"No Other Name" Hillsong Conference 2014 (Sydney) - Conference Notes
My Reflections on the Conference
One thing I must point out is that the Hillsong Worship team is really amazing. All the singers sound so good, and are truly anointed. I bought their latest album, and I would recommend you get it because the lyrics and the anointed music will encourage and edify your spirit.
I thought of sharing the notes I took down at conference to give you - my friends and readers back home, a sneak peek at the incredible power and depth of the sermons preached there.
I also sincerely hope that you enjoy reading the notes and be blessed by the spiritual truths in each of the messages.
Finally, I pray that you will receive all grace, favor and blessing through this post, and if you don't know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior yet, that you will receive Him into your life and inherit a brand new life of victory, as well as eternal life.
Okay... let's get started!
"No Other Name" Hillsong Conference 2014 (Sydney) - Day One
You're not good at being somebody else.
You're good at being you. Be yourself and be secure in who you are.
Tune in to The Father. Hear His voice and His affirmation of His love for me.
Steven Furtick - Unveiled Vision / The Problem with Pinterest
Therefore since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
2 Corinthians 3:12-18 (NIV) - We need to get vulnerable with God, if not He can't get to our deep areas of need.
Get real, take off the veil. Don't be obsessed with showing your perfection.
How long will you mourn for something that is already over.
..and where the Spirit of The Lord IS, there IS freedom.
We are being transformed from glory to glory. Not shame to glory.
God cannot bless or heal who you pretend to be.
Compare less, contemplate more.
We receive this glory and help from The Lord, not from our own performance.
Turn to Jesus and He will remove the veil.
"No Other Name" Hillsong Conference 2014 (Sydney) - Day Two
Acts 3:6-8 - In Jesus's name, we can do what we've never done and go where we've never gone.
Life is too short to be limited and waste when we have access to that powerful name.
Acts 3:9-12 - The power is from God, not from us. Don't be quick to claim credit or make it about people - it's all about Jesus.
Matthew 7:13-14 - Entering the narrow gate following Jesus is difficult because few choose it and enter, but it opens up to a large path, and we can live a big and glorious life through Him.
2 Sam 22:37 - Jesus enlarges our paths enabling us to reach more and achieve more through Him.
Acts 10:26 - We are all mortals. If we make it all about us, we will be limited. When we make it all about Jesus, we can go where we've never gone!
Numbers 6:22-27 - God says that He would put His name upon people and bless them. We are called Christians. We carry His name.
The High Priest carries the entire population of Israel on Himself.
Revelation 3:8 - Keep and never deny Jesus' name and He will bless you and take you to places you've never gone.
Brian Houston - Let's Talk Church
Culture is not what you build, but what you BE... and any culture is only as strong as the lowest common denominator in it.
10 Hillsong Cultural Responsibilities:
1) I AM a can do person. Experience is grossly out-rated.
Any new innovation never comes out of experience, but out of a can-do attitude.
2) This is not job, this is my life.
Hirelings are only here for the short-term. Don't build a culture around hirelings.
3) I will serve The Lord with gladness. If you live with doing just the minimums, that's what you get. If that's what you accept, that's what you get.
4) Empowerment starts with me. Empower upwards so that you get empowered too.
5) I am not on the gossip train. The mouth of the righteous is a well of life and feeds many. If you didn't see it with your own eyes, and you don't hear it with your own ears, don't invent it with your small mind or speak it with your big mouth!
6) I am one of THEM (not us). See yourself as part of the solution, and don't add on to the problem. What side of them and us do you see yourself on?
7) I will bring those around me on the journey (not dumping). Don't segregate church time and family time. Bring your loved ones along with you.
8) What I'm part of is bigger than the part that I play.
If you're unteachable, it's hard to receive God's blessings and purposes for your life.
9) I delegate but I don't dump.
10) My spirituality is attractive. Ugly Christianity is due to a critical, negative manner of spirit. We must keep stretching ourselves as leaders to embrace big personalities.
Mark 11:22 - Have faith in God. Where is your faith?
It's easy when you see the results of your faith immediately, but what about when God seems not to be listening? Will you still have faith in Him?
Are you believing in God for who He is, or in what He does for you?
Hebrew 11:6 - It is impossible to please God if you do not have faith in Him.
The strength of faith is not in seeing immediate results, it is constantly keeping your eyes on Jesus no matter what happens.
Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. The best thing you can do with your money is to plant it in God's kingdom. We give as we decide in our heart. God loves a cheerful giver. He is also a cheerful giver.
Bill Hybels (Willow Creek Community Church) - About Time:
What would a schedule that puts God-first look like in my life?
Is my current time schedule working for me these days?
"My schedule is far less about what I have to get done, and more about who I want to become."
Thoughtfully and prayerfully re-look at your time schedule. Ask yourself "Who do I want to become?"
Writing something down on your schedule and taking action on it can change your destiny.
Spend 15 mins a day in God's word in a chair. Make time for it!
Something has a higher likelihood of working if you stick to it.
Put God-first in your schedule.
Potential does not move God's kingdom forward one bit. Potential has to be operational.
There's nothing we can do about time already spent in the past, but we can choose to make a decision on how to use our time for the future.
"No Other Name" Hillsong Conference 2014 (Sydney) - Day Three
When Looking for Leaders.....
1) The "bias towards action" Test. Jesus chose Peter to launch the mission of the kingdom of God because Peter was a man of action.
2) The "Can you follow direction" Test - are they humble enough to be coachable and teachable? Peter said to Jesus regarding letting down the nets: "Because You say so, I will" - BYSSIW
3) The "Who deserves the credit" Test - A credit hogger destroys the culture in a team.
Be careful about counting stuff or keeping count because what we have is not by our strength but it's from God.
Compare between the value of a dollar and a destiny.
Paint a grander vision of life to other potential leaders.
God is only concerned about one thing on planet earth: His people.
The grander the vision, the higher the price tag. If they don't have the courage, let them continue to fish for little fish in the little pond.
Are you willing to leave the little dreams behind to pursue a grander vision for your life?
Bill Hybels - Let's Talk Church Leadership
Everyone is at where they are for a season of their life.
God deploys and redeploys us in His kingdom.
Whenever someone leaves us to do something else in God's kingdom, help them to finish well. We must accept that God has His plans for them and send them off with well wishes and blessings. Celebrate their contributions and journey.
Church is where the far from God is brought close, the saved are grown up, and the lonely are enfolded in the church community.
You cannot mature to your fullest spiritual potential without knowing and regularly practicing your spiritual gifts for the good of the body of Christ and for the glory of God.
One reason that people are poor is that those people don't ever believe that life can be better after generations and years of trauma in poverty.
Bill Clinton case study: An intense listener that dignifies people by the level of concentration he gives others. Also an incurable learner.
It's easy to go to a large conference, get fired up, and go home doing absolutely nothing after that.
Brian Houston - Whosoever will, May Come
Acts 10:9-15 - What God has cleansed, you must not call common. God is talking about people, not animals.
Acts 10:3-6 - a memorial prayer is the purest of prayers.
Matthew 18:19-20 - Whenever two agree, it will be done for them. It is hard or impossible to completely agree with another person. We gather in the name of Jesus, and it's in His name that we are in agreement.
Be an inclusive Christian who offers salvation for all.
The world is proud of exclusiveness but the church should be proud of their inclusiveness.
Acts 10:24--25 - There is no one better than you, there is no one you're better than. We're all the same in the heart of Christ.
Acts 10:34 - God does not play favoritism.
Acts 10:42 - We are not called to be judges.
Jonah 3,4 - Whosoever will may come. Blessing and salvation is available to all.
Masterclass - At the SSG Howie - Carl Lentz - Occupy the Streets
1) Do you know that you are called to evangelize?
2) You must have confidence.
Our job is just to obey the voice of God, and leave the outcome in God's hands.
If you don't struggle with confidence, you're taking something for granted.
God's grace is only visible when you're way out your comfortable depth.
Get your confidence, strength and security from Jesus, not within yourself or from other people.
Nothing in this world can beat the value of knowing Jesus and having a personal relationship with Him.
God's first priority should be our first priority.
It's not about taking every opportunity, it's about being open to every opportunity. Be available.
Don't believe what you see, things can be changing and taking place in the spiritual that are invisible to us.
Many Christians experience failure in the physical because they don't pray for help - things happen in the spiritual before the physical.
It's really hard not to enjoy this life if your faith is active.
Do one intentional thing and make it a habit, to reach out to other people. It takes about 40 days to create a habit.
Put yourself in a position where God can use you.
Remember those moments that God have saved or helped you and tell those stories to the people around you. That causes people to gravitate towards being transformed.
As a Christian, be interested in listening to other's stories rather than just interested in forcing your own beliefs to others.
It's not about being supernaturally-gifted, it's about being supernaturally-open.
Put the focus on your obedience of what God called you to do, not on keeping count of your victories.
Night Rally - We Are Made in His Image
When we realise that we are made in the image of God, we know that we have intrinsic value. No matter what people do to harm us, our value is unchanged because we bear the mark of God.
"No Other Name" Hillsong Conference 2014 (Sydney) - Day Four
Hebrews 10:36 - "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will have what He promised."
Starting and Finishing are both important!
Joshua 6:1-16 - God sees in the past tense what you are currently fighting.
The opposition you face in your life proves that God has a huge promise for your life.
Praise will lift your perspective to look over your walls and obstacles, to see God's perspective of your problem.
We walk by faith, not by sight. Will you keep walking even though it doesn't seem to be working?
Can you believe that God is moving even though the wall doesn't seem to be coming down at all?
Believe that God is working even though things don't seem to be working.
God is more interested in winning the battle in us, before winning the battle for us.
God says that the promise still stands.
2 in the scripture is a sign of covenant.
If God let you in on Day 1, you would think that it was your walking that won you the victory.
God wants you to have faith. He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it for you.
Walk like every lap is your last, and one day you'll be right!
Brian Houston - Navigating and Leading Through Seasons of Crisis.
Many people want what you have, but are not willing to do what it takes to get there.
Understand that pain is a process. God can use any and every situation to make us a better person.
The process of time.
Make sure you respond instead of reacting to a situation, in order to prevent any regrets.
Don't be defensive and in 'siege mode' all the time.
Proverbs 11:8 - When you feel like doing fellowship the least, is when you need it the most.
Psalm 142:7 - Don't isolate yourself. Surround yourself with an environment of praise. Take responsibility for every accident. Focus on the good things. Surround yourself with good reports.
Wise as serpents, harmless as doves.
Man up. Face and confront issues.
Lift people up, don't bring them down.
Make sure you don't lash out on people you love. It's a coward's coping mechanism.
Get a trusted confidante - people who love you and care for you, and who are not afraid of telling you what you need to hear.
Proverb 12:25 - Surround yourself with positive people who can offer a good word of wisdom or encouragement for you.
Come to a point of resolution.
Review and set a vision in times of crises.
Preach yourself happy!
Chris Mendez and Lee Burns - The Spirit-Led Life
Christians miss out a lot of opportunities for supernatural encounters due to thinking that it's for others, but not for them.
You, The Holy Spirit, and Others:
"Clothed with power from on high"
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you".
The reason the Holy Spirit is given is not for the disciples alone, but for everyone else, so that the disciples can execute the mission of the Kingdom of God.
The Holy Spirit is not partial towards any one person. If you can believe, you can be empowered.
"I will pour out my Spirit on ALL people...sons and daughters" - both male and female, rich and poor... God does not practice favoritism.
When the Holy Spirit gets to you, barriers of differentiation gets pulled down.
1) The Holy Spirit empowers individuals and ALL believers.... when your focus is on OTHERS.
2) The Holy Spirit empowers us to witness Jesus. Never write a person off in your mind. You're planting a seed for their eternity.
When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you get bold. We can witness Jesus by the boldness of our faith.
3) The Holy Spirit works to establish God's kingdom on earth.
There is no us and them in the Kingdom of God. We are all one body.
Hillsong Paris, Germany, Stockholme Masterclass - Growing People "GEMS"
Psalm 92 - The righteous will flourish
"I don't have to be the champion of everything, but I should be the champion of everyone." Know our security is in God, in order to be able to be a champion of everyone.
Building great people must be balanced well with giving tasks and being relational.
Give people clear positioning and fill their role with vision.
As a leader, speak great words of life and encouragement to your team members about the great stuff coming out of them.
We have to grow as leaders, and give our people capacity to grow too.
Serving God and building church should be fun!
People are the greatest resource that God has ever given us. We have to treat people well.
Excitement is great, but it can only take you so far. We must do what is needed to ensure longevity in what we do.
Keep celebrating. Celebrate life. Celebrate people. Celebrate the seasons of life.
Put value on everyone who walks through our doors.
Let's not be leaders with tunnel vision.
To ensure that you keep celebrating: Look at the good things that God has already done.
Purposefully celebrate. Make a big deal about people's victories. Create a moment when you can celebrate them.
Carry the weight, but keep the spring in your step.
Trust God. God wants you to win even more than you do.
It's hard to do great things and not live a great life.
One of the core reasons for living: Have a relationship with Jesus and introduce other people to Him.
Everything we do should build God's' house.
Stop doing what's not producing fruit, and do more of what is producing fruit in our lives.
Sometimes we are so engrossed in doing the right things that we end up doing it in the wrong spirit.
To do something well: Have the right people, right place, right things, right way, right relationships.
The leadership is always the answer and the problem.
When you commit to something, your life is not getting smaller. It is getting bigger!
As a leader, you can do three things: correct, encourage or rebuke.
Ultimately, leadership is about getting a desired response from a person. As a leader, own your mistakes well.
Night Rally -
Ephesians 3:20 - God can do immeasurably more than we can think or imagine.
Multiply or Maintain - that's a decision you make when you give an offering.
Obedient or Optional
Relationship or Reluctance - Love gives. We don't have to give, but we GET TO give.
Entrusted or Entitled - every blessing we have is from God.
Carl Lentz - Chase the Shepherd
Psalms 23:1-6 - The Lord is my shepherd and I lack nothing.
Whether you like it or not, God still loves you no matter what. The truth remains the truth.
We are sheep in the equation with God. Sheep desperately need a shepherd.
Psalms 23 : If God is our shepherd, we no longer have to chase the right thing. All we have to do is to chase the shepherd.
John 10:14- Sheep don't strive.
There is security in the shepherd. The world around us can be shaky, but our shepherd is always steady.
Hebrews 12:6-7 - The good shepherd always corrects. When we feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit, we gotta know that He is for us, not against us.
God is so good that he can even use your own sin to correct you and bring you closer to the shepherd.
Fight over-sensitivity that leads to spiritual inactivity.
Some people are defending themselves from the same Heaven that loves them.
KNOW that the Good Shepherd is a protector. Wherever you go, whatever you do, His hand of protection will be all over you.
God protects us from things that we don't even know that we need protection from. When we know that God protects us, we can live in faith and not in fear.
"No Other Name" Hillsong Conference 2014 (Sydney) - Day Five
Ephesians 6:21-22 - Tychichus is in the Bible because he volunteered to be in an unseen, unpaid position. It wasn't a job to him, he was all-in.
The Church functions when our heart is in it.
They do what is needed and they do what they can for God, and thus have been written in God's epic story.
Be willing to take a supporting role in an epic story.
2 Timothy 4:9- Walk under God's blessing for your life. Don't try to create your own.
Roman 16:1-27 - All the people that have made it possible are mentioned, but at the end, the credits close off with No Other Name but Jesus.
Faithfully carry what God has put in your hands.
Brian Houston - Significant Decisions that have Generational Impact
You never make permanent decisions for a temporary circumstance.
Who, what, when, where, with, why, wish:
If someone lacks spiritual passion before marriage, it's unlikely that they will have it after marriage.
A wise person leaves an inheritance for their children's children.
If you get married, don't entertain thoughts that might become a stronghold over you. Just don't go there in your mind. Avoid situations that lead to fatal attractions.
Calling over Comfort. - Following your calling leads to a much more fulfilling life. Do what God has called you to do.
Staying within the will of God is the most fulfilling feeling. Even if it requires a change that seems like you're take a step backwards to go forward.
Make decisions at the right time.
1 Corinthians 15:33 - Bad company corrupts good habits.
2 Thessalonians 3:5-15 - Withdraw from EVERY brother that is disorderly and walks out of step with God's calling. Make strong choices when it comes to friendships.
Don't chase prosperity or fame. Stay in God's calling and blessing chases you.
We are blessed to be a blessing. Do what you do because you want to help people.
Believe God to give you Godly wisdom. It will build your life and future.
Charles Nieman - Leadership & Life - Forever Faithful, Forever Foward!
Forever - John 3:16 - At the moment we receive Jesus into our lives, we stepped into FOREVER-life.
We are already in eternal life. Think from a 'forever standpoint'. "Am I willing to live forever with this decision I'm about to make?"
Step 1) Proverbs 1:7 - The beginning of wisdom is the fear of The Lord (deep, reverential, worshipful, sense of accountability to God and to Jesus).
Some people want to be leaders because they don't want accountability.
Accountability is not binding, it is liberating. It gives the borders to live within.
You can't be a leader without accountability. You can't be an authority, without being under authority.
Stay on the freeway, don't stop for sideshow attractions.
Are you teachable and correctable? If not, you are a wreck going somewhere to happen.
Are you willing to repent?
Faithful - Is you is, or is you ain't? Faithfulness is not a gift, it's a choice.
The devil is trying to get you to quit, so that you miss out on your calling and miss out helping and impacting so many lives.
Matthew 25:14 - You have been faithful over little, I will make you ruler over much. It's easy to be faithful over much because it gives you the energy, but can you be faithful over little?
If you are not faithful over little, the much will overwhelm you.
Luke 16:10-12 - Are you faithful to your congregation's/team's lives, or do you just expect them to be faithful to your own life?
A true leader cares more about the people he is leading than his own life.
Forever Forward - Literal meaning of blessing - "I will cause your life to go forward'. Be"forever forward-minded".
The greatest danger to future success is today's success. Don't get stuck.
A forever-forward leader is not a quitter.
Life is not what you think it should be. Life is what it is. Toughen up!
Galatians 3:29 - All believers are heirs to Abraham's Blessing - I will bless you and you will be a blessing. (Genesis 12)
I'm not trying to be blessed, I AM BLESSED!
Be a prisoner of hope (a positive expectation).
Philippians 3:13 - A leader is willing to let go of the past and all of its successes. This is not my final destination. There is still more of God's goodness ahead!
Night Rally -
Charles Nieman - Offering
We give because we believe that God has given to us.
Robert Madu - Years, Days and Seasons
Genesis 1:14 - ERP (Estimated Relationship Potential) - People decide whether a relationship is significant for them within the first few minutes upon first meeting.
Thou shall know the power of intro - people will decide whether they will lean in to listen to you or lean back and switch-off, within the first 4-5 mins of your speech.
This earth is not our home, heaven is our true home if we are a believer.
There is no power in willpower. Willpower is not real power. The power is in the Word of God.
God is the only one who can create. He can create something out of nothing.
When nothing seems to be happening, it's time to praise God even more.
The situation doesn't have to get better in order for God's word to come to pass. God's word is perfect, specific, and just what you need in your situation.
Genesis 1:3-5 , 1:16-19 - Let there be light on first day, but the Sun, moon and stars only appear on day four. Whatever God speaks, is.
Genesis 1:14 - Seasons, Days, Years - Our life is comprised of years. The quality of our years is dependent on how much we understand the value of our days are. The quality of our days is great when we trust and praise God for every season that we're in.
Seasons come and go, but God's word stands forever.
Every season has its beauty and burden. We speak to the season we're in!
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