This Weekend @ Revolution || Living with the End in Mind

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The last few weeks have been incredible at Revolution. Last week, we celebrated baptism and saw another person go public with their faith. It was a great reminder how God is using Revolution and helping us fulfill our mission of helping people find their way back to God. We also had 10 people take the next step and take the 90 day giving challenge. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, listen to last week’s sermon and don’t miss the chance to be a part of this.

I also challenged our church to take the step and participate in Lent as we prepare for Easter and celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus, which is our hope as followers of Jesus. If you haven’t decided what to do for Lent or need some help with that, here’s a guide we put together to help you with that.

On to this week at Revolution.

As a culture we do everything in our power to avoid uncomfortable situations in life. One of those is the reality of death. Many have a fear of death, a fear of what the end of the life will be like. The Bible tells us that we should not focus on death, but that it should not frighten us. Instead, it should shape how we live our daily lives.

At Revolution this week as we continue our series Meaning, we’ll be looking at Ecclesiastes 7 and get an idea of what it means to live your life with the end in mind. What does not being afraid of death look like, but seeing what the reality that our lives are short, how that can have a positive impact on our daily lives so that we don’t waste our lives.

This is definitely a week you don’t want to miss at Revolution Church. So, bring someone with you (you never know when a simple invite will make an eternal difference).

Remember, we meet at 8300 E. Speedway Blvd. at 10am.

Sunday @ Revolution Church || Finding Meaning

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Love the first week of a new series. I’ve been excited for this series since we decided to kick off 2013 by preaching through the book of Ecclesiastes for this reason: It answers many of the questions we wrestle with and is honest about its findings. One scholar said that if there is a book of the Bible written with the skeptic or unchurched person in mind, it’s the book of Ecclesiastes.

Here’s what we’ll unpack this week as we look at Ecclesiastes 1:1 – 11:

  • The book opens by looking at what happens when we take God out of the equation in our search for meaning and purpose. This is common in our culture, as many hold to, “If you like it and it doesn’t hurt me, who am I to stop you?”
  • We are also kicking off sign-ups for our Spring Missional Communities. If you don’t know what an MC is, you can go here to read more about them.
  • There’s still time to give to our Christmas Offering recently and I’m really excited about the response so far. For more information on what it is going to and how you can be involved, go here.
  • If you haven’t “Liked” the Revolution Fan Page on Facebook, do so now. It is one of the ways we communicate and pass on resources for sermons and other ways to help serve you in your spiritual growth.

This is definitely a week you don’t want to miss at Revolution Church. So, bring someone with you (you never know when a simple invite will make an eternal difference).

Remember, we meet at 8300 E. Speedway Blvd. at 10am.

New Series @ Revolution Church || Meaning

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At some point in our lives, all of us wrestle with the following questions:

  • What makes life matter?
  • How do I make my life count?
  • How do I make 2013 better than 2012?
  • What do I do when I get bored with my life, my career or my marriage?
  • How do I find meaning so it’s worth getting out of bed and doing something?

As we kick off 2013 at Revolution Church, we are starting a brand new series called Meaning where we will tackle these questions and many more like them.

Sermon Schedule:

Finding Meaning and Purpose
January 13 | Ecclesiastes 1:1 – 11

Experimenting with Boredom
January 20 | Ecclesiastes 1:12 – 2:26

The Seasons of Life
January 27 | Ecclesiastes 3:1 – 15

The Insane Way we Live
February 3 | Ecclesiastes 3:16 – 4:16

Get Rich & Die Trying
February 10 | Ecclesiastes 5:1 – 6:12

What we Learn in Pain
February 17 | Ecclesiastes 7

Poise in Life
February 24 | Ecclesiastes 8:1 – 9:1

Savoring Life and the Good Things
March 3 | Ecclesiastes 9:2 – 12

Don’t be an Idiot
March 10 | Ecclesiastes 9:13 – 10:20

Enjoying Life
March 17 | Ecclesiastes 11

Our Duty
March 24 | Ecclesiastes 12

We meet at Magee Middle School at 8300 E Speedway Blvd. at 10am on Sunday mornings.

This Weekend @ Revolution || Spiritual Warfare

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This week, we are wrapping up our series Image is Everything and looking at Ephesians 6:10 – 24 and talking about spiritual warfare and the battle that rages in our world and our hearts. Here’s what’s happening:

  • There are two serious dangers one can fall in to regarding Spiritual warfare: Under-recognition or overly obsessed fear. According to scripture we are in a serious battle with a very real enemy, Satan and his demons, who are seeking to destroy the people and the work of God. But he is not an equal to the one we serve. Jesus has promised ultimate victory and laid out the way his followers are to defend against such serious opposition. He has absolute power and authority, demonstrated in his sacrificial death and victorious resurrection.  Jesus calls his followers to walk each day in light of the reality of who he is and what he has accomplished.
  • Next week, on January 13th, we are kicking off a brand new series on the book of Ecclesiastes called Meaning.
  • There’s still time to give to our Christmas Offering recently and I’m really excited about the response so far. For more information on what it is going to and how you can be involved, go here.
  • If you haven’t “Liked” the Revolution Fan Page on Facebook, do so now. It is one of the ways we communicate and pass on resources for sermons and other ways to help serve you in your spiritual growth.

This is definitely a week you don’t want to miss at Revolution Church. So, bring someone with you (you never know when a simple invite will make an eternal difference).

Remember, we meet at 8300 E. Speedway Blvd. at 10am.

3 Weeks Until “Meaning” Starts

Can’t wait to kick off the book of Ecclesiastes on January 13th at Revolution Church. Here’s a little teaser of what’s coming up:

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This Weekend @ Revolution || Making Your Life Count

We’ve been meeting for 4 weeks on Sunday morning as Revolution Church and I have been loving it. I’m so excited for week 5 as we continue our series in the book of Ephesians.

Here’s what is happening this week at Revolution this week:

  1. We’ll be looking at Ephesians 3:1 – 13 if you want to read ahead. We’ll be looking at how God uses people to make an impact and make their life worth living and what it is about the people that God uses. Why do some people make an impact felt for generations and others simply live lives that nobody notices. If you want to live a life that is remembered and felt for generations, you don’t want to miss this week.
  2. Our missional communities are launching next week. If you haven’t signed up yet, go here and do so today. Many have filled up, but there is still space in many. If you aren’t sure what they are, here’s a short video to give you some details.
  3. If you haven’t signed up to join a missional community yet, you need to get a jump on it. Some of them are filled up or filling up and I’d hate to see you miss out on one of the best parts of Revolution Church. We will have sign-ups at the church this week, so I’ll give details on that.

This is definitely a week you don’t want to miss at Revolution Church. So, bring someone with you (you never know when a simple invite will make an eternal difference)

Remember, we meet at 8300 E. Speedway Blvd. at 10am

See you on Sunday!

God’s Ultimate Plan for Your Life Sermon Video

If you missed Revolution Church last night, we wrapped up our series So You’re Dead…Now What? and looked at God’s ultimate plan for our lives from 2 Peter 3:14 – 18, you can watch it below. I’m really grateful for all the hard work Mike put in to make these sermon videos and the graciousness of Revolution as we used them.

Don’t miss next week as we kick off a brand new series called Jonah & David. 

Figuring out my Passion

I often get asked about figuring out God’s will for one’s life, making choices concerning career and schooling, etc. There have been 2 things that I have found extremely helpful. Separate, but connected.

When it comes to making decisions, instead of listing out the pro’s and con’s of a decision, I think a better question is one found in Spiritual LeadershipWill this get me to where I believe God eventually wants me or will it hinder me. I think too many people make decisions with little thought about where it will take them. From the time I was 18, I felt called to be a pastor. I knew at some point I would plant a church. So, when Katie and I were dating and when we got married, we talked through this. We started making choices to get to this point. I got my master’s right away. We used this lens as we thought through ministry opportunities and churches I worked at.

In SiftedWayne Cordeiro poses a helpful question to help in figuring out your passion: If you had 5 million dollars and never had to work another day in your life, what would you do? This helps to bring perspective. I can honestly say, I would do what I am doing now.

Many people hate their job and don’t do anything about it. They don’t get more schooling, take a chance and change careers, they stay stuck. Many also take opportunities that come along, simply because they came along and they seem like good opportunities. Those opportunities may not get them to where they need to be.

In college, I had the opportunity to intern at Willow Creek. It was a great opportunity, but not financially smart. I lost money being an intern there, but it opened a ton of doors and gave me so much knowledge and real life experience in ministry that it is hard to put a price tag on it.

I will add this caveat, in the midst of all of this, spend time praying. Seek what God has to say in his word about your life choices. Often times, God gives us very open ended instructions on life choices. We are to live on mission, spread the gospel, live in community, be part of a church, honor our spouse, raise our kids, make a living. I think, if we do the things God has already called us to in Scripture, our decisions become a lot easier.

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Saturday Night Mind Dump…

  • Tired, but a good tired
  • Tonight was the first night of 2 services
  • So cool to see how many people stepped up to make it happen
  • It is humbling to me all the people who work to make Revolution happen every week and the passion they have to help people in Tucson find their way back to God
  • I am blown away every week by the caliber of our leaders, we really do have the greatest leaders a church could ask for
  • It was a pretty intense sermon for me tonight, very personal and pastoral for me
  • It is heart breaking to know people who are making choices contrary to God’s word and you see how the story is going to end and you just want to stop them
  • That’s what I felt tonight
  • We ended the sermon with a really powerful sermon that you can see here
  • If you missed it, I’d really encourage you to watch it
  • I was challenged, being 31 and thinking that my life is so short, it doesn’t last forever and how my choices would be different if I lived with the reality of that and the reality that Zac said, “You may have already lived past the halfway point of your life”
  • Wow
  • In case you missed last night, you can listen to the message here
  • I will admit, I didn’t know how tonight would go and if anyone would be there since Arizona had a big basketball game overlapping both services
  • Awesome to see how God continues to grow our church
  • We had more people in the 1st service than we did when we launched
  • Excited about taking a retreat day this week and head up to Mt. Lemmon
  • A much needed thing to clear my head and keep my heart close to Jesus
  • If something in tonight’s message jumped out to you and you’d like to do some more reading on learning how to set goals and make plans in a Godly way and learn how to trust in the character of God and his sovereignty as the basis of those goals, check out these books:  Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny by Mark Batterson, The Holy Wild: Trusting in the Character of God by Mark Buchanan, and Chazown: Define Your Vision. Pursue Your Passion. Live Your Life on Purpose. by Craig Groeschel
  • Started reading a book last night that is really challenging me, great look at the inner life of a leader
  • Katie and I are heading up to The Crossing tomorrow night, the church we’re merging with to hang out with them and attend church
  • I’m really excited for Easter weekend when they join us
  • Hoping to wrap up the study guide for our next series this week
  • Really excited about spending 5 months preaching through the Old Testament
  • That’s all I got, barely keeping my eyes open