This Weekend @ Revolution: Wrestling with God

All of us experience dark moments. Sometimes they last an evening, for others, decades. Times where we wrestle, we doubt, we cry out to God, we wonder if he is there, we wonder if anyone is with us. We try to control life, we try to control what others do, we try to control what we do. And all the while, we get deeper and deeper into despair, anger, pain and hurt.

Maybe that is you right now, or recently, or someone you know. What do you do? Does the Bible have anything to say about that?

Glad you asked?

This week, as we continue our series The Story of God we will look at a man, Jacob and how he wrestled with God. It is a powerful, short story in Genesis 32 that will show us why we wrestle, why we doubt, what is the heart of the pain many of us feel and walk around with, but more than that. It will show us the way forward and how the gospel frees us from those doubts, that pain and hurt and ultimately, the desire to be in control of all things.

On top of that, we will be celebrating baptism together as a community. I love hearing the stories of how the gospel has changed lives and seeing Revolutionaries take that step and public declare their faith in Jesus and the change the gospel has made in their life. If you’d like to be baptized this week but haven’t signed up yet, email Chuck Tommervik and we will get you the information you need.

So, do whatever you have to do to be at Revolution this week (and bring someone with you, you never know how a simple invite can make an eternal difference). An easy way to invite someone is to send them an e-vite.

Remember, we meet at 4:15 & 6pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

Join us for Easter Weekend

All of us give our lives to something, we may say it is one thing, but it is often something else. We often say something like our faith, family or health are important to us, but we live lives that say our career, what others think of us, our status, clothes, or money matter more than other things.

Everyday we get up with people we feel we need to impress, hopes of climbing a career ladder, longing for our kids to turn out a certain way. Maybe you live your life in the hopes of not being alone. You might live your life in hopes of being noticed by a parent, a sibling, a boss and to hear them say, “Good job.”

Maybe your whole life is built on the idea of, “If I could just pay my house off.” “If I could retire a millionaire.” “If I could lose 20 pounds.” “If I could get to the top of my field. Lead a multi-million dollar company.” “If I could be someone people seek out.”

What if none of those things happen?  What if your house never gets paid off? What if no one affirms your efforts? What if you put on weight? What if instead of climbing a corporate ladder, others start to pass you?

What will that do to your image? To your self-worth?

Saturday at Revolution, we are kicking off a brand new series called The Story of God and looking at how God made us, how he wired us. Specifically, what does it mean when Scripture says, “You and I were made in the image of God.” While we say we believe this, very few live like this and even fewer experience the life and freedom that comes from this. This is what Easter is all about.

So, do whatever you have to do to be at Revolution this week. And bring someone with you (people are more open to coming to church this weekend than any other weekend of the year), you never know how a simple invite can make an eternal difference.

Remember, we meet at 4:15 & 6pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

Also, don’t forget about our Good Friday service:  Who Killed God?  at 6:30 on Friday night. It is going to be a powerful weekend that you don’t want to miss a moment of.

See you Friday & Saturday.

90 Day Giving Challenge

Tonight, we continued our series in the book of James and I preached on “How to be Rich.” The Bible does not say that being rich is wrong or sinful, just how we get rich, what we do with it, what it says about us. One of the things we do twice is a year is what we call the 90 day giving challenge. I love seeing people take this challenge.

One of the things I have come to see in my own life and in the lives of others is the deep connection between our money, how we use it and God. I believe that God works through people who are generous with their stuff, time and money. For a few reasons:

  1. It gives God a chance to show His power.
  2. It shows God that we in fact trust Him.
  3. Generosity is the pathway to freedom.
  4. Generosity is evidence of a changed life.

While I don’t believe the Bible lays out a specific amount that we are to give (here is a great article that I pulled a lot of information from for tonight). I know many pastors point to 10% as the tithe, but the tithe in the Old Testament was actually closer to 22%. In the New Testament we are given principles when it comes to giving. They are:

  1. We should give.
  2. It needs to be systematic. We need to decide how often we will give.
  3. It needs to be generous and sacrificial. It should cost something. (Not giving will cost us something, but you’ll have to listen to my talk to here that part)
  4. It needs to be proportional.
  5. It needs to be intentional.

For Katie and I, we started at 10%. It was a round number, which helps. But when we began, it was sacrificial. As we have gotten older, God has blessed us with more, our giving has changed. I’ll post later about what that is.

Here is how how the challenge works. If you are not giving, start. If you are giving a little, move to greater generosity.

We don’t lay out a specific amount. Just look at the 5 principles above. For the next 90 days, give back to God through Revolution. If you feel at the end of those 90 days that it was a waste of time, you didn’t see God move in your life, you didn’t see God stay true to Scripture. Just tell us and we will give you the money back.

It is that simple.

 

Starting the New Year Off Revolution Style

We had a great Christmas Eve service and broke through 200 for the first time! It was awesome to see so many first time and second time guests. Way to go on taking that huge step to invite people. If you missed Christmas Eve, you can listen to the message here.

Because I don’t want you to miss anything, here is how we are kicking off 2011 at Revolution.

This Saturday, January 1st, we are back to our regular schedule with a service at 5pm at 6620 E 22nd St. and we are having a special service on “The One Thing.” Many of us will make New Year’s Resolutions, but very few of us will keep them. Even fewer will actually do the one thing this year that God has called them to. We will be looking at 4 questions we need to ask to figure out what is the “one thing” God is calling each of us to in 2011.

Many of you have asked and yes, there is still time to give to the Christmas offering. You can do so online before the end of the year, or on Saturday night. We have had requests to give to the Christmas offering into January because of bonuses and other things, so you can do that through the month of January. This is a great opportunity for us as a church to bless the city and community around us and help to move the gospel forward outside the 4 walls of Revolution.

Don’t forget, we are kicking off a brand new series on the book of James called “Give Me Faith” on January 8th. Be on the lookout for the James study guide in the next week and be prepared to have your faith stretched as look at how to follow Jesus in everyday life and to be on mission to move the gospel forward where we live.

We will also begin our sign ups for our spring small groups at the beginning of January, so be on the lookout for that.

Lots of great things happening and coming up at Revolution. Can’t wait to get started. Join me in asking God to stretch us, challenge us, take us out of our comfort zones and that he would move in powerful ways as we help people find their way back to God. It is going to be a great spring at Revolution.

Recommended Resources from Tonight’s Talk

Tonight we continued our series The Blessed Life in the book of Philippians and we looked at 3:1 – 11 where Paul talks about the law, grace and the gospels that we put our hopes in. This gets to the core of being human in that we all long for meaning, fulfillment and joy and the gospels that we believe in, we believe in those gospels in hopes that it will bring us what we long. In the end, they don’t. If you missed tonight, you can listen to it here.

Here are some books worth checking out if tonight spoke to you and you are looking for some more resources:

I would also encourage you to download The Blessed Life study guide and do this week’s questions. You can download it here.

One of the challenges I laid out to our church tonight was to read the book of Galatians this week. Galatians is where Paul lays out very clearly how legalism is not the gospel and how to be free from the bondage of legalism and to rest in grace.

This Weekend @ Revolution: How to Want to Obey God

Many times, one of the reasons we get frustrated as a Christian or get turned off from following Jesus is because we see obeying God as a duty, something we have to do. Much like a toddler who doesn’t want to eat broccoli. I will often hear people say, “But if I really follow God, what if he calls me to do something I don’t want to do. Like go to Africa.”

Many churches and Christians for that matter have made the Christian life all about duty. Serve more. Read your Bible more. Pray more. Go to church more. All because, God expects you to do it. There is some hope that maybe this will pay off, we’ll get a gold star or at least God will answer our prayers more often if we are doing what we think He wants us to do.

What if, that isn’t the point? Not what we do, but why we do it. What if God wants us to do all those things, not because we have to, but because we get to. Because we want to.

I think Saturday night has the potential to be a night of unbelievable freedom. It has the freedom to set free what you think following Jesus might be like. I believe it will free you to understand what it is all about and for the first time enjoy following Jesus and have the passion that He dreams for you to have. It can also free you to feel the love of God for the first time. Not a love that is conditional and based on what we do and if we do enough, but a love based on God’s love for you simply because He loves you.

It is going to be a powerful night.

So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night (and bring someone with you who doesn’t know Jesus, let’s run out of seats this week)! And come expecting to see God move and do something huge in our lives.

Remember, we meet at 5pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

 

Is Jesus Really God?

This Saturday is part 4 of our series The Blessed Life on the book of Philippians and we will be looking at the most famous and quoted passage in the book of Philippians, 2:5 – 11. If you missed last week, you can listen to it here.

The last few weeks have been amazing at Revolution, God is really up to something in our church and in the lives of those walking through our doors. This past week we looked at the idea of unity and what guides Revolution and we laid out 3 challenges. If you missed it, you can see a video of me laying out the challenges on our fan page here.

We had 35 people take the prayer challenge, 20 people take the giving challenge, 5 people take the serving challenge and 6 people take the come back next week challenge. If you didn’t take up a challenge on Saturday and would like to do so, just let us know. We want to finish this year strong.

As if that hasn’t been enough of what God is doing, over the last 3 weeks is we have had 40 first time guests, that is incredible. That is a testament to not only to what God is doing but to your excitement and bringing your friends. Keep it up.

Which leads us right into this week. If there was a week for you to invite someone, it is this week. We will be looking at a huge question many people have: Who is Jesus? Is He really God? Did He really die on a cross and rise from the dead? Where is Jesus now? What makes Jesus different from other gods in other religions? It is going to be an eye opening night for many people as we look at Jesus.

So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night (and bring someone with you who doesn’t know Jesus, let’s run out of seats this week)! And come expecting to see God move and do something huge in our lives.

Remember, we meet at 5pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

This Weekend @ Revolution: How to Finish the Year Strong

I have been loving our series on the book of Philippians. It is amazing to me how relevant this book is for our church right now. One of the things I have grown to love about preaching through books of the Bible is that even though we planned this series 7 months ago, God has us right where he wants us in the Bible. The passage we’ll be in this week, 2:1 – 4 could not be more relevant for our church.

This week, we will look at one of the things plagues so many churches and kills so many movements of God, disunity. Nothing can kill what God is doing more than infighting and division. One of the things that I have grown to appreciate about Revolution is the level of commitment of our people, their buy in to the vision and the sacrifice they make so that the vision becomes reality. While God has been moving in powerful ways, we need to be aware of how easy it is for us to get off track and how to guard against it so that we can stay on track for the mission that God has called us to as a church here in Tucson. As a side note, I came across a study this week that said Tucson is in the top 10 least churched cities in America. What a huge opportunity we have to change the course of a city that desperately needs the gospel.

This Saturday, I will be laying out what the last quarter will look like, how we can finish 2010 strong and with God’s help, reach the goals that we felt He was calling us to back in January. It is going to be an exciting night, and personally, I love whenever I get to talk big prayers, vision and dreams!

So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night! And come expecting to see God move and do something huge in our lives and for Him to continue expanding our prayers so that we finish 2010 beyond what we’ve prayed for.

Remember, we meet at 5pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

 

This Weekend @ Revolution: Don’t Waste Your Suffering

Injustice, pain, hardship and suffering are everywhere in our world. Everything from poverty, hunger, death, disease, divorce, unemployment, miscarriages, broken relationships, debt. This list goes on and on. But how do you handle them? Is there a point to them? Are they from God and if they aren’t, how can God allow them to go on? Why doesn’t he do something if he is all powerful?

Those are just a few of the questions that we will be diving into this coming Saturday as we continue our series The Blessed Life on the book of Philippians. It may seem like an odd topic when it comes to the idea of the blessed life, the pursuit of joy, but this is at the core of this idea as we will see on Saturday.

It is going to be a powerful night.

If you haven’t gotten a study guide on the book of Philippians (which has background and context on the book of Philippians, who wrote it, why it was written, why were studying it as a church and daily devotional questions through the book of Philippians the topics we are studying to help you get into Scripture), you can download it here. And if you missed last week as we talked about community and loneliness, you can listen to it here.

So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night! And come expecting to see God move and do something huge in our lives.

Remember, we meet at 5pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

Pictures of a Follower of Jesus: Athlete

Saturday was part 2 of our Ultimate Fighter series. In 2 Timothy 2, Paul gives 3 pictures of what a follower of Jesus is to be like. The first is a soldier. The second is an athlete.

An athlete lays it on the line for their sport and the prize that awaits the winner. They put their body through pain, working out, eating right. They sacrifice relationships and the things the rest of take for granted so they can be the best at their sport. They push through injuries, pain, setbacks and losses all for the goal of winning the prize.

Paul says in verse 5 that we are to be like athletes. We are to be focused on the prize at the end. The prize for a follower of Jesus comes in verse 12, we will reign with Christ. The problem for many followers of Jesus and the reason many lack focus and purpose is because they have uncertainty on what the prize is.

Like an athlete, our lives are to revolve around Jesus and his call on our lives. We are to sacrifice everything because of this and the prize that awaits. We are to keep our eyes on the prize, through the highs and lows.