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This Week's Sermon

- Summer School-






Jeremiah 1:4-5 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”


Jeremiah 1:6-7 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”  But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.


Jeremiah 1:8-9 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”  Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.





1.      Line Up


a.       Every person in Sojourn needs to get on board with the “Big Picture” strategy and message


                                                              i.      This is the way the kingdom of God works – God speaks through the leaders

1.      I fall in line with the vision of Pastor Kenny and Christa

2.      Pastor Kenny and Christa fall in line with the vision of the Arkansas Assemblies of God

3.      The Arkansas Assemblies of God fall in line with the vision of the General Council

4.      … you get the idea


Ephesians 4:11-13 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.


                                                            ii.      There is incredible POWER when we are unified around a God-Given direction


b.      The “I know I AM” thing is not just a cool slogan that we put on a bracelet


                                                              i.      It is something that God spoke to Candace and I over the course of a week late last school year


                                                            ii.      It is a strategy to preach the gospel…


1.      YOUR GENERATION is looking for acceptance and assurance

a.       To fight off depression

b.      To fight off anxiety

c.       To fight off  anger


d.      To start walking in PEACE and JOY

e.       To know that you are beautiful, strong, smart, made with a purpose 


2.      Everything from the way you look and the things you eat (being healthy) to the dates you accept and the friends you keep (being confident)…


3.      I believe that a door can be opened to the Gospel in your schools through a message of Knowing Who You Are


<<<But I need you all to fall in line with that vision>>>


                                                          iii.      LINE UP:  First – live it


1.      Know who YOU ARE in Christ


2.      Know what the Bible Says about you


3.      Do not accept anything else –

a.       No other label

b.      No other diagnosis

c.       No other judgments

d.      No other words


4.      Walk in the Confidence of knowing who you are in Jesus – demonstrating the fruits of the Holy Spirit


<<<Tonight – if you are struggling with poor self confidence and all of the nasty baggage that comes with it, we will ask the Lord for a supernatural revelation of your identity in just a minute>>>


                                                          iv.      LINE UP:  Second – believe that this message of confidence and peace can open  the door for the Gospel

1.      People will want to know how you have JOY

2.      People will want to know why you are so confident

3.      People will want to have your FREEDOM

4.      It is ONLY possible in a relationship with Jesus Christ – and that is a way to preach the Gospel 


2.      Listen Up


a.       I need you to follow the main strategy of Sojourn…. But I need you to HEAR the voice of the Holy Spirit telling you SPECIFICALLY how to do it in your school


                                                              i.      You guys are GREAT at hearing the Holy Spirit for direction in service – even when I am gone!


1.      I set the main goals and direction


2.      You guys fall in line and do worship, preaching, spiritual gifts, etc – as the Holy Spirit leads


                                                            ii.      Same thing:

1.      Candace and I have the “big picture” message – I know I AM

2.      Now – you have to hear specific strategies for your school.




b.      Potentials:


                                                              i.      Maybe you start a walking club focused on being healthy

1.      Not supermodel thin or bodybuilder buff… just healthy

2.      Maybe you use that as a segway to talk about the way God crated us…. And preach the gospel


                                                            ii.      Maybe you talk to people one-on-one who have troubles in their home

1.      Tell them that they are more than what their dad says about them when he is drunk

2.      Tell them how you know – tell them what the Bible says they were created to be

                                                          iii.      Maybe you start a support group for kids whose parents are going through a divorce.


c.       I don’t know what the details will look like – that is for you to hear from the Holy Spirit…


                                                              i.      So Ask Him


                                                            ii.      AND LISTEN

1.      Listen starting TONIGHT for strategies to start in August

2.      Listen at school for specific, God-Created appointments to preach the Gospel



3.      Suit Up


<<< I started to say “man-up” but I didn’t want to offend these powerhouse women of God we have around here…>>>


a.       Once you have a specific strategy from the Holy Spirit, become strengthened and equipped to perform the work


                                                              i.      This is not all on you…

1.      This is not your strength

2.      This is not your power

3.      This is not in accordance with your abilities or personality


                                                            ii.      We must have the provision from God to perform the ministry that He has called us to do


Ephesians 3:7  Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power.


<<<If God tells you to do something, He has already created a provision for it.>>>


1.      God told Noah to build an ark…

a.       it took him 120 years

b.      But Noah had provision in finances and health


2.      God told Moses to lead His people out of Egypt

a.       Moses was around 80 years old and stuttered

b.      But Moses had provision to speak with authority and to perform miracles


3.      Jesus told Peter to get out of the boat and walk on water

a.       ABSOLUTELY not possible in the natural

b.      But there is provision for anything that the Master calls you to do



                                                          iii.      Our role is to seek the anointing and then walk in it (and guard it)


1.      Everyday – ask the Holy Spirit to give you gifts as He sees fit for the ministry of that day


Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”


2.      Every day – ask God for the portion of anointing that will be required or that day’s work


John 3:34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.


            <<<This is talking about Jesus, but we are heirs of Jesus’ calling – we are commissioned to build the kingdom for Him>>>



3.      Don’t consider trading it for anything that you can do by yourself





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