SoMi / Online
I Have Enough
City
It's Time to Grow Up

Crew Leader

Introduction (2 minutes)

Use the Zoom chat feature to keep everyone connected. As people join in, ask for their first and last name, email address, and where they are tuning in from. Save the chat as an attendance record.

Reflect

Ask Crew members to share their favorite points from the talk. What phrase or moment did they relate to the most?

Icebreaker: Reflection or Conversation Starter or Virtual Icebreaker (5 minutes)

For your icebreaker, choose from the options below. Have Crew members unmute themselves to share.

Conversation Starters (Choose One)
  • What's something you did this week that you feel proud of?
  • What did you eat for breakfast?
  • Name the best book you’ve ever read.
  • What’s your morning routine?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • If your life was a story, what would the title be?
Virtual Icebreakers (5 minutes)

Preaching Game - Choose random items and allow individuals to find ways to encourage others using that item. (Pick 2-3 volunteers)

Show-and-Tell - Pick an object in your home that has significance for you, something with a funny story behind it, anything unique, or something you've used to simply pass the time.

Crew Discussion

The Dove: Welcome Holy Spirit

Pastor Dawncheré Wilkerson

Continuing the Conversation
VOUSCon 2023: Reflect

VOUSCon was nothing short of a miracle! We're still praising God for all He did. Reflection builds gratitude. Spend the first few minutes of Crew sharing a testimony or reflection from VOUSCon 2023.

Continuing the Conversation
Last Crew's Call to Action

God calls for us to forgive while maintaining boundaries necessary to steward and nurture our souls. This week, lean in to the wisdom of Solomon and study the book of Proverbs to help you develop tools for cultivating Godly relationships while asking God for the courage to forgive. Don’t forget to check out additional resources at https://www.vouschurch.com/care.

Scripture

JOHN 14:15-17, 25-27 (ESV)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[b] in you. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.


Additional scripture references: Hebrews 13:5, Genesis 2:7

Main Idea

We know the Father, we worship the Son, but how much do we really know about the Holy Spirit? Jesus walked by the power of the Holy Spirit. At the beginning of His ministry, during His baptism, God’s Spirit came down from heaven and rested on Him as Dove, symbolizing the proclamation of the Father which affirms “This is my Son, whom I Love; with him I am well pleased”.  At first glance, we might not understand the significance of the descendence of the Holy Spirit on Jesus who was, and is, perfect. However, as we lean into scripture we see a reflection of a triune God who works in and through the ones He loves by the work of his Holy Spirit. When His work on earth had finished, as Jesus ascended into heaven, He left us with a gift; the gift being the very Spirit of God who resides in us. Christianity is more than philosophy, it is supernatural. And the Holy Spirit is the person who activates this supernatural power and change in us. We may be aware of His presence in the trinity, but often, we can treat the Holy Spirit as a supporting character; although it is solely through Him that we may come to know Jesus.


The same power that raised Jesus to life, now lives inside of us.

1. New World

While He walked the earth, Jesus often spoke apocalyptically stating the Kingdom of God was near, and even had come to earth. Many at the time had been confused by what he said because from a natural point of view, nothing had changed. However, Jesus was speaking of the ushering in of a new era and new earth to be impacted and influenced by the power of the Holy Spirit.


And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. - Matthew 9:35 (ESV)

The Holy Spirit pulls the world towards a new way of living
Jesus shifted the world towards a new era of peace of with God through the power of the Holy Spirit
The dove demonstrates the new world- a picture of heaven touching earth

The dove rested upon Jesus as if to say, everything is changing now

How have you experienced a new perspective through the power of the Holy Spirit?

2. New Creation

Jesus promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. God’s guidance is always inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit. The Book of Genesis says: “God formed man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” In creating mankind, God infused us with his essence. However, daily life presents the temptation to turn away from our Heavenly Father. Thankfully, through Jesus’ sacrifice we all have the opportunity to be supernaturally transformed into a new creation by the Spirit of Truth.

We may not be able to see the Holy Spirit, but we can feel Him.
The Holy Spirit facilitates fellowship with God.
Guidance from the Holy Spirit empowers us to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.

The Holy Spirit is our guide, comforter, and teacher; whatever we receive through him, comes directly from God.

How can we strengthen a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit?

Summary

The Holy Spirit is the facet of God that is inside of us. Throughout the Bible, the Holy Spirit is represented by icons or symbols. The Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove at Jesus’s baptism. The mighty wind symbolized the mighty work of God’s spirit. Reminiscent of fire, the Spirit purifies and refines us from the inside out, empowering us to carry out the Lord’s work. Just as oil has numerous functions on Earth, the Holy Spirit functions in a number of important ways in our lives and on the earth.

Call To Action

Learn more about the Holy Spirit that dwells inside of each of us by studying the New Testament: Book Of Acts.

Visit https://www.vouschurch.com/icon for resources to learn more about the Holy Spirit, and how He connects us to the Lord.

Announcements

Sundays at VOUS

VOUS SoMi
8:45AM / 10:30AM / 12:30PM / 6PM

VOUS City
10:30AM / 12:30PM / 6PM

VOUS Miami Gardens
10:30AM / 12:30PM

VOUS Design District
10:30AM / 12:30PM

Church Online
10AM / 5PM Español

Visit VOUS


Growth Track

After every service or join online at vouschurch.com/growthtrack

Sign Up

I Love My City

Sign up to serve this Saturday at I Love My City! This month’s spotlight initiative is the Next Generation. Our focus is on empowering schools, families, and the youth. With over 30 projects scheduled, there are many opportunities to serve alongside your location.

Saturday, February 24th

Team Rally: 10:30 AM

Location: VOUS SoMi, VOUS Miami Gardens, VOUS Design District

Sign Up to Serve

VOUS Girl One Day

One day can change every day moving forward. Gather in community with over 2,500 women for powerful preaching, worship, and special guests. Led by Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson, it’s our largest girl gang gathering yet.

VOUS Girl One Day is back, March 15th at the Fillmore, Miami Beach.

Register

VOUS College Preview Day

Are you looking for a place to grow in leadership, community, and culture? Join us at VOUS College Preview Day on March 12th to learn more about program offerings, connect with students, and ignite your journey to help fulfill the Great Commission!

RSVP

Family Park Day

You + your family are invited to Family Park Day! Join us for a day created for families to connect with each other and enjoy a fun day with their kids. Hosted at two locations, we will have snacks, refreshments, and games for the whole family to enjoy.

Saturday March 2nd
10:00AM to 1:00PM

Locations:
Regatta Park- 3500 Pan American Dr, Miami, FL 33133
Morningside Park- 750 NE 55th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137

RSVP at vouschurch.com/parkday

Crew Leader

Introduction (2 minutes)

Use the Zoom chat feature to keep everyone connected. As people join in, ask for their first and last name, email address, and where they are tuning in from. Save the chat as an attendance record.

Reflect

Ask Crew members to share their favorite points from the talk. What phrase or moment did they relate to the most?

Icebreaker: Reflection or Conversation Starter or Virtual Icebreaker (5 minutes)

For your icebreaker, choose from the options below. Have Crew members unmute themselves to share.

Conversation Starters (Choose One)
  • What's something you did this week that you feel proud of?
  • What did you eat for breakfast?
  • Name the best book you’ve ever read.
  • What’s your morning routine?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • If your life was a story, what would the title be?
Virtual Icebreakers (5 minutes)

Preaching Game - Choose random items and allow individuals to find ways to encourage others using that item. (Pick 2-3 volunteers)

Show-and-Tell - Pick an object in your home that has significance for you, something with a funny story behind it, anything unique, or something you've used to simply pass the time.

Crew Discussion

It’s Time to Grow Up

Pastor Manouchka Charles

Continuing the Conversation
VOUSCon 2023: Reflect

VOUSCon was nothing short of a miracle! We're still praising God for all He did. Reflection builds gratitude. Spend the first few minutes of Crew sharing a testimony or reflection from VOUSCon 2023.

Continuing the Conversation
Last Crew's Call to Action

God calls for us to forgive while maintaining boundaries necessary to steward and nurture our souls. This week, lean in to the wisdom of Solomon and study the book of Proverbs to help you develop tools for cultivating Godly relationships while asking God for the courage to forgive. Don’t forget to check out additional resources at https://www.vouschurch.com/care.

Scripture

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:12-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

Hebrews‬ ‭6‬:‭1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity….” ‭

Additional Scripture References: ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭9‬-‭16‬ ‭NIV‬‬ 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Samuel‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭NIV‬, 1 Samuel 16:18, 1 Samuel 17:15, ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17:38-40‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Main Idea

Have you ever tried to run a long distance? If you have, you know that it requires real and consistent training to achieve your goal. No matter what your intention, without training, you may find it difficult to arrive at the finish line. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. In the same way, our journey of faith is one of endurance. Training at every stage of our development is important. Time does not dictate maturity, but our training will. You can be old and immature, and young and mature. It’s not about arriving, but simply starting. We can trust that God will give us everything we need at the time that we need it. We’re not delayed, we’re destined!

If you want to win the battles of life you need training.

1. You Are Set Apart

Our becoming comes from our believing. Do you believe that you’re called? That you’re chosen? That you’re cared for by God? Securing our identity in Christ allows us to develop and mature with him. If we don’t know who we are, we will never know who we can be. You’re not like the world, you’re not like everyone else, you’re not missing out.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. [1 Peter 2:9]

What God has for you is for you
You can’t be like what you are called to lead
It’s not about being more gifted, it’s about being more disciplined

You are not delayed, you’re being developed.

In what area do you find it difficult to believe what God says about you?

2. You Are Growing

You are called and chosen by God. You are anointed but may not yet be appointed. Maturity prepares you to steward what God has called you to. An untrained David could never beat Goliath. He was able to fight appropriately because he had trained for years. Spiritual maturity is the process of becoming more Christ-like in character, attitude and behavior. You can’t go where God’s taking you without maturing along the way. 

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” [1 Samuel 16:7]

Time will not dictate your maturity, your training will
The mark of maturity is not just hearing the word, but listening to what the Word says
Although you might have not walked in it yet, you are it

If you never train, you will never become

What are you doing today to mature for tomorrow?

Summary

Availability unlocks the door of maturity in our lives. King Saul was supposed to fight but David made himself available for growth. His willingness to embrace the season he found himself in and make himself available to be developed allowed him to step up when he was called upon. Are you open to maturity? Are you open to growth? Are you open to change? The world will try to put on fear, insecurity, and failure. Pick up courage, security, and peace. God’s strength is with you as you daily surrender to Him.

Call To Action

Reflect this week on how you are investing your time to mature. Commit to spend time in one of these 5 areas:

  1. Dedicated time to prayer 
  2. Time off of social media
  3. Sabbath/Rest 
  1. Reading the word
  2. Serving others 

Be prepared to share your experience at Crew next time!

Announcements

Sundays at VOUS

VOUS SoMi
8:45AM / 10:30AM / 12:30PM / 6PM

VOUS City
10:30AM / 12:30PM / 6PM

VOUS Miami Gardens
10:30AM / 12:30PM

VOUS Design District
10:30AM / 12:30PM

Church Online
10AM / 5PM Español

Visit VOUS


Growth Track

After every service or join online at vouschurch.com/growthtrack

Sign Up

I Love My City

Sign up to serve this Saturday at I Love My City! This month’s spotlight initiative is the Next Generation. Our focus is on empowering schools, families, and the youth. With over 30 projects scheduled, there are many opportunities to serve alongside your location.

Saturday, February 24th

Team Rally: 10:30 AM

Location: VOUS SoMi, VOUS Miami Gardens, VOUS Design District

Sign Up to Serve

VOUS Girl One Day

One day can change every day moving forward. Gather in community with over 2,500 women for powerful preaching, worship, and special guests. Led by Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson, it’s our largest girl gang gathering yet.

VOUS Girl One Day is back, March 15th at the Fillmore, Miami Beach.

Register

VOUS College Preview Day

Are you looking for a place to grow in leadership, community, and culture? Join us at VOUS College Preview Day on March 12th to learn more about program offerings, connect with students, and ignite your journey to help fulfill the Great Commission!

RSVP

Family Park Day

You + your family are invited to Family Park Day! Join us for a day created for families to connect with each other and enjoy a fun day with their kids. Hosted at two locations, we will have snacks, refreshments, and games for the whole family to enjoy.

Saturday March 2nd
10:00AM to 1:00PM

Locations:
Regatta Park- 3500 Pan American Dr, Miami, FL 33133
Morningside Park- 750 NE 55th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137

RSVP at vouschurch.com/parkday

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