Update on Compassion Project!

Friends, if you were at Wildwood this past weekend, you know that we have entered into a partnership with Compassion International, including helping connect sponsors for the children in the new church plant  in Lagoa de Sao Francisco, Brazil.  Many of you participated with us last weekend in this effort!  Thank you and praise God!

We had 1,910 “stories viewed” in the Compassion Experience (Jey and Kiwi’s stories were shared in the trailer there in a powerful and interactive way).  We also had 223 children around the world who received sponsorships last weekend, with 154 of those students being from our church plant partner in Lagoa de Sao Francisco, Brazil.  WOW!  What a generous response by the people of Wildwood.  We are praising God for this!

This leaves only 46 children from the church plant in Lagoa still in need of sponsorship.  Between now and Easter Sunday, the packets representing these remaining children will still be at Wildwood.  You can stop by our Compassion table in the Gathering Hall each of the next few Sundays to join the team in sponsoring these kids.

[Online below, there is a short video summarizing this update]

For the Nations (part 2) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on the book of Romans entitled “For the Nations (part 2).”  This message encouraged Wildwood regarding our partnership with a church plant in Brazil in partnership with Compassion International.  To listen to this message or share it with others, use the audio below.

 

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For The Nations #2 03.10.19

 

 

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For the Nations (part 2) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a message based on Isaiah 49:6; Romans 1:8-12; 15:20-21; and 16:1-27.  This message was the second part of the “For the Nations” series and highlighted the church plant partnership with Compassion in Lagoa de Sao Francisco, Brazil.  Below are a set of questions related to the message for personal reflection or group discussion.

 

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Isaiah 49:6; Romans 1:8-12; 15:20-21; and 16:1-27
  3. Jesus is worthy of the worship and adoration of all people.  Is this concept motivational for you in seeing the Good News of Jesus spread to the ends of the earth?
  4. Have you ever been on a mission trip before?  In what way were you encouraged by the faith of those who knew Jesus in the area where you went to serve?
  5. To the best of your understanding, where are some places in the world today where the Gospel still needs to go?
  6. In order to accomplish His mission, Jesus gathers believers together and invites them to join in His mission to take the Gospel to the lost.  In what ways do you sense the Lord inviting you into this adventure?
  7. Have you personally considered beginning to sponsor one of the children in the Compassion Center associated with our new church plant in Brazil?
  8. What is one particular application you took away from this message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

Lagoa de Sao Francisco Church Plant

Wildwood Community Church is for following Jesus together to the glory of God.  We are for the church, community, nations, and next generation following Jesus with us!  As we live out this mission as a church, we are always looking for ways to reach out in line with this vision.  One way we are living this vision out as a congregation is through helping plant a church in Lagoa de Sao Francisco, Brazil in concert with a fantastic set of church planters (& their team), two other Brazilian churches, and Compassion International.  Wildwood funded the construction of the building where the church and Compassion Center meet, and in January I had the opportunity to visit this church on the weekend they dedicated the facility.  What a blessing!

On the weekend of March 8-11 at Wildwood, we are celebrating God’s work through the church in Lagoa de Sao Francisco, but also presenting the opportunity for Wildwood members to sponsor children in the Compassion center in Lagoa de Sao Francisco.  All weekend long, people can tour the Compassion Experience (an interactive walkthrough showing the life of a Compassion child) on site at Wildwood.  Also, on Sunday, March 10, I will be presenting the vision and opportunity through this church plant in our Sunday worship services (9:45 and 11:00).

To help share the story of this church plant and the Compassion Center, check out these 10 one minute videos that cast the vision:

For the Nations (part 1) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, David Robles (Pastor and Seminary President from Leon, Spain) preached a message from Psalm 67.  This message was part 1 of the “For the Nations” series here at Wildwood.  Below you will find the sermon audio from this message to listen to or share.

 

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For The Nations #1 03.03.19

 

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For the Nations (part 1) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, Pastor David Robles from Leon, Spain preached a message from Psalm 67.  This message was the first week of our “For the Nations” week at Wildwood.  Below are a set of questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

 

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Psalm 67
  3. As we saw in this Psalm, the name of God is mentioned directly or indirectly (through pronouns) 17 times in 7 verses of this Psalm.  What does this tell you about the Psalms focus?
  4. What are some of the ways that God has blessed us?
  5. Before reading the Psalm, how would you answer the question, “Why does God bless us?”
  6. Does it surprise you that God blesses us that ALL THE NATIONS would praise Him?
  7. Take a personal inventory of all the ways the Lord has blessed you.  What are some ways that God blessing you could lead to all the people of the earth knowing God?
  8. Do you really KNOW God, or simply know about God?  What is some of the evidence (according to the Psalm) that the “face of God is shining upon us”?
  9. What is one particular application you took away from this message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

Too Small a Thing . . .

Can you imagine if the Mona Lisa was only hanging on the refrigerator of Leonardo da Vinci’s relatives, instead of hanging on the wall of the Louvre?  What if the musical “Les Miserables” was only ever performed one time at a high school in rural Indiana, instead of running for decades on Broadway and in London’s West End?  What if William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” was only a story he told his family at their reunions, instead of performed at the biggest stage?  If any of these things would have happened, it would be a travesty, right?

Something that beautiful, that well done, that powerful, deserves to have the widest audience.

Now, I want you to think for a moment about the God who created EVERYTHING.  Much more than painting a few canvases, He painted the universe.  Much more than writing songs for a few characters to sing, He put a new song in all our hearts.  Much more than writing a story, He is THE STORY of all time.  If “Hamlet” and “Les Miserables” and the Mona Lisa deserve a bigger stage, than certainly our God deserves the grandest venue!  The worship of the one true God deserves far more than to be confined to the people of one small Middle Eastern nation (Israel).

This is why it has always been God’s ambition that all tribes, tongues, and nations come to a knowledge of who He is and worship Him in spirit and in truth.  700 years before Jesus gave the great commission (to take the Gospel to all nations), God said through the prophet Isaiah (in Isaiah 49:6):

“It is too small a thing that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel.  I will make you as a light for the nations, that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”   

Today, on the other side of the cross, we continue to embrace the fact that it is “too small a thing” for the good news of Jesus Christ to be confined to only one geographic location.  Our commission (given us by Jesus Himself) is to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  This is why we are For the Nations following Jesus together with us to the glory of God.

Over the next 10 days at Wildwood, we will be celebrating our “For the Nations Week 2019.”  All details for this week can be found on Wildwood’s website at http://wildwoodchurch.org/missions2019  .  As we prepare for this week, however, we want to make sure you are aware of what is happening so you don’t miss out on any of these great activities:

For the Nations Kickoff Event

Saturday, March 2, 2019

6:00 – 7:15 PM in the worship center

Praise and Worship, Prayer, Hearing a Vision for this week from our Director of Global Outreach Kevin Bradford, Learning about how Wildwood is for the nations by helping train indigenous pastors to reach Europe and South America, meet a number of Wildwood’s missionary patterns . . . even a special session for the kids!  Don’t miss a very special night for the whole family!  Please rsvp if you are bringing your children.  You can rsvp at http://wildwoodchurch.org/missions2019.   

 

Sunday Morning

Sunday, March 3, 2019

9:45 & 11:00 at Wildwood

Join us in our times of worship this Sunday morning as we continue our “For the Nations Week” with a special music piece with Latin American flavor, hear a sermon from our missionary partner David Robles from Spain on Psalm 67, and meet a few more of our missionary partners who are in town.  Also, we will have a number of our missionaries sharing inside of our adult Sunday groups on this day.

 

Sunday Receptions

Sunday, March 3, 2019

9:00 AM in the Children’s Lobby, 12:00 PM in various rooms downstairs.

If you would like to interact with some of our missionary partners we would love to have you stop by one of these venues on Sunday to get to know them.  Before services in the Children’s Lobby, we will have some donuts out, for you and your kids to stop by and say “hello” to some of our missionaries.  At noon, there are 3 lunches planned:  one for College Students in the Fellowship Center, one for our Legacy Group (over 55) in Room 1, and one for everyone else in Room 2.  Please rsvp for these lunches at http://wildwoodchurch.org/missions2019

 

Compassion Experience

Friday, March 8 – Monday March 11, 2019

Times vary each day . . . trailers for Compassion Experience will be set up in Wildwood’s main parking lot.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on less than $1 each day?  Fo millions of children worldwide this is their reality . . . a reality that seems so far removed from our experience in Norman, OK.  Wouldn’t it be great to get to learn more about these struggles AND do something about it in Jesus’ name?  The Compassion Experience is an interactive walkthrough that lets you and your family know what life is like for children in the developing world.  I have been through this before with my family and it was AMAZING.  We are so blessed to be able to bring the Compassion Experience here to our Norman community. Wildwood is partnering to help plant a church in the community of Lagoa de Sao Franciso, Brazil.  This church has a Compassion Center inside the church to assist in their outreach to children in that community.  200 children are currently enrolled in this Compassion Center and in need of sponsors.  Wildwood has a chance to sponsor each of the children in this community who are a part of the Compassion program where they get food, educational help, and things to help their physical health . . . but also they get 6 hours each week in discipleship training!  Compassion exists to help release children from poverty in Jesus name through the local church.  Want to know what these kids are going through and learn more about this ministry?  Visit the Compassion Experience next weekend at Wildwood.  Reservations can be made for your walkthrough experience by following the links at http://wildwoodchurch.org/missions2019.

Compassion Sunday

Sunday, March 10, 2019

9:45 & 11:00

Join us this Sunday as I will be preaching a message on why Wildwood is involved with the church in Lagoa de Sao Francisco, and how YOU can be a part of it.  Make plans to join us for this very special Sunday!  I cannot wait.  I’ve had this Sunday circled on my calendar for over one year now.  Join us and be a part of what God is doing!

 

Friends, it is “too small a thing” to keep the knowledge of Jesus to ourselves.  We were created to share this good news with others . . . so we are For the nations following Jesus together with us to the glory of God.  See you over the next week’s worth of opportunities for you to get in the game!!

Relating to Leadership (Sermon Audio)

On Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 20:20-28.  This was the 8th and final part of the “Relating to ____” sermon series and focused on “Relating to Leadership.”  Below you will find the audio from the sermon to listen to or share.

 

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Relating to Leadership 2019.02.24

 

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Relating to Leadership (Sermon Questions)

On Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 20:20-28.  This message was part 8 in the “Relating to ______” series and focused on “Relating to Leadership.”  Below you will find a set of questions related to the message for personal reflection or group discussion.

 

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 20:20-28
  3. How does the world’s definition of leadership differ from Jesus’ definition/example of leadership?
  4. In what way have you ever experienced “sharing in the suffering” of Christ? 
  5. In what ways have you seen Christian leaders serve others?
  6. What are some ways you can serve those around you this week?
  7. Why did Jesus have to die?  What did His death accomplish for you?
  8. What is one particular application you took away from this message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

Relating to Leadership (Sermon Preview)

Who are the best leaders you have ever been around?  What made them great?

When I think about these questions, my mind floats to several people who I have the privilege of working with now.  I really mean that.  Wildwood is blessed with a truly remarkable set of leaders at the staff, elder, and lay leadership levels. What makes these leaders great?  Many things:

  • They certainly are talented at some core skill (teaching, administration, ability to deliver wise counsel, cast vision, etc), but skill alone does not a leader make.  After all, there are plenty of “all star talents” that no one else wants to play alongside. 
  • They also have a very high level of personal integrity (their public and private lives match up), but integrity alone does not make one a leader.  Without integrity, lasting leadership is impossible, but personal integrity alone does not mobilize the masses. 
  • They also all have a high emotional IQ (an ability to read a room and grasp what others may be going through), but a high EQ does not make one a leader either.  High emotional intelligence can just as easily lead to manipulation as it does true leadership. 

So what really makes a leader someone we want to follow? 

I think (in part) great leadership flows from how the leader thinks about leadership.  A leader who thinks that their position exists to give themselves more stuff or status, is not worth following.  That kind of leader will utilize all their talent and relational skill to advance their own selfish interests.  Great leaders, however, see their leadership as a vehicle to bless others by serving and sacrificing for their good. 

This idea of leadership is not unique to Wildwood.  It is actually found many places, including many churches . . . which makes sense . . . because the ultimate model for GREAT LEADERSHIP comes from the One who made every place and is the Head of the Church:  Jesus Christ.

As Charles Spurgeon says of Jesus, “His was a life of giving, and the giving of a life.”  In Jesus’ own words, He came “not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” 

This Sunday at Wildwood we will conclude our “Relating to _____” series by seeing Jesus’ instruction to His followers about how they should relate to being a leader.  The message will be anchored in Matthew 20:20-28.  We hope you will make plans to join us this Sunday as we see the model for leadership in God’s economy (Jesus), what He has done for us, and what He is calling leaders in His church to do for others.  Hope to see you Sunday at Wildwood Community Church in our 9:45 or 11:00 services.