Sunday Remix 7-21-13

-After missing two Sundays it was great getting to be back home and in the pulpit.

-Stephanie Robison and Mike Gaither did a wonderful job teaching in my place. Love that I can go away and we have several in house that can bring the Word of God with clarity, depth, and creativity.

-I was thrilled to see how many of our Momentum Hope Boxes were gone. What a great and simple ministry to help others know they are important to God and through Jesus they can have hope. If you do not know what MHB are, they are a shoe box filled with food, toiletries, and various other things that can help a person you see in need. It is so common now to see people on the street asking for money or food. Keep a box or two at all times in your vehicle and give them to people God brings across your path. Also if ever on a Sunday and things are tight, but you don’t want to ask, but need a boost for a day or so, please feel free to take a box for yourself. If you have items you can donate please put them in the white donation barrel so the MHB team can make up more boxes

-It was nice seeing our teens leave Sunday night for Mission’s Peoria. We have already begun to hear of the great things they are doing for God and great things God is doing in each of them. Please keep them in prayer. They will be home late Saturday night.

-We launched our campaign leading up to the special services we will be hosting August 18-20th. Check out http://www.CodeRedRevival.com for more info and plan now to not miss one service over the three days. Also please take time on Mondays between now and the 18th to fast and pray with us for God to move in a powerful way during CRR.

-Finally we dove into Galatians 5 during our “Grace U” series as we looked at the Works of the Flesh vs The Fruit of the Spirit.

I loved one of our E.A.T. member’s take away which he posted on facebook. “Worship is not based on how we feel but what He deserves. He deserves our worship. Starting the day walking by the Spirit so that He can change my passions and desires to align with His. We cannot do this by a list of dos and don’ts , but only by being in lockstep with the Spirit.- Bryan Choate”

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My Generation Momentum

Over the past few years it’s been great seeing all those who God is drawing together to make up our faith community. On Sundays I am taking the month of May to speak into lives at various ages and stages. Everyone of you is at the right time and place for God to do great things in your life.

Acts 17:26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place”

Also this month Amie and I would love to get to know you better and help you get tp know others that call Momentum Church home. We will be hosting 3 events this month that will allow us to get to know you. Please plan to make it.All ages below are just approximates. Please pick a group and be there.

Click here for directions to Ross & Amie’s  

MY GENERATION EVENTS:

Tues. 14th at 7pm (*50+ ers)
Dinner at Pastor Ross & Amie’s House

Fri. 17th at 7pm  (*30’s-50)
BBQ and Games at
Pastor Ross & Amie’s House
*Childcare provided at Momentum Church
from 6:45-9:45pm

Sat. 18th 10am (*18-20’s)
Service Opportunity (meet at church at 10am) ,
Lunch at Pastor Ross & Amie’s, followed by
Hiking at Red Top Mountain.

Facial Hair, Marriage and Devotions


While doing our devotions this morning Amie said my hair and chin were like a mullet. “All business up top and all party on your chin.” We started laughing really hard when I declared that I have a “chullet”
By the way if you want to know what is our favorite devotional, it’s a compilation edited by Richard Foster called “Devotional Classics.” Having devotions with the wife wasn’t something that came easy for me. Kind of like growing facial hair. It took forever to look natural, I was almost 30 before I could grow a decent mustache and gotee, but now I don’t feel like myself without some facial hair. I guess what I’m saying guys is take frequent time with the wife and God’s Word and the “business” of spiritual endeavors will be soon complimented by the “party” of spiritual discoveries and mutual growth and you will get to a place where you just don’t feel like yourself without a little time with the Lord and your lady.
Thank you Amie for being patient with me as the whole husband/wife devotional thing has grown on me over the years.

Until tomorrow morning’s coffee and devotions, I love ya Amie.

Mo-News

Jesus said that we are to go and “make disciples”.  He didn’t say “go create incredible venues with flashy lights and sound.” He also didn’t say go create a gathering space where people come a couple times a month to satisfy their spiritual consumer needs. NO,  he said “make disciples” and then throughout the Book of Acts he showed how these people committed to the purpose, power, and presence of God would rally together to change the world.

I love that Momentum Church is a place that has great sound, lights, and is truly an exciting place to experience God, community and learn Biblical principles for life. I want to say also that we are a place dedicated to “making disciples”. I came away from my sabbatical in July with a passion to mobilize a strategy and a team to make this possible. With that in mind please take a moment to check out below a few things that I believe will help us accomplish this mandate from God.

#1 Momentum Coaching

I have written a coaches guide and trained 16 coaches that are ready and willing to do one on one coaching. This coaching takes place over a three month period and is designed for new believers or anyone that desires to get a solid foundation for faith. So many Christians get stuck at the starting block in their race of faith.  We want you to be able to push off in your faith and gain momentum in life NOW! Please email Pastor Mike Montgomery (Mike@MomentumChurch.tv) to request a coach.

 

#2 Momentum Growth Track

Beginning in September we will offer 4 monthly experiences that will help people answer the question, “Now What?”. As we launch the Growth Track in September we would love for everyone to go through these four classes together. They will be on Sunday nights from 6:00-7:15 at Momentum Church and will include childcare, workbook, and snacks. These classes will be offered every month and will be the #1 thing we point people to when they say, “I love the services and think Momentum is home, but NOW WHAT?”

Take a look below at the class offerings, but also pray about helping us as we recruit Momentum Team members to serve each of these weeks. Our goal is to have in place a host and a hostess, two check in workers, and four childcare providers for each week. The facilitator of the experience will be a different staff member each week. We would like for this to be a reoccurring ministry commitment one night/per month. Contact Stephanie Graves (Stephanie@MomentumChurch.tv) if you are interested in serving or attending the upcoming Growth Track. Seeing that the classes occur monthly your schedule may not allow you to do all four in a row. That is fine, attend what you can in September and hit a couple more in October.  We would love for everyone to go through this ASAP.

Church 101 (Because of Labor Day Weekend Next Class is 9-9-12)
This class is a basic introduction to the ministry of Momentum Church and will help you understand the calling and culture of Momentum.
Church 101 takes place the first Sunday evening of the month. This class is required to be a Momentum Partner (Member)

Essentials 201    (Next Class 9-16-12)
This class guides you through the essential beliefs and practices one needs to find success in their walk with Christ.  This class also includes how to use The Momentum Life Journal as a tool
for spiritual growth.
Essentials 201 takes place on the second Sunday evening of every month.

Discover 301   (Next Class 9-23-12)
We want to help you realize what makes you so unique. This seminar will help you discover how the combination of your personality, gifts, and purpose in life come together into the design God has created you to be so that you can discover your best fit in ministry.
Discover 301 takes place on the third Sunday evening of every month.

Team 401   (Next Class 9-30-12)
This is an orientation/training session in the ministry area of your choice so that you can learn more about serving as part of The Momentum Team.
Team 401 takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month.

#3 Journey Groups

We believe that people grow together into fully devoted followers of Christ. Christianity isn’t a solo sprint, but a relay race where we are there to help each other cross the line and finish the race as winners. There are all sorts of groups that meet and more are forming all the time. Please go to our website www.MomentumChurch.tv and click on Get Connected and check out all the groups that are available right now.

This coming Sunday following both services there will be a Journey Group Connect. Be sure to check out all the different groups and plan to take part in the upcoming 13 week semester of Journey Groups. If there isn’t a group that interests you then by all means take the steps necessary to create one. Through the Growth Track you will discover how God has uniquely designed you and we will resource you to lead any group you feel God is wanting you to start. (Rest Home Visitation Group, Ultimate Frisbee Group, Momentum Life Journal Group for Business men, Ministry Group to reach the needs of single mother’s and widows) You name it, you are the church and we will help you release what God is placing in you to do. Plan to come to the JG Connect on the 26th. If you would like to start a JG then email Pastor Mike Montgomery (Mike@MomentumChurch.tv) for your next step.

In closing I am so excited about the next season of Momentum Church. A season where there is a clear path for those asking, “Now What”. A season where there is a systematic approach to coaching those who want to grow in their faith. A season where Sunday is only part of what we do but the greatest impact will be from you the church, you the disciples of Christ touching our community and the World like never before. Listen we are providing the resources and leadership, but it’s your church and yours for the taking. You have to have a desire to be a disciple and not be just content with spiritual consumerism.

Momentum we can do this! Together we can be and make disciples of Christ worthy of our calling. You are His…..we are His……Jesus, do in us and with us as You wish.

With you on the Journey!

-Pastor Ross

(August 5th) Record Breaking Sunday at Momentum Church

Last Sunday was the highest attendance we have ever had for the first Sunday in August. I was thrilled to see the church not only survive while I was gone last month, but thrive. On Sunday we also saw four people come to faith in Christ. One gentlemen’s salvation is an answer to prayer that his wife’s Journey Group has been praying for months!!!!

God is going to continue to make Himself known and we need to position ourselves to walk in His leading and anointing.

Please read the below passage from the first chapter of Thessalonians and then let me present a ministry opportunity you might be interested in.

5″….our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. 8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.

As Paul addressed the church at Thessalonica he made mention that the message the church had received from them had created in them such a work of God’s grace and power that Christ and their faith in Christ was known throughout the region.

  • I believe that Momentum Church works hard to present the gospel message and Biblical principles in clear, practical and relevant way.
  • I also believe that our worship and children’s ministries are incredible.
  • I believe that we are a friendly and welcoming group that genuinely loves each other, but isn’t so engrossed with each other that we are ingrown and relationally closed to all the new people coming to Momentum.

So What’s Up Pastor?:

Upon reading this passage of Scripture I believe no matter how “good” I preach, the worship team sings, the children’s ministry teaches, or our guest services team meets & greets, we can only accomplish so much without the anointing (special touch/blessing) of God.

1 Thesselonians 1:5-8 States that the gospel can’t come in word only, but needs to be accompanied by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

This past Sunday the room was full of people needing miracles. Souls needing saved.  Bodies needing healed. Marriages and finances needing restored. People who need victory over sin and hearts set ablaze to serve the Lord.  I can’t preach that into you no matter how good the gospel message is, we can’t sing that into you no matter how wonderful the song and band might be. We need both the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Throughout scripture God responds to those who humbly ask and seek him. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

We need on Sundays the clear presentation of God’s Word, the sincere worship of God by His people, and genuine fellowship, but we also need God to do what we can’t:

  • He takes the word and changes lives.
  • He inhabits the praises of His people.
  • He walks amongst those that are gathered in His name.

Listen, our guests may not get all that’s going on behind the scenes, but there is a supernatural element taking place in people’s lives, and we need to respond in a supernatural way. We need to pray and seek God on behalf of those gathered each Sunday morning. This is why we are birthing a new Ministry Team and Sunday  opportunity to serve.

Sunday Morning Prayer Covering Needed:

This ministry will develop in time into a rotation of people who will keep each church service covered in prayer while service is going on.

This Sunday is an “Each One Reach One” Sunday and is too important to not have people in prayer during it.  We will have more details to come about setting up this team. If you are interested let me know ASAP so we can be sure to have this Sunday covered and begin working on a rotation for the weeks to come. I would like to meet with those who can serve this Sunday at 9:00 for the 9:30 service and 10:45 for the 11:15 service. This will be a brief time of instruction and I will give you a prayer outline.

I know this ministry isn’t for everyone so don’t feel any condemnation if it’s not for you. On the other hand there are some people who just have the gift of intercession and they love to pray. Others are reading this and you don’t even know what the word “intercession” means, but you’re getting all excited because you know this is exactly something you need to be involved with or learning about.

Sunday Prayer Team Basics:

The team will be praying in an office not in the sanctuary during the service.

The team will be praying for the various elements of the service.

For example from 9:30-9:35 the team will pray for God to anoint all those who are on ministry teams serving. From 9:35-9:55 for God to be lifted up and honored and the presence of God to be experienced during Worship. From 9:55-10:25 pray while I am preaching that God would use my lips to declare His Word and people would be receptive to the teaching of Scripture. As the sermon comes to a close the team will be praying for salvations to take place and life change to occur. Finally as we close the service and receive the offering the team will pray for our people to have a desire for Biblical stewardship in their finances and that God would bless our people deeply as they bless His kingdom.

I believe a prayer covering like this will honor the Lord and be a practical way to state that we can do nothing a part from God’s anointing and leading. 

Momentum’s best days are ahead, but only if we become a house dependent on His presence and anointing.

“Lord we pray: hear, forgive, and heal” 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

With deep conviction,

Pastor Ross

 

Glad to be back at it!

Amped to be back home dreaming, working and praying as God leads us into this next season of ministry. Thankful for my sabbatical, but even more thankful for the “Word of the Lord” concerning myself and Momentum as God ministered to me during my break. Now it’s time to work out all that God is leading us into. Hearing without doing results in fits of passion and renewal personally, but nets nothing lasting for the life of the pastor or the church.

God is up to something wonderful but will we as a lead team and church be stirred to action and diligently labor both physically and spiritually to see what God is stirring become a reality? Momentum….through the power and leading of the Holy Spirit we can do this! May Christ be known in us and through us.

I also want to take a moment to thank my staff and our Executive Advisory Team for leading so well during my break. Average attendance was higher in July than in June and the testimonies of things God was doing in people’s lives were amazing. I should leave more often 😉

Finally I want to thank our Georgia District Assemblies of God Superintendent, Rick Collins for encouraging me to take this time away and for financially making our time away possible. It is wonderful to partner with the GA AG. I have been blessed to be a part of the Assemblies of God cooperative fellowship since 1994 and honored to plant a church in one of the greatest districts in our nation.

A Season to Pull Back Before The Next Season of Pushing Forward:

In March I celebrated 20 years of pastoral ministry.  Prior to coming to Woodstock, GA I served 10.5 years in Mansfield Ohio leaving to move to Woodstock 7 years ago to launch a church to reach the unchurched of Woodstock and the surrounding communities.

Over the past 7 years with the help and leadership of a great staff and dozens of volunteers we have grown from two families meeting at a coffee shop to a four year season of being a portable church meeting at a theater to finally meeting at our current location having two service options on Sunday mornings. I am happy where we have come from but know God has great plans for where He is taking us and I am excited to be used by Him to lead Momentum Church along with our team into the next season God has for us.
Have you ever noticed sometimes to go forward you have to pull back a bit first?
Over the past few weeks I have been preaching on the importance of rest and the need for daily diversions, weekly withdraws, and annual abandonments. The same God that gave us the “thou shalt nots” in essence also said numerous times “thou shalt rest”. With that in mind our Executive Advisory Team feels that rest for a pastor is very important, not only do they feel that, the Superintefndent of the GA District of the Assemblies of God, Pastor Rick Collins feels that. Pastor Rick has started a new program encouraging our District pastors to take an extended break after 7 years. Pastor Rick Collins has encouraged me to take a season of rest to pull back and get ready for the next wave of what God desires to do right here at Momentum Church. His exact quote was,”Ross take this time and I guarantee you will come back in August a better pastor for it.”
So what does this time away look like? Is this like an extended vacation or what? In professional circles it is known as a sabbatical. In the context of pastoral ministry:
A sabbatical is an extended leave of absence from the daily leadership and weekly preaching for the purpose of renewing the pastor and his family, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Starting tomorrow I will not engage in any church business or ministry for a period of 30 days. Our pastoral staff will lead Momentum Church during this time along with help and advisement from Momentum’s Executive Advisory Team. My first time back in the pulpit will be August 5th. Already God has given me a word for this body that you will not want to miss on that day.
Please pray for me over the next 4 weeks. Will I experience vacation time?….certainly. Will I find rest with my family?….definitely, but pray for me as I seek God on behalf of myself, my family and our church.
A sabbatical is a time where one checks out long enough that a better awareness of self, God, and God’s plans begins to open up. It’s been a long time since I have been this excited for what is on the horizon of this ministry. We are launching several new ministries between August and the start of the year and we are  also getting back to some old purposes that we have drifted from.
Right now I feel fresh, I sense God’s leading and I am excited and ready to move forward into our next season of ministry at Momentum Church, but myself and the leaders in my life sense that I need to pull back for a short” season so that in August I can come back ready to lead this church to the next level of spiritual maturity, servant-hood, and growth.
Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving you as your pastor. I am with you on the journey!
We will see you in a few weeks.
-Pastor Ross & Amie

Momentum Life Journal: June-July Guide

 

Momentum Life Journal Guide June-July outside

Momentum Life Journal Guide June-July inside

S.O.A.P from Day #1 of our Reading of Hebrews

This will give you just a brief look at what my time with the Lord looked like on day one of using this model of spending time with God in His Word and Presence.

For me I read the passage early in the day and then meditate (think about it purposefully) on it throughout the day. In the evening I take time with the Lord to pray and write what has been coming to my mind throughout the day.

S: Hebrews 1:1-4     5-7-12

O: vs. 2-4 God speaks to us through Jesus. This same one whom through His words all things were created and through His words an imprint was made on everything that exists.

A: This same God affords me the opportunity to speak into my life. I should make consistent time to experience His Word and presence. His powerful words in my life should result in an undeniable imprint on who I am and what I do.

P: God allow your Word and our time together to mark me for your glory.

 

May God bless you richly as you make time for Him!

-Pastor Ross

Letter to Momentum Church Regarding Creating a Momentum Life Journal

My greatest job as a pastor is to lead you into a relationship with God where He is teaching you more than I could ever teach you, comforting you more than I could ever comfort, and challenging you more than I could ever challenge. This is truly what it means to journey forward through life with God. How is this possible? By taking time daily to be in God’s Word and in His presence, God has a way of shaping how we think and transforming how we live. As we read the Bible we begin to see how God responds to situations and people. We also see how people respond to God in the midst of the world they live in. God is waiting to be the best pastor, leader, motivator, and friend you have ever had.

I want to encourage you to use the below model of devotional time with God and expect great things from the Lord as He shapes your life by His truths and His presence. Each day you will be able to ask and answer this life changing question, ”How will I be different today because of what I have just read?

As you read the daily-recommended portion of scripture please do so with a journal in hand. Let it become your story of interaction, insight, and direction from the one who created you for His plans and purposes. Journaling is an excellent way to record and process what God has spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the ‘nuggets’ that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! While journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your journey group or other friends. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.

Keeping a “Momentum with God: Life Journal” starts by writing the below categories down in a notebook, computer, ipad, or phone. Remember to leave enough space in between to record your thoughts and the thoughts God places in your mind. I am praying for you to experience the riches of God’s truth and His presence. Know this, as you carve out time with God in mind, He will carve out your destiny and unfold His plans for your life one day at a time.

Be blessed by God’s Word. Read it, hear it, embrace it, and live it so that you might journey forward through life with God.

With you on the Journey,

Pastor Ross

PS: We will apply this model to the book of Hebrews in May. Starting in June we will begin a two year journey together as we       daily  read and “S.O.A.P.” our way through the whole Bible beginning in the book of Matthew.

S: Scripture

O: Observation

A: Application

P: Prayer

“How will I be different today  because of what I have just read?

S: Scripture

Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your recommended reading list. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O: Observation

What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.

A: Application

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

P: Prayer

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

 Readings from Hebrews for the Month of May

___ Mon. 7th:  7th: 1:1-4

___ Tues. 8th: 1:5-14

___ Wed. 9th: 2:1-4

___ Thur. 10th: 2:5-18

___ Fri. 11th: 3:1-6

___ Sat. 12th: 3:7-19

___ Sun. 13th: 4:1-13

___ Mon. 14th: 4:14-5:10

___ Tues. 15th: 5:11-6:12

___ Wed. 16th: 6:13-20

___ Thur. 17th: 7:1-10

___ Fri. 18th: 7:11-28

___ Sat. 19th: 8:1-13

___ Sun. 20th: 9:1-10

___ Mon. 21st: 9:11-28

___ Tues. 22nd: 10:1-18

___ Wed. 23rd: 10:19-25

___ Thur. 24th: 10:26-39

___ Fri. 25th: 11:1-40

___ Sat. 26th: 12:1-2

___ Sun. 27th: 12:3-17

___ Mon. 28th: 12:18-29

___ Tues. 29th: 13:1-19

___ Wed. 30th: 13:20-21

___ Thur. 31st: 13:22-25