Monday, July 28, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

What I Did On Summer Vacation


I just got back from summer vacation. I visited family, played a little golf, and had the privilege to speak at my former church in Kentucky. It was a great time! It was also good to see many family members and friends.

I preached this message in Kentucky and after some lengthy seat time in the van I decided this message needed to be heard by you as well. Here are some discussion questions based off of this weeks's message.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Read Revelation 1:9-18

1. How would you survive if Jesus' love was not part of this world?

2. Why does God choose to reveal this vision while John and the church are suffering?

3. Read Exodus 25:31-40. How is this revelation of Jesus like the High Priest? What stature does the High priest have in Jewish government?

4. How can the Jesus functioning as the glorified High Priest bring comfort and/or courage to Christians in suffering?

5. A High Priest's role was to be a represenative of the people to God. How does Jesus fulfill this role in this passage?

6. The High Priest was also a visible reminder to the people of Israel of God's righteous requirements. What righteous requirements was Jesus calling John and the 7 churches to adhere?

When John saw the vision he fell down down before Jesus in reverential fear. When was the last time that you said after worship, "I left church in a reverential fear today?" Why not?

"I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever!" Revelation 1:17b-18a (NIV)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Goals! Goals! Goals!

This week we laid out the 5 year goals of Celebration Church. The goals were based on the example of Nehemiah and his leadership in rebuilding the wall. Nehemiah cast his vision in four parts. One, he gave the problem. Two, he gave them a solution to the problem. Third, he gave them a reason why they needed to address the problem. And then fourthly, he told them why they need to do this act now.

Read Nehemiah 2:17-18.

Sunday we took this paradigm and applied it to the church. In this blog let's address it to you and the pesonal goals you have for your life.


1. What goal are you working towards?

2. What does your goal propose to solve?

3. Specifically, how is your goal a solution to the problem?

4. Why must you see the goal through to the end? What difference will it make? What is there to gain? What is there to lose? What's at stake? Why should you attempt this?

5. Why must it be done now? What do you lose by waiting? What evidence have you seen that God is involved?

6. When am are you to start going after the goal? When do you plan to acheive the goal?

What are you willing to change so you can see the goal become reality?

"They replied, 'Let us start rebuilding.' So theybegan this good work." Nehemiah 2:18b (NIV)