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This Is Our House

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 25th, 2017

This Is Our House

House

(Psalm 84:10 NLT) A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

(Nehemiah 8:10 NLT) And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

(Ephesians 2:10 NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

 Family

(Proverbs 18:24 NLT) There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

Future / Sowing

(Psalm 78:4-7 NLT) We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. (5) For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, (6) so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. (7) So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.

 

(Galatians 6:7-9 MSG) (7-8)Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. (9-10) So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.

 Lifegroup Questions and Prayer

  1.  Do you like this house?
  2. Are you discovering yourself at church?
  3. Let’s pray!

What’s In Your Hand?

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 25th, 2017

What’s In Your Hand? God Wants To Super-Charge It!

-Moses And The Burning Bush

(Exodus 3:4-7, 10) 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, 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. (7) The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. (10) So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

(Exodus 4:1) Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Q. What’s that in your hand?

A. “A staff” 

 (Exodus 4:3) The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.

Stick becomes super-charged, supernatural, powerful, a symbol of authority.

 Why?

1. For Moses: Sake

-Approval of the call – re-instatement

(Ephesians 1:4-5) For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

2.For God’s Sake

-Empowerment of the plan 

(Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  3.For The People’s Sake

-Lift and liberation

(Luke 4:18) “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

(Ephesians 2:10) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Rock To Paper

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 25th, 2017

 Rock (Cling) to Paper (Release)

]Rock (Cling) To Paper (Release): Put God First – Young Man Clinged On To His Possession

(Luke 18:22-23 NLT) When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (23) But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

(Matthew 10:39 NLT) If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

(Luke 18:29-30 NLT) “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, (30) will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”

Rock (Cling) To Paper (Release) : Generosity – Zacchaeus Showed Salvation

(Luke 19:8-10 NLT) Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” (9) Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. (10) For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

(2 Corinthians 9:11-12 NLT) Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. (12) So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

3. Jesus Came For The Sinners, Not The Self-Righteous

(Luke 5:31-32 NLT) Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. (32) I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

(Luke 18:27 NLT) He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

Boomerang

Message Notes

Lifehouse Tokyo

June 25th, 2017

Boomerang

(Luke 6:37-39) “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (38) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (39) He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?

1. Starts with forgiveness and release.

-The lesson of forgiveness. 

-Be generous. 

-Start there! 

2.Continues with giving and receiving in ever increasing circles.

(Proverbs 11:24 MSG) The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller, ; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller’

3.It’s Coming Back But… 

1.Don’t know who 

2.Don’t know how 

3.Don’t know when

4.Don’t know what. 

but it’s coming back bigger and stronger

“His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to carve out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. “I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.” “No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel. Is that your son?” the nobleman asked. “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly. “I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of.” And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London , and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.”

 4.Be part of the Boomerang! Sow your seeds!

Me sowing seeds – or not.

(Galatians 6:7) Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Pray FIRST

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.