Bring Heaven's Culture Here
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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
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October 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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BRING HEAVEN'S CULTURE HERE

 

Many in the church think that we only need the Holy Spirit and that’ll draw people and produce success

·         This is true AFTER the Holy Spirit shows up

o   The breakdown comes with getting the Holy Spirit to be present

§  You get the Holy Spirit when you get unity

 

How did Bethel or a conference get the level of the Holy Spirit bringing freedom that they have?

$$ Same mind, same Spirit

Acts 1:14 NAS These all with one mind (KJV accord) were continually devoting themselves to prayer

Acts 1:14 AMP All of these with their minds in full agreement devoted themselves steadfastly to prayer

Acts 2:46-47 NAS 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

LFMC megachurch comparative on weekly attendance per population:

·         LFMC - 470. Lakewood area - .0094 (61,100). N Point area - (47,000)

·         Lakewood - 52,000 with a population of 6.5M covering 2,500 miles is .008% of population

·         North Point Community Church/Andy Stanley 36,000 in 6 campuses 5M 2,500 mi. .0072%

It will be a greater accomplishment to raise up a successful church in a small town than in a city

Why? Because a characteristic of a small town is that everyone knows you

They see a leader’s humanity

This allows the people following to evaluate everything the leader does mainly based on his or her humanity

 

 

This causes doubt to enter in

Unbelief to enter in

It’s that everything that leader does is run through questionings to determine whether what they’re doing is agreed upon

One main factor in building a culture of success: The people unite around a vision

 

Bill Johnson: Jesus is returning for a bride that’s body is in equal proportion to her Head

 

What causes doubt & unbelief?

1. Past experience

a.    Hurts & disappointments

b.    Watching promises given by church leaders not come true

2. Questionings when it doesn’t concern doctrine

a.    Today everyone has an opinion about what everyone else should do and should have done.

b.    This comes from the brown cloud

3. Viewing someone through their humanity

Unbelief isn’t that someone doesn’t mentally believe

 

Matthew 13:53-58 NAS 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. 54 He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55 "Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 "And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" 57 And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household."  58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

not without honor (Strong’s): atimos (at'-ee-mos); unhonoured or (positively) dishonoured: KJV - despised,

unbelief (Strong’s): apaistia (ap-is-tee'-ah); faithlessness, i.e. (negatively) disbelief, (producing) unfaithfulness

 

Now let’s look at a more thorough look at this in Luke

Jesus, being made fully aware of who He was, went to His hometown Luke 4:14-30 NLT 14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit's power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15 He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures.

Jesus announces who He is: 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: 18 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the LORD's favor has come."  20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. "The Scripture you've just heard has been fulfilled this very day!"

Now the people compare who they know in the natural to what Jesus just declared Himself to be: 22 Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. "How can this be?" they asked. "Isn't this Joseph's son?"

Then they want to see Him do something to prove his anointing and position: 23 Then he said, "You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: 'Physician, heal yourself'—meaning, 'Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.' If Jesus could do what they asked it would violate their free will. I don’t think He could because His anointing was nullified by their unbelief.

24 But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.

Then He tells them why there will be no move of God in their city 25 "Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner—a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian."

Then the self entitled were enraged at the thought that God would do something and leave them out. 28 When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. 29 Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, 30 but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.

 

Different groups in the wilderness

·         I've been trying to get the lagers in

o   The Joshua/Caleb group is ready

Everybody views the big picture from their perspective with them being a small part of the group.

·         Then they decide that the leader is supposed to do things or whether the leader is doing things right based off of their partial View, personal comforts, or fears.

 

Jesus, looking into our time said, “When the Son of Man returns will He find faith on the earth?”

 

At some point we have to recognize where we hear the voice of the Father and buy in to that

I bought into Coach Bailey

·         This means I defend and back him even when I don’t understand

·         This means I find ways to keep him safe and promote him and his vision

·         This means I stop deciding whether he called the wrong play and limiting his approval until I see that he’s calling the right ways

Amber sharing on Superman

Lori sharing dream

 

When leaders get thrown into prison, pray for them

 

 

26:16 receive a word you don’t understand TO 29:17

 

30:00 honor

 

31:57 People don’t have the courage to obey God until they have the approval of their friends around them. Faith cannot exist where there’s fear of man. TO 35:00