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VISION SUNDAY 2019

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John 7:37-38 NIV
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Believe, receive, get thirsty!
2019 is the year of OVERFLOW and Viv and I want to invite you to come and drink from God’s living water. If your thirsty for more joy, peace, love, strength, vision, purpose, or simply new ideas, come and drink. Not only will God satisfy your need, he will also cause you to overflow so that you can bless others around you. From the newborn to the eldest, we as a church, are excited to receive God’s overflow!

To see Ps Rod’s Vision Sunday message on OVERFLOW click here!

Discovering The Gift Within You

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You are gifted by God! And God wants you to develop your gifts to their fullest potential so that you can serve others well!

‭(Romans‬ ‭12:5-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬)
“so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

(1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬)
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.”‭‭

HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR STRENGTHS:
1) You’re employed for your strengths!
-Walk into the office and be ready for your 1st task!!

2) Determine what your strengths and weakness are.
-Focus on developing your strengths!

3) Be passionate about what you’re doing.
-What energizes you? This is probably a clue to what you are passionate about. Some people have skills that they are not passion about.

4) Find your learning style.
-Ideas are important! Make sure to write them down on a file somewhere so you don’t forget.

5) Commit to your strengths in:
-Time
-Energy
-Prayer

6) Delegate to people who can compensate and complement your weakness, and oversee those delegated areas.
-Don’t be average with your strengths; Delegate so you can focus on your strengths.

7) Don’t compare yourself to others with similar strengths
-Your personal journey has developed your strengths in it’s own unique way.

8) Excellence.
-Be Proactive + Initiate (don’t think that’s not your job)
-Pray (talk to Jesus, He will guide you)

ASK YOURSELF:
How can you improve your strengths? (A small list is achievable. You can always add more to the list as you achieve your goals).

Letter To Myself 10 Years Ago

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It’s 2009.
I’m young, confused, socially awkward – I’m 16. I had a mind that raced ahead of my own time, but a heart that was inexperienced and had an ironclad wall surrounding it. Impenetrable.

Most girls grow up dreaming about the perfect wedding and family. My image was dysfunctional, broken and hard work. I imagined the children, but not the husband. I imagined being divorced. I have no idea where I got this but I couldn’t shake it, I just believed it. I couldn’t fathom someone loving me enough to want to marry me. To be honest, I couldn’t imaging loving someone else that much.

I was 3 months into a 9 month relationship. I already knew by then that it wasn’t going anywhere, but I held on. I wanted to prove to myself that I wasn’t heartless and that I understood what love was. Everyone else seemed to know. While they were desperately in love, I was desperately trying to love. For months I heard a burning voice inside that wanted me to end it, so we parted. This made me realise that I was looking for something specific in my future partner. No, I didn’t go off and make a ‘must-have’ list – I was looking for an image. God’s image. At 16 I wasn’t even close to beginning a personal relationship with God, but I was already seeking Him. If you haven’t guessed, that burning voice was God. The One who always guides and protects.

It’s 2019.
What’s changed? I’m a little wiser. Still a bit awkward. My heart? I still don’t understand the depths of it, nor it’s capacity, but God does. He is the Spirit living in me and changing me. Though tempting as it is, I can’t just pray to change the hearts around me. I need to pray to change the heart inside me. I don’t get it right all the time. However, it wasn’t the past experiences or my own understanding that taught me of love. It was God. It’s who He is. He’s always reminding me that His love is real and I can have it. I deserve to be loved, because I’m his valued daughter. Don’t ask for less. Now I can love another because of Him. He’s that powerful.

What would you tell yourself a decade ago?
If I could go back and talk some sense into the 16-year-old me, I probably wouldn’t say a thing. God always has us where we need to be. He knows the time and the place for everything. But If I could be really cheeky? I’d probably slip myself a piece of paper with the words written:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV

This scripture is not just for weddings. Let the truth break down the walls around your heart.

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Connect with Community

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Big things can happen in small groups! That’s why Lifehouse has many Community Connect Groups, where you can make new friends, learn something new or enjoy your hobby with others. Here are just a few of the groups out there. You can find many more on our website or at the Next Step corner. Why not find one that’s right for you and invite a new friend along?

We asked them:

  1. What does this group connect around? What do you enjoy doing?
  2. Who can join?
  3. Why is it good to be part of a Community?
  4. Why do you enjoy Community Connect Group?
  5. Any interesting stories to tell?

Careers for Creatives
With Yumi & Steve

  1. We started this connect group with a heart to encourage people working in the creative field in Japan. We hope to see people working in the creative field fulfill their potential, grow in their God-given talents and be a blessing in the marketplace.
  2. It’s for people with careers in a creative field or anyone who wants to work in a creative field or has a desire to create in their own time. We currently have members who are videographers, designers, singer-songwriters, tableware designers, producers, creative hobbyists, artists, photographers etc.
  3. God intended us to help each other. And I think we all have something we can give to the community.
  4. It’s exciting to see how God has given each of us different talents to serve his kingdom and seeing people grow and flourish and be a blessing in the marketplace.
  5. Some of our members are seeing ways to collaborate with each other or found new ways of working.

Connect with Community

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Big things can happen in small groups! That’s why Lifehouse has many Community Connect Groups, where you can make new friends, learn something new or enjoy your hobby with others. Here are just a few of the groups out there. You can find many more on our website or at the Next Step corner. Why not find one that’s right for you and invite a new friend along?

We asked them:

  1. What does this group connect around? What do you enjoy doing?
  2. Who can join?
  3. Why is it good to be part of a Community?
  4. Why do you enjoy Community Connect Group?
  5. Any interesting stories to tell?

Basketball Connect
With Raku 

  1. We play at the gymnasium in the Tamachi Sports Center every Tuesday! It’s open to the public so we can meet new people and make friends there!
  2. Anyone! Anyone from high school to the elderly people can come and play together.
  3. Just as it says in Proverbs 27:17, I get pulled up by amazing people in the amazing community!
  4. Because we like basketball! And at the same time, we can connect with people with common interests in church.
  5. Since it’s a community connect group, there are lots of new people and there was someone who came to student service and church and wanted to believe in God!

Connect with Community

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Big things can happen in small groups! That’s why Lifehouse has many Community Connect Groups, where you can make new friends, learn something new or enjoy your hobby with others. Here are just a few of the groups out there. You can find many more on our website or at the Next Step corner. Why not find one that’s right for you and invite a new friend along?

We asked them:

  1. What does this group connect around? What do you enjoy doing?
  2. Who can join?
  3. Why is it good to be part of a Community?
  4. Why do you enjoy Community Connect Group?
  5. Any interesting stories to tell?

Come Dine with me
With David Perret

  1. Our group connects around something everyone enjoys doing – eating! There is no easier way to connect with new people than when sitting around the dinner table. And Tokyo, of course, has some of the finest cuisine in the world!
  2. Anyone and everyone can join. It doesn’t matter if you are a Japanese or English (or any language) speaker, you will find people to talk to and have an enjoyable evening with!
  3. Really, who wants to be alone? It is far better to do life (and eat) with awesome people!
  4. I absolutely love meeting new people from all around the world. I am guaranteed of that every time we have Connect Group.
  5. We’ve had a lot of people come to Connect Group who have been in church for quite a while, but hadn’t the opportunity to connect with others. We’ve seen incredibly strong friendships formed and lots of people connecting even more into the life of our church!

Are you ready for it?

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Are you ready for it?

What are you expecting & what can you expect from Conference this August? Why don’t you hear from some Lifehouse friends around the globe.

Kotomi from Lifehouse Yokohama

What are you most excited for for conference?
It’s actually my first time going to Lifehouse conference this year so I’m really stoked for everything. But mainly just being able to worship together with one huge family of God, hearing from the guest speakers, and meeting people from all over.

What does ‘breakthrough’ mean to you?

Facing and overcoming the greatest challenges.

What sort of breakthrough are you seeking for in your season now?
Since I’m almost done with school and moving on to job hunting, I’m praying that in this season I’ll be able to grow spiritually so that I’ll have something encouraging to share with the people who’ll be going through the same season in the future.

What are you expecting God to do during conference?
A HUGE vision. Something that stretches my limits and knowledge, but challenging enough so that until I’ve reached that vision. I’ll have enough amazing testimonies and stories to share and also grow much.

Any message for people who have never been to conference?
Well since it’s also my first time as well, I just want to get crazy, be open-minded, empty my jar and be able to receive everything God has to offer.

準備万端?

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Are you ready for it?

What are you expecting & what can you expect from Conference this August? Why don’t you hear from some Lifehouse friends around the globe.

Noriko from Lifehouse Atsugi

What are you most excited for for conference?
To be able to worship and spend time with other Lifehouse members outside of Atsugi!

What does ‘breakthrough’ mean to you? 
To go to the next level that God’s prepared for me. Not to be distracted by what’s in front of me, but continually pray and have faith that what’s ahead is amazing.

What sort of breakthrough are you seeking for in your season now?
To see Lifehouse Atsugi grow, not just 100 or 200 people, but to see salvation for all who live in Atsugi. We are also trusting for a church venue that is shockingly big.

What are you expecting God to do during conference? 
That everyone who is coming to conference gets breakthrough and that this impact reaches beyond us, with God moving in our families and friends too.

Any message for people who have never been to conference?
Just come and have a fun time. It’ll definitely be an amazing life experience and you’ll be able to make new friends. Let’s have fun together!

Are you ready for it?

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Are you ready for it?

What are you expecting & what can you expect from Conference this August? Why don’t you hear from some Lifehouse friends around the globe.

Gin from Lifehouse Tachikawa

What are you most excited for for conference?
Hearing God’s Word that’s uplifting for my life and spending time with church family.

What does ‘breakthrough’ mean to you?
Growth. Things that I think would be impossible for me but becomes possible with God.

What sort of breakthrough are you seeking for in your season now?
To get a clear vision from God.

What are you expecting God to do during conference?
To get God’s perspective.

Any message for people who have never been to conference?
Conference is a super awesome time! You’ll get what you need to receive, so please come!