Conscious of His Life

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From:  F. B. The Secret of Guidance (Moody Classics). New ed. publication place: Moody Publishers, 2010.

“If only we would meet every call, difficulty, and trial, not saying, as we so often do, “I shall never be able to go through it,” but saying, “I cannot; but Christ is in me, and He can,” we should find that all trials were intended to reveal and unfold the wealth hidden within us, until Christ was formed within us and His life manifested in our mortal body (Colossians 1:27). How do we become more conscious of His life within us?

1. Be still each day for a short time, sitting before God in meditation, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the truth of Christ’s indwelling. Ask God to be pleased to make known to you what is the riches of the glory of this mystery (Colossians 1:27).

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JRC Life Groups Leaders Conference Session 4

Larry Osborne

Discipleships 6 Inconvenient Truths:

  • Disciple = Follower – Anyone following is a disciple
  • We often confuse leadership with discipleship.
  • Followers are not always leaders.

1. The ultimate mark of a disciple is obedience to what we know.

  • It doesn’t mean extrovert
  • It means faith to trust and follow.
  • There should not be a split between evangelism and discipleship.
  • A disciple learns to obey. Followers are those who keep “my” commandments.
  • Obedience doesn’t always equal passion, excitement, or extreme personality.
  • Don’t “ADD” to the definition of disciple.
  • Everything beyond obedience is frosting.

2. Spiritual Growth is seldom a linear process.

  • People don’t grow in an organized fashion.
  • Our spiritual growth is often more of a “meandering path” than a stair step.
  • People learn when life gets thrown at them more than when they should.
  • Create the environment for organic growth. Don’t force it.
  • Growth Moments:
    • When you Need to Know Moments
    • When you Need to Grow moments
  • Keep people with Christ/The Bible and Keep people with other Christians – So that they will have the tools they need when life strikes deep.

3. No two personal relationships are ever alike.

  • Relations deal with individual people.
  • Work with people within their uniqueness.
  • Don’t make people into who you are.
  • Religion is one size fits all. Just do it this way.

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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.

When the Crowd Becomes a Church


Larry Osborne@James River Church

Introductory Comments

  • For 1900 years people went to church with their neighbors.
  • For the most part throughout scripture their was low mobility.
  • A large church used to be 125 – and everybody knew everybody’s business.
  • The sign of a spoiled Child – they get their own care at 16.
  • Neighborhoods don’t exist the same way they used to. Children riding bikes everywhere.
  • Unfortunately as society and church culture has grown and changed, we have become a crowd…and problems were created.

The Problem:
1. Church has become something we go to instead of something we are.

  • We have lost the tendancy to think of ourselves as a movement.
  • Their is no brand loyalty anymore.
  • We can be fooled by constant attendance, when in reality people may jump at the next new thing.
  • Instead of being who God called me to be (missional). We have become…

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The Testimony of Our Conscience

Part 2


2 Cor 1 – Paul is defending himself against personal attacks.

  • They are saying that Paul is not a man of his word.
  • They are saying Paul is not an apostle.
  • They are saying that he is a false teacher.

And looking intently at the council, Paul said, ?Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.? (‭Acts‬ ‭23‬:‭1‬ ESV)

So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. (‭Acts‬ ‭24‬:‭16‬ ESV)

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭4‬ ESV)

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ ESV)

This charge I entrust…

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Community – Commitment – Contribution


Are you sick of the call to “groups” from the pulpit of your church? Do you think yourself to busy to add “yet another” item to the ever-expanding calendar of chaos that is your life? I can relate. As I lay in bed, or crash on the couch and endeavor to ponder and prioritze all that needs to be accomplished in a given day, week, or month, it’s easy to find myself overwhelmed. I ask myself – why do I need to tie myself to another group of people, some of which I might not even like?

These are all excellent questions, and some form of these questions, if you are like me, have probably passed through your mind with a cyncial subtitle – “seriously?” And yet it is serious. I’m reminded of Paul’s words in his conversation with Timothy “I have fought the good fight, I have finished…

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Comfort in the Midst of Crisis – JRC – Pastor John Lindell

A start to a new series!


Primary Scriptures:

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. I am writing to God?s church in Corinth and to all of his holy people throughout Greece. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted…

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