Sun, Mar 04, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 36 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 4, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
One of my greatest hopes for this series has been that you truly recognize the power of your words. We have been reminded that our words have the power to give life and they have the power to take life. Since Jesus tells us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts, that means that everything that comes out of our mouths reflects something that is going on at a deeper level inside of us. And if you are like me at all with the words you use, we have to recognize that sometimes we just do a horrible job of reflecting the faith we profess to have and the savior we claim to represent.
Gossip, it happens all the time around us. There's an old saying that gossip can actually travel around the world and back before the truth can get out of bed and put its pants on. That's pretty true, isn't it? Especially today in light of all of the social media people use. It takes nothing more than a snap of the fingers or a push of the Post button and all of sudden everybody knows and it's shared and this and that is spread all over the place.
For those of us that claim to follow Christ we just find ways to disguise the gossip… sometimes we call it "a prayer request."
Who Does Gossip Hurt?
The Person It's Spoken About
Gossip hurts everybody. So the goal then should be very simple. Stop it, or as I've been saying throughout this series, "Knock it off!" How do we do that? I'm going to give you two simple and practical ways to do this. Neither is extremely profound in itself, but if you actually put them in to practice, they will drastically change the way you interact with gossip on a daily basis.
How to "Knock it off!"
Guard Our Ears
Close Our Mouth
I came across an article that said you could stop gossip with one question. The question is simply this…
"Why are you telling me this?"
And I think there's another equally important question to ask at times like this and that is this…
"Have you had a chance to talk to __________ about this?"
Proverbs 20: 19
A good question to ask ourselves to keep us in check in this area is this…
"Would I want someone sharing similar information about me if I were not around?"
What if instead of getting caught complaining, criticizing, lying or gossip, we put all of that focus in to encouraging one another? That should happen the more and more we get to know Jesus. Because the more we recognize and understand who Jesus is, the more we will follow His example. Then all of a sudden our words begin to reflect those of our Creator, the one who sustains, who renews, who transforms our heart and in that transformation process our mouths cannot help but be transformed as well.
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 39 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 25, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Throughout this series we have been talking about the power of our words. We have been reminded that our words have the power to give life and they have the power to take life. Jesus tells us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts. So everything that comes out reflects something that is going on at a deeper level inside of us. And if you are like me at all with the words you use, we have to recognize that sometimes we just do a horrible job of reflecting the faith we profess to have and the savior we claim to represent.
This week we are going to focus on the topic of lying. How many of you have ever lied before? Those of you that didn't raise your hand, you picked a bad week to not participate. How many of you think you may have lied in the last 72 hours at some point? Everybody who didn't have their hands up on the last question should have your hands up now.
The Enemy's Plan:
Get You Speaking His Language
Get You to Lie to Yourself
Live a Lie
1 John 2:4
1 John 1:9
Where are you at with lying?
*some of you are carrying a lie right now
*some of you might be lying to yourselves right now about something in life
*some of you might be living a lie, thinking you are a Christian when the evidence
just doesn't support it
The enemy of our souls is a liar and there's nothing he wants more than you to follow in his footsteps. He wants to ruin your life, he wants to pull you away from God, he wants to lead you to a place of hopelessness and fear. But thanks be to God we have Jesus Christ, who is the source of all hope and redemption. Seek him for forgiveness for living a lie and talk with those who love you and love God so that you might find true healing and start down a path of great hope and restoration. The truth will set you free.
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 33 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 81, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Every day we make hundreds and probably thousands of choices of what comes out of our mouths. And the reality is, when things get more difficult and we feel life squeezing us, our true character comes out more clearly. And let's face it, sometimes we just come up short. We can tell a lot about ourselves and others by how we face difficult people and difficult circumstances.
When we get our relationship with Jesus right, when it becomes the number one relationship in our lives, when we keep our focus on His plan and not our own, then the natural overflow from our mouths, regardless of the situation or circumstances around us, will be filled with hope, joy and promise.
the problem of criticism is it's really difficult to see in the mirror because we often feel very justified in criticizing other if we believe that what they are doing is irresponsible, immature, or unwise. We are convinced that we know the right way to act in their situation and nobody can convince us otherwise. We all are guilty of doing this with family and friends, aren't we? We see how they spend their money, how they raise their kids, how they dress, how they talk, how they drive, and we jump to all kinds of conclusions about them that are critical and judgmental.
This problem with being critical of others was nothing new to the early church.
There are many verses throughout Scripture that talk about the importance of the words that come out of our mouth. And these verses confirm the power that those words can have on people.
What Kind of Person Will You Be?
What do you want to be? Do you want to be a fault finder? That's what the Pharisees were. That's what our spiritual enemy is too. The prince of darkness, the father of lies, the great deceiver, the accuser. But who is Jesus? He is the way, he is the truth, he is the living hope. He is the blessed hope. He is our hope. I want to be a hope dealer. How about you?
There are power in words. Critical words sting.
But you also forget how powerful one word of encouragement can be, how God can use that to change a life.
Words of life, you have the power to use them every…single…day.
When we choose to stay close to God we become less critical people.
We are people of God. We are hope dealers.
We are not fault finders. Anybody can be a fault finder. Pharisees are fault finders. The devil is a fault finder. We are followers of Christ. We speak words of healing,
we speak words of life. We choose the better way that God has laid out for us to follow in the example of His son Jesus.
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 40 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 11, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Throughout this series we are going to be talking about the power of words. Our words have the power to give life and they have the power to take life. Jesus tells us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts. So everything that comes out reflects something that is going on at a deeper level inside of us. And sometimes we just do a horrible job of reflecting the faith we profess to have and the savior we claim to represent.
Have any of YOU ever gotten in trouble because of your Big Fat Mouth?
Now, complaining is nothing new is it? It is something that Christians and non-Christians all do far too often. God's people have been complaining since they were created. In the Old Testament, which is that part of the Bible that tells us about our history from Creation until before Jesus comes to earth, we read about the people of God and their interactions with God and with others.
Many of you may know or are at least somewhat familiar with what God did at this time in history. The pharaoh refused to let the people go so God performed a series of miracles to get his attention.
But, not long after God did something great they would begin to forget and the whining and complaining would kick into gear again.
What is it that you complain about the most?
There are so many things that we complain about, both big and small. But there is something at the very core of complaining that we need to deal with. Because at it's very heart, complaining isn't about the weather, it's not about the traffic, it's not even about other people. The problem ultimately is that we've taken our eyes off of the goodness of God and we've placed them instead on ourselves. That is the problem that is at the heart of our complaining.
If you can't change your circumstances, then change your perspective.
You can complain, you can gripe, you can whine all day long, and you may be justified. I know right now for many of you, there are some things going on that are just not pleasant.
Or, you can change the way you look at it, and say, "I can't do anything about this, but I can choose to look for God in it. I can choose the way I speak about it. I can choose how I represent it. I can believe that this is the worst thing ever, or I can look for some sign that God's going to use me in it.
EVEN IF. Even if my greatest prayer is never ever answered. Even if I never get out of this situation that I wish I was not in, I will still praise my God because he is good. He never leaves me. His presence is with me. His power is in me. Therefore I will praise him with everything that I have.