What Would Your Life’s “Credits” Include?

By Jeremy Chapman

It’s only natural being pastor of West Campus, which meets in a movie theatre, that I see a lot of movies…or else that’s my excuse as unjustifiable lame as it may be. I, like most movie goers, tend to head out as soon as a movie is done, right when the credits start to roll. I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with that, but I admit it is a gross oversight of those who contributed the most to how good that movie-going experience may (or may not) have been. 

In the same way, in our own lives we tend to live life at such a pace that we often fail to recognize those who have added value to it and ultimately make it most worth living. The verse that comes to mind when thinking about this is I Peter 3:15:

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

With Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, you should ALWAYS be ready, to anyone who asks, to share the hope that you have. And let’s face it, sometime not only do I need to be ready to share with others, but I also need to remind myself.

With that in mind, I encourage you to take time to reflect. If a movie were made of your life, what would the credits look like? Inspired by a true story…you…and directed by a loving Father…Jesus Christ…what would you acknowledge? What are the defining moments? Who is the supporting cast? 

So go ahead, roll the credits for the hope that you have!

Have You Forgotten Your Real Voice?

By Jeremy Chapman

Once when I was on a missions trip in Mexico, my daughter told my wife, Laura, “I’ve been worried that Dad would forget his real voice while he is in Mexico. I thought with all of that Spanish he has to talk in that he would forget his real voice. But when I talked to Dad and heard his voice, I thought, ‘yep, he knows his real voice’. I was glad that he didn’t forget.” 

Here are a few of the many words found in the thesaurus for the word “Voice”- announce, broadcast, communicate, call, cry, delivery, exclamation, murmur, mutter, say, sound, speak, tell, utter, vent, verbalize, vocalize.

What we say, speak, or verbalize and how we sound, deliver or communicate are pretty important.

"I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge-God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you,” (1 Corinthians 1:4-6).

Are we remembering to listen to the one voice that really matters in our own lives? “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,” (Psalm 95:6-7).

Are we lifting our voice to the one who yearns to listen to us? “Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy,” (Psalm 130:2). “I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy,” (Psalm 116:1).

There is a song by Casting Crowns called “Voice of Truth” that says: 

But the Voice of truth tells me a different story

The Voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”

And the Voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”

Out of all the voices calling out to me

I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth

"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God,” (Romans 15:5-7).

Let us remember our voices and use them to glorify God in a crazy world.

Check out what happend at the West Campus Launch on April 3, 2011.

Getting to Know You: Jeremy Chapman

1. What’s your role at Life Church?
Life Church West Campus Pastor

2. Besides Life Church, what are you passionate about?
My family, parent resourcing of other families, golf, hiking, hunting

3. Share some things on your “bucket list.”
Go on an extended back-packing/hiking trip to Europe again
Buy a cabin on a lake
Build a house

4. Who’s influencing you right now?
Andy Stanley, Wayne Cordeiro, Mark Driscoll

5. What’s your favorite meal?
Anything Mexican!

6. What’s something we may not know about you?
I spent an evening in jail. I was innocent. It was a long & funny experience though!

Check out this Q&A Session about the West Campus. Also, if you’re interested in getting updates about this campus, sign up at http://lifechurchwi.com/west_campus/.

Take a tour of our soon-to-launch West Campus!

Do You Need Some S.O.A.P.?

By Jeremy Chapman

I’m not really the blogging type but I’ll give this a whirl … and possibly even cheat a little by pulling a page from a recent journal entry. Some pastor right? Cheating on a blog entry!

So taking a page from my journal, let me share with you a quick explanation of something I picked up from the book Divine Mentor by Wayne Corderio. Corderio lays out a very simple acronym that has helped in my journaling (and now blogging) endeavor. As much as I sometimes hate the church’s overuse of corny acronyms this one has helped me. The acronym is simply the word S.O.A.P., which stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. That said, here is a recent entry:

Psalms 76:10 “Human opposition only enhances your (God’s) glory…”

God’s plan and strength shines through most when man says it can’t be done. It’s true! I always thought I had a rebellious spirit, but maybe it’s a God spirit that loves to be told what I can’t do only to prove to others what can be done! In fact, I love it when others tell me what can’t be done so God can show up and show everyone what He can do. The wisdom of man is folly, not to be completely disregarded but certainly held loosely with regards to God’s still, small and steady voice!

View my opposition as God’s opportunity! Don’t go looking for or creating opposition, but certainly don’t shy away from it when it presents itself. What are the situations, who are the people, what are the limitations that I view as opposition?  Where is the God opportunity in those circumstances?

Give me a right spirit when I’m faced with opposition. May I prayerfully, humbly yet confidently make my requests known to you, God. May I be positioned in your righteousness so that I might receive your favor and blessing. I pray your glory is revealed in my life’s moments of opposition. Also I continue to pray an “impossible prayer” for a 2011 Prime29 payoff!

Hopefully the S.O.A.P. acronym can help you in your own journaling. It may sound cheesy, but it really is effective!

West Campus Launching Soon: Sign Up for Info

Life Church is launching a second campus! This spring, our West Campus will open at the Marcus Majestic Theater. Conveniently located right off I-94, this location will offer a convenient place for those of you who live in the western suburbs to meet. We’ll share more details about this exciting expansion soon. Meanwhile, if you are interested in attending this location, sign up to get more information at http://lifechurchwi.com/west_campus/.