Monday, March 19, 2018

Don't Lose Your Head (03.18.18 Notes)

“Don’t Lose Your Head”
Emojional Week Three
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church
March 18, 2018

21 From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.
22 But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

One of the most confusing emotions for all of us is ANGER.

Anger is defined as: “a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility”

A few types of anger:

  1. Assertive anger - a catalyst for positive change
  2. Behavioral anger - physical aggression, rage
  3. Chronic anger - general resentment, frustration, depression
  4. Judgmental anger - indignant, intimidating
  5. Overwhelmed anger - hopelessness and lack of control
  6. Passive-aggressive anger - the avoidance of confrontation with words or actions that covertly express what is wrong
  7. Retaliatory anger - vengeful anger, revenge
  8. Self-abusive anger - shame and self-hurt
  9. Verbal anger - less violent but psychologically and emotionally abusive
  10. Volatile anger - come out of nowhere, fly off the handle

As a disciple, Peter was the most likely to express anger as an emotional response.

Why? Peter was:
- Outspoken
- Assertive
- Protective
- Prideful
- Courageous (at times! This is why Jesus called him out, cause he knew!)

Peter reminds us a lot of OURSELVES

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. 28 And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

These are not types of anger - RIGHTEOUS and UNRIGHTEOUS - those are instead the method by which we express different types of anger.

What Jesus is reminding us - and Peter - is that pent-up and uncontrolled anger and hurt can radically damage our WORSHIP and our DISCIPLESHIP.

Worship is the process of pointing out the greatness of God to YOU.

Discipleship is the process of pointing you toward the greatness of GOD.

Ways unresolved anger could derail Peter’s mission (get behind me Satan!)

  1. Peter had been delivered and anger will DUMP you back where you came from.

Was Peter thinking about this? Let’s talk about the denial.

2. Peter had been commissioned and anger will MESS UP your direction.

3. Peter would be GUIDED by the Holy Spirit and Jesus knew that misguided anger would destroy Peter and make him doubt himself.

If you want to truly worship and serve, there are certain things you have to let go and there are certain things you have to righteously stand for to change.

#emojional #revwhitehouse

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What to Do When You Get it Wrong


snow baseballThe Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai:  “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. – Jonah 1:1-3 (NLT)
I stepped to the bedroom window on Monday morning about 6:00 a.m. and peered into the brilliant sunshine casting shadows through the back yard on a blanket of snow.
By now, if you are a part of Revolution Church, you may have heard that I shared my affinity for being a meteorologist in my dream job, and then declared there was no way it would snow and stick Sunday night. Less than 24 hours later, kids were arriving to school two hours later under a fresh crop of snowflakes covering our city.
I had 47 messages on Monday through various ways asking me to stick to my day job of preaching and announcing, and leave the weather to professionals. By the way, they are always wrong, too!
But this humorous response caused me to step back and think – what do you do when you get it wrong, and especially when that is public and on display for everyone to view your mistake?
Jonah was a prophet of God called to go to Ninevah to preach, but because of his prejudice and disdain for the people there, he wasn’t exactly excited about seeing them make right and repent with the same God he served. So disobeying God’s instruction, Jonah ran from his duty and the story spiraled into a big fish tale, the eventual Ninevites repentance, and a sullen and pouting Jonah getting a talking-to of sorts after all was said and done.
Jonah, in no uncertain terms, was wrong.
Here’s three things we can do when we are wrong, and I think these will help you.
  1. Make the wrong a right.
Jonah had to pay the consequence for his decision, and often the wrong is a sinful action which may require a tough punishment. When you have wronged others, your first step may be paying those consequences and also speaking a moment of regret or sorrow. Make it right by saying you are sorry and doing what it takes to rectify the situation.
Today, we are being rather lighthearted but the truth be told some things are hard to ever make right and so serious that these steps don’t work. But for the sake of speaking to the practical things you deal with on a daily basis, let’s stick to making simple wrongs correct today.
Jonah’s first step after he ran was asking to be thrown from the ship where he had sailed into stormy waters. He felt his own decisions had endangered others, so he rectified and apologized and then was swallowed by a big fish that didn’t kill him, but spit him up where he eventually did his job at Ninevah.
When you are wrong, speak up and say it. Confession is the first step to forgiveness.
2. Learn to laugh at yourself (and let others do it, too)
The sailors with Jonah were scared in the storm, but after he departed the boat, I’m sure one of them shared sarcastically, “who invited that guy anyway?”
There are times when you speak yourself into idiocy and you simply can’t do anything else except says “whoops” and laugh it off, admit you’re wrong, and pardon my channeling of Kendrick Lamar, but sit down and be humble.
And then enjoy what comes with it. Here is a sampling of my messages from Monday:
  • Stick to your day job
  • There’s a reason I love you as my pastor and there’s a reason I love Henry at NewsChannel5. Let’s keep it that way
  • You bothered to look outside yet?
  • Hey, when you wake up, call me. I have a prediction that your day will be kinda interesting.
  • Next week, can you preach on Revelation and let God handle the prophecy?
Ok, I get it. It snowed. My days as the Nashville snow czar are over. But I have truly enjoyed laughing at myself and letting others have the moment, and in doing so, I hope to have displayed a bit of imperfect humanity and authenticity.
3. Be thankful you have an influence that is listening
We can all do things to damage our character, trust and influence. It’s amazing that the Ninevites listened to Jonah considering how flawed he was and his approach must have been.
In making a mistake that was publicly visible and hilarious, it reminded me to be thankful for all the people who paid attention. Because in addition to finding out the pastor has no idea when it will snow, we also learned how to connect our emotions and our worship on Sunday, and shared some powerful thoughts about the transfiguration and Jesus.
So, in summary, yesterday I got thrown off the ship and this morning, the fish spit me out, figuratively.
  1. I’m sorry.
  2. Laugh it up, I deserve it
  3. Thank you for listening to me even when I screw up, cause this wasn’t the first time, won’t be the last time, and isn’t the worst time.
Now, the next time you screw up, remember this:
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. – James 5:16
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
The Weather Man

Movements Not Monuments (03.11.18 Notes)

“Movements Not Monuments”
Emojional Week Two
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church
March 11, 2018

Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9 (NLT)

Six days later, Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up to a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

This event, prior to the death of Jesus, is called the TRANSFIGURATION.

The word transfiguration means “a complete change or form of appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.”

The inner circle of the disciples saw Jesus in his GLORIFIED or, spiritual, state.

Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here. If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials - one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” The disciples were terrified and fell face down to the ground. Then Jesus came over and touched them, “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”

The complete awe of God is a MOMENT of worship. Do you ever find yourself in awe of God?

When are you in awe of him?
- The forces of nature
- The birth of a baby
- The miracle that can’t be explained
- The “coincidental” meeting that turns into a blessing
- The speaking of wisdom through you to others
- The vast view of space, time and astronomy

There is no doubt, Peter, James and John were in awe. But notice what they DID first.

Peter wanted to build a MONUMENT of remembrance. When we encounter God, too often our response is to MEMORIALIZE the moment, rather than create a MOVEMENT with it.

As they went back down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” 

What Jesus allowed the disciples to see was a CONFIRMATION of his glory, so that they were empowered.

The disciples were empowered to:
1. Believe the story of the death and resurrection
2. Believe his divinity as the Son of God
3. Believe in themselves to carry on his work after he was gone

The transfiguration looks like a memorial, but it’s really a movement.

The church has TOO MANY memorials already!

Be thankful for where you have been, but be empowered by where you are going.

The problem with monuments:

1. A monument is for DEAD things. A movement is for LIVING things.

He wanted to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.” - Mark 9:31

A monument does not have to be a negative thing, but to be effective, it must become a legacy and not an END.

2. A monument is STUCK in time. A movement is TRANSCENDENT.

Worship works in every generation. The number one thing the church fights about in Americanized religious culture is “worship wars” - yet when our worship is focus on style and manner and method, we tend to get “stuck” in our preferences.

A movement of worship is greater than your emotional memory. It’s FLUID. It CHANGES. It adapts and it modifies. Why? Because the movement connects the past to the future and uses the FOUNDATION of God as the bridge.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” - John 14:12

Everything Jesus did was a preparation for everything the disciples would do.

Your worship is not just a memorial to God. It’s a MISSION to prepare you for all God has for you!

Let your worship face be on the move. Go with God’s flow.

#emojional #revwhitehouse

Monday, December 18, 2017

That Little Baby (12.17.17 Notes)

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“That Little Baby”
Country Christmas Week Three
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church

Scripture: Luke 1:19-45 (NLT)

19 Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! 20 But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.” 

The first chapter of Luke begins as a SORROWFUL story turns miraculous, as God is often involved in bringing children to those who have no hope of having them.

Zechariah was a Jewish prophet and his wife Elizabeth was not ABLE to have children. So God promises them, but Zechariah temporarily loses his ability to talk because he did not initially BELIEVE.

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.” 38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Mary was the mother of JESUS.
Elizabeth was the mother of JOHN THE BAPTIST.

This is not the first, nor the last, time these two would be CONNECTED.

Your family is a gathering of impossible stories with incredible beginnings and UNFULFILLED purpose. While John (not the apostle or the Gospel writer) and Jesus had yet to grow and fulfill their earthly purpose, their mothers both knew how SPECIAL this story would be.

And Mary and Elizabeth had families a lot like yours!

What do you think the families of Elizabeth and Mary were like?
Unbelievers who are living nowhere close to God
Brokenness, shame and guilt with lots of unforgiveness
Unresolved hurt
Gossip and painful talk, arguments and fights
Good people who love one another
Saints who seem to tie it all together

God’s Word is a narrative of PROBLEM and PAIN turned into PURPOSE and a PLAN.

39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

One little baby was the forerunner to the Savior, the voice that cries in the wilderness, the preacher who would shout and proclaim the story of a lamb who would come and take away the sins of the world!

One little baby was the incarnate son of God, the holy one of Israel, he was Emmanuel, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, the Everlasting Father and the government and all the world would sit upon his shoulders. He would grow, minister, heal and teach and give his life as a ransom for many and then on the third day after his death, rise again where he would sit at the right hand of the Father!

That little baby in a little Jewish town
One day will rule the universe and creation will bow down…

That little baby he was born of a virgin
He was sent down to save us and to bear every burden
He was God in the flesh, so let the Hallelujah’s ring
That little baby is the king.

That Little Baby, The Gold City Quartet, Revolution Church CCLI #3259924

What could happen to the smallest of beginnings in your life with the biggest of plans?

#RevWhiteHouse #CountryChristmas

Sunday, December 10, 2017

God Loves Ugly People (12.10.17 Notes)

“God Loves Ugly People”
Country Christmas Week Two
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church

Scripture: Romans 5:1-11 (NLT) and Isaiah 64:1-12 (NLT)

Romans 5:6-11
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Christmas - the celebration of the BIRTH of Jesus, which is more about the celebration of the INCARNATE Christ sent to earth as the Savior of the world!

Today is “ugly sweater Sunday” - and it’s one thing to feel ugly on the OUTSIDE and laugh at ourselves a little bit for it. But what do we do when we feel ugly on the INSIDE?

Isaiah 64:5-6 (NLT)
5 You welcome those who gladly do good, who follow godly ways. But you have been very angry with us, for we are not godly. We are constant sinners; how can people like us be saved? 6 We are all infected with impure sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.

But here’s what’s odd…an “ugly” people full of sin expected a Savior, the Messiah, who looked much different than them. What the common people expected the Messiah would be:
1. A king (like David)
2. A powerful prophet (like Elijah)
3. A rebellious zealot to overthrow oppression (like Moses)
4. A commander (like Joshua)
5. A wealthy royal (like Solomon)
6. An urban, city dweller (from Jerusalem)

But then, God redeemed the ugliest of sin with the most HUMBLE of ways!

    • Jesus was of royal lineage, but from the lowly regarded city of Nazareth
    • Jesus earthly family was relatively common and poor
    • Jesus was born in a borrowed location
    • Jesus was sent to earth as a baby, not a conqueror

Isaiah 57:15 (NLT)
The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.

  1. My sin might be ugly, but my Jesus is BEAUTIFUL

Beautiful Savior. Wonderful counselor. Clothed in majesty, Lord of history.
You’re the way, the truth and the life.
Star of the morning. Glorious in holiness. You’re the risen one, heaven’s champion.
And you reign, you reign, over all.

Beautiful Savior, Casting Crowns, CCLI #3259924

  1. My past might be ugly, but my future is GLORIOUS

While we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13 NLT).

  1. My shame might be ugly, but my heart can be SET FREE.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 ESV).

  1. My self-worth might be ugly, but my righteousness in Christ is WORTHY.

Always thanking the Father, for he has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light (Colossians 1:12 NLT).

I am glad God loves ugly people! And I am glad Jesus is a Beautiful Savior!

#RevWhiteHouse #CountryChristmas