My Mission, My Home, My Legacy

We are in the middle of a focus on where God is taking Kingsland and how each of us can be a part.

Abraham is a great example of someone who trusted God with a vision. He received a greater vision. A vision is based on God’s promises, and there are two types:

• Strategic Vision is our inherent desire to imagine, create and plan for a better future.
• Spiritual Vision is the faith to see the invisible promises God has made available now.

Abraham responded in faith and took steps of faith.

Kingsland has identified 3 areas of vision for our church. We need to move in that direction.

My Mission – The unique place God has called us to lead and serve with our passions, talents and abilities

My Home – Our goal is to transform 10,000 homes with the Gospel. That starts in each of our own homes.
• Hold to the Habits
• Own the Table
• Mark the Milestones
• Engage Beyond

My Legacy – Our financial prayers. Abraham rested in God’s ability. Even though Abraham believed God, he still struggled with trusting God and trusting himself to respond appropriately.

Talk About It

• How does God want you involved in Kingsland? Each of us should get alone with God and ask Him.
• What steps of faith can we take to respond to the vision?
• What areas of your home life need some work?
• Who is God calling your family to reach out to?

Generosity and Giving

Our God is a giving God. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that giving is a key theme in the Scriptures — second only to salvation. Like the early church, Kingsland is a generous and giving church. Your gifts enable us to invite others, from Katy to the ends of the earth, to find true fulfillment in Jesus Christ one home at a time.

The Old Testament story of Abraham teaches us some important lessons about giving.

Read Genesis 14:17-24

1. Giving is Voluntary | Giving is a natural thing when you appreciate or love someone. Abraham offered the priest Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had. He did so voluntarily and not out of obligation.

In what ways do you acknowledge that everything you have is a gift from God and that you are a steward of what He has given you?



2. Generosity Costs Something | We should give because we want to and not because we have to or ought to. Abraham did not give his leftovers to the Lord. Instead, he gave a planned portion in recognition that the Lord is the Possessor of heaven and earth.

Which of the following best describe why you give?


I give because I have to (giving according to the law).
I give because I ought to (giving according to guilt).
I give because I want to (giving according to grace).




3. Giving is an Indicator | Abraham refused to express dependence on anyone but God. His giving was an indication that he deeply loved and worshiped God. This is also the first time in Scripture that giving is mentioned in the context of worship.



What does your giving indicate about your worship?

Discussion: Consider where you are on the giving ladder and how you can take a step or steps of faith toward a life of increasing generosity.



First Time Giver
Emerging Giver
Consistent Giver
Tither
Bold Giver

Jesus in the Old Testament

Scripture Passage: Exodus 25:10-22

The Arc of the Covenant in the Old Testament is a type of Christ. A type is a symbol which represents something else. Both the arc and the items it contained point to Jesus and remind us of our need for Him. Below are some questions and some answers that will help you come to deeper understanding of how the Arc of the covenant is a type of Christ and how the things inside of it are fulfilled in Christ.

What does the mercy seat remind us of? The blood on it atoned for the sins of the people. The blood of Christ is what atones for our sins. It shows that we are in need of mercy and someone to pay for our sins, in order for us to gain access to God. Our own merit cannot get us there.

What do the commandments remind us of? The commandments remind us that we cannot keep the law, but that only Christ can perfectly keep the law. So, in Christ is all measure of righteousness. So, now by placing our faith in Him, He takes our sinfulness in exchange for His righteousness. Now when God looks at us He doesn’t see us as a sinful broken mess, but instead sees the righteousness of Christ.

What does the pot of manna remind us of? Manna was the food that God provided the Israelites while they were wandering in the desert. The manna reminds us that Jesus is the only one who will satisfy us. He is the bread of life. So, Jesus is the only one who will bring about true fulfillment in our lives.

What does Aaron’s rod represent? Aaron was the high priest. He would enter into the presence of God and was the mediator. God has ordained Jesus Christ to be the Savior and the mediator between God and man. The cross of Jesus Christ and His resurrection separate Jesus from every other world religion. Because Jesus is alive and still our mediator.

Prayer Time:

• Spend time thanking Jesus for being the atonement for our sins.

• Thank Jesus for giving us His righteousness for our sins.

• Ask God to remind us daily for our need for him and that true fulfillment only come through Christ.

• Thank God for sending Jesus to restore relationship with Him and to be our mediator.

Five Earthquakes in Scripture

Throughout scripture, God used earthquakes as a demonstration of His awesome power and to signal a major point in human history. He even tells us in Scripture that earthquakes will increase as we approach the return of Jesus. Of course, not all earthquakes are a message but God used major natural events to verify His power at critical moments in Scripture.

What message do we learn from earthquakes.

1. The Earthquake at the Introduction of the Law (read Exodus 19:17-18) indicates God’s power over mankind.

2. The Earthquake at the Crucifixion indicates God’s power over sin.

3. The Earthquake at the Resurrection indicates God’s power over death. This earthquake was an incredible celebration and affirmation of the obedience of Jesus. God was saying, “Amen” (read Matthew 28:2).

4. The Earthquake of the Retribution (read Rev. 6:12; 8:5; 11:13; 16:18) indicates God’s power over evil.

5. The Earthquake of the Restoration (read Zechariah 13:3-4) indicates God’s power over despair.

So where do you find yourself today. Is the footing under your life a little shaky? What earthquake are you facing? You can find sure footing and new beginnings in God.

As you reflect on earthquakes and whatever things are shaking up your own world, remember…

• God’s power is working in us. He has the power to change our lives (Romans 8:11).
• God’s power is working for us (Act 4:31).
• God’s power is working ahead of us and changes our future (Rev 21:1-4).

What Happened in the Darkness

Scripture Passage: Matthew 27:45-50

When Jesus was crucified, the world was shrouded in darkness for three hours. There are 4 clues to examine to better appreciate the darkness.

  1. The Words | Jesus spoke in Aramaic on the cross and called God “Eli” instead of his usual “Abba”. Abba means father and Eli means My God. This change in wording shows us the isolation Jesus went through on the cross as He took on all our sin. Sin always brings isolation.
  2. The Wine | Wine signifies joy in the Bible, but sour wine is a cheap substitute. Jesus was given sour wine to drink on the cross during the darkness. Joy is long term. Sin brings momentary pleasure, but is a short cut to finding joy and doesn’t last.
  3. The Branch | The wine was given on a hyssop branch.  The branch reveals that sin separates but grace restores.
  4. The Cross | Jesus came as the light of the world. The darkness at the crucifixion was a symbol of God’s judgement of sin.

But the dark didn’t last. In John 1:4-5 we are told, “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.”

Discussion Questions:

• What would our lives be like without the light of Jesus?

• Are there any areas of darkness in your life? Pray for God to overcome the darkness.

Restoring Our Joy Through Prayer

Scripture Passage: 1John 5:14-15

“This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him.”

Three truths we need to walk in to experience true joy in prayer.

1. We must ask.

In any relationship that’s healthy there is regular communication. When it comes to prayer - we need to pray. Not talk about it, but engage in it. Nothing of eternal value will happen without prayer..

2. We must ask according to God’s will.

The primary purpose of prayer is to further the Kingdom of God and not our own agenda.

• Is our prayer according to the Word of God?
• Does our prayer glorify God?
• Pray expecting the Holy Spirit to lead us in praying.

3. We must ask in confidence.

The Apostle John says: We can know we have Jesus when we pray according to His will. His promise is that He hears us. We can have confidence it will be done according to His will.

In your group today share your thoughts about prayer, and speak of what changes you might make so that your prayers will be in agreement to His will.

Overcoming Fear

Scripture Passage: 1 John 4:16-18

God doesn’t call us to live in a state of fear. He doesn’t want us to be anxious or oblivious. Instead, He’s called us to be confident and bold!

Three ways we can overcome a life of fear and gain confidence in God’s promises:

1. We Overcome Fear Through the Promise of His Presence
God will never leave you on your own. God will never leave you nor forsake you. That’s good news. Your Heavenly Father is with you right now as you read this.

2. We Overcome Fear Through the Promise of His Provision
God’s love is made complete (literally, brought to maturity), and: ‘because as he is, so also are we in this world (verse 17).’ Because as God is, so are you. You are His family. What belongs to Jesus now belongs to you.

We encourage you to read through these passages on your own or with your family and be reminded that what belongs to Jesus, now belongs to us.

His sorrow is now our sorrow. Phil 3:10
His concerns are now our concerns. Mt. 25:40
His enemies are now our enemies. Jn 15:18
His wisdom is now our wisdom. Jn 16:12
His purpose is now our purpose. Jn 20:21
His authority is now our authority! Mt. 28:18
His future is now our future! Col 3:4
His joy is now our joy. Jn 15:11

3. We Overcome Fear Through the Promise of His Love
“There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love” (vs. 18). God’s love surrounds all our troubles and fears. God’s love is what allows us to boldly and confidently come before Him. We certainly will face troubles in this world, but praise be to God who allows us to draw near to Him and experience His ultimate grace, forgiveness and confidence.

Discussion Questions:
• What about today’s sermon touched you?

• What are some of your fears right now?

• How does God’s presence help you overcome fear?

• Is there any area of your life where you’re not believing God for His provision?

• What Scripture passages from today’s message speak to you the most?

Thank God for His great love for you. Rest in God’s presence, provision and promise of love today.

Red Flags in Relationships

Scripture Passage: 1 John 3:10-18

Today’s passage offers practical advice on how we can cultivate healthy relationships in our lives. This passage also cautions us to watch for how others might be engaged in unhealthy relationship with us.

Red Flags in Relationships

1. When I’m disconnected from God | 1 John 3:10
You can focus on yourself or you can focus on God. The very nature of our faith draws us into relationship. It compels us to love one another because of how God has loved us.
As you move closer to God, you move closer in relationship with others.

2. When I see others as competition | 1 John 3:11-12
Biblical competition is about building up whereas my natural instinct is to eliminate the competition.

• Are you a life-giver or a life-taker?

• One of our habits is to bless. Do you let others know every week, every day that God loves them, that you invest in them?

3. When I settle for words | 1 John 3:13-16
You need to back up your words with actions. My natural instinct is to show reciprocal kindness—you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours. But my supernatural instinct is to show sacrificial kindness—not worried about what I’ll receive in return.

John talks about agape love which is selfless and kind. Loving is not what you get out of a relationship but what you give.

Discussion Questions

• Am I in healthy relationships with other people? Do my relationships reflect the love of the Father or reflect red flags?

• Have I been loving others in the same way that God loves me?

• Have I received the extraordinary gift of love that God has offered me?

Joy Restored Through Obedience

Scripture Passage: 1 John 2:1-6

We have a shortage of joy in our world. We too often pursue the wrong things in our efforts to have our joy restored. According to the Scriptures, our joy can be restored through obedience. We can experience a deeper sense of joy by recognizing a few counter-cultural Insights on obedience found in 1 John 2:1-6.

1. Joyful Obedience is Rooted in Love
In Christianity, God has said, “I love you so I will save you. Now you obey.” The greatest motivator is doing something because you want to and not because you have to.

• Do you obey God because you want to or because you have to? Is your obedience a joyful response to the goodness of God?

2. Joyful Obedience is Grounded in Knowledge, Not Emotions
Obedience, by nature, is beyond your own emotions. Writer Tim Keller observed, “Obedience is the same thing as discipline. Obedience is a willingness to have your will crossed.”



• Are you willing to choose what God wants instead of what you want? Are you willing to go beyond your own will to embrace His will?




3. Joyful Obedience is a Reminder of My Salvation
Can someone be involved in sin and be saved? Sure! John reminds us that when we do sin God is there for us.

Christian apologist Norm Geisler explains: “If a pig and a lamb fall in the mud, the pig wants to stay there, but the lamb wants to get out. Both a believer and an unbeliever can fall into to the same sin, but a believer cannot stay in it and feel comfortable.”

• Obedience is our ultimate opportunity to express our devotion to our Heavenly Father. What steps can you take to more consistently express your gratitude to God through obedience?

4. Joyful Obedience Moves Toward the Good

The word “remain” (1 John 2:6) is the idea of staying with the Lord — walking by His side. The idea is movement toward God – not that you’re just running away from other stuff. The best way to avoid unwanted decisions and habits is to consistently move in God’s direction and to honor Him through obedience.

You can strive to be able to say “I’m accepted by God because I obey,” and you will always fall short. Or you can say, “I obey because I’m accepted,” and you will seek to honor him out of gratitude.

• Take a moment to thank God for accepting you and determine to draw nearer to Him.

Joy Restored

Scripture Passage: 1 John 1:4-9

John wrote this letter “so that our joy may be complete.” In order to have the fullness of joy God wants for us as believers, we must confess our sin. There is a difference between admitting sin and confessing sin. To confess means we agree with God about the sin.

Following are some points to help us with confession.

A. We are to confess sin continually. The word is in the present tense, meaning we make a continual habit of it.

B. We are to confess sin completely. In order to agree with God about sin, we must be specific about what the sin is in our lives. As we ask God to reveal sin, He brings it into the light.

C. We are to confess sin confidently. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive our sins” I john 1:9. There is no sin God isn’t able to forgive.

The Gospel produces two things simultaneously in us: humility and confidence. We are worse than we think, but God is better that we’d hoped.

Discussion Starters:
• Do you ask God to convict you of sinful areas in your life? Why or why not?

• Is there any sin you are still feeling guilty for even after confession? What should you do?

• Is it better to confess sins all throughout the day as you notice them, or save them for your quiet time?