Summer of Unity–Week #11

August 13, 2015


Our Passage of the Week for Sunday is 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.

Divisions in the Church
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

We invite you to join us in meditating on this passage and asking 3 Questions:

1) God, what are you saying about Your Character and Nature?
2) God, what are you saying about how You see me?
3) God, what are you saying about how I can pursue You?

Feel free to share below!

Joining John the Baptist: Making Ready for the Lord a People Prepared

December 14, 2014


This morning we shared an Advent message of URGENCY, based on the mission and message of John the Baptist.  Feel free to listen here.  And follow along with the notes below:

Luke 1:5-17

John’s job was to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.

Luke 1:18-23

Zechariah was silent unable to speak because he questioned the angel’s words.

Luke 1:24-25

Elizabeth said the Lord saw her and took away her shame.

Joel 2:1-13

The day of the Lord is coming, it is near.

II Peter 3:8-13

What sort of people ought we to be in lives of holiness and godliness?

How were the people in John’s day unprepared?

How are God’s people today unprepared?

Acts 4:23-31 …

September 27, 2013

Acts 4:23-31

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Believers Pray for Boldness

23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

Praying for a Testimony of Love

June 2, 2013



This week, we took a look at Acts 21:27-40 and received a Message on Praying for a Testimony of Love.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at Praying for a Testimony of Love. Then answer the questions about where you are with joining in with this Message:

7 Truths about about a Testimony of Love

1)  God says that all things work together for our good.

2)  God often prefers to give us eternal rewards than to release us from the crush.

3)  God is Love.

4)  God promises that nothing can separate us from His Love.

5)  God wants us to experience more of His Love.

6)  God says His Love is an unquenchable fire .

7)  God is preparing our testimony based on His Love.

Reflecting on Today’s Message

What seems most attractive to you about God’s Love?

What seems most challenging to you about God’s Love?

In light of the truth of this message, is God asking you to shift any attitude, behavior or speech pattern in your life?

We are Reaching Out Worldwide

May 16, 2012

From the very beginning, we knew that the Raytown Vineyard Church was going to have an impact in Raytown, in the greater Kansas City area, and worldwide.  We have been more focused on our reach locally and regionally, because that has been easier to see.  But now, through the tool of technology, we have been able to capture a clearer picture of the worldwide reach of our church.

Each of the countries highlighted above has been the source of activity on our website in THE LAST 12 WEEKS.  In addition to the more than 70 nations listed, there are also several who have tried to access our site, but who have been blocked due to to governmental denial of access.

God is always asking us to dare to believe the truth that He has so much more for us

Here is a list of the nations that our recent web visitors has come from:

United States
United Kingdom
New Zealand
Russian Federation
Hong Kong
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Sri Lanka
United Arab Emirates
Republic of Korea
Czech Republic
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Virgin Islands
Viet Nam
Côte d’Ivoire
Trinidad and Tobago


Living by God’s Promises

March 19, 2012

This week, we examined Acts 13:13-42.  In this passage, Paul was asked to step forward and provide some encouragement for a community who had gone through a lot of adversity.  His message focused on God’s Promises.

God’s Promises reflect so much about His character.  And this panoramic view of the history of God’s Chosen People reveals plenty about God’s personality and the ways that He communicates and leads us through tough times.  God still encourages us with His promises today.

Take a look at Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Living by God’s Promises.  Then answer questions about where you are in receiving and walking out His promises:

Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Living by God’s Promises

1)                  God’s promises depend on His character and personality.

2)                  God’s promises are eternal.

3)                  God’s promises come to fruition in the fullness of time.

4)                  God wants to share His promises with us.

5)                  Sometimes things appear to get worse, not better, after receiving God’s promises.

6)                  We receive the fullness of God’s promises through faith.

7)                  Fear keeps us from receiving and seeing God’s promises fulfilled.

8)                  Unbelief keeps us from receiving God’s promises.

9)                  Bitterness & Offense keeps us from fully receiving God’s promises

10)              Write down and track God’s promises.

10.5)            As you are allowed to, share God’s promises with the ones around you.

Joining with God’s Heart for the Promises He has made to me

Is there anything that is keeping you from fully receiving what God has promised you?

Do you know 2-3 promises that God has shared with you?

Fasting for Breakthrough

March 4, 2012

This week, we examined Acts 13:1-3.  In this chapter, we saw an amazing phenomenon among the early church.  It appears that one of the key components for their decision making was Fasting.

For many of us, fasting is a not-to-often thought about spiritual discipline.  This week, Tim brought a message that included his Top 10.5 Secrets about Fasting, and then we were encouraged to respond by Taking our Temperature for Fasting.

Take a look at Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Fasting.  Then take your temperature for fasting:

Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Fasting

1)  Breakthrough has come in my life around 2-3 tools.  In the past 12 years, one of the most effective tools has been fasting.

2)  God doesn’t invite me to fast so I can get His attention.  He invites me to fast so He can get my attention.

3)  The early church saw fasting as part of a routine part of following Jesus. (Jesus didn’t say “if” you fast.  He said “when” you fast.)

4)  I only fast the things that God is asking me to fast for the period that He is asking me to fast, for the reasons He is asking me to fast .

5)  When I fast, I am accountable to someone.  There are practical reasons for this in the spiritual and in the natural dimensions.

6)  If I mess up in my fast, I don’t freak out and get distracted.  I just ask for forgiveness and press the “restart” button.

7)  When I am  fasting, I may have to accept that it could temporarily outweigh other important parts of my life.

8)  My fast really matters to God.

9)  I ask God for His heart for fasting instead of a religious spirit.

10)  When I fast, sometimes the anticipated Breakthrough comes immediately.  Sometimes the anticipated Breakthrough comes later.  And sometimes the Breakthrough is different from what I expected.

10.5)  As powerful as fasting has been for me as an individual, fasting as a group has been very dynamic.

Taking my Temperature for Fasting

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my knowledge of Fasting at:  

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my maturity of Fasting at:

In my walk with God, the next step in the area of Fasting is (Chose one or more):

Opening my heart, Learning more, Asking God’s forgiveness, Faithfulness with a current Fast, Seeking God’s Heart for a Personal Fast, Seeking God’s Heart for a Group Fast

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my readiness to take the next step in Fasting at:

God heals people…through our hands

November 2, 2011


We see it again and again in the Bible–God heals people.  God has the power and sometimes uses it to reach down and touch people.  He created the universe with the power of his word, so it would make sense that if God wants to restore a person’s health, He can do it.

What could be a little more surprising is that God invites us to participate in the healing process.  Sometimes that happens through medical science, sometimes it happens through caring and compassion, and sometimes it happens through God supernaturally intervening in ways that go above and beyond what we could ever understand.  And sometimes God uses all three tools in pouring out healing.

At the Vineyard church, we are committed to becoming a community that offers and receives healing prayer.  We know that the results are always in God’s hands.  And often God invites us to use our hands in the process.

Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message called “God heals people…through our hands” based on Acts 9:32-43.


October 4, 2011


One of the most difficult things in life is to forgive.  And yet it also the most freeing. 

Please join us this Sunday as we hear from Gary Heese about the topic of Forgiveness.

Gary will be sharing from this challenging passage–Ephesians 4:31-32, which says:

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message from Gary Heese on Forgiveness.

By the way, Gary Heese serves on staff at a nearby Vineyard church with duties in the areas of Pastoral Care/Prayer Pastor.  For more about Gary, take a look at the Vineyard Kansas City website.

Join us on 9/11 at Raytown Baptist at 6 PM

September 7, 2011


This Sunday evening, we will not be meeting at our normal time and place.  Instead, we will be joining with thousands of other congregations for a national simulcast with Anne Graham Lotz and Joel Rosenberg.

We will be participating with this significant nation wide audience beginning at 6 PM at First Baptist Raytown, which is located at 10500 East 350 Highway in Raytown.

Click here for more information about this national event.

We will be back at our normal time and place on Sunday, September 18 (5 PM in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff).