Message Follow Up | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 3 – We Have to Go

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by Matt Dawson


Ready . . . Get Set . . . Go – NO

Go . . . Get Set . . . Ready – YES

What an amazing weekend we had together as a church looking at what God wants to do among us.  It takes steps of faith, going when He calls us to GO, praying for discernment along the way, and getting ready for God to do what only He can do.

However, this is not just a way to try and force God to act on our behalf.  We have to be clear about what GOD is calling us to do.  We can jump off a cliff with all the faith in the world that God will make a way for us, but IF HE DIDN’T CALL US TO JUMP OFF THE CLIFF, then we are facing a hard lesson when we hit bottom.

So, how can we be sure of what God is calling us to do? 

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Weekend Preview | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 3 – We Have to Go

By Chris Denning


 

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Have you ever felt like you weren’t ready to go?  You know, like with both big things and small things.

I’m not ready to start my new business.

I’m not ready to try again.

I’m not ready to join a life group.

I’m not ready to love again.

Sometimes, these feelings are valid and supported by truth.  However, most times, we tend to stop ourselves because of bad perceptions and lies.

I’m not ready to start my new business, because I need to have every step planned . . . Lie.

I’m not ready to try again, because I need more time to feel sorry for myself . . . Lie.

I’m not ready to join a life group, because I don’t have my stuff together . . . Lie.

I’m not ready to love again, because I’m going to ruin it again . . . Lie.

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4 Ways to Humbly Point Everyone to Absolute Hope

By Chris Denning


If you’ve been around Journey, you’ve probably heard us talk about what we’re about:

We humbly point everyone to absolute Hope.

I love how this mission doesn’t really have an end point, nor does it wholly depend on what we’re able to do, but rather it’s centered around who Christ is and how we should respond to Him with our lives.

However, after hearing this for a while, you might be asking yourself what this practically looks like.

“How can I humbly point everyone to absolute Hope in my everyday life?”

I want to help by offering four simple actions that you can start doing today to help you live out our mission in your everyday life. I believe that these four simple things will help you grow in your faith and become more like Christ as you humbly point everyone to absolute Hope.

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Message Follow Up | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 2 – We Have to Change

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By Matt Dawson


Growing always brings CHANGE.

The Church of Jesus Christ is a LIVING THING.  It’s either growing and changing or it is stagnant (you can call stagnant things something else… DEAD).  Jesus was as clear as could be: GO and make disciples of EVERYONE!

Matthew 28:19

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Churches that experience success have a natural instinct to protect that success and resist change.   They become risk adverse because they have much to lose.  Meanwhile, church plants, missionaries, para-church organizations, with less to lose are willing to risk everything to innovate, take risks, and even fail in pursuit of the BEST POSSIBLE FUTURE.

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Weekend Preview | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 2 – We Have to Change

By Chris Denning


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Last week, we talked about how we can’t stay here, why, and where we’re going.

This week, we’re talking about how in order for us to move forward, we have to change.

Change is a necessity in life.  In order to grow, you must change.  Yes, change can be uncomfortable, awkward, and even painful, but without it, you go nowhere.

As a church, we need to be constantly open to change.  We need to be flexible in order to humbly point everyone to absolute hope.

This isn’t just true in the church world, but in our every day lives.  Think about how many things you used even 10 years ago that are now obsolete because they didn’t change with the times.

Think about the other side of the coin.  Companies who have adapted and changed in order to grow have thrived: IBM, Apple, and GE have all changed completely in order to move forward into what was next for their organizations. Continue reading

005 The Journey Online Podcast | We Can’t Stay Here w/ Matt Dawson

The Journey Online Podcast

2014 was an awesome year for Journey Church, but 2015 is positioned to be even greater!  God has done some big things over the past few years, but we’re excited about what God is going to do in the next few.

In this episode, Zack DeBerry talks with Matt Dawson about our series We Can’t Stay Here, about the vision for Journey Church, and especially answering several “Whys” behind some of the mile-markers of our vision.


005 THE JOURNEY ONLINE PODCAST | We Can’t Stay Here w/ Matt Dawson

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Message Follow Up | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 1 – We Can’t Stay Here

We Can’t Stay Here: Part 1 – We Can’t Stay Here from Journey Church on Vimeo.


By Matt Dawson


If you were not able to attend our service last Sunday, you missed one of the greatest weekends I’ve had the chance to experience. 

There really is NOTHING LIKE celebrating what God has done and is doing together with your church family!  I hope you felt the same way – trust me, you’re going to want to take a few minutes and WATCH IT!

I ended our time together with these words:

Your pastor is ready… your leadership at this church is ready… we are going after all that God has in store for us – we will risk everything and never give up as long as there are people who need the absolute Hope of Jesus!  Are you ready?!”

It’s a powerful thing to stand with my brothers and sisters in Christ – our PARTNERS in mission and ministry – and boldly ask God to ignite passion in our hearts and launch us into His vision for our church.  

I’m honored to be your pastor and cannot be more excited about this moment in the life of our church!

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Weekend Preview | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 1 – We Can’t Stay Here

By Chris Denning


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2014 was a BIG year for Journey.

We’ve seen incredible growth not only in attendance and generosity, but we’ve seen God do some incredible things through Global Outreach, in the Lake Norman Community, and even with our students at Journey.  With as awesome as 2014 was, we’re going to see the seeds that were planted flourish in 2015.

We’ve had one of the best years our church has ever seen, but 2015 is setup to be even greater!

In 2015, we’re going to be taking even bigger steps forward to be the church God has called us to be.  To humbly point everyone to absolute Hope.  And we’re going to start  right here in the Lake Norman Area, with those closest to us: our friends. Continue reading

5 Things to Celebrate From 2014 | 5 Things to Look Forward To In 2015

By Matt Dawson


Happy New Year Journey family – I’m so excited about 2015!  I’m honored to be your pastor and wanted to quickly share a few things I’m celebrating this year and a few things I’m looking forward to in our future.  

5 Things to Celebrate from 2014

1. Staff Transitions

If you didn’t know, we lost 4 staff members towards the end of 2013 and this entire year was a rebuilding year for our staff and leadership.  It was hard, but not as hard as it could have been.  We knew at the end of 2013 we were experiencing some GOD-LED changes that were out of our control, so we knew He would be faithful to walk us through that transition.  

After experiencing this past year, I remain convinced that God brought us the right people and some incredible leaders to help us during the interim and are now in place to help us have an incredible 2015!  One lesson I’ve learned: when God is leading CHANGE in your life – trust Him, He is faithful!  Continue reading

Message Follow Up | United

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By Chris Denning


If you weren’t able to make it to Journey yesterday, you’re going to want to make time to check out the conversation we had with our pastoral team called United.

We talked not only about why it’s important for Journey to be unified as we move into 2015, but more importantly, we talked about the importance of unity within the “Big C” Church of Lake Norman.

Like Matt was saying, the goal for unity in the “Big C” Church of Lake Norman isn’t Sameness (a bunch of clones or everyone trying to be exactly the same), but rather is Oneness (unity in purpose and being connected with Jesus).  Jesus thought that unity was imperative for the Church, as we see in His prayer before He was taken to be crucified: Continue reading