Weekend Preview | First Things First: Part 1

By Matt Dawson

I clearly remember one Christmas Eve, pouring sweat at 1:30am as I spent 2.5 hours putting a HUGE toy together. All so that our children would arise on Christmas morning with the beautiful illusion that some bearded man in red suit broke into our home in the night with fully constructed toys for all the good girls and boys (don’t judge me, it’s tradition).

WHY did I spend 2.5 hours on 1 toy, you ask? Because I had to put it together 3 times! The first 2 times, I didn’t follow the instructions (because I’m a man!) and missed the some of the first few steps in putting it together! On the 3rd attempt, while trying not to cuss (or cuss too loudly to wake the children), out came the instruction booklet and I followed the plan… STEP 1, STEP 2, and so on. It should have only taken me 20 minutes to put it together if I had only followed those first few steps.

The reality is, when we skip the first few steps to anything that has a plan or design, we often make a mess of everything.

Our lives have a plan, a purpose, and a POINT to them. God has a plan for us that includes making sure that FIRST THINGS COME FIRST. When we follow the priorities that God gives us, everything works better. We are then able to reach our full potential. Without the right priorities, we often make a mess of everything that matters most!

This Sunday, we will kick off a BRAND NEW series entitled “First Things First; Prioritize Your Life.” We will spend the next few weeks discussing how God designed some of our most precious resources to use for His purposes and when we follow those steps, everything in our lives works better. It’s time to prioritize our lives!

This is a GREAT opportunity to INVITE A FRIEND (someone from your Top 5) to join you this weekend at Journey Church!

Weekend Preview: One Thing That Limits Our Potential

By David McNeely

Dick Van Dyke once said, “I’ve made peace with insecurity … because there is no security of any kind.”

One thing that limits our potential in life is our battle with insecurity.

We can be insecure over a million things like hair, ears, hair in ears, personality quirks, relationship deficiencies, work deficiencies, and so on. We struggle with surface level insecurities and deep-seated insecurities. Even the most secure of people will, at times, have their confidence give way to uncertainty.

Insecurity is a slippery slope. Trying to overcome it feels like trying to sprint up a mountain of ice while wearing dress shoes. We may be inspired to overcome insecurity but actually doing it is impossible. Or is it? I would respectfully disagree with Bert … Mr. Dawes, Sr. … Dr. Mark Sloan … or for you younger audience members, Cecil from Night at the Museum. I think there is a genuine security that can be experienced. But it will not be generated from within.

F. B. Meyer shared an illustration once about two men who wanted to climb the Matterhorn. They hired three guides and started the climb at the most difficult part. They tied themselves together in an alternating order of guide, traveler, guide, traveler, guide. Sure enough, not far into the journey, the last guide lost his footing. At first, the other four could rely on the toeholds in the ice to keep themselves from falling. But quickly the next man slipped and pulled down the two in front of him. The first guide, however, had driven a spike deep into the ice. He was secure. Because he was stable, the other men were able to regain their footing and they continued the climb. Meyer drew this application, “I am like one of those men who slipped, but thank God, I am bound in a living partnership to Christ. And because He stands, I will never perish.”

Here are just a few questions to ponder before we meet on Sunday:

  • What gives you a sense of stability and security?
  • On what are you basing your life?
  • Is it something that can be removed or replaced?

Weekend Preview | God’s: Part 3 – God’s Plan

By Chris Denning

Click Here to Subscribe on Spotify

The past few weeks we’ve been talking about the difference between ownership and stewardship.  We’ve talked about how everything we have comes from God, including every single one of our resources.

Now, we could understand both of these things, but still not be able to become a great steward of God’s resources if we lack one key thing:

Intentional Investment

Even if we set everything up in our lives to make this shift, to use everything we have as God would like it done, we wouldn’t be able to be good stewards without intentional investments.  We have to CHOOSE to make intentional investments in our lives, specifically with the people that are around us. 

Intentional investments means we’re not only being mindful about the stuff God’s given us, but also about the people God has placed in our lives.  Making the choice to invest in the lives of those around us using what God has given us is good stewardship.

To take the idea a step farther, we need to expand our understanding of “God’s Resources.”  When I say that, especially when we’ve been talking about finances you probably think of:

Money.  Cars.  Houses.  Stuff.

You wouldn’t be wrong, but I want to challenge you to expand your thinking a little bit.  In reality, God’s Resources includes these things, but it also includes: 

Relationships.  Opportunities.  Chance-Encounters.  Business Meetings.  Kids Soccer Games.

God supplies us with the materials we need to make an impact in this world.  To make that a little more “Journey”: God supplies us with the materials to humbly point everyone to absolute hope!

God provides us with the opportunities to connect with those around us, so that we can bring hope to them.  God gives us the ability to talk to other parents during our kid’s events so that we can point them to hope.

When you think about it, this is really all about perspective.  That conversation with another parent at your kid’s soccer game could just be another random conversation, or it could be a divine appointment that God has orchestrated specifically for you.  This subtle shift in our view of life will change how we live and how we see other people.

Making intentional investments helps to bring purpose to our lives.  Intentional investments allow us to begin to see God’s plan for our resources, beyond just tithing and giving to those who need it.

Let me talk to Partners for just a moment.

Intentional investments is how we make our mission personal.  Opening our eyes to those just around us changes the “everyone” in our mission to people.  Specific people, like the people around you, in your life right now.

Humbly point Samantha to absolute hope.

Humbly point Josh to absolute hope.

Intentional investments are how we will see 3 new campuses, 3,000 stories of life change, and $300,000 given to the LKN community.  We need to change how we live if we want to see these things, not for us, not for Journey, but for the fame of God.

Let’s open our eyes to see those around us, how we can make intentional investments in them, so that we can fully live out God’s plan for our lives.

Join us this weekend at 9 or 11am

(Click for Directions)

or Online at TheJourneyOnline.tv at 11am