Sermon Resources

Breathing Out: Here & There


This weekend we begin a four-week “Breathing Out” series focused on “Here AND There.” From the beginning of God’s story as recorded in scripture, as voiced through the prophets, as affirmed by Christ’s ministry and as pursued by the disciples and the early Church, we observe a relentless pushing out of the gospel. From the covenant with Abram to “bless all the families of the earth” (Gen, 12. 1- 3) to God’s declaration through Isaiah that, “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob…I will also make you a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” and to Jesus’ promise that the gospel would be preached to all peoples before the end comes (Matt 24.14); God has been on mission small and large, personal and societal, here and there throughout all of time.

Our journey begins by reminding us that we do not just have Turning Points away from something, but by definition, we are also turning toward something else. We will re-examine what the turning to be a follower of Jesus meant for four fisherman in Galilee, for a young girl growing up in Pasadena in the ‘50s and to an underground church in Tunis today.

Week Two will have Pastor Greg looking at how the context of the early Church has some similarities within our own in the Los Angeles area, revisiting the dynamic circumstances surrounding Pentecost in Jerusalem and seeing how their “Here” also connected to “There” as well.

Week Three we will focus us “Here.” In “Stopping to Exhale,” Pastor Eric Johnson, a part of the Lake Avenue Foundation team, will help us see “breathing out” into our neighborhood means crossing boundaries of every type, as we follow Jesus into our own nearby communities. We will have chances to connect and get involved with our local outreach ministries that weekend.

Week Four, Pastor Greg welcomes a very special guest to share the message with him. Lisa (Repko) Borden is an LAC missionary, who along with husband Bryon founded Wild Hope International. Lisa will tell stories from over ‘There” of God on the move among the Maasai of N Tanzania, where she makes her home.

“Here AND There” will culminate the following Friday, May 11, with the Concert for Wild Hope – an LAC partnership with Christian Assembly Church of Eagle Rock (CA) – where together Lake and CA’s choirs, bands and orchestra will do a benefit concert on behave of the ministry of Wild Hope, as our two churches join together to fill the Worship Center with praise and worship for the God that is on mission, from the City Center Here to the Ends of the Earth There!



To His Glory,


Scott White
Pastor of Global Outreach


Teaching Series Schedule

  • From Turning Point to Sent Ones

    Week 1April 14 - 15

    Mark 1:16-20

    Saturday/Sunday Speaker: Scott White, Pastor of Global Outreach


  • Created & Discipled for Good Works Here & There

    Week 2April 21 - 22

    Acts 2:5-12

    Saturday/Sunday Speaker: Greg Waybright, Senior Pastor


  • Stop Waiting to Exhale

    Week 3April 28 -29

    Matt 25:31-46 - 2 Cor 5:16-19

    Saturday/Sunday Speaker: Eric Johnson, Lake Avenue Church Foundation STARS Program Manager


  • Breathing Out Here & There

    Week 4May 5 - 6

    Isaiah 58:6-12

    Saturday/Sunday Speaker: Greg Waybright, Senior Pastor


Breathing Out: Here & There - Week 4 - Sermon Notes


Righting Wrongs

Isaiah 58:1-12

In Genesis 2, all things were right in this world. In Revelation 21-22, all things will be right in God’s world. Now, they are not right. But God promises all things will be made new when he’s done wit...

Breathing Out: Here & There - Week 4 - Study Guide


Isaiah 58:1-12


  1. Read vv. 1-3a. These were people who were active regularly in the worship at God's house. (Fasting and "humbling oneself" were parts of the worship life of God's people. It's what we call "breathing in" at LAC.) What...

Breathing Out: Here & There - Week 4

"Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings." These words from Isaiah 58:12 sum up a roller coaster declaration found in Chapter 58. Isaiah first condemns the people of God for going through the external motions of obedience. He questions their understanding of what true justice is; the participation with God in seeing a shalomic peace pursued and practiced toward others. God declares that when Kingdom-oriented reconciliation is pursued toward all, particularly those who have been ignored, marginalized or abused, than the presence of the Kingdom "will break forth like the dawn."


Breathing Out: Here & There - Week 3

I wrote this last year but it bears repeating, I think one of the most profound movies that I have seen in recent memory is the Disney/Pixar movie "Up". After the first 15 minutes of the film, not only was I thinking about my own mortality, but I was also contemplating all of the missed opportunities in my own life. Just like the film's Carl Fredricksen, there were times where my life's challenges and self-centered focus caused me to miss seeing the "Russells", the "overlooked and ignored" that God was putting in my pathway. Just like Carl, I saw them as annoyances and inconveniences rather than opportunities for relationship, more focused on what was out of reach in my own life than reaching out with my life.


Breathing Out: Here & There - Week 3 - Study Guide


Stop Waiting to Exhale

Matthew 25:31-46 & II Corinthians 5:16-19


  1. Read Matthew 25:31-46. When you read about the "overlooked and ignored" what people immediately come to your mind? Discuss your challenges or successes in being...

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