Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on May 13, 2018

Looking Past - Mother's Day Message 2018

Opening Scripture: John 21:1-13

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.  

 

John 4:1-21

Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.

He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.

17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.

Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”

21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah!”

27 Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” 28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

 

Looking At Our Past

As we honor Mother’s on this day let’s not make the mistake in thinking that this message is just for the ladies in the house. 

 

In the Title “Looking Past” many believers disqualify who they were created to be by “Looking At Their Past” when we need to “Look Past Our Past.”   

The phrasing is subtile, but the implementation is revolutionary. 

 

So who is this “Woman” and what ever became of this encounter? 

Many of us when we read this story celebrate what happened because of her past but in doing so we really never let her get past her past. 

 

We love to put emphasis on these verses: John 4:16-17

16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.

17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.

Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

 

We, in preaching this message, actually have used “her sinful life” to emphasis the power of God rather than the Power of God that was on Christ to get her past her sin. 

If in our “Testimony,” of the saving power of God, if we have to rely on “how bad we were” to show how “Good God is” then the power of our testimony is rooted in our sin and not His Blood.”   

 

Looking Past Our Past (Sheri Tiemeyer)

We have memorialized her sin but what happened with her future? 

 

Chapter 9 - Without Rival - Lisa Bevere (Reference by Lisa Bevere below.)

https://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/05/10/39-sunday-of-the-samaritan-woman

 

 

Our Past - Not Their Future

I opened the message by saying “In the Title “Looking Past” many believers disqualify who they were created to be by “Looking At Their Past” when we need to “Look Past Our Past.”   

The phrasing is subtile, but the implementation is revolutionary. 

 

It is not only revolutionary for you, but it even changes the course of the next Generation. The thing about a Dedicating our child to the Lord is that it requires a change in us.  

 

We must not teach our children with the bondages of our past, but the freedom that Jesus paid for with his blood. 

I Corinthians 1:17 “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

 

If we do not get past our past it will be come their future. 

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