Philippians 2:1-5 Love Like Jesus

1PM, Message Notes

Aloha = 2 parts
1.‘alo’ – presence
2.’ha’ – breath

(Philippians 2:1) Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,

(Philippians 2:2) then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

-Same Mind
-Same Agape Love
-Unity In Heart

(Philippians 2:3) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

(Philippians 2:4) not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

(Philippians 2:5) In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

How Far Can I Go?

5:30PM, Message Notes

You’re one of a kind. You’re Chosen!

(John 15:16 ERV) You did not choose me. I chose you. And I gave you this work: to go and produce fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you anything you ask for in my name.

(Isaiah 43:4 NLT) Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.

Amazing View Is Waiting On The Other Side. There’s a Plan!

Future is promised.
(Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

(1 Timothy 2:4 NLT) who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

Going Forward By Imagining!
(Ephesians 3:20 ERV) With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.

(Hebrews 11:1 ERV) Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer
1.Do you believe in the potential God has prepared for you?
2.How can you move forward in your life?
3.Let’s pray.

Blessing Of Jabez

3:30PM, Message Notes

-Jabez’ start to life was up and down

(1 Chronicle 4:9) And Jabez was more honorable than his brothers: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bore him with sorrow.

But He Called To God For Help
(1 Chronicle 4:10 ) Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

1.Bless me
2.Enlarge my territory
3.Let your hand be on me
4.Keep me from more sorrow.
…And God did that.

God Can Use All Things From Our Life To Bring Blessing And Destiny
(Romans 8:28) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

His Heart Is To Bless And Enlarge Us. He Loves Us.
(Romans 8:29) For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

“ALOHA” Bless Everyone

11AM, Message Notes

Aloha = 2 parts

1.‘alo’ – close to the face of, close sharing, showing love and compassion
2.’ha’ – breath.
Agape – God’s Love.

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8a) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (8) Love never fails.

(Luke 18:15-17) People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. (16) But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (17) Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

(Luke 18:15) People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.

-People constantly bringing
-just a touch from Jesus will be enough
-Disciples constantly rebuking

(Luke 18:16) But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

-calling to children
– to come and be blessed. middle voice
– calling to them for them and for him
– God is blessed when we are blessed. He is a good father!
-don’t get in the way
-constantly or iteratively.
-let them, release them to come.
-For this (pointing to them) is what the Kingdom of God is for!

(Luke 18:17) Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
-Truly, amen, hey, you! Hey, did you get it? Let me say it louder!

***The kingdom of God is attracted to child-like faith and hearts.
***Let me be like that !!! Aloha your family.

Aloha your church.
Aloha God and His Ways.
Aaron’s Blessing

(Numbers 6:23) “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
(Numbers 6:24) “The Lord bless you and keep you;
(Numbers 6:25) the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
(Numbers 6:26) the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Lifehouse Conference 2017

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GET READY IT’S CONFERENCE TIME!

-How to make the most of conference-

What could be hotter than summer in Japan? Lifehouse Conference, of course, and it’s happening in just a few days. Whether it’s your first or tenth conference, we want to help you make the most of this time.

#1 Start the day with your favourite cup of coffee & the new Lifehouse album “In Your Name” on your playlist!

The new Lifehouse album will be ready just in time for conference and from the sneak peeks we’ve heard – it’s going to be awesome! There is something amazing that happens in a room full of people worshipping God with excitement and passion. (And Lifehousers, you indeed have bucket loads of passion).

Pre-order available now online: iTunes, Google play: Lifehouse Worship – In Your Name

#2 There are new friends to be made and stories to be shared.

One of the things that make conference so special, is the diversity of people gathered together from all spaces and places. There are students, parents, families, young men and women, those in the work force, Lifehouse family from across the globe – a gold mine of experiences and stories to be shared. You never know how God could use your journey to encourage someone else!

 

#3 Meal times are big deal times.

Everyone’s got to eat right, and meal times can make for some of the best opportunities to connect and build friendships. So, whether you plan on going to a restaurant or bringing your own delicious bento – why not invite someone new to join you. Shibuya is packed with many great places to eat and picnic. (We also have snuck in a few coffee hotspots for you at the end of the blog; ))

 

#4 More than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams…

Most exciting of all, the theme for this conference is, “IMAGINE”. The days are packed with gifted speakers, there’s a Holy Spirit session and a Praise Party to look forward to … and in all of this God wants to speak to us. We can come expectant and confident knowing that His Words bring new life, new vision and new strength.

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us”. – Ephesians ‪3:20 (MSG)

Coffee Hotspots:

We went to scout out the area near belle salle Shibuya First and found:

There are many other great places to hang out during the breaks at Omotesando / Aoyama area too!

Settle Your Past

7:15PM, Message Notes

(John 8:12 NLT) Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

(Hebrews 4:12 NLT) For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

More & More

Message Notes

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

-Paul writing from filthy prison. Yet he is praying for Philippians blessing

(Philippians 1:9 NHEB) This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;
-still, more
-more and more
-More and more what? … abound!
-perception – able to see levels, depths, 3D picture.
-discernment which “cuts through” hazy moral values to really “size things up

Q: Why does great love lead to great perception? And why is this important?
A: Live for God with influence and destiny. —> (v.10) 

(Philippians 1:10 NEHB) so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ;
-to put to the test in order to succeed.
-excellence – to take all the way through (i.e. to the end), excellence.
-pure- shining like the sun’s rays – i.e. with spiritual vision
-free from hurt, not offending and not causing offence.

(Philippians 1:11 NEHB) being filled with the fruit of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
-having been filled – it’s a done deal
-fruit of righteousness. It’s all Jesus!

(Galatians 5) love, joy, peace, able to cope with difficulty.

eg. 1 – Paul in prison (yet writing books for us 2,000 years later)
(Philippians 1:12) Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.

eg. 2 – Joseph in prison (yet able to be an example for us 3,500 years later)
(Genesis 50:20) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

-Conclusion:
So love … to able to see the big picture in every situation.
So love … to be filled with good things – in the hard times – ready for the future.

The Blessing Bounce

Message Notes

The Blessing Bounce
(Luke 18:15-16) People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. (16) But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

-Blessing is used about 400 times in the Bible.
What does it mean?
To speak good words over something. 
‘good’ + ‘words’
The opposite is cursing: speaking bad words over something.

1.God always starts the blessing bounce – that’s who he is!
(Genesis 1:28) God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
2.The Blessing bounced into Abraham
(Genesis 12:1-3) he Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (2) “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. (3) I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

3.The blessing bounces into believers
(Galatians 3:9) So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
(Proverbs 10:22 NLT) The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Bounce the Blessing
1.Recieve it by faith in Jesus’ Name
2.Bounce it into your wife and husband, kids
4.Bounce it into church
5.Bounce it into those who have wronged us