Not in Vain

Today, I am still on my summer preaching break. I decided this year I would share some of the messages that have challenged my heart the most in the past year.

Last year at the Leadership Summit, Andy Stanley gave an incredible talk called Not in Vain. I knew I wanted to share the message with Revolution as some point and today was that day. If you missed it or want to hear it again, you can watch it below. I hope it challenges you the way it did me.

How to Forgive Your Father

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As I mentioned in a recent sermon, one of the hardest things for us as we see God as father is how we feel about our earthly father. That relationship impacts so much of how we see ourselves, the world around us and God. It impacts how we feel about ourselves and how we let others treat us.

As you take steps this week to let go of any hurt done by your earthly father and forgive him, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

One, remember your sin. It is easy to simply look at the brokenness of someone else and overlook our brokenness. As you forgive someone, you begin to come face to face with some of the things in your own heart. If you skip over these things or not deal with them, you will find yourself having a hard time understanding God’s forgiveness. Remember, God’s grace was extended to you and your sin, my sin, the sin of your father put Jesus on the cross.

Two, forgiveness does not mean you pretend something didn’t happen. Forgive and forget is a nice phrase, but I’m not sure it is realistic or biblical. We always remember something. It is part of our story, our life. We don’t simply pretend that hurt, broken promises, or even abuse happened. As you forgive and move forward, don’t pretend something didn’t happen as that will keep you from health and wholeness.

Third, forgiveness does not mean you have a relationship with someone. You can forgive someone and keep them at a distance, which you may need to do depending on the situation for your safety.

Last, God forgave you and this is the basis for letting go of anything. Why did God forgive you? He loved you and this forgiveness is what we are to extend to those who hurt us, including our father.

It may be hard to believe, but forgiving those who hurt you the most is not only something a follower of Jesus is called to, it is also the only way to living the life that God calls you to live. Many people walk around with hurt, that turns into bitterness because of something they won’t let go of. And that is not the life that God has called us to live.

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How to Trust God

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What’s Next for Revolution Church

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On Sunday, we announced at church that Paul and Jennifer Ingram are moving to Alabama for Paul to be the worship leader at a church there. This is bittersweet for our church and for me personally. I have worked Paul longer than anyone else in my life. Paul and Jennifer have been a crucial piece to get Revolution to where it is today and I’m not sure we would’ve made it through the planting phase without their gifts.

But as I said on Sunday, “God has a way of moving resources to the places they are needed most when they are needed most.”

As Paul mentioned on Sunday, he started feeling this past year like God was preparing to move them to a new place, which means God has some exciting things in store for us as a church as we continue forward and continuing growing. Whenever God calls someone somewhere, God begins calling a person to replace that person.

For us, this comes at the right time as we are growing from a church of 300 to 500. This is a crucial season in the life of our church. What makes this exciting is that we are able to seek God as to the kind of leaders He thinks we need to take this step. While I always thought Paul would be a part of that equation and we would lead Revolution together for decades, God had other plans.

On June 15th, we will say good bye to the Ingram’s and celebrate what God has done through them.

Going forward, this leads to a few questions. Paul and Jennifer did a lot at our church in worship, finances and Planet Rev.

Over the summer, AJ Winslow who has been mentored by Paul and has led regularly at our church will be leading the worship area as we figure out what is our best next step. He will lead a couple times a month and oversee all the behind scenes of our worship and tech area. We will also have some guest worship leaders from churches here in Tucson and Phoenix that we are connected to. It has been exciting to see the way other churches we’ve supported and blessed over the years reach out to us and ask how they can help us in this transition. While it can be hard to have a rotation like this, know that the quality of our worship will not drop as we move forward.

In the area of finances, if you have a question you can direct them to Jason Wood or Ciara Hull. Jason is one of our elders and has worked closely with Paul in this area over the past year and this is a natural transition. Ciara has been on staff for over a year and knows the inner workings of what Paul does each week in this area and this will enable us to have a seamless transition in this area.

For Planet Rev, God has once again blown me away with how he has protected our church and put pieces into place to ensure that Revolution will continue without a hitch. Several months ago, we announced that we were beginning a search to hire a full-time Children’s director. We went with a local organization to lead the search as we felt they understood the culture of Tucson and could provide training and coaching to our leaders and volunteers. This ministry, led by Karen Wendling will be overseeing Planet Rev during the interim time. This will allow us to keep all our classroom leaders in place (which will keep things the same for your child and our volunteers) while we continue the search for a leader in this area. In fact, we have 2 interviews next week, so be praying for that as we move forward.

As I said at the top, this is a sad, but exciting time for our church. God has protected us in the past and sent us the leaders we needed at the moment we needed them, and I know He will do the same now as we move forward.

If you have questions about our next step or for Paul and Jennifer, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Paul.

Have a great week and I’ll see you Sunday as I’m preaching our next sermon in our Change series on “How to trust God.”

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New Song for Easter | Grace So Glorious

So excited for Paul to teach this song on Sunday:

Listen to it and come ready to sing loud.

If you want some great worship music, check out these albums from the writers of this song, Elevation Worship: Only King ForeverNothing Is WastedFor The Honor, and Raised to Life.

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One Thing I’m Excited about this Week

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Last week, I challenged our church to pray for 30 minutes each day this week for Revolution Church, the city of Tucson, those who will be our guests this Sunday and for other churches.

Each day, I am sending out a short email with a verse on prayer, some specific things to pray for, a list of names (we collected the names of people who don’t know Jesus who will be invited this week and are praying for openness to an invitation and the gospel), along with 2-4 prayer requests from other churches that I contacted and asked “how can we pray for you this week.”

Here are some things I learned:

  1. I don’t personally pray enough. 30 minutes a day is a long time, but I spend time in the car, working out, reading Facebook, staring off into space. I have all kinds of time to pray, I just don’t. The same is true for most Christians. We don’t pray enough, we feel guilty about it, but we aren’t sure what to do. One of our hopes with this prayer challenge is that people will begin to see how prayer changes things, how they can make prayer a bigger part of their day and have their faith expanded.
  2. Christians need to pray more specifically than they do. It is almost like we are afraid to ask God for things. We don’t pray big, audacious, impossible, specific prayers. We pray in general terms, hoping God will answer a vague prayer request and when he doesn’t, we get frustrated. We do this to protect our heart and our faith, but we sell God short.
  3. Your church will pray if you give them something to pray about. Many pastors lament that their church doesn’t pray or people don’t step up. Most of that is on the pastor and not challenging his church. We have almost 100 people praying this week, that is incredible.
  4. Pray is how God moves. If you are a pastor, you know this. Prayer is how God moves. God wants us to pray, He wants us to ask. There are verses all over the Bible, calling us to ask and ask big.

If you want to be a part of it, send an email to Ciara Hull and we’ll add you to the list.

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Change Starts in 1 Week!

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What is something everyone needs, but few know how to get?

And usually when we need it… it’s too late.

Some people make more rules, trying to force it. Others give up because it seems too hard or just out of reach.

It’s discipline, perseverance, it’s daily choices, both big and small. It’s not impossible, but it’s not easy.

No matter what it is, what we all need is Change. 

Join us at Revolution Church this sunday as we kick off Change.

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What You Need to Know to Make Easter Great at Revolution

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Easter is next week. Here are 10 ways you can help make it great this year at Revolution:

  1. Don’t miss Easter. Easter is April 20th, next Sunday. At Revolution, we are starting a brand new series Change on the book of Galatians. On Easter, we will be looking at how the first step to change is to be rescued from what is broken in our lives, what needs to be changed.
  2. Don’t miss Good Friday. On Good Friday we walk the stations of the cross to come face to face with the cross of Jesus and the sacrifice made to purchase our salvation and to right all the wrongs of the world.
  3. Join our prayer challenge. This year, we laid down the challenge to pray 30 minutes a day during the week of Easter. So far, 75 people have taken the challenge. If you want to join in, email Ciara Hull and we’ll send you an email each day with things to pray for Revolution, our city and other churches about.
  4. Invite someone. Stats say that most Americans would go to church if someone invited them. So, grab an invite card this Sunday, share a link on Facebook or twitter, send an email, shoot out a text, make a call, show up at their house and drag them to church or at least bribe them with lunch. Put invite them.
  5. Serve somewhere on Sunday morning. Every week, Revolution happens because everyone plays a part. As we continue to grow, this is even more important. At Revolution, there’s for everyone to play and lots of help is needed. If you aren’t sure where to serve, email Ciara Hull and we’ll get you plugged in.
  6. Pray some more. 
  7. Get baptized. What a better way to celebrate Easter than getting baptized. If you are a new follower of Jesus or have never been baptized, you can sign up here.
  8. Be friendly on Sunday morning. We will have tons of guests on Easter Sunday and many of them have had a bad church experience, are nervous, think Christians are unfriendly. Prove them wrong. Have a smile on your face. Say hi to them. If you see someone who looks lost, ask if you can help. If they don’t know where something is, show them, don’t point the way, walk them to where they need to go.
  9. Pray again. 
  10. Take time to remember, thank and worship Jesus. In the bustle of Easter, having family and friends get together, serving, praying, it is easy to forget that we celebrate and remember a Savior and King who died in our place and rose from the dead. Take time to do that this week.

Thanks to Mars Hill Church for this blog idea.

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