The Chosen Ones | Joe Smith



It’s easy to look at God and wonder if he’s holding out on us. With so much going on we can feel overlooked. It’s important to remember that the power of faithfulness is in the day-to-day moments.

The story of David is a great reminder, that we are all chosen by God, maybe just not right now in the way we want. You have been chosen by God to do a powerful thing, but you must be faithful with what you’ve been given now so that you can be trusted later.

Out of 1 Samuel 17:17-19 Pastor Joe Smith tells us about the story of David. David was teaching us how faithfulness is an important aspect of who we become.  He reminds us it’s not who you are when you get what you want, it’s who you are when you could be doing other things but you choose to do the hard things. God wants to teach us to serve but our heart posture must be right. We can elevate our roles by taking responsibility, not so we can think more highly of ourselves, but so we can serve others.

God used David’s faithfulness to bring him to greatness. The thing that positions us most powerfully, is our commitment to faithfulness. David is a great example of living a life where nothing is beneath you.

“The path towards your greatest future will always be paved by your service.”

–Joe Smith

“The Chosen Ones” message recorded by Joe Smith at Mosaic Hollywood.

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Freedom Ain’t Free | Joe Smith



Based on Acts 16, Pastor Joe Smith encourages us to live in the freedom that Jesus invited us into. And as God moves in our lives, we realize He is moving on behalf of everyone around us as well. As we worship with our lives, we realize we are building a story of hope for everyone around us.

Though this moment in history is difficult, Pastor Joe believes that we were made for this moment. As we chose to embrace the challenge of this moment, we realize there is an endless amount of purpose here. As people watch us respond, we can become a vantage point through which they can see who God is around us and in us. Though God has done everything to invite us into a life of freedom, it is our choice to step into it. God sets our freedom into motion, but it is our responsibility to embrace it. There is no area of our lives that God cannot set us free from. We are not stuck in our past. God has invited us into a beautiful future.

“Everything that God does is for your freedom.”  —Joe Smith

“Freedom Ain’t Free” message recorded by Joe Smith at Mosaic Hollywood.

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A Conversation With Kelly Rowland & Erwin McManus



Kelly Rowland joined our Lead Pastor Erwin McManus for a conversation that offered such incredible insight. Pastor Erwin asked Kelly about her journey with her career and family, and how race and faith have impacted her story. Kelly empowered us to live a generous life and expect to see how God moves through our generosity.

When they covered Kelly’s career, she emphasized the importance of truly loving your work. Our dreams are meant to bring us enjoyment, even when the journey seems difficult along the way. There is a grit that is required to step into the dreams God has given us, and hard work can take us places that talent never could.

Pastor Erwin asked Kelly to share her passion for giving. She told a story of a time when she felt stuck. Her best friend encouraged her to give and be generous, and to see how God would provide. Kelly made bold decisions after that conversation and decided to be more and more generous. She saw how God showed up for her again and again when she surrendered through generosity.

Kelly then shared a moment of feeling fear when she found out she was going to be having a son. But, she was reminded that God would give her what she needed to raise a black man in today’s society. She also encouraged single women to look for a husband who is kind, a good communicator, and clear on his faith.

“It’s not about your desire for the outcome, it’s about your love for the process.”

–Erwin McManus

 

 

“A Conversation With Kelly Rowland” message recorded on June 17, 2020 during Team Night on MOSAIC:ONLINE.

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Capture The Moment | Joe Smith



We are in the middle of one of the most united moments in history, coming together to stand against injustice. We are declaring that racism has to end with us. This is a moment we have to choose to step into. Not only are we deciding to step in, but we have decided we will not leave this moment the same.

Out of Acts Chapter 3, Pastor Joe Smith reminds us that we have to change what we see. When stepping into a moment, we choose to lead with listening rather than airing our opinions. In our culture, we are leaning in to see things from a different perspective. We have what it takes to enter this moment. God has given us all we need to make an impact. When we stop focusing on what we lack, we are able to capture the transformative moments Jesus is inviting us into. There is good in us that God is trying to get out of us for the sake of those around us. As we embrace this historical moment where we declare that ‘Black lives matter’, we are becoming more human than ever before. We are connecting to one another’s pain in a brand new way. Jesus is inviting us into a moment where we are transformed and can never be the same. Let’s step into it together.

“We lead with grace, and we lead with understanding and we lead with love.” —Joe Smith

“Capture The Moment” message recorded by Joe Smith at Mosaic Hollywood.

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A New Humanity



We find ourselves in the middle of a defining moment as not only a nation, but as humanity. In the wake of the tragic murder of George Floyd, and the social unrest, we may find ourselves filled with questions. We ask ‘Where is God in this suffering?’ and ‘What is our role in the middle of this?’ Pastor Erwin McManus refers to Ephesians 2, emphasizing that God created us to be one diverse and beautiful family. Mosaic was created with a love for diversity. Because God is creative, we were designed to enjoy his creativity in the way he made humanity. When we find ourselves in the middle of pain, it can be difficult to imagine that God is right in the middle of it with us. The truth is that God is using the pain to create a new humanity that comes together to celebrate and bring healing to one another. Everywhere that people are coming together for the good, God’s fingerprint is there.

 

“Jesus is standing in the middle with you right now.” —Erwin McManus

 

“A New Humanity” message given by Erwin McManus at Mosaic Hollywood.

 

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A Conversation on Race, Justice, and Inequality | Erwin McManus, Jerome + Angela Davis



Pastor Erwin hosts Jerome & Angela Davis and Pastor Joe Smith as they engage in a crucial conversation about race, justice, and inequality in America, in response to everything happening across our nation.

 

“Let us be the change that we so desperately want in this world.” –Angela Davis

Recorded during Mosaic Team Night on June 1, which was streamed on MOSAIC:ONLINE.

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The Power To Serve



Pastor Erwin acknowledges that at this moment you may not feel powerful, and you may even feel overpowered, but illuminates the hope we have in Jesus and the power God gives us to serve one another. From 1 Peter 4:10, which states “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,” Pastor Erwin shows us that God wants to teach us to serve with our heart postures aligned with His. This powerful message calls us to elevate our roles by taking a high level of responsibility and to serve others, not for our own gain, but to elevate those around us. We’re reminded that God is the greatest servant and that Jesus has already come to serve us, so now it’s our turn to serve each other.

 

“There is only one purpose for the power you have been given, and that is to serve.” -Erwin McManus

“The Power To Serve” message given by Erwin McManus at Mosaic Hollywood.

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The Power of Connectedness



These times can feel so uncertain and the impact of this invisible virus is keeping us separated in a way we’ve never been before. Now more than ever, it’s important to remember we can stay connected regardless of distance. We can even GROW in connection more than before-but it does take courage.

As it can be easy to overlook how interconnected we all really are, Pastor Erwin helps us remember this reality. Based on a passage in Galatians 3:28, he explains that God is trying to reconnect us and reminds us there is power in oneness.  There is power when we unite. God doesn’t want us to be separated and alone. God’s desire for us is that we realize that we’re never really alone. Why does it take so long for our souls to realize they need God? Pastor Erwin reminds us that often times we forget we are actually a part of the human story and a part of God’s story.

“God never intended for it to be ‘us versus them.’ It was simply supposed to be ‘us.’” -Erwin McManus

“The Power of Resilience” message given by Erwin McManus at Mosaic Hollywood.

For more information, visit mosaic.org. © MOSAIC / Erwin McManus. #20200525


A Talk on Relationships – Erwin + Kim McManus with Special Guests John + Lisa Bevere



At Mosaic’s All Campus Team Night, our Lead Pastors Erwin McManus and Kim McManus hosted a fun and empowering conversation on relationships! Joining the conversation were Best-Selling Authors and Founders of Messenger International, Lisa Bevere and John Bevere.

Lisa and John shared lessons they learned through the years, as well as what they’re enjoying during this time in quarantine together. They gave key insights on building and sustaining a healthy marriage, how to fight fair, and how the lockdown during COVID-19 has affected their marriage for the better.

The conversation left us feeling inspired to serve those around us deeply, whether that is in a friendship or a romantic relationship.

A Talk on Relationships was recorded on May 20th, 2020 during Mosaic’s All Campus Team Night, and was hosted on MOSAIC:ONLINE.

Join us live for our next Team Night on June 3rd! RSVP at mosaic.org/teamnight

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The Power of Influence



It’s often confused that provision creates vision. In this week’s message, based on Ecclesiastes 9, Pastor Erwin encourages us that the opposite is true. It is vision that creates provision. When you begin to move with intention, it creates a new space for God to do something extraordinary! Don’t be afraid to shake things up. As we navigate through this uncertain time together, Pastor Erwin challenges us to take ownership of our influence and shows us how God has positioned and equipped us with everything we need to live the life He calls us to.

“The moment you humble yourself and allow God shape who you are, you will have all the resources you need to make all the difference in the world that you’re created to make.”

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“The Power of Resilience” message given by Erwin McManus at Mosaic Hollywood.

For more information, visit mosaic.org. © MOSAIC / Erwin McManus. #20200517