MESSAGE NOTES

Faith In Action

Message Notes, Tokyo-West

Lifehouse Tachikawa

April 27th, 2017

Faith in Action

(Hebrews 11:1-3) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (2)This is what the ancients were commended for. (3)By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Hebrews 11:6) And 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. Don’t Stop! Keep Moving Forward 

(John 10:27) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

(Ephesians 6:10-11) Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

  1. We are Going to Keep Moving Forward 

(Hebrews 11:13-16) All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. (14)People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. (15)If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. (16)Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.

 

Jesus Was Always Flexible With Different Situations

7:15PM, Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

April 26th, 2017

Jesus Went Where He Was Appreciated

1. Never Stay Where You’re Not Valued

(Proverb 25:6-7a) Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; (7) it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.

2.Guard Your Dream, Gift And Passion

(Genesis 37:5) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

3.Don’t Worry If “The Hometown” Doesn’t Understand

(Mark 6:4-6) Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (5) He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. (6) He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.

 

4.Wipe The Dust From Your Feet (Often). Move On!

(Matthew 10:14) If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.

5.Become Emotionally Strong

(1 Peter 5:10) And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

 

Life Group Questions & Prayer

.   Do you believe that Jesus leads you to the best place?

2. What can you do when someone’s against you?

3. Let’s Pray!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

April 23rd, 2017

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

On Your Mark, “Know Your Purpose, Know Your Vision”

(Psalm 139:13-16 NLT) You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. (14) Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. (15) You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. (16) You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

(1 Corinthians 1:7 NLT) Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Get Set “ Get Ready To Go! Spend Time With Jesus”

(John 16:24 NLT) You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

(2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT) Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

(1 John 5:4-5 NLT) For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. (5) And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

(Proverbs 21:31 NLT) You can prepare your horses for battle, but only the Lord can give you the victory.

Go “Go Out With Jesus”

(Hebrew 12:1 ERV) We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall.

(Joshua 1:9 NLT) Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

 

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer

1. Are you enjoying journalling?

2.Are you running your race?

3.  Are you being able to encourage others?

The Wonder of Worship

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

April 23rd, 2017

The Wonder of Worship 

God is seeking Worshippers 

(John 4:23-24) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (24) God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Worship: to prostrate and kiss (the foot) 

Persians way 

-showing submission 

-showing honour 

-showing thanks 

Why is God seeking Worshippers

To bring Joy

(Psalm 16:11) You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

-Rejoice (Repeat) 

(Philippians 4:4) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

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

  1. To help and Strengthen them 

κατισχυω

BDAG: 

  1. To have the strength and capability to obtain an advantage, be dominant, prevail 

   

  1. To have the strength to win a victory over something. Over a superior force

  (2 Chronicles 16:9a) For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

(Matthew 16:18) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 

(Exodus 17:11) As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.

3, When Where Do We Worship? 

Worship in the desert

(Exodus 3:3-6) So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” (4) When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” (5)“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (6) Then he said, “I am the God of your father, Masoretic Text; Samaritan Pentateuch fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

Worship in the prison 

(Act 16:25-26) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (26) Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Worship even in the midst of opposition

(Mark 14:3-6) While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. (4) Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? (5) It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly. (6) “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.

Worship in the moment of revelation

(Matthew 27:54) When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

What about you? 

Worship in the house

Worship in the workstation 

Worship in church – A time of preparation for the rest of the week

(Psalm 100:4) Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

 

Life Group Questions and Prayer 

  1. Do you understand the power made available when we worship God?
  1. Do experience His joy and His strength in worship?
  1. Let’s praise God right now in prayer.

 

Victorious Earthquake

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

April 23rd, 2017

Victorious Earthquake

(John 10:10 NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

(Acts 16:22-26 NLT) A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. (23) They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. (24) So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. (25) Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. (26) Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!

Joy Does Not Depend On Situations

(Jeremiah 17:7 NLT) But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

(Habakkuk 3:17-18 NLT) Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, (18) yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

Worship Is Not Karaoke. There’s A Power In Worship

(2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT) The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”

(Galatians 6:9 NLT) So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Victorious Earthquake

(Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

 

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer 

  1.  Are you trusting Jesus and maintaining joy?
  2.  Can you worship in midst of tough times?
  3. Let’s pray believing for a victorious earthquake.

Jesus Used Repetition Of The Same Life Messages

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

April 19th, 2017

My Jesus, My Coach 

Jesus Used Repetition Of The Same Life Messages

Hear The Word. Let The Word Of God Be Sown In Your Hearts

(Mark 4:20 NLT) And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

(Jeremiah 29:11-13 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. (12) In those days when you pray, I will listen. (13) If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Repeat A Key Phrase Or Bible Verse

(Matthew 22:36-39 NLT) “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” (37) Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. (38) This is the first and greatest commandment. (39) A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Keep It Simple. Take The Place Of A Child Ever Learning

(Matthew 18:1-4 NLT) About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” (2) Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. (3) Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. (4) So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Principle Of “More”

(Matthew 13:11-13a NLT) He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. (12) To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. (13) That is why I use these parables,

Resurrected Christ is Resurrecting me

Message Notes

Resurrected Christ is Resurrecting Me!

1.Jesus Christ died for us
(Roman 5:6-8) You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (7) Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. (8) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(Roman 6:23) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2.Who can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ?
(Roman 8:35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

3.In all these things … more than conquerors through Jesus who loved
(Roman 8:37-39) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (38) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, (39) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus refused to get bitter. What a great way to live!

Message Notes

My Jesus, My Coach
Jesus refused to get bitter. What a great way to live!

The power of bitterness

(Hebrews 12:15 ERV) Be careful that no one fails to get God’s grace. Be careful that no one loses their faith and becomes like a bitter weed growing among you. Someone like that can ruin your whole group.

-Bitterness doubles the pain of rejection or disloyalty. (It often happens in marriage)

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond.” John Maxwell.

Jesus is betrayed by Judas. He offers hope. Judas rejects it.

(Mark 14:18 NLT) As they were at the table eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.”

(Matthew 27:5 NLT) Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.

Jesus is betrayed by Peter. He offers hope. Peter takes it.

(Matthew 26:75 NLT) Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.

(John 21:17 ERV) A third time Jesus said, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was sad because Jesus asked him three times, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you!” Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep.

Jesus is betrayed by people that he loved, helped. He offered hope. What will we do?

(Mark 15:18 NLT) Then they saluted him and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!”

(Luke 23:23 ERV) But the people continued to shout. They demanded that Jesus be killed on a cross. Their shouting got so loud that…

(Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT) Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. (32) Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

(1 Peter 3:8-9 ERV) So all of you should live together in peace. Try to understand each other. Love each other like brothers and sisters. Be kind and humble. (9) Don’t do wrong to anyone to pay them back for doing wrong to you. Or don’t insult anyone to pay them back for insulting you. But ask God to bless them. Do this because you yourselves were chosen to receive a blessing.

The Great Turnaround (Resurrected)

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

April 9th, 2017

The Great Turnaround (Resurrected)

(John 10:10 MSG) A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

 (John 16:33 MSG) I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.

 Purpose (Dreams & Vision)

(2 Timothy 1:9, 11 NLT)For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. (11) And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.

 Faith

(Luke 17:5-6 MSG) The apostles came up and said to the Master, “Give us more faith.” (6) But the Master said, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it would do it.

Fire (Passion)

(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.

Possible With God

(Luke 18:27 MSG) “No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”

 Lifegroup Questions and Prayer

  1. In which area, are you expecting a victory?
  2. What kind of voices are you listening to?
  3. Let’s pray!

The Overwhelming Triumph Of The Cross

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

April 9th, 2017

The Overwhelming Triumph Of The Cross 

The One-Two Punch Victory Of The Cross 

-The Plan Of The Ages 

(John 1:1-5) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was with God in the beginning. (3) Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (4) In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (5) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

(John 1:14 NLT) So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

1.The First Victory Punch Of The Cross – Enemies Destroyed 

(Colossians 2:15) And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

(1 Corinthians 6:8) Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.

(Revelation 1:18) I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

2.The Second Victory Punch Of The Cross – People Set Free (Redeemed) Forever

(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.

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (20) you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Finally – Let The Celebrations begin!

-No Condemnation 

(Romans 8:1-2) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (2) because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

-Welcome Holy Spirit

(Romans 8:11) And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

-Led by the good shepherd 

(Romans 8:14) For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

– Sons and daughters of God in His Kingdom! 

(Romans 8:15-16) The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (16) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

-And there was so much joy in that city! 

(Acts 8:8) So there was great joy in that city. 

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer 

1..What does Easter mean to you? 

2.Can we continue to celebrate the wonderful victory of Jesus? 

3.Let’s pray and give thanks.