Thursday, October 16, 2014

notes from the ReFuel conference


The past few days I attended a leadership conference, and I would like to share with you my notes from each message.  It was an excellent experience.  The worship was incredible.  I want to say a huge THANK YOU and GREAT JOB to Pastor Jonathan Falwell and Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA.  Enjoy and may God inspire you as I have been inspired!

ReFuel notes. Oct 14-15, 2014

JD Greear. Summit church. Raleigh NC

I believe it is time that evangelicals have a new look at the Holy Spirit

Some seek experience. Some ignore.

John 16:7 NLT
But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.

Are we excited about having the Holy Spirit inside of us?

Jesus told the disciples to do nothing until the Holy Spirit comes?

What is

Four reasons we need to recover the Holy Spirit presence

1 The Holy Spirit empowers our works will be greater

            You have more potential than even John the Baptist
            30 of the miracles after Jesus left happened outside the church
            the gospel advances faster thru lay people. See acts 8:1 and more

There are less and less non believers coming new church today.

If we are going to reach the people who will not attend church, we've got to do more outside the church.

Growing leaders filled with the Holy Spirit make a difference

2 the Holy Spirit makes the presence of God real to us

            walking in the spirit is a big deal
            we need to learn how to relate to the presence of the Holy Spirit
            the presence of God gives us the ability to overcome
            the presence of God declares and shows His love
            spirit of God helps us see and feel the love of God

3 The Holy Spirit makes the mission of God real to us

            spirit of God put something in us that we must do
            the great commission is too big for us.
            Jesus said they were to wait in the Holy Spirit
            our posture of dependence must be like the disciples. They were waiting
            what does God want me to do?  That's the right question
            59 times in Acts the Holy Spirit shows up and 36 times was speaking

4 the Holy Spirit can bring extraordinary power to our ordinary lives

            psalm 126 God send us streams of the Negev
                        what took farmers years took Negev a short time
            we need what the Holy Spirit can do
                        the end of what we can do and beginning of what only he can do

Jesus hasn't left us alone ... he left us with the Holy Spirit.

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David Nasser. Campus pastor at liberty

Fear and unknowns drains us most. We need refueling.

Holy discontent. Where is the greatest need? Where is the least amount of peace?

Reach the community God put you in. Sunday should be a celebration of what happened between Sundays.

I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:9-10 NLT)

The power of the promise is always about the power of the person making it.

God doesn't change.  The promise doesn't change.  Don't be afraid. Do not fear. I'm with you. 

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Jonathan Falwell. Thomas Road Baptist Church

Speak and preach truth.

2 Timothy 3:1-5. Picture of today

How must we respond to a world without Go?  Gay marriage legal.

It's the truth that changes lives.

What are we to do?  Pray. Proactive with policies on item Dealing with anything with same sex marriage. Be educated about it.

Continue To stand the truth, truth always wins

Mathew 6:19 NLT
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.

What must a pastor do to keep his heart right with God?

Have a heart focused on your relationship with Christ  
Colossians 2:6-10… let your roots go down deep into God

We don't exist to be happy. We live to exalt and glorify God.

The word is....

Make sure you love God the way He intended for us to love Him.  experience this

Must love others the way God intended for us to love others. 
            Christ died for all. Ministering to all. Reaching people.
            when a church demonizing lost people, it won't spend time reaching lost people.
            preach truth. Let people see Christ.
            our job is to make sure people get it before it's too late

            liars tell you what you want to hear. The word of God tells us what is true and what we need to hear

The same power that was in the church in Acts 2 is the same power that is in the church today

If we will be faithful with the word of God, He will still draw all people to Himself

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Ronnie Floyd. Cross church. Springdale Arkansas

Proverbs 3:5-6  HCSB
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.

How do you walk toward your future that God has for you?

What you do not know you fear. What you cannot see with your eyes you become concerned about the most.

We've gone into extreme panic over something that was just a bunch of junk.

This passage tells us to not to do the one thing we often do. DO NOT RELY ON OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. Trusting ourselves is a difficult and dangerous place. When we resort to our own feelings is dangerous. We run to our own knowledge and feelings which leads to support every fear and concern we have.

That's why the Holy Spirit says don't do that.

Often people, us, dictate to God what we are going to do. 

God always knows what we need to do and where we need to be.

I'm so glad God dint give me everything I thought I needed in life and ministry.

Overcome the element we are going to do ministry and that we will determine where it will be done. Our YES needs to be put on the altar. That's hard to do.

When was the last time we allowed God to make us uncomfortable with something in ministry.

TRUSTING IN THE LORD FULLY

All your heart trust. Confident in the Lord with a boldness in our confidence. Lie helplessly before God because we are trusting in Him.

God I'm gonna to die to myself today and to my future in ministry. My yes is on the altar before you God. Fully relying on the Sufficiency of God and the complete insufficiency of ourselves.

Too often we look like 1 Corinthians 3 rather than what called us to look like.

Trusting in the Lord fully is a call to surrender my life and will And future to God completely.

Put up your hands in surrender. As a child that comes to us. We are to go to God. Surrender. So He can carry us.  Our hands represent many times what is in In our heart.

Nahum 1:7  HCSB
The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of distress; He cares for those who take refuge in Him.

Romans 12:1-2  HCSB
Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 HCSB)

When was the last time I gave my life in worship to Him?

Where can I find the will of God for my life and ministry?

It is on the road called trust. That's where we find the will of God. By trusting God.

THINKING ABOUT THE LORD CONTINUALLY

In all your ways think about Him.  About what he says. About what he wants.

One reason we need to read the word of God constantly is because that is where we find out what a God wants.

When I think about who God is and what God can do for me I can trust God for my life and my ministry and my future.

He can do what he wants to do when he wants to do it as he wants to do it.

God loves to express himself in the weakest of people and in the toughest of situations.

Cymbala quote. God is attracted to our weakness.

He will flood power to us when we see and understand that we need him.  Surrender

Manly Beasley. What are You trusting God to do today?

What are we trusting God to do in our ministry and in our future?  What are we believing God for today?

Pour out your heart to God trusting him fully and completely.

We become what we think or believe. As we think in our heart so are we.

God can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime.

2 Timothy 1:12  NLT
That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.

When God entrusts to you something there only one thing that will bring more that he will entrust you with. It is when he can trust you with it.

Chose to believe a god. When we do not believe a God we become discouraged and discontented.

Refuse discouragement and refute discontentment.

Lift your hands in surrender. Open your hands to receive. Put your hands forward to follow him.

When we put our face on the altar that is where God leads and gives. When we don't we deal with fear and discouragement and discontent. When we trust and surrender God moves

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Jim Cymbala. Brooklyn Tabernacle.

Acts 11:19-21  NLT
Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews. However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus. The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord.

We are all here to proclaim the Gospel.

God's great intent is to save people.

When a church's intent is not seeing people saved, that church gets weird.

New survey. 7.2 to 9 million Americans are actually Christians.

During the time there has been great decline we have had more Books on church growth have been written.

1,700 ministers are leaving the ministry each month.

62% of Ministers say They would leave the ministry if they were Guaranteed a job to pay the bills.

Be Leary of someone who has a vision for your church. It is Jesus' church and he is the one that has and gives the vision.

Rather than reinvent the church we need to do what the apostles did and be part of growing the kingdom.

Antioch becomes the strong church. First in all kinds of things.

The people who founded the church at Antioch were believers and not ministers or the apostles.

We are creating spectators rather than believers who can reproduce themselves.

Romans 1... I am not ashamed. It is the power of God.

Challenge… Study every sermon in the books of acts.

Our additives dilute the gospel.

The thought is not how we can get a person back to church next Sunday. The thought was how to get them in the kingdom.

Unbelief ties the hands of God

The gospel has nothing to do with people trying to do better but with surrendering to Jesus

Jesus is the image of the invisible God.

The Holy Spirit will help you if you preach Jesus.

The Holy Spirit was only sent to lift up jesus. Add or talk about anything else and the Holy Spirit won't fill and anoint you. He has no part of that

The lay people had the message. They started the church. God uses people despite of who they are instead of because of who they are.

The hand of God was with these people.

Preaching is coming through personality. You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Let the Holy Spirit flow through you daily.

And the hand of the Lord was with them

Not shooting for biggest numbers. Claim souls for Jesus

We don't claim terrify. We want souls.

Our mission field is no t territory but souls.

God does his best work in a desperate situation. When it's looking bad God gets his best glory.

David Wilkerson. God doesn't use anyone until they get a little crazy.

Without God we can do nothing.

God wants to do things through your life. Only as I lift up Christ.

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Ed stetzer.

Engaging in mission

1 Peter 4:10-11  NLT
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

Mission is everything we join God in.

Everyone is called to be on mission.


1 ALL HAVE GIFTS

            Use the gift you've been given to serve others.
            the Gospel is not you do. It is Jesus did.
            we are gifted with the spirit and by the spirit
            passage says EVERYONE but reality says some

            When you build churches like theaters you build show goers.

Called us be good managers

            are we good or bad managers?
            we are not called to keep customers happy
            we are called to keep the co leaders are equipped

When you stop doing for people what God called the people Do, people will get mad.

We get our emotionally needs met when we make people dependent on us when they out to be dependent on God.

Do pastor the church as a store keeper.

Customers drain.

2. GOD INTENDS FOR ALL TO USE

3. USE THE GIFTS IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT

            if the end result is spectators and don't use their gifts, we are in effective.

            Sunday morning out to be a time when we celebrate the people who are gifted by God.

Customers are fickle. Co laborerS are faithful.

4. TO BRING GOD GLORY

            Eph 4. We are to equip God's people.

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Mark Batterson.  National Community Church.  Washington DC

Joshua 3:5  NLT
Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.”

Acts 10… story of Gentiles coming to Christ

Prayer is something you can not delegate as a leader.

Planning without praying is a serious mistake. It's a waste of time.

Seek God and opportunity will seek you. 

The favor of God Is doing for you what you cannot do for you.

Luke 2:52

Sunday, August 12, 2001 newspaper article.  Church was supposed to be in religion section but was on the front page.  Pushed the church to great growth.

If you want God to do something different, you have to do something different.

The crazy test. If it's not crazy, it's probably not God.

Don't let you your budget determine your vision. Let you vision determine your budget. When God gives the vision, he makes provision. 

We want God to reveal the 2nd step before we take the first step.

Sometimes God shows up. But sometimes God shows off.

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