Category Archives: 2020

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.

For more information, visit mosaic.org. © MOSAIC / Erwin McManus. #20200628


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.

For more information, visit mosaic.org. © MOSAIC / Erwin McManus. #20200621

 


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.

 

For more information, visit mosaic.org. © MOSAIC / Erwin McManus. #20200607


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.

For more information, visit mosaic.org. © MOSAIC / Erwin McManus. #20200601


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.

For more information, visit mosaic.org. © MOSAIC / Erwin McManus. #20200531