Delivered By
Bob Petersen & Caleb Petersen
Delivered On
October 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Ephesians 4:11-16



Do you think we are suppose to grow at LFMC?

  • What would need to happen for us to expand to 1000 people?


Caleb: People misunderstand God’s sovereignty

  • Think through this with me:

    • Is God love? Yes.

    • Can you force someone to love you or is there choice? Choice.

    • Does God have the power to control how you respond to Him? Yes.

    • Will He ever enforce that control on you? No. Because He would no longer be love.

    • This is called free will.

    • So God has supreme power, but because He is love and wants us to love Him, He has restricted His supreme power in the areas where our free will comes into play.

    • And by doing this, not only has He restricted His supreme power, but He has actually given us power. (Ex. power to chose Heaven or Hell)

    • “Well God is in control of everything”

    • No He's not. He gave you control of you. You have to give Him back control/permission for Him to move in your life.

    • He also gave mankind control of the earth in the beginning. Satan deceived mankind, the earth was cursed. Jesus ended the curse. And now it's time to build the Kingdom.


Quote: Picture 1 Three Simple Steps in Life

Quote: Dreaming - Graham Cook


God prepares us ahead of time

  • He doesn’t wait until the time comes and then expect us to be prepared


Why doesn’t God send the revival many churches are believing for?

  1. Because they aren’t being prepared

  2. Because they aren’t being prepared in His ways


Quote: Embrace the Process - KV


Here’s what it would take to have a church of 1000:

  • # of Children’s workers

  • # of security people

  • What would we need to have a ministry school?

  • Prayer ministry

  • Online church

  • Live worship:

    • 1000 people, 3 services a week

  • Singers: 27

  • Acoustic Guitar: 9

  • Electric Guitar: 18

  • Bass Guitar: 9

  • Drummer: 18

  • Keyboard: 18

  • Sound Engineers: 6FoH, 6PMM, 20 man sound crew each service

  • Setup/Teardown Crew: 20; sound crew would be this

  • Lighting Crew: 9

  • Slides/Presentation Crew: 9


Caleb: Once you got saved you were called into full time ministry


Equipping the saints to DO THE WORK of ministry

  • ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:11 NASB “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers”

  • ‭‭Ephesians ‭4:12-13‬ ‭AMP‬‬ “[and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].”


There has only been 1 of you ever made. If you don't seek out and fully become who you are, the world will never get to see the unique expression of God that He created as you.

  • ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:15-16‬ ‭NASB‬‬ “but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”


The only people who are not ready for work are the babies.


John Maxwell - The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: If you have dreams, goals, or aspirations, you need to grow to achieve them. But if you’re like I was— and if you’re like most people— you have one or more mistaken beliefs that create a gap that keeps you from growing and reaching your potential.

  1. The Assumption Gap—“ I Assume That I Will Automatically Grow”

  2. The Assumption Gap—“ I Assume That I Will Automatically Grow”

  3. The Timing Gap—“ It’s Not the Right Time to Begin”

  4. The Mistake Gap—“ I’m Afraid of Making Mistakes”

  5. The Perfection Gap—“ I Have to Find the Best Way Before I Start”

  6. The Inspiration Gap—“ I Don’t Feel Like Doing It”

  7. The Comparison Gap—“ Others Are Better Than I Am”

  8. The Expectation Gap—“ I Thought It Would Be Easier Than This”

    1. I don’t know any successful person who thinks growth comes quickly and climbing to the top is easy. It just doesn’t happen. People create their own luck. How?

      1. Here’s the formula: Preparation + Attitude + Opportunity + Action = Luck


Are you waiting until you're perfect to try?

Do it afraid

Quote: 2 Rather Attempt to do Something

Quote: 4 People Can Hear from God

When I say you need to be approved to be given the kingdom this is how.

Don't let fear hold you back

Romans 8:28-39 NKJV 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Caleb: I could be making around $35/hr ($73,000 per year w/o overtime).

  • Why am I here?


Quote: Know Who God Made You to Be - Bill Johnson

Quote: Reason You're Alive - Bill Johnson


Find an area in something God is doing inside or outside the church and get involved in it.


Not for it to feed you but for you to give your time in it with no expectation of return except satisfaction of knowing you helped something to become successful.


Quote: 3 Stop Waiting for Things to Happen