Listen to and watch the sermons from this year’s Winter Workshop in San Francisco! The theme for 2014 is For God’s Honor!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Discipline that Comes from Devotion – Chris Broom

DISCIPLINE THAT COMES FROM DEVOTION
Chris Broom
  • It’s been 2,000 years since the world has been evangelized in one generation
  • The goal we will focus on is: our relationship with God
  • Change alone is not enough – it must be for the honor of God
  • The title of this sermon comes from Andrew Smellie
Psalm 5:1-3
  • David was disciplined!
  • David prayed in the morning – not in the afternoon!
  • Even in a tough year, you can feel great because you learn from God
  • A difficult year can be well spent to prepare you for the next one!
  • Take some time and reflect on what you have learned
Mark 1:35
  • Jesus woke up so early to pray that it was still dark!
  • Jesus had an incredible discipline
  • What time do you get up in the morning?
  • Do you get up that early because you want to go to work?
  • Do you give yourself the time you need to be devoted to God?
  • Do you love God so much that you would never start a day without God?
“The great people of the earth today, are people who pray.  I don‘t mean people who talk about prayer, or those … I mean those who actually take time to pray.  They have not time – it must be taken from something else.  That something else must be very important… But less important than prayer….”
— S.D. Elliott
(1) DEVOTION
Psalm 63:1
  • If you know the times of the day where you struggle to put God first
  • You must attack those times of the day head on
  • Singing to God, singing hymns to your Father in heaven who loves you
  • Melodies sooth your soul – sing to God to soothe your soul
  • Pray about your anxiety, say it aloud in prayer
  • Read scriptures out loud to yourself in prayer that address your heart
  • If you don’t feel guarded, protected, and at peace, you have not prayed enough
  • This does not mean that the answer comes right away
  • But it sinks in your heart that God has the answer and will reveal it in his time
  • Answers come not by effort, but by spirit
  • Would you pray to God even if you knew you wouldn’t get anything you’d ask for?
  • Or, are you just talking to God because you want something?
  • Or, are you praying to God because you love him and want to talk to him?
  • Have the time with God you need just because you LOVE him!
  • This is the devotion that will change your heart and your life and make it pleasing to God
(2) DISCIPLINE
You can’t be a disciple without discipline
Daniel prayed three times a day
Acts 3:1
  • Time of prayer was 3 in the afternoon
  • Plug back in whenever you need more POWER!
Notes
  • How is your prayer life?
  • Is it disciplined?
  • Do you even know what you are praying about?
Proverbs 21:1
  • It is a proverb about irrigation, why?
  • In the holy land, it is pretty dry
  • To get the water to get it to go where you want to go – dig a ditch
  • This proverb applies to everyone – even the King!
  • God will direct the heart of man wherever he pleases!
  • Pray this prayer!
  • This is what we read in the book of Acts as people follow the spirit
  • This is what we read in John 3:8
Notes
  • What’s hindering you tonight?
  • This is the time to be open about the hits
  • This is the time to clear out our hearts
  • What is your dream?
  • What is your dream that you prayed to God and thanked him for already answering it?
  • Have you embraced the race that God has marked out for you?
  • Are you putting on the full armor of God and praying in all occasions
“The devil’s sole job to get us to not pray….” — Samuel Chapman

Saturday, January 11, 2014

OPENING
Mike Underhill

Romans 2:5-7
  • Don’t be stubborn, repent
  • Seek glory, honor, and immortality
  • Seek for God’s glory and honor
Goals for 2014
  • We can only accomplish world evangelism if we pray like Jesus
  • We call every disciple to refocus on their relationship with God
  • Praying for the message to spread rapidly and for our conviction to spread it
  • Full-time ministry is devoted to prayer and ministry of the word, and raising up new leaders devoted to prayer and ministry of the word as well
  • Expectation for everyone to be fruitful even baby Christians
  • Mature disciples must lead baby disciples to being fruitful
  • Faith is key as we build the church
  • MERCY Day, Toy Drive, National Blood Drive
  • Sending disciples to the EMC and Santiago, Chile Conference
  • Praying for the impossible prayers that only God can answer
  • Am I stamping everything with the honor of God in 2014?
PRAYERS FOR OTHER CHURCHES
Ryan Casarez
Corinthians 11:24
  • We’ve planted churches all over the world
  • Paul was thinking about and praying for all of the churches
  • We ought not be selfish in our prayers
  • We ought not be selfish about even our own ministries (especially for our glory)
  • We need to petition God for the movement around the world
FINANCIAL PRAYER
Dave Fergot
Notes
  • Dave has been tempted to live the California Dream in his heart
  • Now God has not blessed his efforts to find a job
  • Why? Because God wants to know that Dave is willing to give up everything for him
  • After God checks your hearts, knows you love him, he will bless your life
PRAYER FOR BAPTISMS
Aaron Viscichini
Luke 11:1-4: Pray for the kingdom to grow (“come”) & God’s will to be done
1 Timothy 2:4: God will is for all men to be saved & come to a knowledge of truth
Mark 11:24: Believe & you will receive
Notes
  • Farmer producing apples
  • What does the farmer care more about?
  • How many seeds are in an apple, or how many apples are in a seed?
  • Pray everyday for people studying the Bible
  • Do you even know who is studying in your ministry?  In San Jose, In Berkeley…
  • Pray everyday to share your faith!
  • Are you reaching out to the lost every, single day?
  • If you’re married… if you’re single professional… if you’re campus… if you’re a teen…
  • Are you finding a way to reach out no matter where you are or what you’re doing!
  • If you’re not doing these things, it’s because you’re not praying for these things!
  • Pray for baptisms!  Pray to be involved in fruitful labor!
  • Be a seed that has the power to produce many apples!
  • To God be the glory!
ANSWERED PRAYERS
John Zamora
Jeremiah 29:11-13
  • Do we really believe that God is here to prosper?
  • If we believe that, then God will say no sometimes!
  • Sometimes God will say no, sometimes will say yes (but wait), sometimes he will say yes right away
  • You never know how God will answer your prayer – but he always answers
  • Sometimes God says Yes, but the answer is not in the way you expected or you desired
  • Sometimes God is waiting for us to ask, and when we finally do, he says, “I thought you’d never ask!”
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 (thorn in flesh)
DEVOTIONAL LIFE
Gary Ochs
Psalm 104:1-4
  • Are you zealous and fired up? Or, going through the motions?
  • Are you “fired up” or “on fire”? Real or fake? Temporary or permanent?
  • Are we playing church or devoted to God?
Psalm 19:7-11
  • How dependant am I on the word of God?
  • Story about Jason having a seizure on the bus
  • He needed something sweet in his mouth
  • Are we having a spiritual seizure?
  • If you are – you need the sweet, sugary Word of God TO SAVE YOUR LIFE
PRAYER THAT TRANSFORMS
Mike Underhill
Hebrews 4:16
  • How do we approach the throne of grace? With confidence
  • We approach God WITH CONFIDENCE!
  • God does not hate you – you can have full confidence before God – and the Bible commands it
  • Be confident in your prayers!
  • Have you ever approached a throne before? NO!
  • Imagine approaching the gigantic golden throne of God with enormous statues of lions on each arm!
  • Approach it every, single day with CONFIDENCE!
  • Is this how you see your prayer life? A conversation with the King of the Universe in total confidence
  • As long as we help each other get to heaven, there’s no moving of churches in heaven!
  • Do we have the same heart for God that we have for one another?
  • Are you concerned when you’re not close to God?
Revelation 8:1-5
  • The angel comes before the Lord and out of his hand draws the prayers of the saints
  • The angel hurls the prayers down to heaven like FIRE!
  • The Fire turns the world upside down!
  • Our prayers are incense that rises up to God and makes the world smell good!
  • Our prayers fire up God! God loves when you pray!
  • Imagine that angel going before the throne of God and there are no prayers!
  • We don’t want for God to not have the pleasing aroma above the city of San Francisco
  • We want our prayers to change the face of San Francisco
Matthew 7:9-11
  • Kids have figured this one out early
  • When they want something, they know what to do: ASK FOR IT
  • If you don’t do it – what do you do now? ASK AGAIN
  • Sometimes, the kids will even be nice before they ask!
  • Mike knew that if he kept asking his dad for something, eventually his dad will give it to him
  • Every child has the same faith with his parents
  • God will eventually give you everything you want if you keep asking
  • If we are evil and give gifts, you better believe that God will give us gifts
  • We must be RADICAL in our prayers to God
  • The place where we begin to change the bay area is when we’re on our knees praying for the Bay Area
Acts 12:1-12
  • God’s church is under attack
  • As disciples, Satan is unleashing the hounds of hell to pull the church down
  • We must ask: what do we do?
  • How do we fight?
  • It is a kingdom of darkness fighting against a kingdom of life
Revelation 12:7-9, 12
  • Satan has been thrown from heaven and landed on the earth
  • He is filled with fury for the saints and the church of God on earth
  • There is nothing that ticks Satan off more than a mission team
  • As a disciple, we are in a spiritual battle
  • This is NOT an earthly battle – Satan is coming after us
  • You are a target for takedown so that you will have no impact on this city
  • Do you know the enemy? Can you even see him? Unfortunately, no.
  • Your physical talents mean nothing in the eyes of Satan
  • It doesn’t matter how old you are, how mature you are, how many people you’ve helped
  • The only way to fight Satan is through the spiritual warfare of prayer
  • You lost the battle when you start relying on physical things
  • You lost as soon as you start focusing on people
  • Are you focusing on people right now?
  • Satan’s goal: get us to rely on ourselves just one more year!
  • We must fight a spiritual enemy with a spiritual weapon
Ephesians 6:10-13
  • We can only win with the full armor of God
  • With every piece of the armor in place
  • Putting that armor on every, single day
  • Keeping the armor on throughout the battle
  • Do you walk naked onto the battlefield full of confidence that you will win?
  • Do you start your day off naked spiritually?
  • Do you think you can just have your quiet time at night?
  • After awhile your heart will get so hard, you will need spiritual resuscitation
  • God answers when we pray!
  • We must pray earnestly!
  • When we are under attack – we BETTER be praying!
  • Biggest lesson from 2013: we need to pray when we are under attack
  • Going beyond the boundaries, being out of control
  • If you run away from God in the morning, what do you expect him to do during the day?
  • You cannot be more passionate about evangelizing than you are about prayer
  • Mike wants to imitate Paul’s prayer life
  • Paul prays about everything, a common theme: the spiritual growth of the disciples!
Notes from Bruce Almighty
  • He ends up dying because he is so ticked at God
  • Of course, God is Morgan Freeman
  • Morgan Freeman admonishes Jim Carey to pray about what he really wants
  • Jim Carey starts to pray for spiritual growth and for those he loves to be happy
  • Prayer is not just going through the list
  • False – prayer is praying from the heart for other people to spiritually grow
  • This is what Paul did in the Bible
  • Let’s make sure that we’re not going naked into the battle against the most powerful enemy ever
  • Liking people is not enough to get them to heaven
  • Let’s pray fervently, desperately, without boundaries!
  • Are you willing to have radical prayers?
PRAY FOR EACH OTHER
Chris Broom
James 5:13-14
  • Is anyone of you in trouble?
  • Is anyone of you happy?
  • Is anyone of you sick?
  • What do you do in these situations? Pray in FAITH!
  • Confess your sins, and pray for one another so that you may be healed
  • Believe it.
  • We are in this together – God will heal us through our unity and prayer for one another
James 5:15-20
  • Chris got to see the Lone Survivor
  • It’s about 4 Navy Seals who were dropped into Afghanistan to kill a notorious Taliban leader
  • We are in a spiritual war
  • Anything less, and you are out to lunch
  • The world around us is clueless spiritually
  • We are on a mission to seek and save (not to seek and kill)
  • There will be things that go wrong
  • These guys fought to the end and for each other
  • “We’re not shooting to save ourselves, we’re shooting to save our brothers”
  • The Seals are tight, how much more tight should we be as disciples?
  • Are we sharing our faith? Are we active in the mission?
  • The answer is always prayer.
Notes
  • How is your prayer life?
  • How is the prayer life of your ministry?
  • The ministry with no prayer is the ministry with no power
  • What stops us from praying?
Daniel 6:1-5
  • Am I upright or uptight?
  • What stops us from praying?
  • Answer: Corruption or negligence
  • Corruption: lack of love, lack of mercy, competitive heart, distrust, sin, lack of openness, lack of forgiveness, lack of faith
  • Negligence: distraction, procrastination, or wrong priorities
  • Prayer is a discipline that needs cultivation and devotion to become a strong skill in our lives
  • If you don’t like doing it, it’s probably because you haven’t done it in awhile
  • The more you eat, the more you want to eat
  • The more you pray, the more you want to pray
  • Apart from God we can do nothing!
  • God will not act apart from the prayers of the saints
  • God will wait for the men who call out to do his will
  • Deal with the corruption and negligence – throw off everything that hinders and the sin that destroys

Sunday, January 12, 2014

 For God’s Honor – Mike Underhill

Revelation 4:8-11
  • In San Francisco, we will honor God!
John 8:54, 12:27-28
  • Jesus was all about the glory and honor of God
  • God’s name will not be profaned!
  • We are here to build a church that honors God!
Isaiah 55:8-11
  • Only one way to accomplish the glory of God – preach the Word!
  • The Word of God is always upheld and accomplished
  • Even the greatest honor of man does not come close to the honor of God
  • No matter how high our ways are; God’s ways are ALWAYS higher
  • God’s ways cannot be trumped!
Isaiah 51:4-5
  • God says his justice will become a light to the nations, ALL THE NATIONS
  • When we’re on God’s side, we’re not intimidated by the world
  • God has an effect on our heart that rings glory to our lives merely because God’s glory shines on those close to him
  • With God, our problems are no big deal
Isaiah 51:6
  • The earth it’s going to wear out
  • The heavens will vanish like smoke
  • The people will die like flies
  • For God’s honor, we have to realize: creation is like nothing
  • People’s opinions are worthless
  • People’s opinions will die like flies
  • Are you so worried about what flies think?
  • Does your life revolve around flies?
  • The “Boss Fly”
  • We don’t matter – when we focus on our own honor, we focus on the honor of a dead fly
  • All the degrees, the awards, the tests – mean nothing
  • Let us die for God’s righteousness! Not for the honor of flies!
John 3:1-8
  • Nicodemus was great at pleasing people
  • Jesus cut straight to the bottom line
  • We’re not talking about physical birth! We’re talking about spiritual birth!
  • If you want to enter the Kingdom, you must be born spiritually!
  • John 3:8, the spirit gives birth to spirit! We feel this in our hearts!
  • Sometimes giving birth to disciples hurts a lot!
  • So we try to figure out another way to do it
  • But, there is no other way! Being fruitful is essential to Christianity
  • For every disciple to go out and give birth
  • Find someone to transfer the Spirit of God to
Three Things to Focus On in 2014
  1. Fruit
  2. Faith
  3. Fun
John 3:16-21
  • “Believe in God and you will be saved”
  • We get righteously indignant about this scripture when we are ultra-religious
  • Sometimes we believe “of” Jesus, but we don’t believe “in” Jesus at all
  • How can you believe “in” Jesus and not live the life he calls you to live?
  • Just because you know God’s real, doesn’t mean you are right with God
  • Without faith, what are we doing?
  • Are we just being legalistic and following rules when we don’t really believe in God?
  • People who believe in God are fired up, because they know they are not wasting time!
  • They are happy, humble, open, and real
  • If your life is still the same after coming in contact with Jesus, that’s because you don’t believe in Jesus
  • What’s the problem if your life is the same as before? You don’t believe in Jesus
John 10:10
  • God sent Jesus to give us life to the full!
  • When we are not close to God, we are being robbed of our joy by Satan
  • The world is deceived into thinking they are happy
  • The disciples can be deceived into thinking they are miserable
1 Corinthians 6:20
  • Don’t YOLO that pizza
Romans 15:5-6
  • We need to be unified in being fruitful
  • We need to be unified in being faithful
  • We need to be unified in having fun!
  • Challenge: HAVE FUN