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PhoenixONE had an amazing kick-off night that I won’t forget. It started off when I walked in I saw this amazing sunset outside Phoenix Historic First right before the event started. I felt God telling me to prepare my heart because tonight was going to be a big night.

THE PHOTOS BELOW ARE BY SUREFIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Shauna

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City Space Park in Phoenix

One of the most memorable moments I have ever experienced was exactly five years ago when I was with 20,000 other young adults unified as one body under the stars surrounding the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Chris Tomlin, David Crowder and Matt Redman led us all in a round of “Amazing Grace” as we all held candles and sang out in praise to our heavenly Father. Tonight I had a similar experience with a unified body of Christ under the stars right here in downtown Phoenix.

Unified as ONE body in Atlanta

I was just chilling at home when some friends of mine called me up and asked me if I wanted to go to PhoenixONE tonight. I decided to go thinking there might a good sermon preached that would speak to me. They decided to switch gears on us and have us all walk through downtown Phoenix Christmas caroling instead of a normal worship gathering. At first I was a little disappointed. But then I got into the spirit of things and started to enjoy meeting new people and singing as we walked through the streets. They had us go down to Civic Space Park – home of the “Her Secret is Patience” artwork (I think it looks like a floating mushroom). There Brian Wurzell, Ike Ndolo, and Brian Whitman were set up to lead worship. About three hundred of us were led in some Christmas songs. I’ve been zoned in on this season of advent and the coming of Christ’s birth and the hope it brings to this broken world. As we sang “Silent Night”, I was reminded of a Redeemer that came to restore this world. Then we sang “God of the City” with the beautiful skyline in the background followed by “Amazing Grace”. It was a good night for me to be among good friends and to give back in praise and worship for all the work that God has done in me and for all the blessings he has given. I am thankful for the body of Christ and moments like this when we can come together unified to glorify God.

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Central to the mission and vision of the “ONE” Network is the prayer that Jesus prayed for the church in John 17:23 when He prayed, “May they become perfectly ONE, so that the world will know that you sent me and love them even as much as you love me.”

The “ONE” Network is a unified movement of currently 4 local churches who sole mission is to reach young adults in Phoenix for Christ and connect them to a local faith community. Their mission is to be a unified movement of local churches coming together as “ONE” in order to reach young adults for Christ and connect them to a local faith community.

Lost Canyon

The dining hall

The ONE retreat took place in Williams, AZ at a place called Lost Canyon. The weather was beautiful The weekend consisted of different session of worship and a message.  We also had time to connect with our home churches. The worship was incredible. Ryan, Jason, Casey, Jarod & Sean are all friends of mine and they did an amazing job of leading us in songs of worship. Kent DelHousaye was the guest speaker and he spoke on us having freedom in Christ. That means that we have the freedom to grow in our walk in the Lord without having to be judged by others. His sermon was very impactful for me as is tied in a lot of what God has been saying to me lately.

The worship band

Kent Delhousaye

I enjoyed having fellowship with friends from Camber, but I also made many new friends. There were many churches represented and I was able to make friends from many of them. I’m looking forward to being a bigger part of Phoenix One and I just love having the opportunities to network and get to know more people. I met a lot of people already on the Phoenix One volunteer staff over the weekend and I look forward to serving alongside them. I’m just excited have some friends to move forward in life with to continue on with my journey to grow with and fellowship with. God has blessed me so much over the years with amazing people.

Hang-out time

Group time

Building a house with a deck of cards that will hold a stack of Bibles

In addition to many awesome conversations with people, I had some intimate time with God. He has revealed so much me to me these past few weeks and I have grown and learned so much. We had this evening of confession in which Kent invited us to find freedom of our past burdens that have been weighing us down. God has literally been stripping me of so many old habits that I have been able to find peace and calmness in myself that I haven’t had in so long. This weekend was another one of those moments that I just sat in silence and let the Holy Spirit work in me. I can’t believe how free I felt after that and found myself singing my heart out to the Lord and praising him for all he has done in me during an extended worship session. I love Jesus with all my heart and I am so thankful for who I am in Christ and my heart that just seeks him when I am down.

They had us break in groups later that night and I found myself in a group with a lot of young college guys. I have always felt God has allowed me to go through so much so I can relate and give back to young guys like this. I was actually impressed with these guys and their faith. It’s awesome to see young men following the Lord. I was able to come in humility and admit my struggles to them and allow them to see a real guy who make mistakes and let them know that it’s ok to not be perfect. But at the same time we are to turn to our Messiah to be free from those sins and find the courage and strength to grow and learn from them. I know my honesty to these guys about my real guy issues that I struggle like lust and anger was huge to them. It’s big because most guys struggle admitting their stuff because of the fear of being judged or condemned by others.

New friends

Last night bonfire

God is good and this was just another opportunity he has provided for me to get away from the trials of the world and draw closer to him. God always has something big in store for me when life doesn’t make sense and gets rough. This weekend was a reminder from him that he is with me and that he is providing what I need on my journey to grow more like Christ. I love you Jesus.. thank you for being there and for always providing.

Camber group

ONE church

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Freedom is liberation

– Jesus came to free us physically and spiritually from sin  Gal 5:1

– Satan weighs us down with our burdens. Jesus came to take those burdens off.  Matt 11:28-30

Legalism – adherence to unnecessary rules – it robs us of what Jesus came to give us

– Tradition (man-made) vs Doctrine (God-made)

You are given the freedom to fight for your freedom. Paul says to stand up and fight against the slavery of legalism

How to fight against legalism  Col 2:16-23

– Let no one pass judgement on you. Judgement belongs to God. There is a divine accountability with you and Jesus

– Let no one disqualify you or say you don’t belong. We are all screwed up and trying to get better

– Assertive vs Hedonism – virtue is in the middle

– Do not submit to man-made rules. Scrutinize it and take it scripture

Why not just tolerate legalism

– The gospel depends on it

– Legalism undermines the power of the gospel. It stunts Christian growth and takes the joy out of it

– Legalism encompasses the credibility of the gospel. It makes the Christian life dull and boring and it looks like a list of rules

Martin Luther said God’s bondservant is the freest man of all

Live boldly and courageous. Be free in Christ! Peace, hope, life and freedom!

Freedom is not what about what your free to, but what you are free from

Where you go the Spirit goes and there is freedom  2 Cor 3:17

How can you be a servant of God and be the freest person on the earth?

Freedom is not a license

– Not an opportunity for the flesh. We have a battle with our sin nature going on.

Freedom is what you are free from

– living under the law

– free from sin

Freedom is liberation from the wrong kind of rules (man-made rules)

One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control  Gal 5:22

– The Holy Spirit is our teacher and we learn from him

Maturity doesn’t come with age but with acceptance of responsiblity

Live in freedom in holiness and honor 1 Thess 4:3-6

You don’t need a list of do’s and dont’s, just ask the Holy Spirit what is right

Freedom is not your right, it is a privilege  Gal 5:14

Serve one another

– Take care if this ‘right’ of your and don’t cause your brother to stumble 1 Cor 8:9-13

– If we sin against a brother/sister, you are sinning against Christ. Jesus looks out for us

Law of the love. Love your neighbor as yourself. Make choices on how it affects others Matt 22-37-38

Put others needs above your own Phil 2:3-4

What are you willing to give up in your freedom for your brothers and sisters?

– Paul was willing to give up his salvation Romans 9:3

We tend to fend for ourselves because others don’t take care of us. We need to see this in the church Romans 14:21

Ask yourself if this is profitable for the body of Christ. Look out for your brothers and sisters

If you are free, live responsibly. Live as a servant of God and others  1 Peter 2:16

Do you have irrational fears (ex:death)? Rational fears are justified

Know the truth (Jesus) and it will set you free John 8:31-32

– Jesus said I am the truth John 14:6

– Jesus frees us from punishment and condemnation Romans 8:1-2

– Sin and death Romans 5:12; 6:23

We will be free from fear and be free to live everyday John 8:36

Is it possible to be free but not live free? We are conditioned from the chains of our past. We say we are free yet we stay in captivity. We need to step out in faith and live free to move forward by the power of the Spirit in Christ

Not to survive, but to thrive

Jesus wants us to have an abundant life and have nothing to fear anymore John 10:10

Fear has to do with punishment. If we are perfected in love, we don’t have to fear anything 1 John 4:18

– Are you perfected in love?

We get abundant life through Christ John 14:6

Start believing the things you believe. That means no more fear of the things that weigh you down.

– My notes from sermon from Kent DelHousaye

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