Church At Home
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
Hello NLC! Welcome to church at home, wherever that is for you today!
This service guide will take you through each segment of Church At Home. If you are able, watch the videos that go with each segment! If not, this guide has everything you need.
If you have children in your group today, see the KidzHouse video, lesson activities and service guide and use it to share the Word
with the kids. If you have highschoolers, their weekly session is live every Saturday evening at 4pm, on the Club 8:12 instagram page @club812official.
Go through the main service guide together, kids and highschoolers included, so everyone can be a part of the “main service!”
We want to encourage you to participate, whether on your own, or with your family or the few others you might be meeting with. Sing the songs aloud, read out the verses together, take notes, shout “Amen!” This is a wonderful moment to build an altar of praise in your home and we know the Scripture promises, wherever two or three are gathered, God will be in their midst!
WELCOME, WORSHIP, ANNOUNCEMENTS & GIVING
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Song 1: HE IS EXALTED
He is exalted
The King is exalted on high
I will praise Him
He is exalted
And I will praise His Name
He is the Lord
Forever His truth shall reign
Heaven and earth
Rejoice in His Holy Name
He is exalted
The King is exalted
Song 2: NOBODY LIKE YOU, LORD
Nobody like You, Lord
Nobody like You, Lord
All for Your glory, Lord
All for Your glory, Lord
I really love You, Lord
I really love You, Lord
Song 2: TO HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE
Who sits on the throne
And unto the Lamb
Be blessing and glory and honor
Thank you for joining us for church at home today, we love being together online every week! If you’d like to get in touch with our staff or pastors, or you’re new to us and wanting to know more about NLC, please send us a message on any of our social media pages, or you can call or text us on 0718652652 during office hours. We’d love hear from you.
Church, we’re keeping together in corporate prayer every week. We have prayer guides being sent each Tuesday and Friday through your cell leaders, so make sure you’re staying on that! The Unite714 prayer is also posted on our website each week, if you’d like to participate in that.
Finally, it’s time to give. We are doing that by MPESA on Paybill No 652652, and in the Account section, indicate your giving number if you have one, as well as what you’re giving towards. Let’s read together from Luke 6.38 (TPT): Give generously and generous gifts will be given back to you, shaken down to make room for more. Abundant gifts will pour out upon you with such an overflowing measure that it will run over the top! Your measurement of generosity becomes the measurement of your return.
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Today’s Word: A Worship Focused Life
Matthew 14:29b-30 (MSG); “Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, ‘Master, save me!'”
Matthew 14:29b-30 (AMPC); “So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened and as he began to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!'”
Pr. Don said to us on January 12, “This year, you will hear and see a lot. What will you focus on?” Who would have known, at that time, just how much we would see and hear in 2020, and the year is only half over!
The word “focus” means “to pay attention; to hold the mind or ear toward someone; to apply one’s mind to something; to hold one’s course toward a place.”
In our key scriptures, Peter had been called out of the boat by Jesus. He stepped out and miraculously walked on the water. But then these verses say 3 things happened – he “looked down at the waves,” he “felt the strong wind” and he “lost his nerve.” He shifted his focus from Jesus to the waves. When his focused shifted, his feelings shifted – he began to feel the wind – had it not been blowing when he first stepped out of the boat? It had, as the storm was raging, but Peter got out focused on Jesus. Only when he shifted his focus, did his feelings shift. He lost his nerve, and began to sink. His change of focus moved him from supernatural walking to sinking in water.
Let’s consider another story in 2 Chronicles 20 – Jehoshaphat receives word that a large army is coming against him and God’s people. He is terrified, but he immediately turns to seek God. In prayer, he says to the Lord, in verse 12 of chapter 20, “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
In both stories, both men felt fear. Peter shifted his focus from Jesus and lost his nerve. King Jehoshaphat shifted his focus to the Lord. And then the word of the Lord came forth – “You will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, o people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”(vs. 17) “Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord.” (Vs. 18) King Jehoshaphat commanded a large choir to go out first, ahead of the army, singing and praising! As they praised, the Lord caused the enemy to start fighting among themselves and by the time King Jehoshaphat and his army arrived, the victory was already won!
So, how do we live a worship focused life?
#1. Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
It takes intentionality to keep your eyes on Jesus. We are in the middle of so many wars and advancing enemies; culture wars, sickness wars, information wars, political and personal wars. When we feel frightened by all this, we must do like King Jehoshophat and direct our focus to God! And then we worship! Then we sing! We advance onto the battlefield with a song in our mouths and praise in our hearts!
This might seem like a silly strategy, a foolish military decision. But it wasn’t a strategy to win, it was praise for a battle already won! We can only sing when we know that the battle is already won! Whatever you are facing, whatever storm is raging around you, are you persuaded and confident and know in Whom you have believed? As Pr. Jack Hanes ministered to us some weeks back, is your heart overwhelmed or overflowing with a good theme, with praises?
In a time of great distraction, worship focuses us. The word worship is the Greek word “proskuneo” and one of its meanings is “to turn toward to kiss”; and remember, focus means “to hold one’s course toward a place.” Worship takes me toward the object of my focus. If I worship worry, I am moving toward that worry. If I worship Christ, I am moving toward Him. To keep my eyes on something, I have to turn towards that thing or that Person. To live a worship focused life,
#2. Keep Turning Toward Jesus
Read the word, spend time in God’s presence, listen to His voice. Some of us need to put on worship music and build an altar in your home to the Lord, put on praise music and dance! However, living a worship focused life extends beyond musical expression.
Romans 12:1 (MSG) says; “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.”
The New Living Translation says; “This is truly the way to worship Him.”
Every part of our everyday lives is worship – every part of our lives is turning toward something or someone.
John 4:23-24 (NLT); “But the time is coming – indeed it’s here now – when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in truth.”
Truth as used here is the Greek word “aletheia” which means “reality.”
The way to have a worship focused life is to keep your eyes on Jesus in your reality. Whatever situation you find yourself in today, keep your eyes on Jesus. Stay focused on Him, what He says and does, what He asks of you, what He commands, His power and might. As you go about your day, as you make decisions and navigate through life, do it all worshiping Jesus, keeping your eyes on Jesus, turning toward Jesus. Don’t look down in defeat, don’t look around in distraction. Look up and turn towards Him in deliberate worship.
When David was discouraged, he questioned his own soul, “Why are you so downcast, oh my soul?” And then he realized the reason behind it and redirected his focus – “put your hope in God!”
If your hope is in man or earthly governments or your own strength, if you are focused on them as the answer, there is cause to be downcast. But when our hope is in God, the Maker of heaven and earth, then we can lift our hands and lift our voices in victorious praise! We can walk on water, knowing the storm bows to the Son of Man!
Father, help us turn our eyes, our gaze, our focus back to You. The storms are raging all around us and it’s so easy to give in to fear and anxiety. May we turn to You, may we worship You, may we exalt You! You are the answer, You are the hope, You are what we need. May there be a shifting in our focus, that we would look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, that we would keep our eyes on Jesus and keep turning toward Him! In Jesus Name. Amen!
If you desire to know more about entering a relationship with Jesus Christ, or more about Nairobi Lighthouse Church, please call or text us on 0718652652. We would love to hear from you and to help connect you with the family of God.
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Here’s a short 10-minute word you can share with your kids who are in KidzHouse.
Stories That Jesus Told: The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32)
OBJECTIVE – Many of God’s blessings come as seeds and that if we put in the necessary effort, care and focus to see them grow, they will grow into GREAT blessings.
Prepare a tray of random stuff and include a packet of seeds.
SAY – I have a tray of stuff here and I’d like you to choose something you think is the BEST choice. Let them go through the process of choosing as you mention objects. Encourage them to THINK and choose carefully. Ask them why they choose what they are choosing. Then share that your choice is Seeds. Why? Because they both GROW and TRANSFORM.
SHARE that today’s Story that Jesus Told is about a SMALL seed, a mustard seed, and how it grows into a BIG tree.
READ THE STORY. (Matthew 13:31-32)
CONTINUE: Ask the children to think about the growing plants and trees around them. Some are very tall – right? Here is an amazing fact – seeds always grow into a plant or tree many many times bigger than them. Because seeds KEPT in a packet or bag don’t grow. Growth is not AUTOMATIC.
You have to TAKE THEM out and PLANT and WATER them. CARE for them, and then they will grow and produce good food. Refer to the story as you share this.
Emphasize that INTENTION, EFFORT, CARE AND FOCUS is needed for growth.
The seeds are God-given. In the kingdom of God, many of His WONDERFUL blessings come as seeds –
WORD, TALENTS AND GIFTS. And DOING GOOD. Make intentional effort to grow them.
Galatians 6:7-9 (READ) These verses talk about the seeds we sow. DOING GOOD… Doing good and keeping that up is like growing the seed to produce good fruit.
So good things such as friendliness, respect, opportunities, giving, kindness, forgiving, and serving, can be seeds. Remember, you have such a capacity to grow if you take everything God has given you as a seed or seedling that you faithfully care for.
In God’s kingdom, His blessings as seeds grow. And if we put in the necessary effort, care and focus to see them grow, they will grow into GREAT blessings, touching, helping and influencing many people.
Next week we will talk about the other reason seed was the best choice – because it transforms. We will do that as we review.
Finish by playing the song ‘Teach Me To Worship You’ from the I Can Change My World album.
PRAY for the children.
TODAY'S lesson activities
This coming Sunday is ‘Review Sunday’. Take a picture of yourself wearing any of the outfits from the lessons in this series and send them in by WhatsApp to 0722 423436. Include your name and cell leader’s name when you send them! We’ll be showcasing them during our Review lesson next week!
ACTIVITY 1: PLANT A BEAN SEED
You will need: plastic cup of yoghurt cup, soil, bean seeds and water.
1. Make a hole at the bottom of the cup (ask for help).
2. Fill the cup with soil almost to the top.
3. Press your finger into the soil to create a hole about one inch deep.
4. Drop in the bean seed and cover gently with soil.
5. Put enough water but not too much.
6. Place the cup near a window for sunlight.
7. Take care of your seed. Add a little water every other day or as needed.
After 8 days or more, the bean will germinate and who through the soil.
ACTIVITY 2: COLOURING & WORD SEARCH