Pray FIRST

7:15PM, Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 21st, 2017

Pray FIRST 

What do we do – When everything seems out of control? 

(Philippians 4:6-7) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (7) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians gives us a formula 

(Philippians 4:6) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

 

Prayer 

– addressing something to God “Hey God here is what is going on”  

Petition (supplication) 

– humble and sincere request “God, this is really what I would like you to do about it”

 Thanksgiving 

– celebration “By Faith I thank you in advance”  

And when we pray that way there is a promise 

(Philippians 4:7) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Share The Harvest

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 18th, 2017

 

Share The Harvest! 

(2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (MSG) “This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He (God) gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”

  1. Plan For HUGE Harvest!! 

(Leviticus 23:22 GW) “When you harvest the grain in your land, don’t harvest the grain in the corners of your fields or gather what is left after you’re finished. Leave it for poor people and foreigners. I am the Lord your God.”

(Exodus 23:11 GW) “but in the seventh year you must leave the land unplowed and unused. In that way the poor among your people will have food to eat, and wild animals may eat what the poor people leave. You must do the same with your vineyards and olive groves.”

2.Seek Opportunities To Share HARVEST!! 

(2 Kings 4:8-10 GW) “One day Elisha was traveling through Shunem, where a rich (great) woman lived. She had invited him to eat with her. So whenever he was in the area, he stopped in to eat. She told her husband, “I know he’s a holy man of God. And he regularly travels past our house. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put a bed, table, chair, and lamp stand there for him. He can stay there whenever he comes to visit us.”

(2 Kings 4:11-16 (GW) One day he came to their house, went into the upstairs room, and rested there. He told his servant Gehazi, “Call this Shunem woman.” Gehazi called her, and she stood in front of him. Elisha said to Gehazi, “Ask her what we can do for her, since she has gone to a lot of trouble for us. Maybe she would like us to speak to the king or the commander of the army for her.” She answered, “I’m already living among my own people.” “What should we do for her?” Elisha asked. Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.” Elisha said, “Call her.” So Gehazi called her, and she stood in the doorway. Elisha said, “At this time next spring, you will hold a baby boy in your arms.” She answered, “Don’t say that, sir. Don’t lie to me. You’re a man of God.”

2 Kings 4:17 (GW) “But the woman became pregnant and had a son at that time next year, as Elisha had told her.”

3.Master Of The Harvest!! 

(Isaiah 1:3 GW) “Oxen know their owners, and donkeys know where their masters feed them. But Israel doesn’t know its owner. My people don’t understand who feeds them.”

(1 Corinthians 3:5-7 GW) “Who is Apollos? Who is Paul? They are servants who helped you come to faith. Each did what the Lord gave him to do. I planted, and Apollos watered, but God made it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is important because only God makes it grow.

(1 Timothy 6:18-19 MSG) “Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.”

 

Close Father

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 18th, 2017

Close Father

(1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV) “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1.Honor your Father 

(Matthew 19:19 NIV) “honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

(Ephesians 6:1-3 NLT) “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. (2)“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: (3)If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

2.Be a Father who lifts the next generation, not holding them back

(Ephesians 6:4 NLT) “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”

(Luke 11:11-13 NLT) “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? (12)Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! (13)So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

3.Be a Father to Others 

(1 Corinthians 4:15 NLT) “For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you.”

(2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT) “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. (4)He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

The Father’s Love

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 18th, 2017

The Father’s Love 

(Luke 15:17-24 NLT) “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! (18) I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, (19) and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ (20) “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. (21) His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. (22) “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. (23) And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, (24) for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

  1. He made you

(Psalm 139:13 NLT) You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

  1. When you know the father, you know who you are 

(Romans 8:15 MSG) “God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children.”

  1. Receive his unconditional love

(Romans 5:8 NLT) “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners”

 

From Your Dad In Heaven

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 18th, 2017

 

From Your Dad In Heaven

(Romans 8:29-30 NLT) For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (30) And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

(Matthew 3:16-17 NLT) After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. (17) And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

Let Me Help You With Your Future

(Hebrew 12:7-11 MSG) God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.

Let Me Bless You

(Mark 10:13-14, 16 NLT) One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. (14) When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. (16) Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

Protect Your Heart

(1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT) Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

(Matthew 3:17 NLT) And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.

 

Life Group Questions & Prayer 

1.What kind of voice is Father’s voice for you?

2. How do you think our Heavenly Father views towards you?

3.Let’s pray to our amazing Father.

The Friend Zone

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 14th, 2017

The Friend Zone

  1. The Golden Rule- Be friendly

(Hebrew 13:1 NIV) Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

 

  1. Be Normal

 

  • Be Interested
  • Talk to them! – It is ok for boys and girls to talk
  • Hang out
  •  Relax

 (John 15:12 NIV) My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

You Only Live Once (YOLO)

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 11th, 2017

You Only Live Once (YOLO)

(1 Corinthians 10:23 NLT) You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.

 Focus = To Serve

(1 Corinthians 10:24 NLT) Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.

(1 Corinthians 10:33 NLT) I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.

  LOVE

(1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT) Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

 Unity

(1 Corinthians 12:25-26 MSG) The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.

  Lifegroup Questions and Prayer

  1. What kind of life do you want to live?
  2. How do you want to be remembered?
  3. Let’s pray!

Jesus – Lord And Samurai

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 11th, 2017

Jesus – Lord And Samurai

Lord = Shu

Samurai

2 parts to Japanese word.

ji – waiter, wait upon.  

shi – gentleman, samurai, 

 ‘It’s not all about you or me’.

(Mark 10:42-44) Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. (43) Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, (44) and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.

Jesus reveals self as Lord and Samurai.

(Mark 10:45) For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

 He was not a servant by another’s will, but by his own desire

(John 10:17) The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.

1. We Serve THE LORD With A New Nature

(2 Peter 1:3) His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

2.We Serve With Joy And Strength

(Psalm 100:2) Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

 (Nehemiah 8:10b) For the joy of the Lord is your strength.

3.We Serve With Purpose And Vision

(Romans 12:6a) We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

 4.We Are Touched By God (Anointed) To Serve

(Exodus 36:2) Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work.

5.We Are Rewarded – Now And In Heaven.

(Mark 10:29-31) “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel (30) will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. (31) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

“Viv and I didn’t come to Japan to be served; but to serve Jesus, and to purposely reflect his glory to the beautiful people living in Japan’.

(Philippians 2:5-11) In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; (7) rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (8) And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (9) Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (11) and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.(ピリピ 2:5-11 ALIVE訳)

Vision For Marriage

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 7th, 2017

Vision For Marriage

Current Situation & Problems In Japan

Average Age of People Getting Married: Men- 31.1 Women-29.4

Average Age of Having Firstborn Child: Men-32.7 Women- 30.7

Percentage of Unmarried People by Prefecture

1st – Amongst Men = Okinawa (26.2%), 3rd – Tokyo (26.06%)

1st – Amongst Women = Tokyo (19.2%), 1 in 5 people or not married

(Genesis 2:18 NLT) Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”

(Matthew 19:4-6 NLT) “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’ (5) And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ (6) Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

 There’s No Good “Role Models” In Japan

 Great Team

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. (10) If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. (11) Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? (12) A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT) Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud (5) or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (6) It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. (7) Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.