About Me

My name is Jonathan. I am the Lead Pastor of Passion Church in Maple Grove, MN which I started in 2004.

I have a wonderful wife Joanne, two awesome sons Alexander & Nicolas, & two daughters Isabela & Penelope.

I'm committed to building the local church & seeing God's kingdom established.


The Blessed Life (2015): Part 1

Written by Jonathan.

MATTHEW 6:21

  • You spend your treasure (money) on what your heart is invested in.
  • Money is not evil, the love of money is evil



TITHE

  • Giving and tithe is a test
  • As Christians, we cannot pick and and choose what parts of the bible we are going to believe
  • Malichi 3:6-8 God saying I will treat you like you treat me, draw near to me and I'll draw near to you.
  • God is going to bless the kingdom, who is God going to bless, so that they can give back to the kingdom?
  • One blessing can change your life.
  • If you are faithful in this area of your life, God will not allow your money to be eaten up.  He will help you on your timing.
  • Tithe means 10: the number 10, in the bible, means a test.
    • 10 commandment
    • 10 plagues
    • ... Et al
  • Romans 10:13
  • Obedience is better then a sacrifice
  • Blessed you by giving you an idea, opening a door, and working through you. 
    • Teaching you to fish, instead of giving you a fish
  • The money is not yours, you can release it to God. 
  • WHEN does the money become Gods? When it's put into the offering bucket? When? 
    • It's ALWAYS God's money. 

Vision Sunday- I Love My Church

Written by Jonathan.

1 Corinthians 3:1-11

DISCIPLESHIP

  • The church grows from the the outside in, not the inside out.
  • The next generation should be inspired by what happened in this house, now.
  • Spirits that talk to you about division are not of God. God hates those who sew discord among the church. 
  • Lack of unity destroys the community
  • If it causes division or confusion- not God.
  • When you're saved- you come to add value, not to be fed. 
  • New christians would be chocking if we fed them meat and not milk, like a baby.
  • Real discipleship comes from people, not programs or services. It's a relational thing.

GROWTH

  • What good is it to plant and to water without increase?
  • Healthy things grow.
  • To be planted is destined concealed, to have increase is destiny to be revealed.
  • Need to be watered- transition point between concealed and revealed
  • Agriculture- Agra- living thing  Cult- not normal
    • Our church did not grow naturally. It had to be planted.
  • Our church is not something that would naturally happen. A multicultural church will not naturally happened. It has to be planted.

PLANTED

  • You have not been buried. You have been planted.
  • It is not you, but God in you- who gave you increase
  • We plant a seed, so that it can come up better then it was when it went down.
  • You do not grow in the light, but in the dark.
  • God is the only thing that is certain in your life.
  • Whenever you face dark places. Remember that you are not buried. You have been planted. The best is in front of you.
  • When you're in a dark place, you have to walk by faith and not by sight.
  • Water only works when there is something in the ground. Cannot water concrete and expect roses.
  • Water is trama to the seed.
  • Potential is there, but until it's watered nothing happens.
  • As long as sin, and who you used to be, is still an option you will go back. You need to be watered and move on. So you're never the same.
  • No argument can stand up against an experience.