“It’s my misfortune, I thought, that the strong hand of the Most High is different now. But I will remember the LORD’s deeds; yes, I will remember your wondrous acts from times long past. I will meditate on all your works; I will ponder your deeds. God, your way is holiness! Who is as great a god as you, God? You are the God who works wonders; you have demonstrated your strength among all peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people; redeemed the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭77:10-15‬ ‭CEB‬‬

When you don’t see God at work, remember how he has already done wondrous works. 

When His way is not our desired way, remember His way leads to holiness not necessarily happiness. 

God’s holiness brings joy that outlasts our happiness. 

“Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teaching. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They responded, “We are Abraham’s children; we’ve never been anyone’s slaves. How can you say that we will be set free?” Jesus answered, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. A slave isn’t a permanent member of the household, but a son is. Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you really will be free.”‭‭John‬ ‭8:31-36‬ ‭CEB‬‬


Slaves are not sons. 
Slaves are bound to a master and separated from the benefits of the home. 

Sons are free to enjoy the benefits of the home. 
Slaves work for a master. 

Sons work for their father. 
Slaves are punished. 

Sons are disciplined. 
Slaves are obligated by duty. 

Sons are driven by love. 
Slaves are replaceable. 

Sons are invaluable. 

Jesus addresses those who believe in Him but don’t fully understand. 
They were Jews, sons of Abraham. Ones who believed in the Abrahamic covenant and that the Messiah would come to make them a great and powerful people. 
While the Jews were sons of Abraham, 

Jesus was letting them know:

1) Though they were religious, they were not sons of Abraham but of Satan. 

The son is identified by who he works for. Both sons and slaves work for someone. Jesus was revealing that those who don’t believe and follow Hos teaching work for Satan and not God or Abraham. If they would have worked for Abraham—a man of righteousness—then they would know who the Father is and therefore know who Jesus really is. 

2) how to become sons of God.

It wasn’t believing in Jesus as a deliverer but believing in Jesus as God’s incarnate son and following Jesus’ teachings that made them sons of God. 

Sons are made when they are set free from sin. 

Freedom comes when we know the truth. 

Truth comes when we believe Jesus is God and faithfully follow His teachings. 

There is a difference between believing in Jesus and being a disciple of Jesus. Disciples show they believe in Jesus by following what Jesus teaches. 

They are the ones who experience the freedom that only comes from being set free by Jesus. 

When we experience the freedom of Jesus, we no longer are slaves to sin or fear. When we experience the freedom of Jesus through trusting in what Jesus did on the cross and following Him we are now free to love. Love is what overcomes sin and fear. 

Are you a son or a slave?

Are you bound by fear and sin or are you free to love and be loved?

Those who hope in anything this world offers will die hopeless.

What is your hope in? Or should the question be, “Who is your hope in?”

“When the wicked die, their hope perishes. Yes, any hope based on money perishes.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11:7‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Be a Barnabas
Invest in people to send out to plant churches.
Barnabas is responsible for sending Paul.
Barnabas played a role in Mark who wrote the first Gospel that influenced Matthew and Luke’s gospels.
How many people do you have in the pipeline of going out or sending out.
Ralph is the founding pastor of Hope Chapel.
Most people are bored in our churches.
Near 90% of church evangelicals have not shared Jesus with anyone outside their family.
In the next 7 years 55,000 churches will close their doors.
What we are doing is not working.
Are we pursuing the mission Jesus told us to pursue it?
If we are serious about the mission of God we will be about leaders not about crowds.
Acts 8:1….”except the apostles…”
This is the first time the gospel leaves the borders of Jerusalem.
The propensity in the church is to stay.
John 14:12
What it takes to build sending churches.
1) It takes confident sacrifice. (John 12:24)
2) It takes kingdom selflessness.
What if the reason america hasn’t been evangelized is the idolization of pastors?
3) It takes risky faith.
JD is Lead Pastor of The Summit Church
Why do we spend so much money and energy on a place where we stay only a couple of nights.
We are so focussed on here that we are not preparing for there.
Our greatest opportunity for eternal kingdom impact is not growing churches here but starting churches there.
Start your here with there in mind.
When you start with here think about there.
Who are you raising up to send there?
If you focus there, here will take care of itself.
Matthew 6:33 – Seek first His kingdom. (that is there)
4% to 10%
Level 1: Decline
Level 2: Plateauing
Level 3: Addition (16% of churches)
Level 4: Reproducing (4% of churches in america; half did it on purpose)
Level 5: Multiplying (barely any in america)
4% of all churches in America are reproducing or multiplying.
10% is what is possible for the American church to do.
That’s an inflection point.
This is where a new opportunity presents itself.
The turning point that changes direction.
An event that turns the way we think.
Over 8,000 multi-site churches in America.
There is a shift in what the church says success is.
It’s not grow and reproduce.
What is coming is grow and multiply.
What do we do?
Motives. Is this church about my kingdom or God’s kingdom?
Measurements. Is this church going to be about growing or sending?
What we measure improves. What we celebrate gets repeated.
Methods. Am I more about relaxing or risk-taking?
Acts 17:6… “these men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.”
How can we see the movement of God that God desires.
Level 1: Subtracting
Level 2: Plateauing
Level 3: Adding
Level 4: Reproducing
Level 5: Multiplying
Language leads us.
Language leads us and helps us to learn.
Level church: 50% growth in the number of church. 50% discipleship growth to the third generation.
Church planting is the greatest method of evangelism.
Churches are having less of an “evangelistic” impact.
The ultimate gaol is multiplication.
Movements are marked by multiplication.
22% of churches started in 2012 had at least 1 daughter church within 5 years.
Embrace a kingdom vision.
Multiplication without evangelism is just moving sheep.
Multiplication is the tool. Gospel life change is the goal. It comes by loving the lost.
A movement without conversion is a movement in the wrong direction.
Churches who were intentional at evangelism had a higher likelihood of being majorly unchurched.
Unless you love the lost, you will never reach the lost.
You can’t war against the people and then reach the people.
Six things to encourage
1) Remind people we evangelize because at some point someone evangelized us.
2) Teach people how normal evangelism should be.
3) Utilize multiple evangelism methods.
4) Celebrate and share stories of members who have met Christ.
5) Make sure leaders are cheerleaders for evangelism.
6) Teach the gospel consistently well.
Don’t assume the gospel. Teach the gospel.
The church is a human movement.
Time is running out.
This may be the last day we have to do what we have been created to do.
We can’t connect with God without connecting to each other through Jesus.
Leading a church can cost so much.
Can tear at our soul so deeply.
The church is the most significant human endeavor that has ever been attempted.
We are helping humanity gain it’s humanity.
Hebrews 11:1-3,6 “faith is…”
We have forgotten what faith actually does.
Faith restores our humanity.
Humans who are created for the highest intention are the only ones who can betray it’s intention.
We call it inhumane.
We know what is inhumane because our souls know what it is to be human.
Faith restores our humanity.
Church is a human movement restoring our humanity making us human again.
We have more confidence in what we have than what we hope for.
We have more assurance in what we see than what we do not see.
This is why we choose a lesser life than what we hope for.
We have confidence in what we have than what we hope for.
We are designed by God to create the future.
When we have hope in the future then we have the confidence in the future.
When you live an inhumane life you only have assurance in what you see.
God created us to be future invisible creatures.
You a dream in the mind of God before you were a fetus in the womb of your mother.
The church is proof that God dreams. That God sees a future that must be created.
“In the last days I will pour out my spirit… old men will dream dreams.”
Humanity needs the dreams of God in the human future.
He left us here so we can create the future God dreams.

“In the same way, none of you who are unwilling to give up all of your possessions can be my disciple. “Salt is good. But if salt loses its flavor, how will it become salty again? It has no value, neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. People throw it away. Whoever has ears to hear should pay attention.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭14:33-35‬ ‭CEB‬‬

To follow Jesus is to be willing to give up everything and the return is more valuable than anything.