What if we stopped reading about Jesus and started putting his Red Letter words into practice? What if following Jesus is not as complicated as you think? What if we stopped trying to find our purpose and our place? What if by putting the words of Jesus into practice, we discover who He is and who He has created us to be? If you ask these and other questions, then join us as we take the Red Letter Challenge. Starting on April 28th – study books are available for a limited time in the lobby for $20. They will guide you through each day of the 40 day Red Letter Challenge!
May 5: Week 1BEING
May 19: Week 2FORGIVING
May 26: Week 3SERVING
June 2: Week 4GIVING
June 9: Week 5GOING
June 16: Week 6 – CHANGING
About the Red Letter Challenge, from Pastor Augie:
This seven-week study will cause us to take a closer look at the words of Jesus… and then will challenge us to actually live out Jesus’ words in our lives!  You may have noticed that in many Bibles, the words of Jesus are printed in red letters.  That’s where this study gets its name.  But when you combine a sermon series with small group studies and a personal workbook, all focused on putting those red letters into practice, you don’t just have an all-church Bible study … you have an all-church CHALLENGE!
As Christians, we are notorious for “nodding our heads” to God’s promises and commands, but then like a bobble-head toy, we continue to stay stuck in one place nodding our heads rather than moving our hands, feet and mouths in the ways that God directs.  In this study, we are going to take to heart Jesus’ words in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commands.”  We’ve spent weeks looking at what “Love Is” in our Sunday and Wednesday worship services, but now we are going to put that love into action by living out the faith of Jesus.
Why is this so important?  Because whether we like to admit it or not, you and I are a reflection of Jesus Christ in this world.  More and more people do not read the Bible these days, so the only thing they know about Jesus is what they experience by interacting with Christians.  And sadly, as authors David Kinnamon and Gabe Lyons write in their book unChristian“Many of those outside of Christianity … reject Jesus because they feel rejected by Christians.”
This is really a wakeup call for us as the church, to recognize that we have the opportunity, or better – the necessity, to change the way we reflect Jesus in the world.  How are we going to do that?  Well, it’s going to take 7 weeks to unfold it all, but in brief we’ll look at these 5 principles that Jesus spent most of His time talking about:
  1. Being: Before Jesus invites us to do things for Him, through Him, and in His name, He invites us into a relationship with Him – one of simply being in His presence.  We need more of Him.
  2. Forgiving: So many of us struggle with receiving God’s forgiveness, forgiving ourselves, or forgiving others.  To truly represent Jesus in this world, we must understand God’s grace in our lives and extend that grace to others.
  3. Serving: After all that Christ has done for us, we want to serve Him.  But as we direct our love toward Him, He directs our love outward – into the community, to help those in need.
  4. Giving: Jesus talked about money a lot.  Why? Because how we view money reflects our relationship with God. Jesus followers are generous.
  5. Going: Jesus’ last command to His followers was to go out and tell the Good News of the Kingdom and what Christ has done for us.  Doing good works is nice. But what turns those works into ministry is sharing them in the Name of Christ.
That’s one of the things I love about Redeemer!  We’re a congregation that not only talks about Jesus, but we seek to let His Word melt us, mold us and use us as His instruments in the world.  My prayer is that you will be greatly blessed by taking the Red Letter Challenge, and by letting the words of Jesus shape you into His image for all to see.
Taking the Challenge with you,
Pastor Augie

Red Letter Challenge Thoughts from Pastor Augie

DAY 40
DAY 39
DAY 38
DAY 37
DAY 36 – Testimony
DAY 35 – Neighbors
DAY 34
DAY 33 
DAY 32 – Sacrificial Giving
DAY 31 – Tithing
DAY 30 – Clothing
DAY 29 – Food
DAY 28
DAY 27
DAY 26
DAY 25 – Visiting
DAY 24 – Children
DAY 23 – Neighbors
DAY 22 – Those in need
DAY 21 – Selfless Service
DAY 20 – Serving
DAY 19 – Foundation of forgiveness
DAY 18 – Love your enemy
DAY 17 – Difficulty in Forgiving?
DAY 16 – Mercy
DAY 15 – Grace
DAY 14 – Dropping our Rocks
DAY 13 – Forgiveness
DAY 12 – Sabbath Rest
DAY 11 – Celebration
DAY 10 – Fasting
DAY 9 – Solitude
DAY 8 – Worship
DAY 7 – Prayer
DAY 6 – Get into the Word
DAY 5 – Going
DAY 4 – Giving
DAY 3 – Serving
DAY 2 – Forgiving
DAY 1 – Being with God