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Weekly services recorded live at The Pearl Church in Denver, Colorado with Pastor Doug Lasit and various guest speakers. For more information please visit our website thepearl.church
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StormproofPs 108:28-29 “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.”Impervious to damage by storms: Sealed tightly as to exclude penetration by wind, rain, or snow in time of storm.1. Storm Proofing Requires Close Proximity To GodIsaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you do not be dismayed, for I am your God.”2. Storm Proofing Is Rebuilding From The Last StormPs 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”3. Storm Proofing Is Making Good DecisionsActs 27:18 “18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.”4. Strong in the Storm of FaithJames 1:6 “6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
God Did This For SomethingEverything that God does, He does for a reason. In every situation He infuses divine purpose. His purpose is clear, His character absolute, and His provision available. Identifying the “for” precedes discovering the “how”.1. His Covenant - Deuteronomy 8:18 “18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”2. The Great Commission - Matthew 28:19 “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”3. Stewardship - 1 Chronicles 29:14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”4. Transformation - Philippians 1:4-6 “4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”5. Glory – 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
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Matthew 16: 13-18 Church requires a revelation of Jesus Christ. You can't get church right unless you get Jesus right. "You are the Christ" precedes Jesus' mention of the church. "You are Peter.. and on this rock.. Peter = little stone, pebble Rock = large rock, cliff.   Psalm 127 "Unless the Lord buildes the house, those who build it labor in vain." Jesus owns the church, not us. "ekklesia" is used 114 time in the New Testament. Of those times, 90% refer to a specific local church. The local church is the emphasis of Scripture.   A Local church is under the headship of Jesus who gives its leaders to be responsible for its care and oversight. Heb 13:17. If everybody is in charge, then nobody is in charge. Jesus wants theocracy. Theocracy is when God chooses His leaders.  Acts 20:17,28 AND 1 Peter 5:1,2. The Local Church breaks down into 3 main roles. Elder- prebuteros- presbyter, Overseer - episkopos - Bishop, Pastor - poi men - Shepherd.  The function of Elders: ruling, decision making, pastoring, teaching. God's form of government is theocratic, meaning He chooses, raises up, and anoints leaders. Our responsibility to Him is to discern and recognize [using biblical parameters] who He is choosing. If we can trust the Lord with our eternity, we should be able to trust Him in the leaders that he appoints to the Local Church.
We must worship God for WHO He is not just WHAT He does. Psalms 22:1-3.  When you're not hearing from God, it doesn't mean that God isn't hearing from you. Worship has nothing to do with the size of our church, and everything to do with the size of our God.  What is important in worship is not how we worship, but rather who we worship.  Before Jesus was savior, He was already King. Yo-Shev [enthroned] means to be enthroned inside of something. A verb indicating that a person is actively taking the throne in a ceremony to make the beginning of their rule. Each time we lift our hands in worship, we are letting the Lord sit on the throne of our life. WE are saying Lord, take an active role in my life.  The enemy will do anything he can to separate your focus on God and push your focus onto yourself and all your problems. The church is where you are supposed to run to when things are going wrong. It is a hospital for the broken. Do not forsake the gathering of the saints, instead encourage one another to be there an encourage each other to be there.
1. Galaxies and Governments: The Church Is Not Peripheral to the World, and the World is Peripheral to the church. When God comes in and begins to move, the world can't stop it. 2. Fitted: Know God, Discover Purpose, Build Community, Live  Generously. 3. The crowd: Find your people, Change the world. 4. Fuel: What you need when you need it. Jesus gives us the fuel we need to face every challenge, to accomplish the plans He has for us, and to selflessly and generously serve others according to His will. God will give you everything you need beyond the maximum. Acts 1:8. Definition: The word power is the word dynamic. It is used 120 times in the New Testament, and it means power or fuel. It is where we get the word dynamite. God wants you to be surprised at how powerful he is when you need him.1. Humanity- The power of his resurrection. The river of God is always full and flowing. He is never empty. He has power for you. 2. The Church- The Power if God in the Great Commission. Eph 3:20. 3. The person- the power to restore, renew and refresh.
There are stones in our life that make up who our Church is. In matthew 16:18, its says "Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail. Our foundation is our life. If we have a strong foundation we can get through any storm that may come our way. No matter if we are spiritual or not, storms will come. Are you preparing for the storms by setting a firm foundation? Jesus is our cornerstone.  We must have a relationship with the Lord before we try to do "church" without a relationship to push the conviction to serve.  The cornerstone is the most important thing we do. its the center of our life. 2 Peter 2:4-5, only a living stone can build a living house. GOd's house is never supposed to be empty. 4 core values: know god, discover purpose, live generously, build community
We are a part of a realm that is bigger than just the building of the church. The word "church" never refers to a building, it always refers to people, either locally or globally. When God hands you you keys for life, ask him what he wants to open and then watch and listen. Prayer is listening. Small keys can open really big potential.1. God gave Jesus Authority of His Resurrection [under his feet] 2. You release you're own plans because He remains the head 3. You change the way you view the church 4. You change the way you view your role.
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