Beautiful starts in 2 Weeks!

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We are doing something this year at Revolution that we’ve never done before. After we finish our Breathing Room series we will do a series geared to women and one geared to men. Don’t worry though, each week will have clear relevance and application to everyone.

Here’s what is happened starting January 26th:

Even when you don’t feel it. Even when you’re not happy. Even when you feel condemned. Right now, someone thinks you are BEAUTIFUL. God wants you to see yourself the same way. Join us Jan. 26 – Feb. 9 for Beautiful, a series for women and the men who pursue them.

Our pastor, Josh and his wife Katie will be teaching this series together as we look at what God created women to be, how to become that woman, and what the roadblocks are to becoming that woman. We’ll look at body image issues, how to let go of your past, how to use your tongue in a positive way, and the legacy you should strive for as a woman. We will also talk to men about how to help their wives become this woman, how a single guy finds a girl that God calls “Beautiful” and how to raise girls who are “Beautiful” in the eyes of God. Here’s what we’ll look at specifically:

January 26: Me, Beautiful?
February 2: Letting Go of Your Past
February 9: The Priorities of a Woman

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Links of the Week

  1. Michael Hyatt on How leadership at home affects the rest of your life
  2. 5 ways to move from selfish to a servant when you’re single
  3. Tony Morgan on the top 10 leadership mistakes
  4. 6 time management tips
  5. David Walker on What every worship leader wants their pastor to know. Makes me grateful for Paul and the relationship we have. 
  6. 3 common traits of youth who don’t leave the church
  7. Brian Tracy on How to influence people
  8. Top 7 church planting challenges
  9. Gloria Furman on What a pastor’s wife is supposed to be like. I did a series of blog posts on this topic and it is still my most read series ever. 

Recommended Resources on Dating, Being Single, Marriage, Porn or Sexual Addiction, Healing from Abuse and a lot More

I often get asked about resources I’d recommend when it comes to dating, marriage, sexual addiction, healing from abuse, past relationships, meeting your spouse’s needs, etc. To go along with the series The Vow, we also published a list of recommended resources to help you. Here are some of the resources:

Biblical Womanhood

Biblical Manhood

Marriage

Dating

Sex

Porn & Sexual Addiction

Parenting

Family Worship

Moving from Your Past


[1] This website is a resource for those who need accountability or are looking for help in being free from a porn addiction.

The Vow Kicks Off This Weekend @ Revolution

We have been talking about it for weeks and it is finally here: The Vow starts this Saturday night!

For the next 4 weeks we are going to look at what the Bible has to say about being a man, a woman, how our past (and the past of our parents) keeps us from moving forward, and how to protect your marriage (and your heart, mind and body if you are single).

I believe this is going to be one of the most powerful and eye opening series we have ever done at Revolution. We will also be interspersing some live Q&A throughout the series.

This week, to kick it off, we will look at what the Bible has to say about biblical manhood. What is a man supposed to be according to the Bible? What is a man supposed to be according to our culture? How are they different? Which one do we often default to in our daily lives? The more and more I read about this topic, the more I see what the Bible calls men and women to is drastically different than what our culture does, and this is one of the biggest problems in our culture and relationships.

No one knows what they are supposed to be like.

What Katie and I meet with people and couples, many of the problems in their lives stem from not being sure what their identity is supposed to be. Many people think men should be overgrown boys (no job, playing video games all night), weaklings who let women run them, or chauvinists. I’m not kidding, but an article I read in a well known magazine said those are the 3 choices for men in our culture. The Bible gives a very different picture of manhood.

In addition to this, on Saturday we will then ask the question, “If the Bible says about men is true, what does that mean for women?”

Believe me when I say, you don’t want to miss a week of The Vow and you want to bring someone with you. I have been hearing from Revolutionaries all week about friends, neighbors and co-workers they have invited. Katie and I have been handing out invite cards for several weeks now. An easy way to invite someone is to send them an e-vite.

Remember, we meet at 4:15 & 6pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Vision Night on August 25th. This is an incredibly important night in the life of our church as we look towards the future and what God is calling us to. For a preview, go here and here.

See you Saturday.

New Series Starting This Saturday at Revolution: The Vow

Saturday, we are starting a brand new series called The Vow. Over the next 4 weeks, we will look at what the Bible has to say about manhood and womanhood. We will look at being single, dating, marriage, divorce, adultery. How to not see being single as a curse, but a way to live more fully for God, how to enjoy your marriage, how to prepare for marriage, how to date, how to choose who to date and marry.

Here is what the series looks like:

August 20: A Good Man (Ephesians 5:22 – 33)
August 27: A Good Woman (1 Peter 3:1 – 6)
September 3: Breaking Free from Our Broken Families (Ephesians 2:13 – 22)
September 10: Enjoying Your Marriage (Proverbs 5:1 – 20)

Don’t miss the opportunity to invite someone to this exciting series. An easy way to do that is through an e-vite.

Preaching a Balanced Diet

One of the dangers of preaching is repetition. Repetition in one sense can be good because people need to hear things several times before they understand it or get it, and a church should have a nice flow of guests coming in that need to hear specific things about Jesus and faith.

Repetition can also be dangerous because communicators can get into the habit of saying the same thing over and over, always finding a way to make a passage about their soapbox, or just repeating sermons. I knew of one church planter that repeated his sermons, really repeated them, every 18 months.

One of my jobs at Revolution is setting the preaching calendar, what topics we will study, what books we will preach through, etc. I submit those ideas to the elders to make sure that we are in agreement on what our church needs to hear, get feedback on topics from them, etc.

Here is what makes me excited about the next 18 months at Revolution, we will study a wide variety of topics. Such as:  Jesus, the trinity, mission, evangelism, community, marriage, dating, being single, heaven, hell, the afterlife, the wrath of God, predestination, free will, election, suffering, does God cause suffering, hospitality, prayer, money, generosity.

We will touch on books like Malachi, Daniel, Jonah, Ephesians, Proverbs. We will preach through Titus, Jude, and Romans.

Pastors, one of your jobs is to make sure your church is getting a balanced diet of Scripture. Do you have a plan for that? Do you know what topics you will cover over the next 12-18 months? What books you will preach through? How will you make sure you don’t just preach from the New Testament or the gospels?

The Next Series at Revolution: The Vow

I’ve been asked what we are preaching on next at Revolution when we finish up The Story of God

We are going to do a 4 week series on being single, dating and marriage called The Vow. We will get into what a man (single or married) is supposed to be, what a woman is supposed to be, if everyone should get married, how you should date, what the Bible says on sex before marriage, outside of marriage, how to communicate to your spouse, love languages, and a whole lot more.

Here is what the series looks like:

August 20: A Good Man (Ephesians 5:22 – 33)
August 27: A Good Woman (1 Peter 3:1 – 6)
September 3: Breaking Free from Our Broken Families (Ephesians 2:13 – 22)
September 10: Enjoying Your Marriage (Proverbs 5:1 – 20)

Start praying and thinking about who you can bring with you for this series.

Links of the Week

  1. Support causes through designer T-shirts. This is such a cool idea.
  2. 10 ways to not grow a church.
  3. Sean Mortenson on 8 things you need to know about the Bible. If you have questions about the Bible and how we got it, this is worth reading.
  4. Perry Noble on 10 reasons you should not be dating him or her.
  5. John MacArthur answers questions from his church after spending over 30 years preaching through the New Testament. There is a whole conference worth of wisdom here for pastors and leaders.
  6. The #1 threat to the church today.
  7. Jamie Munson on 10 things to remember when building a leadership team.
  8. Jason Locy on When it comes to adoption, Christians should put up or shut up.
  9. Satan’s plan for your family.