Following Jesus = Laying Down My Rights

May 30, 2009

Challenging Message: Laying Down My Rights

The fundamental challenge of Christianity is the demand Jesus makes to surrender everything to follow him. As we actually attempt to live this out, we find that we must actually face a decision to lay down our rights.

This aspect of surrender throws us into intense internal conflict, as every part of our human nature cries out for us to hold onto our rights. And yet, we recognize that to move forward in our walk, we must lay down our rights.

How does that feel to you?

Join us as we CONNECT on Sunday, May 31 at 5 PM to take on this issue.

Or, feel free to enter into the conversation by posting a reply below.

1) What makes this kind of surrender so difficult?
2) Have you ever messed up in this area of surrender and hope for a “do over”?
3) Have you made a real breakthrough in this area of surrender?
4) The little Book of Philemon–only 25 verses long–is a great study in one person’s challenge to surrender their rights.   Paul invited Philemon to lay down his rights to recoup his “property”, forgive a wrong done to him, and to sacrifically love someone from a lower social class than him.

Repaying Evil with Good

May 24, 2009


Tonight’s challenging message at CONNECT is about “Repaying Evil with Good”.  Although his brothers sold him into slavery, Joseph’s response to their betrayal was to feed them, provide for their families’ needs, and forgive them.

Come join us at 5 PM as we CONNECT with God, with each other, and with the community.

Happy Mother’s Day

May 11, 2009

On Sunday night, our children helped us recognize ALL the women in the congregation by presenting them with Mother’s Day Cards.

Tim brought a message about “God’s Plan for Motherhood” as part of the message series entitled “God’s Plan for Great Relationships”.

The heart of the message was a phrase from the Bible:  “Treat older women as you would your mother”. 

Praying for Emotional Healing

May 4, 2009

On Sunday, May 3, Gary Hesse brought a message about Praying for Emotional Healing.  Gary is a pastor on staff at Vineyard KC North.  Gary also heads up a ministry called Oaks of Righteousness.

Gary provided a worksheet describing the “Levels of Forgiveness”.  If you would like a copy, please send us an e-mail at

We Value Kids!

May 1, 2009

At the Raytown Vineyard, we don’t “do” babysitting. We do look for ways to include children as significant members of our church body.

When we look at the long history of God communicating with people, we see countless examples of children being chosen to carry the message of God’s love for us. Jesus made some statements about children that were very bold in their cultural context, and still somewhat revolutionary for today:

 “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”–Matthew 19:14

“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”–Mark 10:15

We are still working out what all this means. Here’s what we do know:

1) God has a special calling for the Raytown Vineyard in the area of Ministry with Children.
2) God frequently uses children in ministry, both by minstering to other children, and by ministering to adults.
3) At times, children seem even more in tune with what God is doing than adults.
4) Our role as adults is to help create an environment where children can grow in exercising their faith.
5) We seek to create opportunities for children to have a meaningful role in the life of the church body. Routinely, children join adults for prayer and worship activities and service projects.
6) We expect to provide the best of our resources for our children.

If you are interested in learning more about this dynamic ministry, please contact our Ministry with Children Team at

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