Submitted by jimmybritt on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 2:02pm.
Unleash, Session 1
My notes and thoughts…
Four Leadership Principles from the Life of Moses
-Time with God is the most important thing a pastor does. The pastor has to be listening to God! [Hebrews 13:17, Haggai 1:7-8, Haggai 2:9]
-In Scripture, God never gave a vision to a committee. He always gave it to a man.
2) Moses did not compromise the vision God gave to him. Powerful people in your church will always try to altar your vision for your church. [Exodus 2:5-27]
A lot of church leaders today talk about closing the “backdoor.” Perry says it’s okay to have backdoor. He reminded us that the church is a body…so it needs a backdoor ☺.
Perry challenged pastors and church leaders to be prophets with the vision and carry it out through the people. Not a prostitute with the vision who sells it to the highest bidder.
*If you are a church planter, that statement is GOLD!
3) Moses didn’t try to do it all. [Numbers 11:14-17]
Surround yourself with Godly people. Learn to delegate. Give away ministry. Give away responsibility.
Also, pastors have to learn to rest. Perry says that a preacher should only be up on Sundays about 40 to 42 times a year. I LIKE THIS!
Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas of The Journey (www.nyjourney.com) do a great job of team teaching. I think they have about three guys on staff who are all good communicators. That gives Nelson time to rest and unwind. I think over the years it has helped him become an even better communicator.
4) Moses was willing to attempt the impossible. [Deuteronomy 6:10-12]
Perry said to spend time with God, get His vision, dream big and never compromise it.
I think one of the reasons we compromise is because of fear. One of the big fears that tempts us to compromise is the fear of money. Money should never be an excuse for dreaming big and staying with the vision. Perry: “If it’s God’s will, it’s God’s bill!”
Don’t make money your excuse for compromising God’s dream for your life and church!
Submitted by jimmybritt on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:52am.
Hey Rocky River! I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS SUNDAY AT ROCKY RIVER CHURCH! We will be continuing our Christmas Sermon Series called "PRESENCE." I'll be teaching a message about how God's PRESENCE overcomes my damaged emotions. Specially, I want to help you let go of GUILT, GRIEF, and GRUDGES. I'm telling you, this message is going to set some people free. And maybe you know someone in your life who needs this as well. INVITE THEM TO JOIN YOU. Anyway, I hope you will do everything you can to be at the 9:00 or 10:45 services.
I love you guys and can't wait to see you Sunday! More importantly, Jesus loves you!
PS. Don't forget to memorize Psalm 23.
Submitted by jimmybritt on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 8:41am.
This is an excerpt for Sunday's message at Rocky River Church.
You matter to God. Having Peace with God begins with realizing that He loves you. And He loves us unconditionally - no matter who you are, no matter where you've been, no matter what you've done in life and no matter what has been done to you.
There are 3 UNCHANGEABLE TRUTHS about God's love for you. Here they are:
1. You will never fully understand just how much Jesus loves you. Humanly speaking, it’s incomprehensible. He died for you. Think about that. You can't understand Christmas and all that it means unless you look at it through the cross. The cross reminds us of how much God loves us. Anytime you feel like you're not valuable - or that your life doesn't matter - look at the cross and remember that Jesus gave His life for you. That is how valuable you are - that's how much you matter. He loves you!
2. There is nothing you could ever do to make Jesus love you more than He already does. Jesus's love for you is not measured by the good things you do - or don't do.
3. There is nothing you can ever do that will make Jesus love you any less than He does right now. Jesus's love is not fickle like human love. He doesn't love us one day and not the next.
Jesus loves us. He loves you. And His love for us is not based on the value the world assigns us. Okay, so maybe you’re not so valuable to the people around you. Maybe you’ve been disappointed in the past – and even hurt – by people who told you they love you but it turns out they really did not. Maybe the people who were supposed to love you and care for you are the ones who hurt and abused you. They didn’t treat you like a treasure. Jesus is different! He loves you unconditionally.
John 3:16 says it best, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you today. I hope that during the Christmas season - right now - you will experience the love of Jesus in your life.
Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
Submitted by jimmybritt on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 11:57pm.
This is so important I felt like I really needed to share it - I hope you will too. Below is an email I received from a friend who lives in the Heatherstone neighborhood in Harrisburg.
[Possible Kidnapper in Harrisburg]
Please be aware there is a black van driving around asking if you can help him find his puppies. He will show a picture of the puppies through a slightly lowered window. He is careful not to show his face. At 4:20pm today he tried to get my 12 year old to come over to his black van with white mark near front light. She was shooting baskets at end if our driveway. When She refused he sped off only to return a few minutes later and tried again to get her to come to his van. When she refused again he told her she was pretty and she took off running inside the house. He then sped off. I have alerted the police but wanted to alert the neighborhood.
Please pass this along! Thanks!
Submitted by jimmybritt on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 3:32pm.
Hey guys. I am cooking and selling Boston Butts (pork) - just in time for Thanksgiving!!! The butts are $30 each. All the proceeds will be given as a gift to our staff team for Christmas. This is just a small way to appreciate the great staff we have at Rocky River Church AND to get you a treat too. This is something I started this a few years ago for the staff and families. Many have asked us to just receive an offering for the staff as a Christmas gift but honestly, we (the staff) love doing this so much each year we wanted to go with this again, and hey, the meat is awesome!
Here are the details:
-The butts will be available just in time for Thanksgiving guests. The cook date is next Tuesday, November 26 and they will be ready for pick up that evening.
-You can pay with cash, check or credit/debit card. In fact, click here and buy yours online http://rockyriverchurch.com/give. Follow the step-by-step directions.
-To order, you can send an email to Crickett@RockyRiverChurch.com. You can also call the church office at 704-795-ROCK. You can also pay for them this Sunday in the lobby.
-WE NEED THE ORDERS IN ASAP so we can order the meat!
Thanks all! Tell your friends, family and co-workers about this opportunity.
Submitted by jimmybritt on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 3:49pm.
Hey Rocky River Church! I hope you are doing GREAT! As I am writing this post it is about 3:30 in the afternoon and Friday and I am almost finished with my "regular" day-to-day stuff for the week. I am totally PSYCHED out of my mind excited for Sunday. I am teaching a "stand alone" message about the "afterlife" from Luke 16:19-31 (The Rich Man and Lazarus). The message is called "The Walking Dead." I believe it is going to be a GREAT SUNDAY that you do not want to miss. And be sure and invite someone to come along with you.
A couple more things...
2. Our Halloweenie Roast and Trunk O' Treat is Sunday, October 27 from 4:30-7PM. It is going to be a great time of fun - AND - it won't cost you a thing. This is absolutely a FREE EVENT. Tell everyone you know about it!
Anyway, I look forward to seeing you this weekend. I love you guys. More importantly, God loves you [YEAH YOU!] - no matter who you are, or where you've been, no matter what you've done, and no matter what's been done to you.
Submitted by jimmybritt on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 12:52pm.
Hey Rocky River Church. Just wanted to make sure everyone knows about the prayer service tonight for the three students involved in Friday's night automobile crash. The service will be at Hickory Ridge High School at 6:30PM. I would encourage you to be there by 6PM to show your support for the Lucas, Ziglar and Fox families.
*Special thanks to Pastor David Henderson and the great folks at Venture Church for getting this together, along with the administration at HRHS.
See you there!
Submitted by jimmybritt on Mon, 09/23/2013 - 12:12pm.
Hey Rocky River Church. I hope you're having a GREAT MONDAY!
The reason for this quick post is to let you know that we are ONLY $500 away from having the fence in the children's area completely paid for. Just as a reminder, we had the fence installed so that our kids will have a safe place to play on Sundays, as well as the children in our preschool (The Bridge Academy). I would really like to finish this up this week if at all possible. If you can help us make this happen will you shoot me an email to Jimmy@RockyRiverChurch.com? If we had 10 people who could give $50 we could reach this goal. OF COURSE, any financial assistance is GREATLY appreciated.
You can give safely and securely right now at http://rockyriverchurch.com/give. Just [CLICK] and follow the easy links. You can also drop mail a check to the church office. Rocky River Church, 887 Pitt School Road SW, Concord, NC 28027.
Thank you so much! Have a great week! See you on Sunday.
Submitted by jimmybritt on Wed, 09/11/2013 - 2:56pm.
Hey Rocky River Church. The following is an email written and sent by two of my good friends - both pastors at The Journey Church in New York City. Nelson and Kerrick sent it to their church members/attenders to be a reflection and prayer. It was a great encouragement to me so I thought I'd pass it along to you for your encouragement on this day as well.
God bless you...
I have to admit . . . more so than at any other time in the last 12 years since the horrible circumstances of September 11, 2001 – I let this anniversary slip up on me unexpectedly.
Maybe it’s because as a city we tend to heal and rebuild so quickly. Maybe it’s because we are so easily distracted by what’s in front of us.
But I wanted to sit down and write you over lunch today – to encourage you to let today be a day of both REFLECTION and PRAYER for our city and for our church.
Both Pastor Nelson and I moved to NYC in the summer of 2001 to begin a new church called The Journey whose purpose would be to help the people of NYC become fully developing followers of Jesus.
And on September 11, 2001 we were just days from our first monthly service on the Upper West Side. That first service would become a Memorial Service for those who lost loved ones in the attacks.
I don’t believe it was an accident that God called us to the city and chose to start our church at that time. God is always working for good – even during difficult circumstances and in the midst of evil (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28).
It’s amazing to think about – but since September 11, 2001 God has used our church in some pretty amazing ways to be a blessing to our city. We have seen 1,551 people baptized since that day. We have seen families come together, broken lives healed and so many people called to ministry or to the mission field. We have grown to be a church with campuses in Manhattan, Queens, Boca Raton, FL – and a new one on the way in Staten Island this Fall.
Today as I reflect on how God has chosen to use our church – I am greatly humbled and grateful. I hope you are too.
So – today would you take a few moments over lunch or whenever you read this e-mail to pray?
1 – PRAY FOR OUR CITY. Pray that God would continue to draw New Yorkers to Himself and that He would bless and protect the city that we live in and love. Pray for our leaders. Pray for those who call New York City their home.
2 – PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH. Pray that God would continue to use us. That is the greatest honor of all. As imperfect as we are – that God has chosen to use us to be a blessing to our city and to so many people. Pray that this Fall (during our teaching series on Proverbs called WISER) and over the next decade – that God would allow us to reach more New Yorkers with the love of Christ than ever before.
As I reflect and pray today – know that I am also thankful for you. Thank you for being part of The Journey Church family and for going on this journey with us!
See you on Sunday & God bless…
Submitted by jimmybritt on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 7:59pm.
Hey Rocky River Church! I hope you have had a great Labor Day weekend.
To get right to it, I want to announce an important service time change at RRC. We are changing our second Sunday morning service from 10:30AM to 10:45AM. There are a couple of important reasons for the time change. First, the 9:00AM service is rarely out before 10:20 which makes it really tough for folks coming in for the second service to find a place to park. That also makes the folks from the early service feel like they have to run out the door. Second, it feels like we are herding one group in and another group out with no time in between for folks to catch up, talk and make vital connections.
Thank you for making a note of this and PLEASE help us get the word out. The time change begins THIS SUNDAY, September 8. Once again, the service times for this Sunday are 9:00AM and 10:45AM.
Thank you Rocky River Church. I love you guys! See you on Sunday if not before.
Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
PS. This Sunday is going to be an important one. We are continuing with our series in REVELATION with a message called, "What Jesus Says To The Confused Church." The message is about how to get our lives back on the "truth" track. Invite someone to be your guest this weekend. See you at 9:00AM or 10:45AM!
Who's Jimmy Britt?
Jimmy Britt is the Lead Pastor at Rocky River Community Church in the Charlotte Metro area. R2C2 is a place for people, no matter who they are or where they’ve been. We are a church for people; that’s it, plain and simple.