Peter DeWitt

Peter is a husband to Megan, and a father to Peter (III), Andrew, and David. His background is in education, having served first as a science teacher and later as an assistant principal for his high school. Peter’s wife, Megan, led him to the Lord while they were both in college at Ohio State, a time where Peter mostly rock climbed and sometimes studied. Peter has since enjoyed freedom after freedom in the Lord as he has experienced more and more of God’s great love for him. One of Peter’s passions in life is speaking encouragement to the body of Christ. Whether with a couple in the DeWitt’s living room or from the pulpit, Peter loves to encourage, exhort, and equip his brothers and sisters in Christ! In addition to serving as an associate pastor at Agathos, Peter continues to work in education as a consultant for schools in Columbus and Ohio. Peter and Megan view their ministry as a joint effort and also enjoy woodworking together in their well-equipped home woodshop.

Introduction

7/7/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

This message starts a new series and includes:

  • The Key of Knowledge
  • 2 Types of Knowledge - Scripturally
  • New Covenant Relationship with God
  • Revelation vs. Theology
  • Softness of Heart

Increase & Influence

6/30/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

This message includes the following sections:

  • Melancholy no More!
  • How to not Engage in Melancholy with People who’ve Got it
  • The Blessing of the Lord
  • Opportunity Aversion
  • Promotion is Simply a Change of Platform
  • Humility EXPANDS
  • Humility is the Pathway to Spiritual Authority
  • Rejoice that your Names are Written in Heaven!
  • Influence and Increase
  • No Longer Hidden … but No Need to be Known

The Blessing of the Lord

6/16/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

Note: the message starts at about 37:20 into the recording. The first section is a special announcement about a new main service location starting in September and updated logo / branding for the church!

In this message, you will hear / read:

  • Promotion Tests
  • Breaking the condemnation-entitlement cycle
  • Learn to not think beyond what is written
  • The blessing of the Lord makes rich

God's Mechanism of Promotion

6/2/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

Humility is most tested in the place of success. Condemnation and entitlement are 2 sides of pride. God wants us to be equipped for the positive side of the number line. Walking well in success requires a different level of humility. 

Humility is dependency and dependency is undergirded by knowing the love of God. It is a revelation of righteousness in Christ that leads to a confidence in the covenant of peace. Peace with God causes us to enter His presence with confidence and in His presence is fullness of joy. 
 
We can choose humility. When we choose humility, we are positioned (by humility) for promotion, right relationships, and revelation.
 
Humility / dependency is the essence of childlikeness and the kingdom of God belongs to the child-like. 
 
In the greater place of victory is the greater opportunity for pride to manifest in a more damaging context - which is entitlement. Condemnation sometimes will lead you to God (sometimes). Entitlement will always lead you away from Him.
 
How do you walk very well upon the high places? Very low. Very low. Very low. Very low. Very low.
 
Some people are in the dirt and they say “I don’t have a choice between low and standing up.” But when you are on the mountain top you can stand up, but God’s saying “if you’ll choose to be very low that’s where you’ll get to go.”
 
We choose to be low.

Shepherding the Heart of Worship

5/19/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

PLEASE READ THE WRITTEN SUMMARY for the entire sermon. Due to a power surge / outage in the middle of the sermon, the first 2/3rds of the audio recording was lost. The written summary captures most of what was shared over the whole sermon, whereas the audio is only the final 1/3rd of the message.

In this written message, you'll read:

  • A tesimony about teeth straigthening through prayer
  • A testimony about being liberated by the gospel of grace
  • "The Tesimony of ONE"
  • Overcoming through the Word of our Testimony
  • A prophetic backdrop to this series on humility
  • "We have come to Mt. Zion"
  • Shepherding the Heart of Worhsip

Resurrection Sunday

4/21/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

The only terms you can come to God on are His terms -  which is Him giving love to you. It’s so counter-intuitive. We think we’ve got to do something for God but He’s saying “let Me do for you.”

Communion has Luke 15 written in it.  The body was everything physical that was broken in Jesus that we could receive all of that - including healing. His body was broken for us that we could receive healing. “All that I have is your’s.”  His blood was shed for us - that we could be in a new covenant, by His blood, a covenant of peace which He will never remove from us! "Son, you're always with Me."
 
Jesus didn’t count equality with God something to be grasped because He trusted the love of (and therefore the Word of) His Father. Jesus had seen so many miracles, but now (in Lk. 23:32-27) it’s a miracle of humility to not perform a miracle but to instead trust the word of His Father who said “I will not let My Holy One see corruption.”
 
Isaac went up the hill carrying wood for a sacrificial fire trusting that his father’s word was true. His father’s (Abraham’s) word to him was “God will provide a lamb / ram.” God’s word to Jesus was “the Lamb will rise again!” 
 
Your circumstances may say one thing, but HE SAID that by the breaking of His body - by His stripes - you were healed! Receive your healing in Jesus’ Name!
 
There is also a new covenant in His blood. No it’s not based on my works, it’s based on HIS finished work on the Cross! You can receive all the benefits of God not questioning whether you deserve them, but instead relying on Him Who’s Righteousness you’ve relied upon!

Our Father's Terms of Connection

4/7/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

Message includes the following:

  • Conflict is not bad!
  • "He just wants you to invite Him in"
  • The connection between grace and humility
  • What does pride look like?
  • Quiet Time Breakthrough
  • What's the Heart of the Father in Addressing Pride?

Financial/Career Breakthrough, Freedom from Condemnation

Audio

Intro

3/17/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary
Humility is the freedom that comes when pride goes. Many beleivers are afraid of the prospect of discovering pride in their lives but actually 1 John 2:15-16 makes it clear that to find a place of pride is simply to find a place where the love of the Father wants to rush in. 
 
You can’t see transformation of the hardest places of your life until you are in the safety of true love. Breakthrough comes from that place. It’s perfect LOVE that casts out fear.
 
“What if everything is OK right now?” The Spirit of adoption causes us to cry out to our Father knowing we will be met by love in our place of greatest need.
 
This is how you step into humility. Humility is the freedom that comes when pride goes. Or, humility is the freedom that comes when the love of the Father rushes in.

The Flesh Profits Nothing

3/3/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

Jesus said "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.” (Jn. 6:63) Focusing on your performance, your strength, your might, your ability, what you’ve done, and your obedience - profits nothing! Setting your mind on your flesh will not produce righteousness before God because by works of the law NO flesh will be justified. (Rom. 3:20) Similarly, setting your mind on your obedience will not even produce true righteous living because it is actually through walking by the Spirit - setting your mind on His performance, His obedience, and what He has accomplished on our behalf - that we will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Gal. 5:16) We cannot please God apart from faith (Heb. 11:6) and those who walk by the flesh cannot please God (Rom. 8:8). Said plainly, those who are in the flesh cannot walk in faith! Focusing on the flesh simply sabotages faith. Just as Jesus said "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.”

Bold Faith!

2/17/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

Righteousness leads to faith and releases boldness! The goal of this message is to take the listener or reader from insecurity —> confidence and/or from confidence —> BOLD faith! Boldness (bold faith) is not something we put on, but instead it comes from taking something off. Boldness is the manifestation of NO condemnation! So what’s the solution to condemnation? Listen to this message and hear for yourself!

“What do you want Me to do for you?” & Ministry of Righteousness

2/3/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

Jesus asked blind Bartimaeus "what do you want Me to do for you?" Faith asks. If you are not ASKING you are not "faith-ing." Jesus said that we will ask and receive from our place of conneciton with Him (John 15:7-11) and that continual process of asking and recieving will make our joy full. We need to be careful that we don't get lulled into eating the fruit of last season's asking without sowing the seeds of faith for the next harvest of righteousness in our life!

Condemnation causes us to lose our confidence before God. 1 John 3 says that if our heart does not condmen us we have confidence before God and whatever we ask we receive from Him. The message of no condemnation is opposed by the accuser of the breathren who inverts the actual ministry of the Holy Spirit which Jesus made clear in John 16:7-11. The reality is the ministry of the Spirit is a ministry or righteousness! (2 Cor. 3:5-9). When you received the gift of eternal life (Rom. 6:23) you also received the gift of righteousness (Rom. 5:17) He became sin who knew no sin that you might become the righteousness of God in Him! (2 Cor. 5:21). 

It's time to start asking again! Faith works by love - not just our love for others - but also our recognition of God's love for us and our right standing in Him! If you are in Christ, you are in perfect right standing (perfectly righteous) before God because the blood of His Son Jesus has cleansed you from ALL unrighteousness!

"So what do you want Me to do for you?" asks Jesus.

Recalibrating to the Goodness of God & Effortless Change

1/6/19
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

Fine resteraunts serve multiple courses. In this message there were a few different "courses" as well. Enjoy the following topics:

  • Time to Ask!
  • Recalibrating to the Goodness of God after having Experienced Loss
  • Don't Let the enemy kill your Tesitmony
  • Grace is your answer!
  • Effortless Change

Testimony from Word of Knowledge

Audio

This recording has a tesitmony of a knee that was healed after corporate prayer based on a word of knowledge a few services ago! It also contains a short teaching on operating in words of knowledge and the prophetic. The rest of the sermon did not record successfully, but we already planned to revist that same content next week (1/6/19) so please plan to listen to that recording once it is available!

Transformed Fruit

12/16/18
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

If you are bearing fruit, the Father will prune you. How much the pruning hurts depends on how much you’ve placed your identity in the fruit you just bore. In the natural, pruning is done at the place of connection. The Father is always pruning us back to that place of connection.

One visual of pride and humility can be seen in the pruning parable. Humility would be keeping yourself back in the place of connection with Christ. 
 
Pride is when we start to step out into the fruit saying “this fruit looks good! Look at me! This fruit IS me!” But you are not a human doing, you are a human being. You ABIDE - you BE in Christ and you do produce fruit. But if you get out here and say “this is my human DOING” when the Father says “I am going to reduce you to your place of strength, your connection with Me.” Now you will feel like you are squirming on the ground saying “this really hurt!” The only reason it hurt is because your identity had gotten out there in what got cut off! 
 
Humility is a big deal as it relates to the gospel of grace. Who does God give grace to? The humble!
 
From a pastoral perspective, if I could just let you into my thinking as I meet with people, humility is the issue. Now, this is a bit circular because actually the grace message will cause you to receive the love of the Father, which will drive out pride - which will position you in humility. The answer for the humility issue isn’t for me to say “be humble. Be humble! Be humble! Are you humble yet?!?” That approach doesn’t work.  The grace message - who you are in Christ, His love for you - will drive pride out. 
 
"What is grace?"
  • Grace is God‘s performance on our behalf whereas the law / works is our performance on God’s behalf.
  • Grace is RECEIVE not ACHIEVE.
  • Grace is my past, present, and future sins completely forgiven ONCE and for all.
  • Perfect right standing with God regardless of how I feel about it.
Why Grace? It changes the fruit of our lives. It is THE transformational agent in our lives. 
 
As powerful as this is - that grace is Gods’ transformational element in your life - next time we are going to see how the Father loves the gospel of grace for another reason even more than it transforming your fruit … and that’s that it transforms your connection with Him!

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