Apr 12, 2015
The Battle Begins
We often try and avoid situations where courage is required. We prefer to play it safe, to avoid the risks, to stay within our boundaries. In the swimming pool of life, most of us try and stay in the shallow end. But there are moments—defining moments—in our stories where we will be called upon to be men and women of courage. They may not be as dramatic as a shielding your children from a tornado or running for help in a life and death situation, but we will all have moments that will test our courage. In chapter 7 we read about Joshua who was a man of great courage. He is leading Israel back to the Promised Land that they refused to enter 40 years earlier (Num. 13:27), and in Joshua 1:1-7, as God prepares Joshua to lead the charge, He urges him to "be strong and very courageous (v. 7)."
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  • Apr 12, 2015The Battle Begins
    Apr 12, 2015
    The Battle Begins
    We often try and avoid situations where courage is required. We prefer to play it safe, to avoid the risks, to stay within our boundaries. In the swimming pool of life, most of us try and stay in the shallow end. But there are moments—defining moments—in our stories where we will be called upon to be men and women of courage. They may not be as dramatic as a shielding your children from a tornado or running for help in a life and death situation, but we will all have moments that will test our courage. In chapter 7 we read about Joshua who was a man of great courage. He is leading Israel back to the Promised Land that they refused to enter 40 years earlier (Num. 13:27), and in Joshua 1:1-7, as God prepares Joshua to lead the charge, He urges him to "be strong and very courageous (v. 7)."
  • Apr 5, 2015Living the Victory!
    Apr 5, 2015
    Living the Victory!
    Series: (All)
    Victory550Of all the things in life, one is number one. Of all the teachings in the Bible, one is primary. Of all the things in the world, one is prime. The apostle Paul names what this is in His letter to the Corinthians. He calls it “of first importance” when he says: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4). The Gospel of Jesus, our Savior, is what is of first importance. This Easter, we celebrate that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is of first importance. Knowledge of this one thing changes our perspective on everything else. What could be more important to know?
  • Mar 29, 2015Wanderings
    Mar 29, 2015
    Wanderings
    Victory550Once Israel was delivered out of Egypt, the plan was to get to the Promised Land—a land "flowing with milk and honey"—which means it was a beautiful, fertile, prosperous place. And there was a route they could have taken from Egypt to Canaan that Isaiah calls "the way of the sea" (Isaiah 9:1) because it followed the Mediterranean Sea. That would have been the direct route. Here are few things about this direct route: It was the shortest distance, the most scenic route, and the most popularly traveled. But God doesn't take them on the Direct Route. Instead, Israel wanders in the wilderness for 40 years. Let’s define "wandering" this way: Living in the space between where I started and where I want to be. The question is this: How do you live in the space between?
  • Mar 22, 2015New Commands and a New Covenant
    Mar 22, 2015
    New Commands and a New Covenant
    HopeintheDarknessAfter the people of Israel were delivered out of slavery in Egypt, they came to the Sinai Desert. In Exodus 19:4-6, God reminds them of what He has done, and He asks them to obey Him and keep a covenant with Him in return for His continued provision. God is saying to His people, I want to advance my plan to get you back. I want to give you some guidelines to live by, and I want to come down and dwell with you again. Chapter 5 is a huge transition in the story. God is not going to just interact with certain individuals or families; He will share life with all of His people for the first time since the Garden of Eden. But God says, in effect, “For me to do this, there are some things that have to be worked out." And the throng of Israelites says in one voice, "Everything the Lord has said we will do" (Exodus 19:8; 24:3).
  • Mar 15, 2015Deliverance
    Mar 15, 2015
    Deliverance
    HopeintheDarknessWe have seen that God uses an unlikely cast of characters to tell His story, and this week is no different. God will showcase His power through the weakness of a man named Moses. If you know Moses' story, you know that he's fortunate to be alive. He grew up in Egypt when Pharaoh ordered that all Hebrew boys be killed, but by his mother's ingenuity and God's sovereignty, he survived (Ex. 2:3-6). Moses discovers that he has Jewish roots, and eventually he ends up fleeing Egypt because he came to the aid of an Israelite slave (Ex. 2:15). But then one day—in miraculous fashion—the Lord speaks to Moses and uses Him to deliver His people.
  • Mar 8, 2015Joseph: From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh
    Mar 8, 2015
    Joseph: From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh
    HopeintheDarknessAll of us start off thinking our story will be written a certain way, but it never quite goes how we had planned. We start off with dreams, but at some point reality wakes us up. Joseph takes up a lot of real estate in the Old Testament. His story is covered from Genesis 37 through the rest of the book. Joseph is the son of Jacob, the grandson of Isaac, and the great grandson of Abraham. Here’s what we are going to see in Joseph’s story: he starts off with a dream but then experiences incredible disappointment.
  • Mar 1, 2015God Builds a Nation
    Mar 1, 2015
    God Builds a Nation
    HopeintheDarknessIt wasn’t Abraham’s credentials or qualifications that got Gods attention, but there is something about Abraham that explains why God used him to build a nation. Abraham’s story was a story of faith. His life takes up about 13 chapters in Genesis, and we learn what faith is from reading his story. It’s because of Abraham’s faith that God chose to use Abraham as such an integral part of the story.
  • Feb 22, 2015The Beginning of Life As We Know It
    Feb 22, 2015
    The Beginning of Life As We Know It
    HopeintheDarknessThe Story is a book of selections from the Bible, arranged chronologically, that reads like a novel. During this 31-week experience, we will discover how our story is found in God’s story! There are some big themes to cover in Chapter 1 of The Story—events and concepts that have been studied for centuries and dissected for decades appear in this chapter. We are going to see a cycle that will repeat itself in each story that we encounter throughout this entire series. It could be expressed as: An earthly dilemma which begs for a heavenly solution…
  • Feb 15, 2015A Heart for Service
    Feb 15, 2015
    A Heart for Service
    Early ChurchThis week we conclude our message series looking at the beginnings of the Christian Church in the early chapters of the Book of Acts. In Acts chapter 6 we see that the Church was meant to be service-based, where everyone exercises his or her God-given heart for ministry. As a church, if we want to “do good works” in Jesus’ name—to serve more people in more places—we need to help believers discover and employ the gifts God has given them to serve others. At Redeemer we speak of Worship – Grow – and Serve. We have a heart for service because Christ in us compels us to be
    His hands and feet to a world in need.
  • Feb 8, 2015The Shared Life
    Feb 8, 2015
    The Shared Life
    Early ChurchThis week we continue our message series looking at the beginnings of the Christian Church in the early chapters of the Book of Acts. Toward the end of Acts chapter 4 we read: “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” From this we learn that the Church of God is called to be a life-sharing community. What does this mean? For one thing it means that the gathering of the Body of Christ is unlike anything other gathering in the world. When we come together in Christ’s Name, we do more than just share the same space – we join our hearts and minds. Further, we
    bear each other’s burdens. With whom are you gathering?
  • Feb 1, 2015An Empowering Presence
    Feb 1, 2015
    An Empowering Presence
    Early ChurchThis week we continue our message series looking at the beginnings of the Christian Church in the early chapters of the Book of Acts. In Acts chapter 4, after Peter and John were released from prison, where they went is important. They went straight to their own people—the Church. In our challenges, we come to church. However, we don’t come to escape the world but to encounter God—to turn to Him and hear from Him and be shaped by Him
    in light of what happens in this life.
  • Jan 25, 2015An Unstoppable Force
    Jan 25, 2015
    An Unstoppable Force
    Early ChurchThis week we continue our message series looking at the beginnings of the Christian Church in the early chapters of the Book of Acts. In Acts chapter 4, after Peter had preached a powerful sermon, he and John were arrested by the religious authorities who felt threatened. Though they were ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus, Peter and John responded that they could not help speaking about what they had seen and heard. Should
    the Church be content simply to gather in worship, learn, serve and pray?
  • Jan 18, 2015The Transforming Word
    Jan 18, 2015
    The Transforming Word
    Early ChurchIn this new sermon series, we’ll be looking at the early chapters in the Book of Acts – as the Christian Church had just been birthed, and the first followers of Jesus were still living and leading the Church. In Acts 3, the Apostle Peter heals a lame man outside of the temple. Instead of summoning more people to be healed physically, Peter takes the opportunity to preach to the crowd there. Peter wants everyone to know that the healed man was not just physically healed, but his life was transformed. Did the transforming power of the Church die with the Apostles, or is it still
    active today?
  • Jan 11, 2015What are you doing here?
    Jan 11, 2015
    What are you doing here?
    Series: (All)
    Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. As an individual and a congregation, we do not exist for our own purposes. God is calling, gathering, enlightening and sending His people even today. What is God calling you to do? Where is God inviting you to join Him in this mission? How do we respond as a congregation?
  • Jan 4, 2015Who are you?
    Jan 4, 2015
    Who are you?
    Series: (All)
    The concept we have of ourselves and our congregation is significant. Though distorted by sin, identity is a condition of creation and character. God creates all with gifts and abilities and loves all unconditionally. All people are nurtured, developed and valued in the context of family school, and community. Identity is painted by these forces in all lives as well. This morning, we are invited to reflect upon and embrace the identity we have in Christ.