God Manifest – Church Launch – 05-21-2017

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Sermon |

Good morning. Welcome to God Manifest. Thank you for joining us for the launch of God Manifest as a church. As most of you know, for years, Olivia and I have both received prophetic words on becoming pastors and on starting a church. We received these words from our various pastors, complete strangers, prophets, and friends, even some of you, and a few months ago we received more confirmation and both felt that the time to start the church was now. When you build something, no matter what it is, it’s vital to start with a solid foundation. God Manifest will be built on truth, strength, unity, integrity, God’s people, desire for intimacy with our God, and most of all God’s love. With that said, Olivia and I would like to lay the foundation of God Manifest Church, and what God has planned for the future. I would like to start with our mission statement, which, Olivia crafted and I feel fully embraces what God wants God Manifest to be. MISSION STATEMENT We are a family of believers and lovers of God, here to equip God’s people to manifest Him and make Him known to the world around us, establish the Kingdom of God here on earth, and destroy the works of darkness. We believe that Ephesians 4:11-13 is the purpose of this church, that “the Body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Through equipping, our hope is to present believers who will go out into the world doing as Jesus Christ has done and greater things (John 14:12). It is our desire that God establish and build this church and to create disciples capable of walking in the fullness of Jesus Christ – capable of multiplying through the presentation of the Good News to a world seeking a Savior. God Manifest’s mission is to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, heal the brokenhearted, set prisoners and captives free, and create disciples who will stand in love, walk in faith, and display God’s Son to the world. We Believe… …There is only one true and living God who is the King of kings, Creator, and Lord of all. …He is perfect, holy, just, loving, good, full of mercy and truth. …He is One being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. …The Bible is the God-breathed and the infallible, authoritative, living Word of God and that it declares His true design and plan for mankind. …Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was born of a virgin, lived among us as one of us but without sin and gave His life as a ransom for mankind and rose...

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Here Comes The Bride

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Bible Study, Direction, Encouragement, Sermon, Videos |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter I’ve been married since May of 2011. Of all the things I heard and imagined about marriage, I had no idea how much being married would teach me about a part of my identity and an aspect of my relationship with Christ which I lacked – being a bride. While speaking to God about this subject, He revealed to me why His bride is so special to Him, the Bridegroom. It’s because a bride only becomes a bride after she receives the Grooms proposal, making a covenant with Him at the alter. Simply stated, it’s a choice which is made through our free will and His free will. God chose us with a proposal unlike no other, with the full laying down of His life. We in turn are given us the honour of choosing to become His bride. I can speak for most men when I say, none of us grew up day dreaming about walking down the aisle in a Vera Wang wedding dress, center of attention and locking eyes with our Groom to be. Don’t get me wrong, most men desire to have a bride but the idea of becoming a bride is completely foreign to any man. How many women here can honestly say that they dreamt about their wedding day, becoming a bride, walking down the aisle, gaze locked on the eyes of the man of your dreams? Some of you single women, can close your eye and feel your heart race with excitement. By the end of tonight, my sincere heart’s desire is to lift off the vail on what it is to be a Bride of Christ and how if men are able to grasp and fully receive the beautiful proposal of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, it would completely change church, life, relationships and possibly propel the Christian’s walk to the next level. But first, before learning to become a bride, we need to understand the Grooms’ heart and the Father of the bride’s joy. Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her (Father of the bride) to himself (the Groom) as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (NIV) If I ask, how many men here would be willing lay your life down for their bride? Since being married, the laying down of one’s life has taken on a deeper revelation. Obviously, if called upon I would physically die for her to live. What I have learned is that allowing what the God’s definition is for a man to die, allows the identity that God has called the bride to become – to come to life. Just as...

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Devil’s Lies

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Bible Study, Encouragement |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter The devil isn’t just trying to convince you that God doesn’t exist but that he doesn’t either because believing either allows you to live a life free from any accountability, a life void of our Savior Jesus Christ and a life which will surely condemn you to an eternity with him. Today is the day of salvation and God is seeking believers who will boldly live their life as a demonstration of God’s goodness. Scripture states that it is the goodness of God that causes men to repent (Romans 2:42), not the fear of the devil or hell. Therefore, you cannot scare or condemn someone to receive Christ, you must let your light shine and let God’s love flow through you, allowing God’s goodness to lead them to Him through Jesus Christ. Twitter:...

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The Hug

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Encouragement, Uplifting Story | 1 comment

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter As I drove into work today, my iPod began to play a random song from a British band called The Zutons. Instantly my mind wandered back in time, about 10 years, to a man who made a huge and profound impact in my life, a man who encouraged me to dream big and pursue those dreams. A man who inspired childlike joy and creativity to everybody he knew. A man I am honored to have called a friend and mentor. That man is Mark Esposito. Mark was the son of a famous Marvel comic illustrator, Mike Esposito but to those who knew him, Mark was a father figure, a friend and a strong Christian. Mark was a business partner at a marketing agency my design firm shared a space with in the early 2000s. When I think of Mark, I recall one of the first interactions I had with him. In my first week in business, Mark walked into my office, smiled and extended his arms wide, to his left and right and said, “Come here!” I looked at him and said, “What?” Being Asian, I grew up like many other who share my ethnicity, a home void from physical affection focused on business, success, and material things. Mark again said, “Come here Jonnathan!” I again hesitated and asked him, “What do you want?” You see, Mark was a big big guy, my estimate was at least 6’ 3”, probably 280 pounds and had an abnormally large wing span for his height. Mark smiled and said, “I felt God prompt me to come in and give you a hug. So here I am.” You see, I would learn later that Mark was a man who lived with great convictions, a man with a wonderful relationship with God and was extremely obedient when he heard God prompt him to do something. Hesitantly, I stood up and gave Mark a half hug, as I tried to retreat back to my seat, Mark wrapped his giant arms around me and said, “God told me that you grew up in a broken home and that your father wasn’t much of a father. He asked me to tell you, that if you ever need a father to listen, provide sound advice or to just give a hug, to come to me. God loves you so much Jonnathan and I am here for you, for anything.” Mark gave me a father’s blessing. Even though he was, at the time, a man I barely knew, emotions flooded my heart and tears began to flow. I answered him with a simple, “Ok, thank you.” He smiled, cracked a joke and went back to his office. I closed my office door and cried for what felt like an eternity. Over the next 5 years, I spoke with Mark countless times, seeking...

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