Q & A Part 2 (2/14/15)

February 17th, 2015

by Laura Purdie, Chris Cox, Patrick Kelley and Alberto Suriel

Q1 How do you feel about how Christianity and Politics merge/intersect/collide?- Alberto Suriel

Q2. What would you say is "the mission of the church?  What is our charter? -Laura Purdie

Q3 When seeking "healing" from past hurts (ability to trust, pain from betrayal, fears about future) what is the responsibility we have vs that of God to bring about healing?

Q4 Why does God remove people from us when we want healing and restoration? Are our tears ever in vain? If He says "no" how do you accept that when you don't want to? - Chris Cox

Q5 When you feel like God doesn't hear you, what is the problem? Why does God remove people from us when we want healing and restoration? Are our tears ever in vain? If He says "no" how do you accept that when you don't want to? When you feel alone and people give trite answers, what is God really wanting from us? Is he wanting cookie cutter responses or healing? -Patrick Kelly

Q6 Was the law abolished or fulfilled? how do they interact now in the new covenant. -Alberto Suriel


Defeating Lies and Vows with The Character Of Jesus By Travis Gibb 2/09/15

February 10th, 2015

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. ephesians 4:25          

I stand and educated people often in regards to how to be succesful. I have meetings and inspire people. I put my heart into the community at large to build them up in hopes to see others succeed. I have a great track record in this. However, standing her in front of our church. I am humbled and nervous. Business, is easy but this is hard. This intimate. You see its standing here that i worry about what people think. I know people in this room have seen my struggles. They have seen my heart, we have cried together, we have laugh together. I have seen Jesus within them. In the way they speak to me i have felt the love of the father. However, i wonder do they see Jesus in me?  The truth, i know thats a lie. I know that those arent what i need to be worried about. I know what right in my heart. I know that people see me with love and i have blessed them just as much as the have bless me. However, often its easier to just believe the lie. The truth is harder pill to swallow. So, today i want to talk about the lies and vows we make. I want to talk about how they wage battle with us but as long as we continue to learn and grow from the character of christ that we can overcome and achieve even greater things. Then what we think.


Impacting Our Culture (Guest speaking at COTR on 11/16/14)

February 6th, 2015

Impacting our culture

At COR we are really big on raising leaders so that we can impact culture. We believe that as we help unleash the call and gifting in an individual within their context we help release the culture of the throne room of God into our daily lives.

What is culture?
Culture: refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, hierarchies, roles, determined by the development of a collective

People create culture with the fundamentals of their value system. Being position to set the value system at the center of culture is vital to developing it.

It’s not just about raising good kids it’s about developing an environment where living righteously  is not only admired but rewarded.

Why is impacting our culture important?

Bill Johnson from bethel once asked the question: “Why has the mormon religion managed to grow for over 100 years, despite persecution and false theology?” He answers that question by saying “Its because they have built a culture that protects and promotes what they believe.“
Mormons realized early on that if they are not in the business of creating and impacting culture than what they believe is vulnerable to be attacked and shrink.

Mormons vs The State of California: It was primarily the mormon voters who voted in the state of california to prevented, albeit for only a few years, that same sex marriage becoming legal in the state. This was made possible because the Mormon leaders of the LDS Church put out a decree to all their congregants to organize, protest and vote.  

We even almost had a Mormon President (Mitt Romney) a feat that would not have been possible 50 years ago. Considering how tough of a time we had trying to accept a catholic president (JFK) in 1961

Both Bethel and IhopKC have created a culture-impacting-community that is actively shaping the surrounding community. How they do this I hope to help you understand. Not because you guys aren't doing it but by understanding how we do it can help us capitalize on our efforts:

The primary objective of God is to glorify his son by  entrusting Him with  His kingdom. The primary objective of Jesus is to glorify his father by expanding his kingdom. The primary objective of the holy spirit is to glorify both by building the kingdom in the hearts of man.

Our  primary objective is to glorify the trinity not by building a church but by expanding the kingdom of God here on the earth. We do that by impacting and transforming the culture around us.  COTR has been actively doing that by creating a revival culture as part of its DNA.

Impacting culture really isn't as complicated as it might sound. as a matter of a fact we do it all the time. Here’s an easy way to look at it:


Guest Speaker Gary Stebbins (10/25/14)

February 4th, 2015

The Vision (Seeing into the Prophetic part 2) 11/15/14

February 4th, 2015

“Some people change because of vision: Most change because of pain.”-KYLO  

Vision gives us both direction and drive to achieve our calling. It’s the very vehicle and catalyst God uses to change things  

2 Chronicles 26:5

He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.

Vision creates a Kingdom Wealth Mentality for our future, our community, the things we are responsible for, and for our time energy and resources.

By Being kingdom people we become salt (preservers) and light(illuminators)

Many of us spend our entire life operating outside of the calling and purposes intended for us. This could be done as easily as a subconscious response to making changes to achieve goals or/and fear of what God has for us.
We must first see how God sees us to understand the purpose of our individual design. We need vision. We need to see into the prophetic.

The primary purpose of prophetic ministry and Christians as a whole is to draw out the gold of people's lives.

We hold the keys to the hearts of a royal priesthood.

Luke 15 (the story of the prodigal son)
The father represents God who freely gives his sons to join the family business or do something else. Despite the prodigals shortcomings he restores him. The father gives the robe(identity) the ring (authority)  the sandal (purity)

Here we see a God who isn't mad but seeks to restore identity and authority.

We see a invitation to our identity and calling.

Though the story is a reminder of not only God’s attitude towards us but our attitude to each other.The church needs fathers not older brothers

Elder brothers compete with the people they are suppose to be leading, Fathers seek to restore the people they serve.  They see people as treasures that belong to God. And God gave everything so he can buy that treasure.

Matthew 13:44-52
44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

47“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.

52He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

You are a treasure! We need draw out the destiny of people. This is the vision. This is the primary purpose of the church.


Q&A Session 1 (1-31-15)

February 3rd, 2015

Q1 How do you feel about how Christianity and Politics merge/intersect/collide?

Q2. What are your thoughts on evangelism (eg street evangelism).  What comes to your mind when you think of this?   Give an example of what you would say to someone u didn't know

Q3. What would u say is "the mission of the church?  What is our charter?