Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hope Has A Rope (10.15.17 Notes)

Hope Has A Rope
Week 3 Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church

This series, Through the Eyes of a Lion, is based upon a book by Levi Lusko of the same name. It is recommended you order the book online or by electronic device to follow the series through the month of October at Revolution Church. This series is used by permission.

Hebrews 6:19
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.

Because a boat that is properly anchored will still face waves and wind, it just won’t be MOVED.
Because of Jesus, we have hope. And because of hope, even in the midst of the worst storms of this life, we are anchored.
- We have a living hope, because we have a living Lord
- The author of Hebrews doesn’t just tell us what we have, but rather he tells us what we are anchored to.

Hebrews 6:20 - this anchor “enters the presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus.”
  • The Greek word for forerunner is prodromos
  • A pilot boat called a prodromos would go ahead of a large vessel and bring its anchor into
    the harbor that was difficult to navigate.
  • Large ships would would pull to the edge of the port and stop until a forerunner could come
    and grab the anchor
    This is what JESUS did for us!
    As we make our way through life, we are slowly being WINCHED in closer to shore. There is no such thing as a WIRELESS anchor. So what is the rope?

    John 14:25-27
    25 These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

    John 16:7
    Nevertheless, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.

    The Holy Spirit is the ROPE connecting us to our HOPE. That means it’s up to us how loose or tight the CONNECTION will be.
    Having too much slack in the line can have DEVASTATING results. Keep close and keep connected.
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1. Heaven is Nearer than it SEEMS.

Jesus said in Mark 1:15: The kingdom of God is near.

Remember the rear-view phrase: objects in mirror are CLOSER than they appear. The more we are filled with the Spirit, the closer the reflection of Jesus will be in our lives.

2. Illuminate Your Heart with the TRUTH.

When you are discouraged or devastated, it becomes easy to believe lies, and easy to be
tempted. Belief is the REMEDY to losing heart!

We must be intentional to comfort ourselves with the presence and promise of the resurrection. 3. 

3. Assemble with God’s PEOPLE.

Lions are the only social cat. Their strength comes from the “pride” (the group). If you mess with one, you have to take on them all. There is no greater way to reel the anchor in than to do it together.

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. - Psalm 92:13

4. Hold On

Yet, though he slay me, I will trust Him. - Job 13:15

No matter how hard it gets, no matter how bad it hurts, hold onto the rope. It can hurt so bad - but don’t think of it in years, think of surviving one minute at a time. One hour at a time. One person at a time.

In these moments, the most important thing is to keep the SLACK out of your rope. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Hidden in Plain Sight (10.01.17 Notes)

Hidden in Plain Sight
#ThroughTheEyesOfALion Week 1
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church

This series, Through the Eyes of a Lion, is based upon a book by Levi Lusko of the same name. It is recommended you order the book online or by electronic device to follow the series through the month of October at Revolution Church. This series is used by permission.

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)
18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

As we begin this series, think of this continual theme:

“There is incredible power that comes from facing impossible pain.”

The truth about facing difficulties in life:
  • Life is smooth sailing - don’t check out because it’s not applicable right now
  • Pay extra close attention when you are sitting in the seat of the prey
  • Suffering and grieving are powerful things - and God addresses them often
  • Through suffering, you have to find what you can’t see.

See things through the eyes of the lion. What if you could see things through the eyes of the KING instead of the eyes of the hunted?

Remember which LION is looking out for you:

1 Peter 5:6-11 (NLT)
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers[b] all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. 10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen.

The truth about understanding suffering and how to overcome it is:

  1. Looks can be DECEIVING

Because of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, our eyes were focused on things we should have never been able to see under the lens of hurt: sin, guilt, nakedness, death.

Consequently, we walk about mesmerized by the physical, when God sees our suffering through spiritual vision and eternal eyes.

  1. Eternity becomes visible by FAITH

For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7). Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1-2)

How many of you have seen the movie The Avengers, when in the discussion between Loki and Thor, it is said “you are burdened with glorious purpose.” Faith is God’s burdening of glorious purpose upon your life, but what happens when you lose sight of what you can’t see?

  1. Nearsightedness must be constantly CORRECTED

Lions are far-sighted (long-sighted). They see far away, super well. We constantly focus on the things right in front of us, but the lion relies upon vision and strategy.

Interestingly enough, for us though the battle of our EYES starts in our EARS.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

If we don’t hear what he SAYS, we won’t see what he SEES.

  1. Seeing the invisible, you can do the IMPOSSIBLE

When you let God give you vision that is SUPER-NATURAL, you will be able to receive strength that is SUPER-HUMAN.

Take the first four letters of those points and make an acronym:

LENS - I have a closing story for you. It’s in the book, but I want you to listen and not just read the words.

When your eyes are opened, you will see everything differently that before.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

High Beams in Heavy Darkness (09.24.17 Notes)

“High Beams in The Darkness”
#LetsRoll Week 3
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church

Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT)

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

This is the first section following the Beatitudes in the SERMON ON THE MOUNT.

Last week, Pastor Joe spoke about:

1. Being a part of the TEAM.
2. Using our GIFTS
3. Finding your PLACE.

These things are emphasized in the MISSION of Revolution Church. Life change, love God and love others and serve our community and around the world. Live.Love.Serve.

Jesus was emphasizing our ROLE in the world as disciples and apostles. How do you use what you have been given to accomplish the mission?

50 Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.” (Mark 9:50 NLT)

The Greek word for salt is halas. It is used four times in the New Testament and means we are to use our gifts from the Lord as a preservative. The Gospel is about making PEACE and RESOLUTION with sin, our enemies and our temptations and trials.

6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Galatians 4:6 NLT)

How many of you have ever prepared food in a canning process. Salt was used to preserve something for a very long TIME. The Gospel is the Good News and it is the very thing that is able to preserve us and help us overcome. 

We are not just salt, we are also light.

Darkness is an ABSTRACT (a thought or idea, but without actual substance).

So, in essence, darkness is the ABSENCE of light, not an entity unto itself. Just as SIN is the ABSENCE or SEPARATION from the presence of God.

The light, or phos, actually occurs 72 times in 60 verses of the New Testament. 

The light shines in the darkness. And the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:5 NLT)

12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12 NLT)

How do I find my place and let my light shine?

  1. As an apostle of Christ, you are an AGENT of reconciliation and peace. YOU can be the reason someone else finds Jesus! You can bring hope to the hopeless through Christ! You can give others a second chance! You can be an encourager to the broken!

20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT)

  1. As an apostle of Christ, you are a FLASHLIGHT to point to the way.

John himself was not the light, he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. (John 1:8-9 NLT)

  1. Don’t lose flavor, and don’t burn out. You are a preservative and what you have to use can be beneficial for a long time. You are a light, and what you have to show can point the way!

47 For the Lord gave us this command when he said, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.” 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers. 49 So the Lord’s message spread throughout that region. (Acts 13:47-48)


Zero to Sixty (09.10.17 Notes)

“Zero to Sixty”
#LetsRoll Week One
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church

Scripture: Acts 10:34-43 (NLT)

34 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. 35 In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. 36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism. 38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

39 “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, 41 not to the general public,[d] but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. 43 He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.”

The journey of the development of the early church:
    • Old Testament prophecy and the Law
    • Coming of the The Messiah
    • Jesus Ministry on Earth
    • Death, burial and crucifixion of Jesus
    • The Resurrection
    • The Day of Pentecost and Coming of the Holy Spirit
    • Gathering of the “first” churches

Every pathway of discipleship and growth is a JOURNEY.

In Acts 11, the followers were first called “Christians” when they gathered.

And when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. (Acts 11:26)

After two thousand years of slow progression, the “church” saw rapid ACCELERATION as the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread outside of Jerusalem. 

Slow progression growth in the modern church:

1. Discipleship
2. Leadership development
3. Buildings and Facilities
4. Financial Security
5. Vision and Strategy

Rapid movement in the church:

1. Salvation and life change
2. Baptism
3. Crowd swell (make sure it’s community and not hype!)
4. Momentum

Slow progression is SPIRITUALLY SUCCESSFUL with SYSTEMATIC planning. The Bible is a series of systematic plans laid out by God - not in chronological order - but in spiritual depth.

Rapid progression is EXCITING but can be dangerous and DECEPTIVE if not adequately DISCIPLED.

Ekklesia is a Greek word which meant assembly. It was used to describe the church in Acts 11:26. The meaning of the word did not associate with the church until the gathering of the people became what the church is today.

There is something that changes in a setting when the group goes from a gathering to a BODY or a FAMILY.

When you grow, then you can go. When you go, then the church can grow.

19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)


The Servant Leader (09.03.17 Notes)

“The Servant Leader”
Ordination Service
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church
Sept. 3, 2017

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-13 (NLT)

3 This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” 2 So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. 3 He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. 4 He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5 For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church? 6 A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. 7 Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap. 8 In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. 9 They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. 10 Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons. 11 In the same way, their wives[e] must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do. 12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well. 13 Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Paul is writing to Timothy, a young apprentice and preacher. Paul, with Barnabas, was APPOINTED as an elder in the church in Acts 14:23.

Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. (Acts 14:23)

The word ordain is an English word translated from a Greek word tithemi which means “appointed.” Today, we are talking about the appointing and commissioning of leadership. This word occurs 104 times in 94 New Testament verses.

Every church is structured in DIFFERENT ways.

The structure of Revolution Church:
    • Pastor-elder
    • Led, not controlled
    • Elders, deacons and staff
    • Board of Trust (business and finance, seven members)
    • Why are we not a democracy? Leadership matters. Discipleship over democracy!

  1. A pastor is a SHEPHERD
  2. An elder is a SPIRITUAL OVERSEER
  3. A deacon is a SERVANT LEADER
  4. A staff is a paid or volunteer ministry leader
  5. A Board of Trust member is a spiritual servant (which can serve in other various ministry roles) which has been appointed on a seven-member board as a legal and fiscal representative of the church. What does the Board of Trust do? Sign documents. Officers of the agency with the state and federal government. Staffing. Property management. 

The primary roles which are ordained are pastors, elders and deacons, according to scripture. In certain evangelical or protestant denominations, pastor would be a synonym with BISHOP.

What does it mean to be ordained? - to invest or appoint (as often by the laying on of hands in prayer) with ministry authority.

The word deacon is derived from the Greek Word diakonos which means “servant, messenger, minister” and originates with the seven appointed in Acts 6.

2 So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. 3 And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. 4 Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” 5 Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith). 6 These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them. 7 So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.

  1. As any ministry leader, we have been called by Jesus to SERVE. (Luke 22:26)
  2. As we serve, the church has a foundation to GROW.
  3. As the church grows, we transition people from DISCIPLES to APOSTLES.

All levels of leadership and ministry should have the end goal of being an APOSTLE.

My Greatest Battle (08.27.17 Notes)

“My Greatest Battle”
Overcomer Week 4
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church
August 27, 2017

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:6-11 (NLT)

6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. 9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 11 And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.

Some say fear is the opposite of faith. Fear is faith. It’s faith in the WRONG things!

- Fear is a lack of trust
- Fear is pride
- Fear is common, real and difficult (so you are human!)

The four most common fears of people:
1. Loss (person, relationship, job, health, control)
2. Failure (inadequate, measure up, not talented enough, not achievable)
3. Rejection (relationship, employment, social circles, peer pressure, style)
4. Unknown (the What-ifs and the unexpected)

1. Fear is placing faith in the “What-Ifs”

This is exactly what MOSES did!

But Moses protested again, “what if they don’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, The Lord never appeared to you?” (Exodus 4:1)

Why do your “what-ifs” matter?
    • What you fear the most reveals what you VALUE the most.
    • What you fear the most reveals where you TRUST God the least.

Fill in this blank for yourself. I have trouble trusting God with my fear of: ___________________ .

How will God empower us to overcome our fears?

2. Acknowledge God and choose to trust him through it anyway.

In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and I am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:4)
3. Seek God until he takes away your fears. And if they are still there, CONTINUE to seek him every day! This is great spiritual discipline!

I prayed to the Lord and he answered me and freed me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)

I love that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Our God wants to deliver you from fear! I hope you will believe that is possible!

Quote this: It’s very possible for an eternal God to help you overcome a temporary fear!

I have never known more than 15 minutes of anxiety or fear. Whenever I feel fearful emotions overtaking me, I just close my eyes and thank God that he is still on the throne reigning over everything and I take comfort in His control over all the affairs of my life. - John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church

If I am fearful of the what-if, how can I celebrate the what-then? - Beth Moore

But the Lord is faithful. He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:23)

I am an #Overcomer because I am not what I used to be, but I am not yet what I am going to become!