The Power Of One

Message Notes, Tokyo-West

Lifehouse Tachikawa

March 23rd, 2017

The Power of One

(Matthew 9:1-8) Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. (2) Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” (3) At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” (4) Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? (5) Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? (6) But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” (7) Then the man got up and went home. (8) When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

Your Faith Saves! 

(Hebrews 11:7) By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.

(2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, (4) who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

  1. Your Praise Delivers! 

(2 Chronicles 20:21-22) After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” (22)

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

  1. Your Prayers Bring Breakthrough To Others!

(Matthew 9:2) When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”


Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

March 19th, 2017

Forgiveness and Reconciliation 

What forgiveness IS: 

1. Choice 

2. Sacrifice 

3. Trust 

(Romans 12:19) Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, “it’s mine to avenge, I will repay” says the Lord

4. Gift 

(Luke 17:3) Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him, and if he repents, then forgive him. 

What forgiveness is NOT: 

1. Excuse 

2. Befriend 

(Romans 12:20-21) on the contrary, if your enemy is hungry feed him. If he is thirsty give him something to drink. In doing this you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. 

3. Abuse

4. Forget 

(Hebrews 8:12) I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more. 

(Matthew 6:14-15) “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Taking off in Flight

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

March 19th, 2017

Taking off in Flight 

(Isaiah 40:30) “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall.” 

(Isaiah 40:31) “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 

1. Fear

2. Forgiveness 

3. Faith

(Mark 9:23 NKJV) “If you can believe, (Jesus said) all things are possible to him who believes.”

(Hebrews 11:6)…Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

1. Push Back 

2. Time to go 

3. Take Off

A Love Letter From Jesus

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

March 19th, 2017

A Love Letter From Jesus

The Bible Is Our Soul Food

(Matthew 4:4 ERV) Jesus answered him, “The Scriptures say, ‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive. Their lives depend on what God says.’” Deuteronomy 8:3

(Hebrews 4:12 ERV) God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us. It cuts deep to the place where the soul and the spirit are joined. God’s word cuts to the center of our joints and our bones. It judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.

(Galatians 5:22-23 ERV) But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.

(Romans 7:18-20 ERV) Yes, I know that nothing good lives in me—I mean nothing good lives in the part of me that is not spiritual. I want to do what is good, but I don’t do it. (19) I don’t do the good that I want to do. I do the evil that I don’t want to do. (20) So if I do what I don’t want to do, then I am not really the one doing it. It is the sin living in me that does it.

Jesus Loves You So Much

(Mark 4:9 NLT) Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

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

Jesus Knows Your Life Story

(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.

(John 1:39 ERV) He answered, “Come with me and you will see.” So the two men went with him. They saw the place where he was staying, and they stayed there with him that day. It was about four o’clock.


Lifegroup Questions & Prayer

1. What kind of words is your heart filled with?

2. How excited are you about your life’s story?

3. Let’s Pray!

It’s Ok To Be Rough Around The Edges

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tachikawa

March 16th, 2017

It’s Ok To Be Rough Around The Edges

]Jesus Is Looking At The Best In You

(Mark 1:17-18 NLT) Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (18) And they left their nets at once and followed him.

(John 1:42 NLT) Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).

(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.

 Follow Jesus Even If It’s Rough Around The Edges

(Luke 22:33-34 NLT) Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.” (34) But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

(Luke 22:61-62 NLT) At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” (62) And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly.

(John 15:5 NLT) “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

God Brings Success At The Right Time

(Acts 2:41 NLT) Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

(Psalm 1:2-3 NLT) But they delight in the law of the lord, meditating on it day and night. (3) They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.


Lifegroup Questions & Prayer 

  1. Do you believe that your own potential?
  1. Are you trying to be perfectionist upon following Jesus?
  2. Let’s Pray.

Jesus knew His mission… “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

March 15th, 2017

Jesus knew His mission… “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” 

1.Whenever he saw people, he saw their lives as valuable 

-He called people to live out of a sense of destiny 

(Jeremiah 29:18) I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse and an object of horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them. 


(Luke 19:1-6) Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. (2) A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. (3) He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. (4) So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. (5) When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” (6) So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 

2.He knew his mission 

(And he didn’t do other things outside his mission).

(Luke 19:10) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. 

3.He knew criticism was a part of living an expansive life 

(Luke 19:7) All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner. 

4.He called others to know their God-given mission as well

(Luke 19:9) Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.

God Graced Gifts

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

March 10th, 2017

God Graced Gifts

(Romans 12:1-8 NLT) So I beg you, brothers and sisters, because of the great mercy God has shown us, offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him—an offering that is only for God and pleasing to him. Considering what he has done, it is only right that you should worship him in this way. (2) Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. (3) God has given me a special gift, and that is why I have something to say to each one of you. Don’t think that you are better than you really are. You must see yourself just as you are. Decide what you are by the faith God has given each of us. (4) Each one of us has one body, and that body has many parts. These parts don’t all do the same thing. (5) In the same way, we are many people, but in Christ we are all one body. We are the parts of that body, and each part belongs to all the others. (6) We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace God gave us. Whoever has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in a way that fits the kind of faith they have. (7) Whoever has the gift of serving should serve. Whoever has the gift of teaching should teach. (8) Whoever has the gift of comforting others should do that. Whoever has the gift of giving to help others should give generously. Whoever has the gift of leading should work hard at it. Whoever has the gift of showing kindness to others should do it gladly.


(Matthew 6:25-26 ERV) “So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it. (26) Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t you know you are worth much more than they are?

You Are One And Only

(Matthew 7:6 ERV) “Don’t give something that is holy to dogs. They will only turn and hurt you. And don’t throw your pearls to pigs. They will only step on them.

Be The Best You

(2 Corinthians 9:7-8 ERV) Each one of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give. You should not give if it makes you unhappy or if you feel forced to give. God loves those who are happy to give. (8) And God can give you more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work.

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer 

  1. Do you believe that you are gifted?
  2. Who do you need to look towards to know your gifts?
  3. Let’s pray to our only hope Jesus.

Where Is The Good Shepherd In The Tough Times? (Sheep and Shepherd, Part 3)

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

March 12th, 2017

Where Is The Good Shepherd In The Tough Times? (Sheep and Shepherd, Part 3)

(Psalm 23:4) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

(John 10:10-14) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (11) “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (12) The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. (13) The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. (14) “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—

1.The World Is Full Of Dangers 

-The Thief (v.1,8,10)

(John 10:1,8,10) “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. (8) All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. (10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

-The Stranger (v.5)

(John 10:5) But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

-The Wolf  (v.12)

(John 10:12) The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 

-The hired hand (uncommitted leader) (v.12-13)

(John 10:12-13) The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. (13) The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

2.We Are Not Called To Understand The Tough Times, But We Are Called To Overcome Them

(2 Corinthians 4:17) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” – Zig Ziglar

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison

“Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – John Maxwell 

3.Stay Close To Jesus In The Tough Times 

-Let Him Touch You. Let Him Correct You 

(Deuteronomy 31:6) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Footprints In The Sand 砂に残る足跡

-‘tough times never last, but tough people do.’ Ps Robert Shuller

-Don’t step away from him. Step into him -Feel both his rod and his staff

-Warm touch and strong correction.  

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer 

  1. What do tough times look like in your experience?
  2. Do you lean into Jesus, or lean away from Jesus when this happens?
  3. Let’s Pray! 

David And Goliath

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

March 12th, 2017

David And Goliath 

(Matthew 21:21-22 NLT) Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. (22) You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

(1 Samuel 17:28-50 NLT) But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!” (29) “What have I done now?” David replied. “I was only asking a question!” (30) He walked over to some others and asked them the same thing and received the same answer. (31) Then David’s question was reported to King Saul, and the king sent for him. (32) “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” (33) “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (34) But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, (35) I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. (36) I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! (37) The lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the lord be with you!” (38) Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. (39) David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. (40) He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine. (41) Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, (42) sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. (43) “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. (44)“Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. (45) David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (46) Today the lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! (47) And everyone assembled here will know that the lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (48) As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. (49) Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. (50) So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.


 1.Don’t Let Negative Voices In 


2.You Have To Go In Your Faith 


3.In Jesus’ Name 

Jesus thinks people are amazing. So should we!

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

March 8th, 2017

My Jesus, My Coach 

Jesus thinks people are amazing! So should we!

Jesus met and enjoyed new people

(John 1:14 MSG) 

He was with people

(John 1:37-39) When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. (38) Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” (39) “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. 

He understood people 

(John 1:40-42) Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. (41) The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). (42) And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). 

He saw people as interesting 

(John 1:45-48) Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (46) “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.“Come and see,” said Philip. (47) When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” (48) “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 

He spoke of future things as though they were possible 

(John 1:50-51) Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” (51) He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”