Refresh Challenge: Finishing Well

Posted in Mavuno Sermons on May 1, 2016 by mavunite

As we began the year 2016 we wanted to start the year by waiting on God to refresh us. Our desire was that God would refresh us in every way – our minds, bodies, hearts, and calling, so that we can live with fresh energy the life He has called us to.

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REFRESH CHALLENGE: HELP FROM ABOVE

Posted in Mavuno Sermons on April 24, 2016 by mavunite

Growing, we believe that we can be and do a lot of things. When you grow up, you begin to realize that some things are impossible. You make your dreams realistic or practical. You begin to feel imprisoned by weaknesses, fears, generational issues and more. Then you look without – corruption, kanjo kingdom, politics, terrorism and other realities …You begin to wish you had special powers.

If you had special powers, what is one thing you would do or fix? Continue reading

Refresh Challenge: Service is the route to greatness

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , on April 17, 2016 by mavunite

Your business has grown and you’ve realised you need to hire a new Managing Director to grow it to the next level. What is the most important quality you would look for? Would you prefer a person who is ambitious and visionary,  willing to do whatever it takes to get your company to the top?

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Jesus was the biggest story of his day. Wherever he went, huge crowds were waiting for him. For his disciples, this was exciting. It seemed that their gamble to leave all behind and follow this unknown rabbi was paying off. On the contrary, instead of celebrating his popularity, Jesus began telling his disciples of his impending rejection, suffering and ultimately death.

Read – Mark 10.32-45

Jesus taught that true greatness is a paradox. The world teaches us that greatness comes as we step on others and grab positions for ourselves. However, Jesus taught, ‘whoever wants to be first must be slave of all’.

Here is an important truth: In God’s kingdom, service is the route to greatness

God created you to be a representative of His kingdom to impact the earth with the culture of heaven. You are created to impact society with God’s culture, until they look alike. Jesus taught us to pray, ‘may your kingdom come and may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’.

As we influence society thus gain prominence and attention, pride and competition might creep in. We need to remember that in God’s kingdom, service is the route to greatness but greatness is the route to further service. It’s a virtuous cycle. Too many people jump straight into impacting society without learning the lessons of servant leadership. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely! As a result, when power comes, people become corrupted. The job of the church is to prepare you for kingdom impact.

A major reason many Christians stop growing is that they are not serving.  Serving God’s people through gifts and abilities is essential to Christian maturity. The minute you stop serving, you start dying. Pastor Rick Warren puts it this way, ‘what matters most is not the duration of your life but the donation of your life…not how long you lived but how much you served’.

Serving moves you from consumer to contributor, from spectator to servant, from tourist to team member. You don’t just serve at church because the church needs you to serve; you serve at church because that’s where you train to be the servant leader God is calling you to be.

In God’s kingdom, service is the route to greatness.

As the Lord blesses us with promotions at work and families, let us be careful not to retire from serving. Learn how to motivate and lead without stepping on people. Learn to serve the public selflessly and cheerfully. Jesus lived a life of impact that was attractive to everyone around him. He was a go-getter par excellence; he knew what he wanted and went for it. He used the route of humble service and went all the way to the top. God does not condemn your ambition. He only proposes another way of getting there. The route of service will get you to the top, keep you there, and make your life attractive.

Readings:

Matthew 19:28, Mark 9:33, Philippians 2:5-11

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Refresh Challenge: Whose Feet Are You Washing?

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , on April 10, 2016 by mavunite

Imagine with me that you just got a new job at a very prestigious company you always dreamed of. Then the HR manager approaches you and informs you that you can choose whichever boss you would like, how would you describe your ideal boss?

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Some people may say they want a boss who makes clear goals and targets that are achievable or challenges them to grow. Others want a boss who would involve them in decision-making.

The truth is most people want a boss who would give them a pay hike whenever they need it.

Today we will look at the greatest leader who ever lived; Jesus. He is considered the most respected and influential leader in the history of the world.

Read – John 13:3-17 

Jesus knew his days were numbered. He chose to spend his last few hours teaching his disciples the most powerful lesson about the servant nature of a disciple, by picking up a towel and washing their feet.

Picture your boss at the office coming in and during the staff meeting, deciding to polish everyone’s shoes? Or a political leader you know showing up in your neighborhood, with no cameras present, and offering to manually do your laundry?

Jesus was about to hand over a great charge to the disciples, and he knew they would shepherd this new global movement, and push it to new frontiers. In his last moments he could have talked strategy with them, devising a master plan for world domination.

Yet Jesus knew that the biggest challenge of leadership is not about competence but character. Not how to lead from the head but how to lead from the heart.

In order to be great, you must serve others.

Read Mark 10:43-44

Do you want to be great? Whose feet are you washing?

Our world is full of dirty feet in need of a good wash. God is raising up an army of fearless men and women who believe that the church is the hope of the world. Driven by this conviction, they passionately serve the needs of their community.

However, there are a lot of barriers that keep us from serving. Here are a few:

 1. Busyness: Life has become a balancing act between a demanding work schedule, school, family commitments and social commitments.

2. Tradition: In the traditional church, the philosophy was carried was ‘I pay my tithe, so the church can hire professional pastors to do the ministry’. In the Bible, we see that every member of the body of Christ is to be a minister.

3. Issues: Most of us think we must get our lives together first before we are qualified to serve others. But we see throughout the Bible that God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.

4. Ignorance: Many confess ‘I don’t know what my gifts are and so I don’t know where I could serve.” Or others may not be aware of the volunteer needs that the church has.

5. Temptation. The temptation to NOT serve is great because when God speaks to your heart to serve, the enemy is right there to try and distract you and tempt you.

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Jesus knew that he had come from God and that he was returning to God. And it is from this assurance of his identity that enables him to serve.

The lie that so many people believe is that you can change the world apart from community. That you don’t need to be part of the local church. Freedom is valued. But the truth is that freedom based on this world’s definition of freedom leads to bondage. True freedom has a purpose; true greatness has a purpose.

 Galatians 5:13

If you want to be great, be the first to serve.

The local church is the hope of the world and God’s design to change the world, to raise up men and women of faith who will be able to impact every sphere of culture.

God is raising each one of us to be global leaders in politics, business, education, and entertainment and so on. God gives us influence and favor not for ourselves but to share with others.

Do you want to be great? Whose feet are you washing?

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Refresh Challenge – Prepared for Opportunity

Posted in Mavuno Sermons on April 3, 2016 by mavunite

Which Is Your Default Money Habit? 

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Since we began Mavuno, we have taught about money and how to manage money well. This is a lifetime topic that you can never hear enough about, and that we need to keep learning about money for the rest of our lives! When it comes to money we all tend to revert back to our default money habits. Continue reading

Jesus Can Do It for Me

Posted in Mavuno Sermons on March 27, 2016 by mavunite

What does the Easter holiday mean to you?

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The Easter story marks the most significant event in our Christian lives. The Easter weekend is when, through the death of Jesus you and I were reconciled with God. There was no hope for our sinfulness but God did it. Continue reading

Refresh Challenge – Ordinary People Engage

Posted in Mavuno Sermons on March 20, 2016 by mavunite

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If you were to participate in this opinion poll, what are the top three issues you would say you are concerned about? I imagine if a similar poll had been conducted in Israel in the times of Moses, the top three problems would have been an oppressive government, miserable working conditions and a rising cost of living. READ Ex. 1:6-14.

The Israelites are in Egypt, and are really being exploited economically and being treated ruthlessly. What was God’s response to all this? Because how He responded could give us some Continue reading

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