Message Notes

Made Notes [2-10-19]


Geoff Banks


  • The church needs to be a safe place for this conversation regardless if you’ve had sex multiple times or have never thought about it.  

  • Once you learn how something is made, you understand it better.

  • Everyone is on different parts of the spectrum regards to sex

  • 2 different sides :

    • The church makes sex seem like the BIGGEST sin you can commit

    • Modern culture makes it seem like it’s no big deal

  • 1) God made sex

    • You want to have it because God made you that way

  • 2) God made you

    • Decisions you make in a relationship are always connected to how you see yourself

  • Psalms 139:14 [I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;your works are wonderful, I know that full well]

  • Matthew 5

    • If you even think about your sin ( example - adultery) you messing up

  • Jesus cares about the state of our hearts and minds

  • How you see people around you matters. God wants more for us than to think of people as objects

    • Objects : clothes , electronics - are made to be used and consumed

  • People are not made to be used or discarded . They are meant to be valued
    - It’s on US. Not the other person's fault
    - Am I treating them like a product or a person ?

  • We are called to love people and use objects . Not the other way around .
    - It all starts with valuing and honoring people



Passion 2019 Notes



  • Jesus is the same yesterday, today & forever

    • Stand in awe of His plans & promise

    • He is alive & as long as He is alive, He sets the tone of your life

  • God sees you as you are & where you are. He wants to love & set you free

  • Romans 8:15-17 31-32

  • You are no longer a slave- you are a son/daughter. BELIEVE & RECEIVE this! LIVE LIKE A CHILD OF GOD!

  • Our primary relationship with God is that of a father/child

    • There is an enemy with a plan for you, making you a slave to fear again. Things haven’t always been the way God's intended them to be.

  • Malachi 4:6

  • Psalms 27:10

  • The gospel gives us the beautiful hope of a new birth

  • Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive

  • When we put our faith in Jesus, we are reborn as a son/daughter of God.

  • Release the past to God & receive what God is saying about you to be true!

    • Focus your eyes not on what was, but what is

  • I am worth Jesus to my father!

  • Call Him father & He will call you His  


  • Hebrews 6:18-19

  • Psalm 42:1-2

  • Psalm 91:1-2

  • Whatever you run to, you put your trust in

    • Proverbs 3:5-6

    • You can’t be satisfied with temporary solutions when you need everlasting hope

  • Hide in His faithfulness

    • Faithfulness is who He is & what He does

  • Everything I need is found in His presence

  • Don’t let the circumstance of what you’re feeling sway your boat. Have an unshakable hope.

    • Faith is the architect, God is the builder

    • Don’t put your hope in circumstances or people- put it in Him.

  •  Anchor yourself in Jesus so that the sea & oceans & storms do not uproot you.

    • Drop your anchor in the finished work of the cross



  • You are the light of the world

    • Let your light shine among others so that they may see His good works & give glory to Him.

    • Show the world what His goodness is.

  • God takes your existence seriously.

  • Take your little light into the darkness so God can create a bonfire

  • Behold the way God works

  • Matthew 4

    • The people in darkness have seen a great light

    • Jesus invites His followers to be that light

  • God is building bonfires out of little lights

  • “Behold- I am doing a new thing. Can you see it coming?”

  • What darkness are you called to shine a light on?


  • John 4

  • Luke 5:31-32 19:10 3:17

  • Not one of us is outside the scope of a broken world

  • You can’t fight the devil in the dark

  • Jesus knew what He was buying in the cross

  • Bring your brokenness to Jesus

    • Don’t hide the place grace wants to break through

    • Jesus knows your struggles. Bring them to Him.

    • Jesus wants you, all of you.

  • To be 99% known is to be unknown.

    • When you hide the 1%, you can never be fully known or loved. You will always have a fear that the 1% will not be accepted.

  • Grace is for the journey

  • John 4 shows the power of testimony

    • The women at the well only had her story- she wasn’t educated, didn’t go to seminary, all she had was her.


  • Luke 7:1-19

  • Thaumazo--> to be amazed/astonished

  • Familiarity is a dangerous thing

    • It can breed spectacular disbelief- you take for granted the majesty of our God

    • Never lose your awe/wonder of the greatness of Jesus

  • If Jesus were to walk in our midst today, what kind of faith would He find?

  • Maybe the things you will do in the future don’t exist now. Never limit God to your thoughts & dreams.

  • What is it about your faith that could activate a miracle?

  • You don’t need to be awesome, because God is awesome. Recognize that.

  • When you realize God is everything, the pressure is taken off of you.

  • Fear of what could happen prevents you from stepping out with Jesus.

  • A faith filled life is not a pain free life.

  • Never let your doubt supersede your faith.

  • All you need to do is believe He can do what He says He can do & that He is who He says He is.


  • 1 Kings 18:21

    • How long will you waver between two options?

    • Have you seen enough to stop wavering? You’ll get circumstances you don’t want, but will that outweigh the good?

    • Circumstances change, but He will never stop loving you.

  • God is always working & always worthy

  • God wants you to get to bedrock

  • He is not intimidated by your questions/investigation

  • John 20:19-21

    • Peace be with you!

    • As the father has sent me, I am sending you (21)

  • Stop wavering so the fire of heavens can fall on you & you can move forward with Him.

Eye Contact Notes [1-6-19]

Eye Contact

Speaker: Carson Goslee

  • In relationships: “All I wanted was someone to love and care about me”

  • Everyone genuinely wants to be loved and cared for.

  • There is a god in the universe that is madly in love with you. All you have to do is take a step towards Him.


  • For God to move in your life

  • For God to write your story

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guide your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

  • We don’t need to be a generation of people trying to live a perfect life when God already knows our hearts and knows what’s next.

  • We don’t need to try to write our own stories, but instead let go and follow God as He paves our path for us.


  • when God shows up in your life he’s got it all

  • Life will be better with Him in it

Jesus walking on water:

  • When we doubt Jesus and his abilities we sink from our fear and lack of trust

  • Have faith and look to Him above all else! Jesus keeps us afloat, always providing and pulling us through no matter what storm we’re faced with.

  • Submit your attention and all you see is his provision!

He’s breaking our chains! Say goodbye to any anxiety and any sadness any weight burdening you because Jesus takes it all!

This is YOUR YEAR! Taking a step towards God is the best step you will ever take.



Christmas Break Notes pt. 2 [12-9-18]



    • We have a culture with set Christmas expectations- media makes Christmas look like it’s supposed to be magical

    • Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't it. Expectations fall short.


    • We see the Christmas story as such a happy, magical, awesome time. We read it through rose colored glasses- we turn it into this beautiful peaceful spectacular.

    • The issue= that does not give us a proper view of what was actually happening in Mary’s life at the time, including before and after Jesus was born.

      • She was between 12 and 14 years old. I know often times we think she had it all together and figured out when she had Jesus but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

      • She gave birth in a barn. Why do we try to make this look peaceful?

      • She had no doctor, no modern medicine, nothing.

  • THis list could keep going but we will stop there, the point is that the first Christmas, the birth of Christ was ROUGH. It was gross, covered by drama, really uncomfortable and probably no one really enjoyed it that much.

  • So does that mean that was the worst Christmas ever? No, of course not. Because there was something bigger going on.

  • Just like we talked about last week there was amazing stuff happening all over the area.

    • Luke 2:6-19

  • But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:30-33 NIV).

    • And now she knows that it is beginning to be fulfilled. Then it says the shepherds are headed back to their place and they basically have a party. They are excited. Why? Because God is with them so nothing else matters.


    • Even when things don’t feel magical.

    • Even when they feel boring or mundane.

    • Even when they fall below expectations

    • Even when they don’t seem as cool as everyone else’s

  • You can still be joyful, you can still trust, in the roughest of circumstances and hold onto the fact that God is with you.

  • Trust that He will guide you there no matter the decisions you’ve made as long as you do your best to follow him


  • There is so many things wrong with Christmas but that's not the point- the point of what we’re celebrating is that God is with us.

  • If you were confident that God is with you, even when things aren’t going the way you expected, what would you do differently? How would you feel differently? What would you celebrate?



Christmas Break Notes [12-2-18]


Christmas Break

Speaker: Geoff Banks

  • The people you don’t expect become open to the God thing over Christmas

    • EX: family

    • Maybe this is the only time of the year where you get engaged in Christianity

  • Christmas makes you think about everything you should’ve been doing throughout the year. You think you blew it this year/strayed from God

    • You get an honest look at the year, which can hurt OR it makes you think about how close you’ve come to God this year.

  • It’s easier to think about the fun things about Christmas rather than the true point, which is Jesus’ birth.

  • We look past the Shepard’s in the Christmas story:

    • The Shepherds were far from religious: they were dirty, smelled bad, considered spiritual dirt. Everyone stayed away and they weren’t allowed to come to church. God could have chosen anyone other than the shepherd to tell about Jesus’ birth.

  • Luke 2:8-21

    • Angels are worshipping with the shepherds

    • God wants peace with ALL humanity

    • God not only loves us, but likes us

      • God starts to proclaim the story of Jesus before he was even born

  • We constantly strive to earn God's love

    • That needs to come to an end in our lives.   

  • What are the things in your life that you believe stops God from loving you or liking you?

    • What sin, mistake or secret do you allow to get in the way?

    • He died so we don't have to live with that sin, relationship or mistake or secret.

  • What defines you is what He says about you.

    • You don’t have to be defined by the thing you believe stops God from loving you.

    • Leave that moment- God has power over that

    • He is a God of second chances!





  • Illusion= the capacity to be fooled or deceived.

  • Humans need to put meaning to what they experience

    • Western culture creates illusion & doubt

  • What makes Jesus so special?

  • The gospel is the stunning announcement that God wants you & accepts you! You have meaning & worth!

  • We often search for meaning in a world of illusion & doubt.

  • We think that becoming Christian is the finish line.

    • Following Jesus is only the start!

  • John 3

  • You are a deeply spiritual being trying to figure out how to be the best version of a human being as possible.

  • Jesus didn't come to make bad things better, He came to make dead things alive.

    • When you're dead in sin, Jesus makes you alive in Christ!

  • Colossians 2:13

    • "At one time you were dead in your sins. Your desires controlled by sin were not circumcised. But God gave you new life together with Christ. He forgave us all our sins."

  • Your sin doesn't make God angry- it breaks His heart because it has broken people & it has broken you.

    • Sin has broken your relationship with God.


  • Romans 6: 1-11

  • We have the power through Jesus to not be selfish.

    • Sin doesn't have power over you anymore.

  • "Count yourselves dead to sin, but alive in Christ"

    • Romans 6: 11

    • "In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."

    • You are dead to sin- count yourself that way. Live like you are spiritually wealthy, not bankrupt.

  • There is no power in positive thinking unless what you're thinking is true

  • In the moment, it doesn't feel like God can handle it.

    • If you think that sin has control, it will.

    • If you know Jesus has the power, it will be true.


  • Romans 6:10

    • "The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God."

  • You are alive in Jesus!

    • Live like you're alive

  • Learn to think of sin as a separate entity from yourself & you will learn to identify with Jesus more than your sin.

    • Sin is not you & you are not sin

  • It's you & God against your sin. You are in Jesus.

  • Romans 6:13

    • "Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness."

  • You are no longer a slave, so why are you acting like one?

    • You have victory! Your sin is not you & you are not your sin.

  • You have the same relationship with sin that Jesus does, because you are in Jesus.

  • When you create the weather in your life, you forfeit the right to complain about it raining.

    • You are the one acting like a slave- not God.

  • Run to the freedom & grace & kindness of Jesus.

  • Nobody will ever love you the way God does. That's an impossible standard to meet.


  • We think we know people & we label them.

    • Who has the right to label someone?

    • Labels are invisible powerful things.

  • Who has the right to label YOU?

    • Don't allow people who don't know you, to label you.

  • The one who created you is the only one with the right to label you.

    • Why would you disregard what God says & hold on to earthly labels?

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19

    • "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;"

  • God owns your body. Honor Him with it.

    • Your body is the temple of the holy spirit.

  • When you accept a label from someone, you give them power & control over you.

  • You can be an incredible version of yourself, but a horrible copy.


  • Emotional isolation has as high of a risk factor for mortality as smoking.

  • Loneliness= the want of intimacy

    • Intimacy= to be known & to know someone completely

    • We all want to be known completely, without rejection.

  • God didn't design you to go through life alone.

  • Your relationship with God is personal, but not private.

  • God didn't design you to go through life alone.

  • Luke 17:4

    • "Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

  • If you're not losing friends, you're not growing up.

  • Do the people in your life point you towards God?

    • Does anyone in your life know your weaknesses?

    • Do they point you towards hope?

    • Do they point you to a life with no regrets?

  • In order to be incredible, you must surround yourself with incredible people.

  • If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.


  • Christianity is not a list of chores.

  • You have the desire to live a wild life because you have a wild God.

    • Your heart is a map of God.

  • We misunderstand real life.

  • If it’s predictable, it's not wild.

  • Romans 2:12

    • "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

  • Deciding to commit to a system that's already in existence is boring.

    • Not wild, different or better

  • Take a walk on the wild side! Stop trying to be life others.

  • You will never become the best version of the person God created you to be, until you take a walk on the wild side.

  • Matthew 7: 13-14

    • “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."