People Church

People Church

People Church Chicago, 1147 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60622

You've Been There Too Long

How long have you been in a place that God doesn’t want you to be in? How long have you been somewhere, steeped in shame, aware of what is not happening, and trying so hard to make it happen, that you are stuck? You are not meant to be stuck.

I bet you that there is somewhere in your life where you are closer to where you came from than where you are meant to go. You are closer to places you came from, than to where God is trying to take you. You and I have the tendency to be much harsher with ourselves than Jesus is with us.

You have the ability to identify Jesus in your seasons and in your worst moments, not by what He looks like, but by hearing His spirit through His words. He can call you out of where you are and lead you to where you are called to be. He is okay making His way to us, we just often get in the way and tend to sit places that we shouldn’t be.

1. You need to dress for the occasion.

You have to realize that you have to dress for where you are going. Sometimes you are still clothed in shame, when Jesus needs you to put on some grace, and meet Him on the shore again. You often have to put yourself in a space to show up again.

So often we are clothed in our defeat and we are clothed in our regret. If you keep sitting there, you will never go where God needs you to go. You need to get up and put some things back on again and go where you need to go.

We also often dress for the world and the people around us. Who you want to be complimented by will determine who you are running for. Who do you dress for? What are you dressing for? Are you dressing for the world? Are you dressing for what religion might expect of you? Are you dressing for what you think you need to cover up? Quite often it’s not what you do, but why you do it. Dress knowing that God is going to use you and that God wants to do something with you.

The Bible calls grace a "great offense". Grace is not defensive because to be defensive means you are protecting something. Grace has already won. Grace has already encountered and defeated your mistake before your mistake has even shown up.

What you were is not who you are, not because of anything other than the fact that Jesus is who Jesus is. You are different because he says you are different.

2. Is it Jesus though?

We have to ask the question, is it Jesus though? So many times we say jobs, dreams, and callings are God, but did He actually say it, or is it our own flesh? The way you are living, is it Jesus though? What if Christianity is not about how often you get it right, but how fast you can correct it? Value where God plants you and understand that it is a principle in the Bible. If you uproot yourself constantly, you will lack consistency to bear the fruit that God wants you to have.

Through kindness, things change.

Following Jesus is extending love and kindness in such an audacious form that it makes people ask, “What have I done to deserve this?” The worse you get, the closer Jesus wants to be. The bigger your mistake, the more He embraces you.

When you find yourself at your worst, God can still use you to bring up your best.


 

Sunday’s Worship Setlist

On Top of The World - Citipointe Live

Spirit Move - Bethel Music

Mercy - Bethel

Who You Say I Am - Hillsong Worship



 

Width and Depth // What are You Reaching For?

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If you are going to be all that God has called you to be, you have to understand that you have to get on His terms of width & depth.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3: 12-14

Doesn’t it sometimes feel like doing what God is calling us to do sets us back? We get so focused on width that we miss out on depth. What if you & I are so concerned with our width that we bypass the depth that is necessary to sustain it? Think of your width as your influence and your depth as your character. The influence we are reaching for is nothing compared to the influence that God has for us.

The width of your influence is subject to the depth of your character. The width of your life is directly correlated to the depth of what God is doing in you. Before your world will grow bigger, it has to become smaller. What if God loves you so much that He is far more invested in your character than you are understanding of it?

1. Don’t sell your width while God is investing in your depth.

We often settle for the width that is in front of us, while God is trying to do something in us by growing our depth. Are you so caught up in "the now" that you are forfeiting "the later"?

You have to take time and redefine width. We can become so width-oriented and so caught up doing what is actually God’s job that we forget to do ours. Don’t get so caught up in your personal width that you miss out on the width that Heaven has for you. God is in control, and your season is your season and God’s got it.

If you haven’t heard from God recently, go back to the last place that you heard from Him. The moment we move outside of His plan is the moment we create bigger problems for Him to have to fix later. Don’t sell the influence that God has for you. The cross that Jesus died on calls us to live a dangerous life. and that's a life fully trusting in Jesus. Don’t ever think that God is not in in the midst of your depth. One of the most powerful things you can do is to not to sell your width while God is still investing in your depth.

2. Be depth conscious and with aware.

Be aware of your influence. Be aware of your calling. Know that they are there and run for them with full force.  Make sure your consciousness of your depth is greater than your awareness of your width.

How many of us have not run for the things God has called us to because they make no sense? God is doing something in you, but you have to understand that there is His job and then there is our job. Let God be conscious of your width while you be conscious of your depth. Don’t try to handle what only God can truly handle.

All that has to happen will happen. Ask God where He is building depth. God does something beautiful with the spaces we call broken. We have to lay our ways down and pick up His. Let your relationship with Jesus run deeper. A God who loves you is more interested in your growth than He is your comfort. Let’s let go of the width and start concentrating on the depth.


Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Do It Again - Elevation Worship

Never Gonna Hide - SEU Worship

King Of My Heart - Bethel

Broken Vessels - Hillsong Worship

The Real Start

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We all want to press forward towards what God has for us, but if we are being really honest with ourselves, it’s not any easy task.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)

One of the issues we have with living out a life that presses forward, starts with our mentality. We picture "perfect", and that’s not the reality or the expectation that we ought to hold. Holding those expectations causes us to be finished once we hit our first loss. Success is not about winning, but learning through loss.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” Matthew 5: 38-41 (NIV)

What would your season look like if you looked back at it and said to yourself, “I’ll go one more”? What would your greatest struggle look like if you looked back at it and said to yourself, “I’ll go one more”?

There is something powerful in going the second mile. The second mile is when you want to quit. It’s when pushing forward hurts & stings the most. What if the real start is not in you declaring that you will be, but the start actually starts on that second mile? There is something about the second mile that does something inside of you that the world can’t give you or teach you.

Increase your capacity.

You can’t meet Jesus and have the same capacity that you did before. One of the beauties of a relationship with Him is that you have the ability to stretch your capacity. You have to make room for what God wants to do in your life, and if you can’t do that, ultimately it leads to you getting stuck.

So how exactly do you and I increase our capacity? Capacity doesn’t increase because you pray for it. Capacity increases when you feel that overwhelming sense of panic rising & want to quit, but yet you don't. Capacity increases when you are forced into a situation where you must trust in God to fill the gap. You are bigger than the giants that stand in front of you. That panic you may feel is your invitation to what the devil can’t take from you: your capacity to keep pressing and letting God step in. The second mile is where your capacity gets forged. The second mile is where you increase where you once didn’t have enough. Your capacity increases in the second mile because you have taken on something that is bigger than you and through it you show it that the God in you is bigger than the giant ahead of you.

When you start to expand our capacity, you are going to want to quit. You are going to want to jump out. If you are tired, worn out, or don’t feel like you can make it, you have got to get up and go. When you sit on the first mile, you miss out on the power, breakthrough, and promises that God holds for you found in the second mile.

What if you and I are trapped in almost because we are living guided by comfort? What if what is difficult, is actually a blessing, and not the devil against you? How often do your emotions run your life? When life forces you to show a mile, you’ve got the option to turn it into a win by going the second mile.

Your best life is out there. It really is. It’s not going to be found on the first mile, but it will be found when you push forward when it hurts, and keep your eyes on that second mile. The second mile isn’t crowded. You and the best you are the only ones on the track in that second mile. The devil wants you to quit, but we’ve got to white knuckle through it and keep pushing through.

There is value in doing things that are about to take you out. There is value in pushing beyond what you haven’t done before. You just have to be willing.

For more on this topic, view the full message on “The Real Start" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.


Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Do It Again - River Valley Worship

Not Today - Hillsong United

Mercy - Bethel Music

The War Is Over - Bethel Music




 

It can't be literal, can it?

Have you ever found yourself digging for the metaphorical meaning of different verses and commandments on what God says? It can’t be literal, can it? Everything in this life and everything God draws us to has levels to it. What you see at face value is not all that there is.

“Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21: 21-11(NIV)

There is usually a gap in time with what Jesus says will happen and when it shows up. In this verse, Jesus is challenging us to stretch the boundaries in what we believe is achievable. He wants us to understand that the mountain is not just a mountain. You and I live victim to what we experience. Our faith depends on what we see, what we feel, and what we experience and this verse is challenging us to live with a certain kind of faith that believes that God can and will literally move mountains. Would faith not be easier to understand if we stopped measuring it by the confines of the world that we live in?

We may live confined and live subject to the things of this world but we can leverage a God and His power that is not. With that bold truth, the dimensions of our life start to take on a new level.

1. The struggle is flesh and blood.

How many times has the struggle been YOU? What if the struggle you wake up to is not flesh and blood or genetics, but maybe there is another force that is keeping you from who you are meant to be.

Sometimes our greatest moments of influence are also are greatest moments of internal struggle. Not everything you feel is because you feel it. So what do you do when what you feel is not actually what you feel? You have to use the Bible as your avenue. You have to learn to do what the Bible says to do.

When you are living life with God, part of you has to die so that the best part of you can live. This isn’t about what you want, but what you were made for. Sometimes your greatest desires are not your greatest friends. Are you partnering with desires that are ruining your life or are you spiritually mature enough to realize that what you feel isn’t exactly what you feel?

2. Look up before you leap.

Have you ever moved without God’s authority on your life or on certain situations? We all leap. We are all victims of bad leaping.

Small things now equate to big things later. If you looked up before you leaped, you would stop the perpetual nature of more leaping. The more leaping you do without God’s influence will lead to more leaping that you are going to have to do. Make a habit of looking up before you leap.

Patience is better than pushing for something that is not ready yet. The more you push doesn’t make it ready. God has a plan over your life and it is perfect. Perfect plans also need perfect patience. Wait for it. God orders the steps of the righteous. Direct your life looking ahead of you and looking up.

3. Go back because you are different.

Have you ever felt like something you remember in life is not actually the way you remember it? Sometimes our experiences are not as good as we remember them. As you grow, what once was intimidating, is no longer.

Your past can not be changed; your past is confined to where it belongs. It can not get any bigger. It can not come with you. It’s not going to change. It is what it is. But the beautiful thing about that, is that you get to move on. You get to grow. You get to get bigger. You get to grow stronger. God in you will make you something that you weren’t. Therefore, if you are something that you weren’t back then, you can go back and visit things you once ran from and reclaim what is yours. You are not what you once were. You are not where you came from. You are different. Run accord to who you are, not who you were.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6: 10-12 (NIV).

For more on this topic, view the full message on “It can't be literal, can it?" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.


Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Do It Again - Elevation Worship

The War Is Over - Bethel

Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co



 

Never Typical

Have you ever walked into your life with a typical idea of what something should be? Often the type of thing we are waiting and searching for is not typical in the way it shows up.

When Jesus showed up to earth it was not the way we anticipated. Jesus was born a virgin birth. He came from a town no one ever would expect Jesus to come from. Jesus came in a non-typical matter. Nothing about Jesus was typical. He offered peace through being peaceful. He offered breakthrough through by believing in God and growing in relationship with Him. Jesus was never typical.

Jesus sets the tone for how we should live our lives. What if we took a moment and looked at the traits of what landed on earth the day Jesus was born?

“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” John 1: 14

God became flesh. He became Jesus for us and He moved into the neighborhood so that you and I had something greater to follow. It was unlike anything we had ever seen before. How might we live in the same theme that God seems to operate out of? How do we become followers of Christ who are never typical?

1. We must never be typical in our forgiveness.

The world keeps creating new ways to hurt, so we have to extend and create new ways to keep forgiving. Forgiveness is a trait that is not typical, but if we are going to be Christians that are never typical, we have to become stronger in our forgiveness.

Forgiveness gives you a new start and it also gives someone else a new start. Forgiveness is what you were given simply because that is who Jesus is. If God gave you forgiveness, then why would you not extend the same forgiveness to others? Forgiveness is not about what someone else deserves, but what you get to give because you received the same thing undeservingly.

Our forgiveness has to get bigger and we have to continually grow in our forgiveness.

2. We must never be typical with our generosity.

What if the church got really good at having more so it could give more? If your generosity is smaller than your vision, you will never see your vision come to life.

Change can never happen until the most comfortable people stop enjoying their comfort so that the least comfortable people can enjoy theirs. Until our own personal comfort takes the back seat, the ones who are struggling and who are seeking comfort will never arrive.

If we are going to be Christians who are never typical, we have to be like Jesus and take the back seat as well. Jesus gave up everything so we could have a life that is full and free. Jesus is the perfect picture of what leading a generous life looks like.

If we are going to live generous, "nevertheless" is going to have to be a word that proceeds our comfort statements.

There is a difference in living out what we want to live and living out what God has called us to live. You never come second by putting God first.  

For more on this topic, view the full message on “Never Typical" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.

Overlooked Or Overlooking?

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We all have times where we feel overwhelmed and overlooked, but what if we are actually not overlooked? To be overlooked means something is missing, but what if you and I are so consumed with paying attention to what everyone else has that we are missing out on what is right in front of us. What if you and I are the ones overlooking?

God has not overlooked you, but what if you're overlooking what God is doing in you? It's so easy to overlook the smalls things that God is using to create big things.

1.  What is on your life is not always in your life.

There is a gap between where you are now and where God is taking you. So what do you do with the space that consists of what is on your life but yet not in your life?

You have to realize that before God can put what is on your life in your life, He has to do something in you. We spend so much time overlooking the small, everyday things because we romanticize what lies ahead. God is a God who can make great things out of the small.

God has to do something in you before He puts something on you. You don’t have to look at the "desert season" as a dry season when it can be used as preparation. Have you allowed God to do something in your life so that you can be ready for what He has for you?

What God is doing in your life right currently is preparing you for what is to come that is on your life. Don’t overlook where He has you. Think about what you can be doing right now, and flourish in the moment. 

Calibrate yourself to what is on your life. Walk to it before you are expected to live to it.

2. Follow your God-given instructions.

There are God-given, specific instructions for you. These instructions are meant for you one, and they are specific to your life. Obedience goes a long way.

When you realize there are specific instructions for your specific path, you stop caring about other people's journeys look like. If you live your life to the level of everyone else’s actions, you will get their fruit, and you may not want that.

Your greatest desires are in line with the God-given instructions for our life. God did not give you instructions to frustrate you. He made your life and He wants you to put it together the way He made it. He gave them to you for you to flourish. 

God does things from our consistency. God builds with the things that stay the same. Responsibility equals ownership.

3. Don’t overlook your process.

Get in the habit of celebrating your wins. You may not be where you want to be, but thank God you are not where you once were. When you give God praise, you put Him back where He belongs.

A win is a win, no matter how small.

For more on this topic, view the full message on “Overlooked or Overlooking?" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.
 


Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Never Gonna Hide - SEU Worship

Starlight - Bethel Music

Heart Like Heaven - Hillsong Worship

Behold - Hillsong Worship



 

HOW TO WORK WITH THE BROKEN

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We are all broken and we are all a mess at times....so how do you work with broken? How do you make it work?

We have been spending the last few weeks here at People Church diving into the bold statement that "This Revolution Will be Led by the Broken".

So what exactly is this revolution? This revolution is one thing, and that is Jesus. This revolution is tapping into the power of community and the church. The church is the prize. The church is where it’s at. You can’t lead a revolution if you are doing it on your own. You have to connect and get plugged into community. A lot of times, we want to disqualify ourselves from going to church because we feel like we don’t fit in, but you BELONG within community.

1. The  church is vital organ, not life support.

“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” -1 Corinthians 14:26.

The church was not created to only tap into to get better, grow, and then go. The church is so much more than that. The church is breathing, it is growing, and it is alive.

You may feel like you can’t give much because you are broken, but what you have is enough to give. The church will be edified and filled up when you decide to take ownership and responsibility for it...and the best part about it is that you don’t need to have it all together.

When you come to terms with your mess, it’s not to shame you or to bring you down. Jesus doesn’t operate that way. Jesus wants you to pin-point the mess and bring it to the light, because once you do, you will understand how big it is. Through that, you will also understand that grace is bigger and greater to cover it all.

2. The church is a win-win

“God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.” -1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (MSG).

The church is a win-win, which means when you win, we all win. You will not lose in church. Church is not simply a good idea, but a God idea. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you are in. The beauty of the church is that favor is for everyone.

3. The church is personified

“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” -Matthew 18:20.

The Church is so much more than a building, platform, an event, or a time slot. The church is people, and the church is personified. It is skin and bones. It is you and me. It is people. Church about the life we represent and the influence we have. Church is about our reach, the lives we touch, and the fingerprints we leave. 

The revolution will be led by the broken, and the broken must be led by Jesus. The broken must be led by the Good Shepherd. Psalm 23 paints the perfect picture the Good Shepard.

The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],

I shall not want.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.

He refreshes and restores my soul (life);

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil, for You are with me;

Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;

My cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,

And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.

The Good Shepard will lead the broken. Jesus is leading us to the things which are good for us. He will lead us to the places that are filled with Him. He will lead us to green pastures and to still waters. He will lead us to peace. He redeems the time and He makes us right in the process. He has the directions. He navigates. He provides for us.

The revolution will be led by the broken, but the broken must be led by Jesus.

For more on this topic, view the full message on “How to Work with the Broken" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.
 


Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Love Won’t Let Me Down - Hillsong Young & Free

So Will I - Hillsong United

What A Beautiful Name - Hillsong Worship



 

The Places You Don't Belong PT. 2

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Have you ever struggled to explain Jesus?

If we take a look at the Bible and the way God works, it seems like there is a theme in the way God does things and the way He uses people. God seems to take the abstract and put them in places where they don’t fit.

God likes to speak into our weakness and has no concern for our strengths. So why does God put us in the places we don’t belong? Why would He rather lean on our weakness and not embrace our strengths?

If we take a look back at our key verses for this series, 1 Corinthians 25 says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

It is easier to depend on our own strength than on the wisdom that we cannot see, but Jesus wants us to trust Him and lean on His strength from the places where we are weak.

The reality is that you will shine brighter when you are out of your own element long enough to allow God to show up and do what He does. Your weakness is a better canvas than your strength.

So ask yourself, "Is Jesus enough?"

So often we feel like we need more. We don’t know how to trust because we are constantly looking for Jesus in the things we can see, but we won’t find Him there. Trusting Jesus means trusting in the unseen.

God operates in the supernatural. For us, that means we are going to have to simply trust. We have to go and wait for God to show up. We have to know that what happens in the unseen is what sets us up for what God is calling us to be. There is substance in the unseen.

God will never let you down; you just have to go. When you go and experience what God has for you, He gives you your own testimony. Others may deny your testimony, but they weren’t in it. Your testimony is between you and Jesus. Your testimony is something that no one can take from you. The fruit of your life is an indication that He is real.

When it doesn’t make sense, the best thing you can be armed with is a better revelation of Jesus.

You don’t need more proof. All Jesus wants is for you is to walk with Him, and out of that He will provide all the proof you need.

Keep stepping. Keep walking. Trust in the unseen.

For more on this topic, view the full message on “Places we don’t belong PT. 2" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.
 


Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Struck by Grace - Elevation Youth

Never Gonna Hide - SEU Worship

Extravagant - Bethel Music

Take Courage - Bethel Music


 

THE PLACES YOU DON’T BELONG

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Have you ever felt like where you are is somewhere you don’t belong?

The truth is that Jesus has you exactly where He wants you to be.

The greatest weapon the enemy has is to convince you that you are a stranger in a place you were made for. The devil wants to keep you isolated, but you have to live your life in such a way that you understand God draws close to you irrespective of what you find yourself in.

We have to get into the places that the world says we don’t belong and we don’t need to be more qualified...we just need to be more willing.

If we are going to inhabit the places we don’t belong, we have to shift our value system so we understand why we do belong. We must become less aware of the things the world cares about and more aware of our substance.

1. Own your platform

Every new season comes with a platform. Your calling is not a destination; it’s a lifestyle.  Your calling is not somewhere you get to; it’s something you get to do daily.

In order to first own your platform, you have to have an understanding that where God has you is where God wants you. If you don’t step to your platform, you will never utilize it.

2. God will reveal your audience

When you start to own your platform, God will reveal who your audience is. When you take ownership of your platform, the visibility of the audience becomes more clear and you can speak to what is in front of you.

A lot of times, it’s easy to be consumed with fear about what you lack. But the more you lean on what is not right about you, the more they can see what is right about Him.

You become a better reflection of Jesus when you embrace your brokenness rather than when you put up a front of wholeness.

3.  Lose your loyalty to yesterday

You and I constantly define ourselves in divinities rather than defining ourselves in the terms of growth. We are so loyal to yesterday that we end up cheating on what God has for us today. We need to embrace that tomorrow is a new day and His mercies are new for a reason.

If you live your life wondering if you will have enough- then you’ve missed it. God gives you a new dose every single day. Let’s start getting good at letting go of our defeats. Let’s start to own the places we feel like we don’t belong. We belong in the places that don’t make sense.

For more on this topic, view the full message on “Places we don’t belong" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.



Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Real Love - Hillsong Young & Free

Not Today - Hillsong United

Extravagant - Bethel Worship

Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co


 

Flourish

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Have you ever been surrounded by some of the most amazing things in the world and yet still find yourself realizing it’s not enough? 

The reality is, you and I spend the majority of our lives trying to become more and trying to become better. We have the tendency to think we need to be more qualified when we really just need more of Jesus. Who we say Jesus is will determine who we can be.

In order to get more of Jesus, we have to look for Him. If we look for God in the ways we look for the things of this earth, we are going to miss Him. We see this 1 Corinthians 1: 20-25: 

“Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

If you want to embrace something bigger than what you have ever experienced before, you need a new framework. We need to look for Jesus in a different way.  

What can you and I do to get more of Him? How can we bring more of God into the mix of our lives?

1. Flourish where you are

It is so easy to end up missing out on your today because you are so busy worrying about your tomorrow. What you paint today will determine who you will be tomorrow.

You can’t wait for your surroundings to line up...to be better, to be more qualified, to be enough. The beauty of knowing Jesus is that the soil does not make the precedence; it is Jesus that changes everything.

Be defiant to the enemy. Plant the word of God exactly where you are, and you can make good things happen exactly where you are.

When you walk depending on Him, He makes things happen. You can start now. You can love now. You can paint the picture now. You can flourish now.

2. Don’t live for appointment; live appointed.

Your appointment will never look like what it looks like in God’s eyes. God is not in the business of giving you what you want; He is in the business of supplying you with what you deeply need.

God wants to move through you for the people around you, and you have to be who you are called to be.

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Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Rule - Hillsong United

New Start - Elevation Youth

Extravagant- Bethel Music

King of My Heart - Bethel Music



 

Defining Moments

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There are certain moments in life that can hold more weight than others. They define us and they shape us.

We remember significant moments but we don’t always know their purpose. As we grow in Christ, we can look back on them and say, “God did something in that.”

This weekend at People Church, guest speaker Lauren Clampitt preached and shared some of her story and how God worked through defining moments in her walk.

One of Lauren’s very first defining moments was spoken to her through Luke 9: 57-62....the cost of following Jesus.

“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Defining moments should define you.

God has something specific for you. It is so easy to get so caught up in the details of trying to figure it all out. He simply says “Let that take care of itself- come and follow me.”

Go to God. Chase after your God moments. Sit before God and get what He has for you and then make decisions from there. These moments where we get with God and hear from God should shape who we are.

You have to gain God-momentum.

Sometimes you have to go back and say “God moved here for me.” You can gain God momentum by going back and pinpointing where He was moving and working.

When we are in the midst of pain, we have to ask Jesus to speak into it and speak into why it hurts. The reality is that the enemy will hit us where it hurts most at our core.

In Luke 4: 1-14, Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness and gaining God momentum through what has been written.

“The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

The next opportune moment is your next opportunity for a moment of truth.

You need truth. Fall before your Bible. You can speak life into yourself.  God may not tell you the specifics, but He always tells you exactly what you need to hear.

Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news.”

You have to climb the mountain and get your God moment so when you come back down and encounter those whose knees are shaking; you can look at them and say “you are past the hard part. It gets easier from here.”

It is the people who have been there and who have a story to tell who will bring the good news.

Isaiah 6: 6-8 says, "Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Who will go at a moments notice? How many of us will say “I’ll go”?

You have to go no matter how broken you are. It may be dark but you still have to go and fight for those who don’t have Jesus. It is an everyday decision. You don’t have to have it all together. You just need to be willing to go.

For more on this topic, view the full message on "Defining Moments" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.


Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Never Gonna Hide - SEU Worship

So Will I (100 Billion X) - Hillsong United

Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co


 

Greatness Was Not Meant to Wait

We should have an understanding that we can be everything that God has called us to be today, tomorrow, and every other day after that. We don’t have to wait to arrive at our greatness because greatness was not meant to wait.

1 Corinthians 1: 20-25 redefines greatness for us. Instead of the weight being on us, Jesus takes our burdens and carries the weight for us. He says that greatness is an offer for anyone who leans on Him.

A simple shift of our focus can determine whether we run or whether we stay standing:

1. You do not need to be qualified to love.

  • The greatest desire we have is to be loved and to be known. One of our greatest fears is that when we are known, we might not be loved.
  • Love has the opportunity to change the world, and all we have to do is carry what God has done for us.
  • Love is a conduit where God’s plan in your life is expressed. Where it is expressed, it can manifest.
  • Love has a different spirit about the way it communicates.
  • Love is bigger and more powerful than we give it credit for.

2. You can’t sit on the fence.

  • Love needs a voice and sometimes we have got to stand up.
  • We get caught up in wanting to stand for God but we often don’t know how to do it.
  • God loves people even though He might not love what they do

We tell people what we think they are ready for, yet we need to realize that He sent us to simply love them and to point them to Jesus. If we are going to be a revolution that resembles Jesus, then we have got to get good at loving people in our city and loving the people in it - no matter where they are.

3. Passion is all consuming.

  • If you don’t have passion, greatness will always be on the back burner.
  • Passion is the greatest antidote to our insecurity.
  • In order to bring passion into your world, you have to make space for it. We make space for it by getting to know Jesus and spending time with Him. The by product to getting to know Jesus is passion.

You on your worst day leaning on Jesus is better than you on my best day alone.

You don’t need to fix your brokenness or have it more together. Instead, lean on His perfection and watch Him start to unfold greatness in you.

For more on this topic, view the full message on "Greatness Was Not Meant To Wait" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.


Sunday's Worship Setlist

Never Gonna Hide - SEU Worship

Say The Word - Hillsong United

Take Courage - Bethel Music

 

The Confines of Perfection

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Our strive for perfection confines us.

What if the desire to be better, to be perfect, and to be the best version of ourselves ends up holding us in a prison of "almost", but never actually allowing us to arrive. 

If we are going to be all that God wants us to be, we have to escape the confines of perfection. We have to let go of the desire to have the perfect picture with the perfect understanding.

1. You need to get your cross

  • It is impossible to arrive at your purpose without first picking up your cross.
  • We think there is a lack of understanding or that we cannot hear our purpose, but it can be silenced by willingness.
  • What if you became willing to forfeit your cross to take up His?

Unless you are willing to do what you are afraid of most, you will never step into what you are made for.

You can take up your cross by saying “This is what I am made to do and this is what I have to give up.”

Picking up your cross is knowing we don’t need a detailed plan but knowing you do have a Savior Who will work it out for you.

2. You can’t figure it out.

  • Faith does not come by knowing.
  • He is not looking for understanding from us. He is looking for willingness.
  • What if God’s preface is not one of knowing one but trusting more?

You can’t lean on your understanding, but you can build your life on the wisdom of His kingdom.

Jesus wants us to share His spirit with Him.

3. This is a revolution led by the broken.

  • God wants to use people who are willing to embrace their brokenness and those who are willing to make way for His strength.
  • You don’t need to be perfect. You don’t need to be better. You just need to be willing.

The weakness of God is stronger than Human Strength.

Don’t over complicate the simplicity of His message: Love God. Trust God. Step out.

For more on this topic, view the full message on "The Confines of Perfection" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.


Sunday's Worship Setlist

Not Today - Hillsong United

So Will I (100 Billion X) - Hillsong United

Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co

 

The Weight of Perfection

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Whether you & I are aware of it or not, there is a battle in us to strive for perfection.

This past Sunday, we took a look at Moses in Numbers 20. God gave Moses a specific promise, but Moses traded it in for comfort. We see that Moses ends up dying looking at the Promise Land without actually ever getting into it.

The reality is, in our own lives, we would much rather sit our comfort rather than chase our breakthrough.

Moses didn’t enter the Promise Land because he lacked ownership. Moses wanted to blame everyone else, when it was Moses who decided to rely on his own comfort and his own strength.

Could it be that we don’t walk into the places God has for us because we are so caught up on blaming the people around us for what came out of us?

1. We all need forgiveness.

The weight of perfection will make you want to defend yourself.

When we defend ourselves, we are hoping to justify our wrongs, but what if we just accepted that we need forgiveness?

What if we were okay with the fact that we aren’t going to get it right all of the time? What if we were okay with the fact that we aren’t always going to be perfect?

We need to take ownership and realize we need forgiveness so we can move into what God has.

We can live in the freedom of grace.

2. Don’t let your previous journey change the way you walk.

If you walk in the ways of what you have experienced, you will not walk with the same strength and confidence. We can let our journey weather us so badly, that before we know it, we don't walk the same because we end up walking cautiously.

3. If you can’t understand repentance and forgiveness, you give way to pride.

Pride creates a blind side, and that blind side stops you from being all God has called you to be.

Maybe we are not where we need to be because we can’t acknowledge what we need to be.

Let’s live a life under the power of grace, not the weight of perfection.

For more on this topic, view the full message on "The Weight of Perfection" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.


Sunday's Worship Setlist


New Start - Elevation Youth
So Will I (100 Billion Times) - Hillsong United
King of My Heart - Bethel Music

Take a closer look

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We are born with a desire to dream big, but something happens along the way that robs us of dreaming big.

We spend time searching for answers to the things we have been asking for years...answers to our dreams, our passions, and our calling. We don’t look in the obvious places that the answers are found because we think we have already been there.

There is power in looking again with new eyes.

We have to learn how to take a closer look at the things we dismiss.

This week, Young Adult Leader, Jake Clampitt, shed light onto taking a closer look at things we may need to go back and revisit in order for us to reignite our dreams, vision, and passion.

We were challenged with three things we need to take a closer look at in order to get a clearer picture of what it looks like to walk into what God has for us.

1. Take a closer look at YOU.

  • If you are looking for vision, you need to know what you want. You will never know what is useful if you don’t have a vision for yourself. When you don’t have a clear vision for where you are headed, everything seems to be useful.
  • You can’t know if you are making progress without a baseline. Take sometime to write things down. Who you want to be, who you want to attract, and what you really want. If we don’t know WHO we won’t know what to walk to.

2. Take a closer look at CHURCH.

  • If you are struggling to get a personal vision, latch onto a strong vision from the church.
  • Something moves in you when you get around people who are moving.
  • There is power in getting onboard a God-vision that will start to shift things in your own personal vision.

3. Take a closer look at your GOD.

  • We have to look at His will and His plan. If we are heirs to His will, all we have to do is show up.
  • There is wisdom and depth hidden in His word. Spend time getting to know Him and dive into what He promises and who He is.
  • It is a lot easier to walk towards your calling than running from it.
  • God wants to expand your world, not shrink it.
  • The best things God has for us are usually hiding in plain sight.

Spend sometime this week taking a closer look at who you are, what church is, and who God is to you.

There is power in revisiting things through new eyes.

For more on this topic, view the full message on "Take a Closer Look" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here.


Sunday's Worship Setlist

Struck By Grace - Elevation Youth

Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co

What A Beautiful Name - Hillsong Worship



 

Walk The Distance

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Before you land in your calling, God may place you somewhere that looks nothing like it...right in the middle of the wilderness.

He challenges us there. He grows us there. He tests us there.

It’s in the wilderness that, while we are waiting for our dream, God builds our character. He grows us by placing us in seasons of waiting and asks us to trust, draw near to Him, and keep walking towards our breakthrough.

Pastor Chris gave us a few points this past Sunday to help us grow an understanding of the dry, barren places:

1. The One you know will overcome the fear of the unknown.

  • It’s so easy to spend time glorifying the obstacle, but God wants to show up and move. If you don’t embrace the challenge, you aren’t giving God room to show up. Shift your focus from the obstacle to the One who will help you overcome it.
  • Ask yourself, “What am I walking out to battle with?". The testimonies you gather are stones you bring to the battlefield to defeat your giants. You can walk out onto the battlefield with courage knowing He is with you. Victory is the theme.

2. You will walk at the level of your perspective.

  • You can be in a place filled with opportunity and miss it if your perspective is not in check. When you start to lose track of what He’s done, you forget what He is capable of doing.
  • If you don’t shift your perspective, you will continue to be limited by it.

3. You will walk at the level of your emotions.

  • Sometimes, you don’t have fruit of the spirit but rather you have fruit of the situation. Your emotional reactions should be based on who He is.
  • Galatians 5: 22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
  • Let your emotions come under the reality of who Jesus is.

The wilderness might not look like where we want to be, but maybe it is where we need to be.

Walk knowing He with you and that victory is His theme. Walk with a perspective focused on what He has already done and what He will do.

Walk with a grip on your emotions.

Keep walking. The wilderness is not forever.

For more on this topic, view the full message on "Walk The Distance" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here


Sunday's Worship Setlist

Love Won’t Let Me Down - Hillsong Young & Free

Spirit Move - Bethel Music

Take Courage - Bethel Music

Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co


 

Turn It Around

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Not every place we are in is a place we want to stay.

Do you ever wish you could turn it around? Jesus offers us the ability to turn around - the chance to get up from where we are to get to greater places, and it is through repentance

So what is repentance? Repentance is walking away from the things that have held us back, lied to us, hurt us, and labeled us, and turning towards what God has for us instead. Repentance is our ticket to breakthrough.

So how can we walk away if we don’t know what we are turning to?

We cannot properly repent if we don’t understand redemption. Redemption enables repentance. Do you have an awareness of your redeemed self?

How can we better understand what we are turning towards and get a better grip of understanding repentance? Let's look at 3 practical things you can do to start turning around. 

1. Physically block off time to get with Jesus.

  • Ask God what you need to walk away from.
  • God will show you where you need to be through spending time with Him, and you discover this through His word.
  • Psalm 119: 105 says that God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. If you don’t spend time to understand His word in order to know what you are entitled to, how will you run for it?

2. Seek out vision.

  • Ask God what you are made for. We often hold onto the baggage of others and we miss the places God wants to take us. You have to get to a place where you can hear God and get to God. Ask & Listen.
  • Write it down. Write your standards down. Write down what God is calling you to. Write down the vision make it plain. Put it on pen and paper.

3. Keep Asking God. Prayer.

  • Ask God to renew what you want. Ask God to shift what you desire. The best way to turn it around is through prayer.
  • Pray yourself into it.
  • You don't have to stay in your mess. You can always turn it around.

For more on this topic, view the full message on "Turn It Around" here or subscribe to our podcast channels here


Sunday's Worship Setlist

Love Won’t Let Me Down - Hillsong Young & Free

Not Today - Hillsong United

Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co

Here As In Heaven - Elevation Worship






 

Walk The Walk | Talk Without Walk is Dead

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Have you ever found yourself wishing that your talk would bring the fruit?

This weekend, we dug into the truth that our talk without walk is dead.

Our walk is what shapes and builds our character. So what do we need to learn to walk in?

1. We cannot walk at the pace of our experiences, but we must walk at the pace of providence.

When we don’t deal with our experiences; they deal with us.

For as long as we camp on the outskirts, we’ll never enjoy what is happening in the promise land. In order to walk, we have to realize that not every new experience is going to go the same way as previous ones.

Once we know Jesus, we start fighting for the life we were made for rather than settling for the life we have experienced. Our experiences are not the reality of our future. Our God is bigger than our experiences.

 2. We cannot walk with a wounded spirit.

Once our spirit gets wounded, it changes the way that we step. Spirit is often the one thing we have can’t move past. We often have a hard time moving forward with the spirit that we carry, and it’s hard to point our finger to why. So how do we heal a wounded spirit?

  • Forgiveness. Forgiveness cleans out the wound and allows our spirit to repair. We must forgive out of the awareness that we have already been forgiven.
  • Keep stepping to better experiences. If we don’t develop a new experience to override the old ones, we don’t have a new testimony.

We must not filter our lives through our losses, but we must filter them through His wins. It is by God’s spirit that we walk in confidence. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

 3. Just because you walked away does not mean you are walking free.

There is a difference between walking away from something and walking free from something - It’s called deliverance. We have to live delivered; not just free. We are not meant to manage our brokenness; we are meant to live in our God-given freedom.

Keep walking. Two legs are going to do more for you than you ever imagined.


Sunday's Worship Setlist

Love Won’t Let Me Down - Hillsong Young & Free

Not Today - Hillsong United

Love Has a Name - Jesus Culture

King of My Heart - Bethel Music

Go Get It

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Have you ever found yourself living chained to the things Jesus has freed you from because you think the chains are stronger than the breakthrough? The reality is that we all live chained to something, but it doesn’t mean that we have to live in captivity to it. 

What can we do to get us out of being stuck? How do we start seeing the changes we are desperate to see in our lives? How do we get to where we want to be, even when we are waist deep in our pain, in our hurt, and in our fears?

This past Sunday, Pastor Chris brought a new perspective of taking ownership of breakthrough during the first week of the our new series, WALK, here at People Church.

He challenged us with a simple question: “What if it was as simple as going and getting it?”

Your relationship with Jesus...Your healing...Your breakthrough...Your freedom...Your joy.

What if it’s that simple? Faith requires action, and our walk is our faith.

There is power in getting up and moving towards the breakthrough Jesus sets out for us. Jesus asks us to get ready and to move. Just as Jesus promised the Israelites the Promise Land in Joshua 1, He promises us a place we can set our feet where no one will be able to stand against. He promises to be with us, to never leave us, and to never forsake us.

We are called to walk. 

  1. We must walk in our new identity. The second we know Jesus, we don’t have to carry who we were in our problems. We can be who we are in our purpose.
  2. We must walk in the right direction. We have to get up and leave the chains behind. We have to shake off the dust. You may try walking somewhere and the door might be closed. Some places may not value you, but you don’t have to stay there. Keep going. Keep putting feet to your faith.
  3. We must step out so God can step in. How will we ever know His faithfulness if we don’t give Him the room to do so? God is not going to push us out of the way.

Where we walk can change us.

Have the courage to get up and to walk away from the things that have chained you down. Walk towards what God is calling you to, and trust that He is with you in the midst of it. 

He who promised is faithful.

He is with you, He sees you, and He will never forsake you.


Sunday’s Worship Setlist

Struck by Grace - Elevation Youth

Not Today - Hillsong United

Miracles - Jesus Culture

Take Courage - Bethel Music