Thank you for a symbol of your broken body and your shed blood I bless him in jesus name and the church said, amen Church in Owensboro