Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Apr 22, 2018

FIRE - OCD Church #3 

 

Opening Scripture: Habakkuk 2:1-3

Planted - “Fruit where you are, Roots where you’re Growing.”

 

3 Keys to “Roots” (Time, Talking, Tithe)

      1. Attending - 3 Sunday’s per month. National statistics show active church attendance is 1.8 Sundays a month. 
      2. Inviting - Inviting means Invested. If we won’t invite someone it is because of one of 2 reasons: A Fruit Issue or A Root Issue. We are not Producing or We are not Planted. 
      3. Invest - Time (Attending), Talent (Fruit or Inviting), Tithe (Financially)

 

YOU

We have missed “YOU” because we have done great on a platform but haven’t connected personally. 

We cannot pastor from a platform… pastoring has to be done personally. 

 

So what has God shown us from Heaven’s perspective? 

 

  1. The New Building
    1. Our desire to be in the New Facility is our 2020 vision. We are still on the time frame to make that happen. If we didn’t break ground until Jan. 2020 we would still be in by Sept. 2020.
    2. The Problem: If you feel you belong to TWBC because of a project, when the project is done you will feel you do not belong any longer. 
    3. If you feel lost now and do not have a place to belong, how will you feel when we get into a building 2X this size.

YOU are more important than any project!!!  

 

2. Our Students & Our Kids

    1. TWBC’s desire is for us to create an environment that by the 8th grade our kids can live as true Followers of Christ in a world that doesn’t. 
    2. Identity, Thoughts, Acts, Ways of God and now how to live it out and not be ashamed. 

Therefore beginning Wednesday, July 11, this is going to completely become Student Ministry and Kid Facility.

This is not a “Want to” change this is a “Necessary Change” for Spiritual Formation.

 

3. What about Adults?

    1. GROUP LIFE - We want you to find a place of belonging, fulfillment and experience life. 
    2. Serve, Grow, Know - BASE Groups have been good but not a fit for everyone. 

Examples: Cafe = Life, Security = Life, Impacting Kids = Life, Spanish Translators = Life

      1. We want to create a group that gives you Purpose and Life!!!
      2. We need your help. What do you like?
      3. Group Life gives us the opportunity to Pastor Personally.
        1. We are not dissolving what we currently have but opening it up to facilitate what we do not have. 
        2. The Ease of Group Life… You + 2, Talk about God, Pray Together and commit to seeing each other on Sunday. 
        3. You can be involved in more than one group. 

 

4. Connect Quickly

We have found at TWBC that we can get people to come… but we want you to stay. The truth is if you are not fulfilled you will not stay. We want you to get past the 6 month wall, overcome and find a place to stay. 

    1. To help people get Planted we are creating a complete new position. A pastor to help you Connect. 
    2. Damon Wilks will be transitioning into this role. Just as Pastor Bonnie and Pastor Jeff have transitioned in to their current positions from other roles pastor Damon will do the same.  His first objective is to walk with families for the first year. Help Get “You” planted, Get “You” Life, Get “You” into a place to belong. 

 

We don’t want to do church for you, we want to live for Christ WITH you. 

Commit To Getting Dirty - Proverbs 14:4Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox."

 

The Timeline - The Vision waits an appointed time. 

April 29th - Group Life - We will start the group life process by finding our what is in your heart. (Survey)

June 7th - Pastor Damon Wilks transitions over to new pastoral role. Pastor Damon will take a vacation and begin training over the month of July for his new position.

June 8th - Korey Hankins is the new Pastor of  TWBC Student Ministries. 

June 27th - Wednesday Evening Adult Worship Service Finalé 

July 4th - No Wednesday Night Activities 

July 11th - Group Life Culture Begins and TWBC Becomes a Student Ministry & TWBC Kids Facility.  

 

 

Fire Facts

Fire is an event, not a thing. Heating wood or other fuel releases volatile vapors that can rapidly combust with oxygen in the air; the resulting incandescent bloom of gas further heats the fuel, releasing more vapors and perpetuating the cycle.

 

Assuming stable fuel, heat, and oxygen levels, a typical house fire will double in size every minute.  An average house can be fully engulfed in fire in 2 1/2 minutes.

 

Oxygen supply influences the color of the flame. A low-oxygen fire contains lots of un-combusted fuel particles and will give off a yellow glow. A high-oxygen fire burns blue.

 

The more oxygen, the hotter the fire, Air is 21 percent oxygen; combine pure oxygen with acetylene, a chemical relative of methane, and you get an oxyacetylene welding torch that burns at over 5,500 degrees Fahrenheit—the hottest fire you are likely to encounter.

 

Fires are a lot like Finger Prints there are no two fires that have ever been the same. 

 

OCD Church

So what happens when “Church” doesn’t turn out like I pictured it in my mind.

 

Example 1

Ezekiel in Babylon

In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.

The Glory of the LORD

As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal. And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness, but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies. 12 And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. 16 As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel. 17 When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went. 18 And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around. 19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose. 20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

22 Over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse, shining like awe-inspiring crystal, spread out above their heads. 23 And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. And each creature had two wings covering its body. 24 And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army. When they stood still, they let down their wings. 25 And there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads. When they stood still, they let down their wings.

26 And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. 27 And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. 28 Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around.

Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

 

Ezekiel says in vs 28 (NLT) “This is what the glory of the LORD looked like to me.”

What!!! That was God.

 

OCD Church

So what happens when “Church” doesn’t turn out like I pictured it in my mind.

 

Example 2

John 9:1-7

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

 

1. The disciples thought this was a sin issue, Jesus said it was a glory issue. 

2. Jesus spit and made mud. 

Really!!! You are the Son of God. 

3. He tells a blind man to go wash in a Pool, Siloam. 

Jesus, He is Blind. He wasn’t healed til he washed. The He became sent. 

 

OCD TWBC

Commit To Getting Dirty - Proverbs 14:4Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.”

There is not one time in the history of my life that when I get ready to go outside and work whether it be cutting down trees, planting a garden, mowing the yard, digging a ditch or any other scenario that I didn’t plan on getting dirty. 

 

The thing about Proverbs in the Bible is that you have to fill in the blanks. 

Such as… 

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean ________________ 

(Answer - There is also no production.)

“but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” __________________ 

(Answer - But where there is an OX there is “stuff” to be cleaned up.)

 

TWBC Proverb

“Where there is no growth, the church seems organized, but a great harvest comes by the Fire of God.” 

 

“Where there is no growth (Spiritual Growth and Numerical Growth), the church seems organized, _________________

(Answer - Church is about Me and not what my Father wants to see.)

“but a great harvest comes by the Fire of God.” __________________

(Answer - Fire changes everything it touches.)

 

Can you trust him moving forward in what you will only see clearly when you look back. 

Fires are a lot like Finger Prints, there are no two fires that have ever been the same.

 

That statement of Fire is also true of all the Movements of God, from our local church to that Body of Christ world wide. None of them have ever looked the same. 

The components may be the same but the outward expressions have all been different.  

 

So at TWBC, for Fire to happen, can we stop trying to look like other “Fires (Churches)” and seek the face of God to see what he has in store for us. 

 

OCD Church

So what happens when “Church” doesn’t turn out like I pictured it in my mind.

 

Example 3

I Corinthians 2:8 “None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

The Cross is the ultimate example of “It doesn’t look like I thought it should.”

 

The Son of God hanging as the vilest of sinners on a cross. But it is at that moment “Real Fire” Ignited. 

 

 

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