Judah Smith – A Loophole in Love

A fantastic message from Judah Smith.  Check it out.  I think you’ll be blessed.


JRC Life Group Leaders Conference Session 2

Larry Osborne

  • The Heart of a leader
  • The Mindset of a leader
  • We can be like a fish out of water…We read scripture through the lens of our experience.
  • The Early Church Met in Homes.
  • Elders (from-Titus/Timothy) House churches don’t have “boards” or “board meetings.”
  • Elders – were simply older people…who often oversaw stuff.
  • Life Group Leaders – are elders.
  • Timothy and Titus – The lists of qualifications are different…Paul wasn’t into engineering qualifications – bottom line: beyond reproach.
  • Life Groups are THE HUB of ministry. Even in a church of 200 or more.
  • For a House Church – 200 is huge.
  • We need a place where you can go beyond “I’m Fine.”
  • A church cannot grow to maturity with small groups.

1 Peter 5 – Be shepherds who are willing, eager to serve, not lording it over those you are entrusted too.
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭1-3‬ NLT)

To Lead Life Groups Well:

1. Think Like a Shepherd.

  • Shepherd the flock that is under your care.
  • Shepherd your flock rather than using you flock to reach others you want.
  • Meet the needs of those you have. Even the EGR’s (extra grace required.)
  • Psalm 23 – Protects – Provides – Hides.
  • It’s always about the sheep – not the shepherd.
  • It means being willing to be misunderstood. (He makes me lie down.) Setting the standard and sometimes standing firm when needed. There will be times when you won’t be understood, liked, or appreciated.
  • It means that I must be willing to adapt to their limitations (EGR’s). It’s not about idealism. It’s about where the group is. Heb 4 – Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses. Watch out for “gift projection” trying to make others just like you. Adapt to their limitations don’t put up with their sin! Don’t let people set up camp in sin. But when they are struggling give grace
  • It means not letting one sheep destroy the flock. If one needs to be cut out. Cut them out (if needed). Maybe we need to quarantine the one who is poisoned. Don’t “just be nice” while the group falls apart.

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JRC Life Groups Leaders Conference Session 1

John Lindell

  • People grow while in relationship
  • Connecting to your life group in the church
  • Big Picture information – What’s needed…

10 Church Culture Committments:

  • Things to do that will make a big difference – attitude

1. Maintain a breathless Awe over what God is doing in the Church.

  • What God is doing is SUPER-Natural.
  • God sometimes, for his own pleasure, does something beyond human ability.
  • Huge Baptism #’s (JRC)
  • Awesome camp numbers (realife)
  • Recognize that we are a part of a mission and an amazing “work” that God is doing in the life of the church.
  • Champion the Church

2. Maintain a gratitude for the People around us.

  • Thank God & the people that are involved for being involved.
  • Don’t take the leadership and membership for granted.
  • Thankfulness creates joy-in everyone.

3. Serve The Lord with Gladness.

  • It should be fun to serve The Lord.SZ
  • A joyful environment creates connections.
  • Without Joy life and Life Groups go from “Get to” -to- “Have to.”
  • Sometimes one simply has to choose to rejoice.

4. Be prepared.

  • Don’t wing it.
  • Present excellence to God, so that God can move spontaneously.
  • Look at the materials ahead of time
  • Get to know the curriculum questions.
  • Pray over the questions – meeting – members – personal issues.
  • Don’t get so confident that you “go through the motions.
  • Delegate tasks within the group
  • Be aware of what’s going on in the lives of the people in the group (birthdays, etc).

5. Maintain an Expectancy Regarding what God will do.

  • There are no throw-away Sundays…
  • On any given Sunday God WILL do amazing things.
  • How can we Pray for you ( ________) this week?
  • What is God doing in your ( _________’s ) life this week?
  • Lead people to see what God is doing and stirring.

6. Maintain a culture that Values people.

  • Be aware of the people around you (situational awareness)
  • Don’t get wrapped up in your own world and concerns.
  • We want to be a church that LOVES people & is KNOW FOR LOVING PEOPLE.

7. Use the Inclusive WE, rather than the devisive “THEY.”

  • Use Inclusive language – build community rather than schisms.
  • Don’t seperate yourself from what is happening.


  • Don’t sow discord. Build Unity.
  • Make a committment to be “the last to know.”
  • Make it uncomfortable for people to share gospel.
  • Ask “Why did someone feel comfortable sharing “gossip” with you?”
  • If people have a problem (Mt 18) go to the person with whom you have an issue.
  • Don’t let the gossip “of Satan” create divisive attitudes.
  • When people begin to complain say (I think “they” are doing an awesome job.)
  • If it’s a problem – Tell people to GO THAT DEPARTMENTAL LEADER!!!

9. Let’s be Sure to Encourage people.

  • T.S. Elliot – Most people’s lives are lived in quiet desperation.
  • An encouraging word can change people’s live.
  • Build a hope in people’s lives that “God Know’s and God Cares.”
  • Prov 18:21 – Let your words nurish. Words have healing potential.

10. Let’s be know for What We Are For – Rather that What We Are Against.

  • Shoot straight
  • Maintain a clear and clean conscience
  • Champion the Good News of the Gospel.
  • Let’s engage people by letting people know WHAT WE ARE FOR.

Race Day: Lessons From a Winner

A Message from Perry Noble – New Spring Church



  • If you were start your own racing team, you would want to learn how to do that from someone with racing experience.
  • You wouldn’t want to learn from someone who just read a book.
  • There are amazing people of faith and experience in the Bible.  If you could, who would you choose to talk to.
  • Perry Noble, and many others including myself, would choose to speak to the Apostle Paul. 
  • 2 Timothy – possibly the last book that Paul wrote before he died. – Words of Mentorship from Paul, passed to Timothy before he died…
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭5-8‬ NLT


  • Verse 7 is key – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful…
1.  Fight the Good Fight.
  • There are times when one needs to fight.
  • Paul doesn’t say to fight all the time.
  • Paul says to fight “The Good Fight.”
  • People / Christians fight over a lot of stupid stuff.
  • What is “The Good Fight?”
    • Church Attendance / Christian Community Attendance
    • Maintaining a Marriage Relationship – fighting for it’s life – keeping the flame of relationship alive.
    • Maintaining physical, and emotional purity (standard-wise) in the “Dating Game/Relationship Adventure

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Terry Virgo – Stronger Men’s Conference

Grace: Glory in God’s Freedom

Romans 5: 1-5 – Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness combined with our faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 CEB)

  • Because Adam did this, we were wrecked
  • Because Jesus did this, all is set right.

Romans 7:1-7 – Brothers and sisters, I’m talking to you as people who know the Law. Don’t you know that the Law has power over someone only as long as he or she lives? A married woman is united with her husband under the Law while he is alive. But if her husband dies, she is released from the Law concerning her husband. So then, if she lives with another man while her husband is alive, she’s committing adultery. But if her husband dies, she’s free from the Law, so she won’t be committing adultery if she marries someone else. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also died with respect to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you could be united with someone else. You are united with the one who was raised from the dead so that we can bear fruit for God. When we were self-centered, the sinful passions aroused through the Law were at work in all the parts of our body, so that we bore fruit for death. But now we have been released from the Law. We have died with respect to the thing that controlled us, so that we can be slaves in the new life under the Spirit, not in the old life under the written Law. So what are we going to say? That the Law is sin? Absolutely not! But I wouldn’t have known sin except through the Law. I wouldn’t have known the desire for what others have if the Law had not said, Don’t desire to take what others have. (Romans 7:1-7 CEB)


  • Because of the body and blood of Christ the weight of the law is cut away from us.

We are made to die to the law – through Christ. We are no longer “in Adam,” We are now “in Christ.”

  • We are now released from the law.

Galatians 3:1-5 – You irrational Galatians! Who put a spell on you? Jesus Christ was put on display as crucified before your eyes! I just want to know this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the Law or by believing what you heard? Are you so irrational? After you started with the Spirit, are you now finishing up with your own human effort? Did you experience so much for nothing? I wonder if it really was for nothing. So does the one providing you with the Spirit and working miracles among you do this by you doing the works of the Law or by you believing what you heard? (Galatians 3:1-5 CEB)

  • It’s a new approach.
  • Accept your righteousness by faith through grace-not law.
  • Rom 7 – We are new joined to the Spirit

Gal 3:21 – So, is the Law against the promises of God? Absolutely not! If a Law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would in fact have come from the Law. (Galatians 3:21 CEB)

Romans 8:1 – So now there isn’t any condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1, 2 CEB)

  • We don’t pray to prove something
  • We don’t read The Bible to prove something
  • We do these things to learn, to grow, to enjoy Christ.
  • Don’t fear acceptance, we are hidden in Christ (“The son that I love.” Isaac & Jacob)
  • We recieved the blessing of God because we are hidden in God’s love. 
  • We don’t have to try to deceive anyone.

Rom 5:14-15 – But death ruled from Adam until Moses, even over those who didn’t sin in the same way Adam did—Adam was a type of the one who was coming. But the free gift of Christ isn’t like Adam’s failure. If many people died through what one person did wrong, God’s grace is multiplied even more for many people with the gift—of the one person Jesus Christ—that comes through grace. (Romans 5:14, 15 CEB)

  • To escape “Adam” one must become Born-Again.
  • All our righteousness is as filthy rags – (if you are still in Adam.)

Romans 6:1,2,6 – So what are we going to say? Should we continue sinning so grace will multiply? Absolutely not! All of us died to sin. How can we still live in it? This is what we know: the person that we used to be was crucified with him in order to get rid of the corpse that had been controlled by sin. That way we wouldn’t be slaves to sin anymore, (Romans 6:1, 2, 6 CEB)

  • – So what are we going to say?

Should we continue sinning so grace will multiply? Absolutely not! All of us died to sin.

  • How can we still live in it? Or don’t you know that all who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? If we were united together in a death like his, we will also be united together in a resurrection like his.

This is what we know: the person that we used to be was crucified with him in order to get rid of the corpse that had been controlled by sin.

  •  That way we wouldn’t be slaves to sin anymore, 
    • because a person who has died has been freed from sin’s power. 
    • But if we died with Christ, we have faith that we will also live with him. 
  • We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and he will never die again. 
    • Death no longer has power over him. 
    • He died to sin once and for all with his death, but he lives for God with his life. 
    • In the same way, you also should:  consider yourselves dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.
So then, don’t let sin rule your body, so that you do what it wants. Don’t offer parts of your body to sin, to be used as weapons to do wrong. Instead, present yourselves to God as people who have been brought back to life from the dead, and offer all the parts of your body to God to be used as weapons to do right.
 (Romans 6:1-3, 5-13 CEB)
How do we win the battle with sin?

  • The blood covers our guilt  OT-Exodus. and NT.
  • There are some things to know and some things to do.
  • Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
    • There is no elite group that has won the battle w/sin…
    • “All of us struggle with sin…All of us died to sin.”
  • Union with Christ is the key. 
    • His triumph makes us winners.  
    • We are instantly transformed from losers into winners.
  • Our old self has been crucified.  God says it-we need to believe it.
    • God dealt the death blow to our old nature.

Believers believe – dynamic belief, not static or stagnant.  We walk by faith.

  • Our old identities are put to death, we get a new identity – a new name.
1.  Know it – Because God says it’s true.
2.  Consider it – Account it correctly – Align with correct thinking.  
  •  Change your watch.  It’s a new time zone. It’s a new reality!
  • Accept the new time zone.  
  • The sooner you accept it, the sooner you’ll adapt to it.
  • Don’t let sin control your body
    • Our body is mortal – it’s not yet saved.
    • Don’t let sin control your “members/instruments”  Who is plucking your strings?

3.  Make good choices….

  • It may not be the quickest route, but it is the wisest.

4.  Now that you have been set free from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. (Romans 6:18 CEB)

  • Born again = a new identity. A fresh start.  
  • Birth = something that wasn’t there before.
  • When we stand before God he will ask?  
  • Was there any temptation that was to great?  
  • When we live in Christ…This is the question:  Are we living inside of Christ’s identity?  
  • Are we appropriating his power?
  • If we confess our sins…he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…

1 John 1:9 – But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong. (1 John 1:9 CEB)

Crash The Chatterbox: Whatever/Whatever

Crash the Chatterbox (Part 1) – Steven Furtick – Sermon Notes

Video Link:  http://elevationchurch.org/sermons/crash-the-chatterbox

 Premise: The voice you believe will determine the future you experience.

Isaiah 55:1-3 – “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. (Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV)

  • Most Christians never stop to think about what they are thinking about.
  • How to overpower the lies of the enemy with the promises of God.
  • Part 1 is an introductory survey to the “Chatterbox Series.”
8 Connections that will help defeat the lies of the enemy
1.  Call/Response
  • Everything you see (in creation) started with something God said.
  • We all hear thoughts that run through our head.
  • Gen 1:1-3 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3 ESV)
  • The cadence of creation is marked by the rhythm of call & response.
  • When God speaks he is looking for a response.
  • God has given us the ability to choose the thoughts we respond to.
  • Learning how the thinks the thoughts of God is a most important skill to develop, and one the most important battles that we wage internally.
  • The thoughts we struggle with don’t go away when we bcome Christians.